ABC unveiled the Dancing With The Stars season 12 celebrity-dancer pairings this morning on Good Morning America!
Kirstie Alley, 60, will be paired up with pro hottie Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And according to Kirstie, the pressure is on. “My partner [Maksim Chmerkovskiy] is calling me ‘G’ for Grandma,” she said at Monday’s press conference. “He says I’m too slow. I call him ‘M’ for mean.”
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff Romeo and Chelsie Hightower Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
The 12th season of DWTS officially kicks off March 21 on ABC.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THESE PAIRINGS? WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE TO WIN?
For the second week in a row on Dancing With The Stars, teen activist Bristol Palin was the lowest scoring contestant, and for the second week in a row, Bristol was safe from elimination.
The latest star to be eliminated? Former NFL player Kurt Warner, though to be fair, only a point separated Kurt and Bristol’s Monday night scores.
“You know, I learned a long time ago that life isn’t always about winning and losing competitions,” Kurt said, “but it’s about relationships, it’s about impacting people—and so I thank everybody at Dancing With the Stars because it gave me an opportunity to impact people and build relationships. So that’s really what it’s all about.”
Kurt also went on to thank his partner Anna Trebunskaya, the fans, his wife and his “seven wonderful kids at home.”
With Kurt’s elimination, the remaining four stars — Brandy, Jennifer Grey, Kyle Massey, and Bristol Palin — move on to next week’s semifinals.
TELL US – OUT OF THE REMAINING 4 CONTESTANTS, WHO DESERVES THE MIRROR BALL TROPHY?
The photos are here! ABC has released the official costume photos of the Dancing With The Stars season 11 cast.
There is however one cast member missing from the photos, as MTV reality star,The Situation, was still filming the 3rd season of the Jersey Shore when the photos were taken.
Above is this season’s Kate GosselinBristol Palin with partner Mark Ballas. Oddly enough, Bristol mentioned last week that she planned on wearing the most modest outfits and planned on being the most dressed contestant. Perhaps the above outfit is conservative in Alaska.
Bristol also appeared on the Tonight Show Friday, during which she denied the rumors of being a diva. “Literally, I was thinking about it today: the only thing I’ve ever asked for is a velcro mic pac so I don’t have to wear it on my belt loop,” she said. “That’s the only thing I’ve ever asked for.”
As for how she got on the show, Bristol mentioned she received a text message while working as an office manager at a dermatologist’s office in Alaska, and jumped at the opportunity. “Within the next week, we had signed the contract. Some people are like, ‘Do you really want to be in the spotlight?’ but I’m having fun with it,” said Bristol.
And when it comes to her dancing skills, the 19-year-old admits she is “so uncoordinated and I don’t have any rhythm.” Her partner Mark however reveals Bristol has been making good progress in her dancing.
It put up or shut up time on Dancing With The Stars with the semifinals airing last night. And while all the dancing couples excelled, two dominated and tied for a score of 59.
Professional Celebrity dancers Nicole Scherzingerand Evan Lysacek are still the lead favorites after their flawless performances from last night. Nicole and partner Derek earned a 30 score for their “divine” Argentine tango, and a score of 29 for their cha-cha dance. “You’ve got to be there,” Len said, in reference to next week’s finale.
Evan and his partner Anna Trebunskaya also earned a 30 score for their paso doble and a 29 for their fox-trot. Len said he loved seeing Evan’s “happy-go-lucky, fun side.”
In third place was Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The still rumored to be dating couple scored a 27 for their fluent Viennese waltz dance, though Bruno mistakenly gave them a “premature paddle” score of 10 instead of the 9 he intended. A 29 score for their paso doble dance gave them a total of 56 points. In last place was NFL player Chad Ochocinco with a score of 52. Overall all the couples performed well.
In other DWTS news, pro dancer Derek Hough celebrated his 25th birthday last night at the H Lounge club in Los Angeles. In attendance were all of his DWTS cast as well as former Bachelor star Jake Pavelka and his fiance Vienna Girardi.
The stars danced on Monday night to either the Argentine tango or the samba, concluding the night with a first ever three minute swing marathon. Coming in first place for the second week in a row was Nicole Scherzinger and her partner Derek Hough. The duo received a score of 26 for their sizzling samba. A score of 10 for their swing marathon put them at the top of the leaderboard with a total of 36.
Coming in second place for the first time ever was ESPN reporter Erin Andrewsand partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who thankfully ended up shirtless by the end of a hot and sexy samba dance. “You nailed it!” applauded judge Carrie Ann. The dancing couple received their best score yet of the season, a 25. Coming in second place at the swing marathon contest gave them a total score of 34.
Surprisingly coming in 5th place this week was Evan Lysacek, who’s samba dance failed to impress the judges. Evan, who has been in the top two the entire season, received a score of 21 for what the judges called his “worst dance” yet. Coming in 5th place during the swing marathon put him at a total of 27.
In last place this week was the Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka, who received a score of 21 for his samba dance. Jake, who was the first eliminated in the swing competition, ended the night with a total score of 25. Another couple will be given the boot in the results show tonight.
The eight remaining couples of Dancing With The Stars hit the stage Monday night during a special ‘Moving Night’ edition of the hit show.
Coming in first place was Nicole Scherzingerand Derek Hough’s Pretty Woman-inspired tango. The duo received a standing ovation from the crowd to go along with their almost perfect score of 29. Judge Len called it “the best dance of the season so far.” Carrie Ann Inaba added, “Every moment, you could have taken a snapshot and it would have just been art.”
Olympic ice skater Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya found themselves in second place this week, ending their two consecutive weeks at the top. They received a high score of 27 for their rumba dance to “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” from Armageddon.
Jake Pavelka found himself in 3rd place for the first time this season with the 23 score he received for donning his tighty whiteys while dancing the cha-cha to “Old Time Rock & Roll” from Risky Business. In fourth place was Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The duo received a score of 22 for their Pulp Fiction dance. Perhaps it’s just me, but I thought they performed better than a 22.
In last place for the second straight week was reality mom Kate Gosselin, who seemed to take a few step backwards after receiving the Judges’ praises for her performance last week. Kate was shown once again in rehearsals bitching at questioning her partner Tony Dovolani every step of the way. She looked to be taking a stroll rather than dancing as she attempted to fox trot to the Breakfast Club movie. Kate deservedly received harsh criticism for the judges. Bruno called the performance “catatonic.” He added, “Tony could have gotten more life out of a frock on a coat hanger.” Ouch.
Tonight brings us the fifth week of Dancing With The Stars. The theme for tonight is ‘Movie Night.’ The eight remaining couples will be doing the Jive, Quickstep, Cha Cha Cha, Tango, Foxtrot and Rumba to iconic songs from famous films such as “Pulp Fiction,” “Breakfast Club” and “Risky Business,” among others.
Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel will reportedly be dancing the Jive to “La Bamba,” while rumored couple Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy will also dance the Jive to the “Pulp Fiction” movie.
The most interesting dance of the night will likely be The Bachelor’sJake Pavelka who will sporting his tighty whiteys to recreate Tom Cruise’s popular underwear scene from RiskyBusiness, set to the tune of “Old Time Rock ‘n Roll.” Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough will be dancing the Tango to a scene from Pretty Woman. Another rumored couple Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke will perform a Quickstep to “The Bare Necessities” from The Jungle Book.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF DWTS?
Week 2 of Dancing With The Stars brought us some phenomenal dance moves but the topic on every one’s minds seems to be the drama involved with some of the dancing couples.
The most intense fight came from Kate Gosselin and her partner Tony Dovolani, who even threatened to quit during one of their rehearsals. It all started when Kate complained that she was “stressed,” Tony then said, “Nothing in dancing is natural to Kate.”
“He feels like I undermine him as a teacher,” Kate, 34, snapped to the camera before telling Jon Tony, “You’re not taking into consideration how I learn!” Kate walked away saying, “I’m done, I’m done today.” Tony then removed his mic pack and said, “I quit!” causing Kate to break down saying, “I don’t get it!”
Shortly after, Tony came back saying he overreacted, and the two made up. Kate then said, “A lot of people quit on me in my life.” Tony has also said he regrets telling Kate he quit.
In other DWTS news, the highest score of the night went to Pussycat dollNicole Scherzinger, who did a very impressive jive dance with partner Derek Hough, earning them the first 10s of the season. The couple received an outstanding 28 points out of 30.
Coming in second was Olympic ice skater Evan Lysacek, who received a 24 score for his high energy jive with partner Anna Trebunskaya.
In third place wasrumored couple Erin Andrewsand partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Their fluid foxtrot earned them a 23 point score and a compliment from judge Bruno, who said the ESPN reporter has “natural elegance.”
At the bottom this week was once again Kate Gosselin and Buzz Aldrin. Kate earned a score of 15 as she looked extremely mortified and robotic while attempting to do the jive. Buzz earned a score of 12 as his foxtrot failed to sizzle.