The new season of Dancing With The Stars premiered last night on ABC, in what is now being called the best season opener ever!
The reason? Let’s just say all the c-list celebs scored pretty high as the lowest score of the night was a 20. “Without a doubt, this is the best first show of any season,” said judge Len Goodman after the performances.
There was a tie for first place as Katherine Jenkins and UrkelJaleel White both earned a remarkable 26 points, which included a pair of nines for each. Katherine, a British opera singer, danced the fox-trot with partner Mark Ballas, while actor Jaleel received compliments from the judges, also for his fox-trot with partner Kym Johnson.
In second place was hotness William Levy–aka The Cuban Brad Pitt–receiving a score of 24 for his sexy cha-cha dance with partner Cheryl Burke. William not only received praises from the judges, but also had the audience going wild! Judge Bruno Tonioli called the duo “the hottest package of the season.”
However, adding a last minute Bachelor contestant to the series is not a first for DWTS. If you recall, former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft, was also a last minute add-in back in 2009, as she replaced an injured Nancy O’Dell, after being famously dumped by Jason Mesnick.
The decision to include Courtney, aka controversy on the show, also makes sense as the reaction from this season’s pick of “celebrities” has been very lackluster.
Adding more fire to the speculation, when contacted by PEOPLE, a rep for DWTS would only state: “We do not comment on casting rumors. You’ll have to tune in Monday and see.”
TELL US – ARE YOU SHOCKED THAT COURTNEY MIGHT BE JOINING DWTS? GREAT OR BAD MOVE BY ABC?
With just one day left until the official announcement by ABC, TMZ has now revealed four of the Dancing With The Starsseason 14 contestants!
Sources close to production confirm to TMZ that The View’s Sherri Shepherd, actor Jack Wagner, actress Melissa Gilbert, and entertainment reporter Maria Menounosare all gearing up to put on their dancing shoes!
Sherri’s name is not much of a surprise as she has made no secret of her wish to do the show in the past.
Meanwhile, there had been rumors that super hotness/pro Maksim Chmerkovskiywould not be returning to the show, but Maksim shut down those rumors over the weekend confirming to TMZ that he will be back! It is his show after all.
One person who won’t be appearing on the new season is E! reporter Giuliana Rancic. Reports came out stating the series was interested in Giuliana following her battle with breast cancer. The 37-year-old E! host, however, stated she had to turn down the offer as she is currently too busy to do the show.
She told E! Online: “I’ve been a big fan of the show for years. But sadly, my schedule at the moment would never allow for the gruelling rehearsal commitment.”
We all know the Kardashians love them some Dancing With The Stars! Several of the famegrubbing family members have shimmied into their sequins to shake their bootys. Well, the latest Kardashian associate to get considered for the show is none other than poor whipped Bruce Jenner!
Oh, Bruce – imagine doing something besides playing with helicopters without Kris Jenner breathing down your neck whilst she prostitutes your daughters for a measly 10%! I swear she even forced Bruce to get that “facelift”!
Yes, unfortunately Bruce is the latest name to be thrown out as a possible contender for the show. I personally think he would be fun on the show – at least as far as Kardashians go!
Apparently, despite the looming deadline to announce the new cast, the producers haven’t filled the fourteen celebrity spots yet! According to HollywoodLife, DWTS producers think Bruce would be a great option. Or they realize Bruce has nothing else going on and would be available last minute!
Bruce hasn’t decided if he’ll sign on yet. He’s likely waiting for Kris to give the ok!
In other casting news, The Huffington Post is reporting that NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz was bragging of turning down a DWTS offer while backstage at the Grammy’s!
And singer Ryan Tedder was overheard telling people that Chariot singer Gavin McGraw will be joining the cast this season! Gavin or his rep hasn’t confirmed or denied an interest in the show, but I guess we’ll find out on February 28th when the official lineup is announced.
Everybody’s favorite game of will they or won’t they, speculating who will dance is soon coming to an end! The new Dancing With The Stars lineup will be announced February 28th according to ABC.
The celebrity cast for Season 14 will be unveiled on Good Morning America! Then the newbies will strap on their sequins and get to fox trottin to prepare for the March season premiere! Producers are apparently hoping for failed Presidential candidates Michelle Bachman or Herman Cain, along withJWoww, Tim Tebow, and Paula Dean to join the show!
For all y’all wondering just who will make the cut, rumors are also circulating that Giuliana Rancic has been approached by producers!
“Producers have reached out to see if Giuliana would like to be a part of the show,” a set insider tells HollywoodLife. “They love the triumph over tragedy element that she would bring.”
The star of Giuliana & Bill has been battling breast cancer and recently underwent surgery for a double mastectomy. Giuliana is recovering well with the help of her supportive husband Bill Rancic and I think she would be a fantastic candidate for the show, provided she is well enough to compete and feels ready for the challenge.
Giuliana certainly is an inspiration and would provide for a compelling storyline. I guess we’ll find out February 28th!
Dancing With The Stars returns Monday, March 19 at 8 PM EST on ABC.
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WHO IS YOUR DREAM DWTS CAST MEMBER? IS GIULIANA A GOOD CHOICE FOR THE CAST?
Fans anticipate the casting drama of Dancing With The Stars almost as much as they anticipate watching the celebs strap on their dancing gear and compete. Well, casting for season 14 is about to begin and already a whole host of names are being thrown around as possible contenders!
HollywoodLife is exclusively reporting that JWoww and Tim Tebow are both topping DWTS’ producers wish list and have already been approached to participate in the show. Eeks – Can you imagine what JWoww would wear to dance in!?
And following the announcement by Food Network’s star Paula Deen yesterday that she has Type II Diabetes, the show producers now want the 64-year-old on the show! “‘DWTS’ suits love good stories,” the source says. “It’s good timing. Paula just confirmed she has diabetes and this could help her a lot.”
The source also reveals that the show is hoping to get some failed presidential hopefuls on board by asking Michelle Bachman and Herman Cain to consider the show. Also, if Rick Perry or Ron Paul leave the presidential race producers are apparently hoping to entice one of them as well. That seems like one politico too many!
In other DWTS news two-time winner Cheryl Burke recently hinted that fans may get their wish for an all-star show! Cheryl taught a dance class in Mountain View, CA over the weekend and participated in a little Q & A session about the show, which was tweeted live by the peeps at Mountain View Patch.
Among some of the juicy tidbits Cheryl revealed, she mentioned that an all-star show could be in the works in time for season 15! Cheryl also talked on-set egos and revealed, “Some male dancers on the show have egos, but I stay out of it.” I wonder whom she could be referring to…
Cheryl also pointed out egos have never been a problem with male celebrities! Cheryl also shared that she takes Len Goodman‘s advice the most seriously because he’s a real ballroom judge.
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THOUGHTS ON NEXT SEASON’S CASTING PICKS SO FAR? WHO DO YOU WANT TO SEE ON AN ALL-STAR SHOW?!
A source spoke to HollywoodLife, claiming the network is indeed interested in the littlest of the Keeping Up With The Kardashian siblings. “We would actually love for Kendall or Kylie to join the show; they are so young and would give our show a different audience because you honestly don’t know how they would do,” the source explains. “I mean look at what happened with Rob [Kardashian] this year! It would be great to have Kendall or Kylie.”
“The Kardashian family has been great for the show and we would love any of the family to join the show,” the source continues.“It’s a complete open door for Khloe, Kourtney and the rest of the gang.”
One person who is not interested in dancing is Kris, herself! Showing up at The Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 Women in Entertainment breakfast last week, Kris told former contestant Nancy Grace that she has “too much work,” to make time for DWTS. Work? What work? Manipulating the media and pimping out her daughters for a measly 10%? And it seems like the feeling is mutual! “Nope, no offer [was made by ‘DWTS’],” Kris’ rep confirms to the NY Post.
While Kris may be too busy for a DWTS appearance she’s not too busy to get in feuds with A-List celebrities! Speaking to GQ, famous actor Daniel Craig complained about the culture of reality TV creating celebrities out of nothing. And who better to illustrate that point than the Kardashian family! “It’s not about being afraid to be public with your emotions or about who you are and what you stand for. But if you sell it off it’s gone,” Daniel lamented.
“You can’t buy it back — you can’t buy your privacy back. ‘Ooh I want to be alone’. ‘F*** you. We’ve been in your living room. We were at your birth. You filmed it for us and showed us the placenta and now you want some privacy?’” he continued.
“Look at the Kardashians, they’re worth millions. I don’t think they were that badly off to begin with but now look at them. You see that and you think “what, you mean all I have to do is behave like a f***ing idiot on television and then you’ll pay me millions. I’m not judging it — well, I am obviously,” Daniel declared, echoing what millions of Americans think as well.
While Daniel denies that he was speaking about the Kardashians directly, telling Reuters people need to “re-read the quote,” Kris is taking offense and she wants him to apologize for speaking the truth!
“[He has] crossed the line. It’s not made him look like the world’s nicest guy,” Kris snapped, speaking to Heat Magazine. “The right thing for a real man to do now would be to issue a public apology. The easy thing would be to criticize his career now, but our family won’t stoop to that level.”
Wait — they were considering criticizing his career in retaliation. Excuse me while I laugh. I’m sure Daniel is really worried about the prospect. Oh dear… I just couldn’t make up better stuff!
Finally, just as we had predicted, photos of Kim Kardashian “giving back” in Haiti have made their way online! In fact, Kimmie really wants the world to like her again know about her good deeds as she of course blogged about it this morning.
Kim wrote, “Hey dolls. I want to share this article I wrote with Maria Bello for The Huffington Post about our incredible experience together in Haiti. I’ll be posting more pics and stories from this life-changing trip next week.” Yaaay, more photos to come! Lucky us. In the meantime, below are two photos of Kim and her pimp mom in Haiti.
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HAS DANIEL CRAIG CROSSED THE LINE AND SHOULD HE APOLOGIZE? WOULD YOU WATCH KYLIE OR KENDALL ON DWTS OR SHOULD THE KARDASHIAN REIGN OF TERROR END?
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