I admit that I am not a sports fan and I don't know much about Erin Andrews, but I was hoping she would be a step up from Brooke Burke as co-host on Dancing with the Stars. The more I read, however, the more I think this will not be the case. Not even close.
First I read that Erin's worried about living up to Brooke's legacy. Huh? She's striving for vapid nonsensical chatter? Okay, then. Next I see that she's girl crushing season 18 competitor NeNe Leakes. I'm not really a fan of the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, so this pains me to read.
So there are whisperings that Brooke Burke-Charvet'ssudden departure from Dancing With the Stars in favor of sportscaster Erin Andrews is due to ABC's desire to draw more male viewers to the competition show. Um, is Erin planning on being naked for the duration of the upcoming season? I really don't think there is another way to get young guys to watch a ballroom dancing competition that should have tapped its way off our small screens a while ago…and I still watch religiously!
Brooke, who co-hosted with Tom Bergeron for seven seasons, is reportedly "in shock" from being fired, but she's handling it like the classy champ she is. Bad move, DWTS. Bad move…although I do love some Erin.
In a new interview with Access Hollywood, singer Brandyreveals she doesn’t think Audrina should have been sent home.
“I was very shocked,” said Brandy. “I don’t think she deserved to go home, I think America got it wrong with Audrina.”
Maksim also tweeted the following days ago – “WOW America! You got that one wrong! So sad for @TonyDovolani and @AudrinaPatridge . I know how much Tony loved to work with her! Sorry Bro.”
On tonight’s all new episode of DWTS, the show will be celebrating it’s 200th episode with a two night event. According to a press release, DWTS will be bringing back 50 former contestants, with some of them returning to serve as guest judges. Taylor Swift will also be performing on tomorrow’s results show.
And finally, Life&Style is reporting that the resident DWTS hottie Maksim Chmerkovskiy has gotten himself a new girlfriend! The lucky lady is Joni Kilmurry, a 28-year-old former model turned stylist. According to the mag, the new couple finally stepped out together at a recent event.
This news comes just over a year after Maksim, 30, and his former fiance Karina Smirnoffended their engagement. And though Maksim and his former dance partner Erin Andrews deny they ever dated, sources say the two briefly gave things a shot following their season on the show.
Photos of Maksim’s new girlfriend below.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS STORY AND TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF DWTS?
Coming out on top for the second week in a row was Brandy and her partner Maksim. The duo received a high score of 26 and praises from the judges for their hot tango dance. Carrie Ann called the dance”very impressive,” with Len Goodman calling their routine “the dance of the night.” Maksim’s former dance partner Erin Andrews was also present to cheer him on in the audience, and no, the two are not dating.
The surprise of the night was Bristol Palin, who showed major improvement from a week before while also earning her highest score of the season. Bristol and partner Mark Ballas danced their tango to Orianthi’s “According to You,” with Carrie Ann stating the routine was “ridiculously amazing.” Bruno Tonioli called it her “best performance” of the season. Bristol and Mark received a score of 23.
The lowest score of the night went to former NFL player Kurt Warner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya. Kurt seemed to fumble on his paso doble dance, earning him a low score of 18, all 6s from the judges. Following the competition, Kurt, 39, told UsWeekly he felt the judges were a bit harsh on him. “We come out and we perform what we thought was a good dance and then get scores that aren’t so good,” said Kurt.
The dance scores from last night below, in addition to the scores from the dance marathon -
Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36 (26, 10)
Audrina Patridge & Tony Dovolani: 32 (24, 8 )
Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke: 30 (24, 6)
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 30 (23, 7)
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough: 29 (20, 9)
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 28 (23, 5)
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya: 22 (18, 4)
In the interview, Maksim touches on the topic of his ex-girlfriend former dancing partner Erin Andrews. Though Maksim refuses to reveal what exactly went down with Erin, it was reported weeks ago that the two briefly dated before eventually ending their relationship after a short period. Maksim also discusses his current dance partner, Brandy and why he is impressed with Bristol Palin.
Excerpts from Maksim’s interview below -
How happy are you about last night’s show? You came in second with 23 points.
Very happy! I’ve been always telling Brandy that you just have to get the first show out of the way. I think she did an amazing job for the first time, for the nerves, and anxiety and all that stuff. I really enjoyed our dance.
What’s up for you and Brandy next week?
We’re doing the jive. We’re still testing the waters out with Brandy to see what she’s comfortable with, what she’s going to be better at…She’s a very versatile person with so many looks. She can just smile and look adorable and innocent and all that, but she has a hot and sassy side as well.
Were you surprised at how well Bristol did?
Bristol did great! I think Bristol has a lot to prove and she certainly tries her best. She shouldn’t put pressure on herself. If there’s no pressure, there are no expectations and she can just walk out and do her thing. I applaud her bravery for even being on the show.
Will we ever see you and Erin dance again on the show?
I came back to dance with Mel for our 100th show. You never know, maybe they’ll bring us back. I would love to dance with Erin again for sure if she would like to but at the moment right now, this very second, my mind is on what Brandy and I are going to be doing next week.
Why is everyone so obsessed with you and Erin and trying to figure out what was going on between the two of you?
I think we showed partnership beyond just the show. I’ve apologized to our fans because romance or not, they will probably never know because I’m a private person. I put out as much as I can on Twitter, my website, and my YouTube channel, but just to an extent. What Erin and I had is between me and Erin.
It however seems the couple, pictured above on July 14th at the 2010 ESPY awards show, might be dunzo. A new report by the sports blog TerezOwens.com says the two fan favorites are currently broken up on a break.
According to the site, Erin and Maks “were dating during the show, but felt they would give it a real shot once all the hoopla subsided and the show ended..They gave it a whirl and things were going very well..like most couples they got into fights from time to time..but one fight in particular changed the relationship forever.”
The reported big blowout occurred after the couple attended the ESPY awards together. A source tells the site, “Erin and Maks have decided to take a break for now and see if they can patch things up down the road..The romance did fizzle a little bit after the show ended and the promotional tours stopped..They weren’t forced to spend time together and it became more of a distraction to be fully committed..”
The two reportedly remain close friends but with Erin, 32, being very busy with work (she was promoted at ESPN and is now a contributor for GMA) and Maksim, 30, working more than ever, things have cooled off between the two.
Another telling sign? The pair used to tweet to each other on twitter constantly, but only one twitter exchange since their reported July 14 blow up.
Maks tweeted to Erin on July 26th – “Good luck tomorrow @ErinAndrews……..”