Above is the first glimpse of Chaz Bono, the first transgendered contestant on the show, in his dancing costume alongside partner Lacey Schwimmer. As we reported, the casting of Chaz, 42, has proven to be a rather controversial one for ABC with some fans voicing their disapproval.
In other DWTS news, TMZ is reporting today that Rob Kardashian has been slacking off when it comes to practicing his dance moves. Rob’s partner Cheryl Burke is reportedly “fed up” with him as he refuses to practice for more than 2 hours with her. Other contestants are putting in over 5 hours a day.
Cheryl now feels this shows Rob’s lack of interest in doing the show. And while he’s busy not practicing, Rob is reportedly bragging to his older sister Kimmie Kardashianthat he will top her DWTS performance by making it past week 3. Good luck with that one Robbie!
Dancing With The Stars returns to ABC on Sep. 19 at 8/7c.
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The revelation was made this morning on Good Morning America. One of the biggest surprises is the addition of Val Chmerkovskiy to the cast! Val is the younger brother of DWTS hotness Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And despite the speculation that we might be getting the first same-sex couple this season, openly gay style guru Carson Kressley is paired up with a female partner.
Returning this season is three-time champ Derek Hough after taking a break last season. Derek is paired up with Ricki Lake.
Below are the full pairings for DWTS Season 13 -
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
David Arquette and Kym Johnson
Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy
Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd
RJ Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani
Meanwhile this season’s Kate GosselinNancy Grace, who is arguably the biggest casting surprise this year, is speaking out on doing the show.
In a new interview, Nancy reveals she thought she was dreaming when she got the call from DWTS. “I feel like Cinderella that got invited to the ball. I don’t know how to dance,” Nancy, 51, states. “I don’t know what I’m going to wear, but I know I have been invited.”
Nancy adds, “I want to have fun. Ever since my fiance was killed in ’79, my whole life has been about putting bad guys away, going to law school, making law review, trying cases, representing crime victims – and this is such a departure, to get to dress up in crazy outfits and dance. Are you kidding me?!” Nancy also states she is NOT counting on Casey Anthony’s vote!
The new season of DWTS premieres Sep. 19 on ABC.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PAIRINGS? WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE TO WIN IT ALL?
Three time champion Derek Hough revealed on Monday that he will be absent from the show’s upcoming season. “I’m taking season 12 off,” Derek told PEOPLE.
The reason? Derek, 25, has snagged himself a leading role in the upcoming dance movie Cobu 3D. Derek is set to play a New Orleans street dancer who moves to New York and falls for an Asian drummer (played by Korean pop recording star BoA) in the movie which is scheduled to film in New York and Toronto this spring.
So does this mark the end of Derek on DWTS? That answer is no as he reveals his plans to return in the fall. “I will be making it back to Dancing with the Stars in the fall. I’m just taking a little break and taking this chance to grow and expand a little bit as an artist,” said Derek. “It’s like I told one of the producers on the show – I’ll come back with a whole new set of skills.”
With Derek’s absence, the upcoming season will have a new pro dancing champ, as Derek has won the last two consecutive seasons with NicoleScherzinger and Jennifer Grey.
The stars had to perform two dances each last night, while also having to do a brief solo performance during their first dance number. The story of the night was the perfect score received byJennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough, not once, but twice! Jennifer first received all 10s for her cha cha cha in addition to a standing ovation. And for the second dance of the night, she also received a perfect score of 30 for her waltz. “It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
Coming in second and third place wereKyle Massey and Brandy in that order. Kyle continued to impress receiving two scores of 29 for both of his dances. A point behind Kyle was Brandy and partner Maksim. Brandy received a total score of 57 for both of her dances, earning a perfect score of 30 for her feisty Argentine tango.
In last place for the seventh week in a row was Bristol Palin though she did receive high scores for her dances. A total of 53 for the night. Many are wondering if Bristol will sneak into the finals next week as the general consensus seems to be she is still in the competition due to the votes she is receiving from fans of her mother Sarah Palin. Sarah is also now a reality star thanks to her new TLC show Sarah Palin’s Alaska, which reportedly scored very high ratings with over 5 million viewers tuning into the Sunday night premiere.
For the second week in a row, Jennifer Grey and Brandy tied for first place. Jennifer however had a slight edge after earning the first perfect score, a 30, of the season for doing her rumba instant dance. And though there were some complaints about the change in rules last night for the second dances (the couples did not receive their music until about 45 minutes before they had to dance) it seems most of the stars excelled under pressure.
Tying for first place with Jennifer was Brandy, who also received a total score of 57 for her two dances. Brandy and her partner Maksim first received a 29 for their waltz. “It was like a symphony – it was like a poem,” gushed Bruno Tonioli. The duo then received a score of 28 for their cha cha instant dance to Kate Perry’s “Teenage Dreams.”
At the bottom of the leader board for the second week in a row was Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas. Despite receiving some decent scores for both of her dances, a total of 47 points, Bristol is still at the biggest risk of being voted off on tonight’s results show.
The full scores from last night below -
Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 57 (29, 28)
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough 57 (27, 30)
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 56 (27, 29)
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas 47 (24, 23)
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya 48 (24, 24)
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.
The two hour finale show aired last night and ESPN reporter Erin Andrews was announced the third runner up, leaving Evan Lysacek and Nicole to battle it out for the mirror ball trophy.
Nicole’s win isn’t much of a surprise as the Pussycat doll is a professional dancer who dances and sings for a living. Whether or not Nicole being in the amateur ballroom dance competition remains a debate, but when all it said and done, Nicole was consistently the best dancer this season. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba even declared her the best dancer ever in DWTS history.
“I’m going to give it to my mom because she’s the reason I really did this show,” the Pussycat Doll, 31, told UsWeekly after the show. “This is for her!”
Nicole, and the rest of the finalists flew to NYC this morning and appeared on Good Morning America. The finale show however wasn’t without controversy as Kate Gosselin returned to torture the viewers with a final dance performance. Unfortunately for Kate, taking time away from the show did not improve her dancing skills. She however seemed to have more fun this go around.
ABC also announced the 11th season of DWTS will premiere September 20th. It will be interesting to see how they attempt to top this pretty phenomenal 10th season.
My thoughts on Nicole winning – Not a big shocker, she did deserve to win because she was the best dancer after all. Do I think she had an unfair advantage? Of course she did, she dances for a living. Having Nicole in the competition would be similar to having a top College basketball player play in an amateur celebrity basketball tournament. Yes Nicole has no ballroom dance experience, but let’s be real, being a pro dancer helped her tremendously and she was earning 10s in early weeks for a reason. The fact is none of the other competitors really stood a chance. I’m conflicted on this because while it is fun to watch the Nicoles and Evans give amazing performances, the show should really be about the Ochocincos and Erins, and about their journeys in improving week to week. And yes Erin was on a dance team in college, but being on a cheerleading dance team over a decade ago while in college doesn’t really compare to being a Pussycat doll.
TELL US – ARE YOU HAPPY NICOLE WON? IS IT FAIR TO HAVE PROFESSIONAL DANCERS ON THE SHOW?
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.