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?
Following weeks of speculation, ABC officially announced the 12 latest “stars” who will be vying for the mirror ball trophy. While reports stated the network was working hard this season to get A-list celebs, it appears they fell rather short of that goal. The biggest name on the list is arguably actor David Arquette.
Other big names include this season’s Kate GosselinNancy Grace, Cher’s transgendered son Chaz Bono, Ricki Lake, and soccer player Hope Solo.
The biggest surprise might be the addition of fashion guru Carson Kressley, who is mostly known for his role on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. The casting of Carson is quickly fueling speculation that DWTS might have its first same sex couple this season!
And unfortunately for Housewives fans, RHOBH star Kim Richards did not make the cut. It was reported days ago that Kim was on the short list to get added to the cast. Kim tweeted late yesterday, “Sadly I’m not on #DWTS this season! That would have been so fun, good luck to everyone on it! It will be an amazing journey:) goodnight all!”
The complete list of “stars” below:
David Arquette, actor Ron Artest, NBA player Chaz Bono, LGBT activist (son of Sonny Bono and Cher) Elisabetta Canalis, former girlfriend of George Clooney Kristin Cavallari, reality TV star Nancy Grace, TV talk-show host Rob Kardashian, reality TV star Carson Kressley, reality TV star Ricki Lake, actress J.R. Martinez, war veteran and actor Chynna Phillips, singer Hope Solo, soccer player
The new season premieres September 19 on ABC at 8/7c.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE CAST? EXCITED OR DISAPPOINTED? WHO ARE YOU MOST EXCITED TO SEE?
Perez Hilton confirms Kirstin, who recently made headlines after being dumped by her NFL fiance Jay Cutler, will join the likes of Rob Kardashian and other rumored “stars” such as Chynna Phillips and Tiffani Thiessen on the upcoming season.
Kristin follows in the dance steps of fellow ‘The Hills’ alum Audrina Patridge, who appeared on an earlier season of the ABC hit show.
Meanwhile, days after TMZ reported Snookiand Queen Latifah had signed on for the show, Snooki aka Nicole Polizzi is now denying the story a la Queen Latifah’s earlier denial. Snooki tweeted Tuesday, “I love watching Dancing with the Stars but I am not apart of the cast ! Sorry Tweedos.”
A new report by the HollywoodLife however states this might be a negotiation ploy by the Snooks. Apparently she is still in talks to do the show but is holding out for more money.
“They are still trying to make the deal with Snooki,” dishes a source. “She was verbally in, but has yet to sign anything. She has been very concerned with the schedule and what she will be paid.”
ABC is reportedly in a rush to finalize the cast as soon as possible as the cast is being announced Aug. 29 during the Bachelor Pad. “The producers are confident that she will still join the show, but if she continues to hold out, they have people that will fill her spot. They always overcast the show,” adds the insider.
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TELL US – YOU EXCITED TO WATCH KRISTIN ON DANCING WITH THE STARS?
The Hillsalum Kristin Cavallarifinally comes clean on what we all suspected, which is that the MTV hit show was indeed very scripted.
In a bombshell interview with Fancast, Kristin, 24, not only admits that the Hills was fake, but she also sheds some light on how the producers of the show manipulated the cast and story lines. Kristin even admits that the producers’ manipulations started during her high school Laguna Beach days. She also gives her honest opinion on Lauren Conrad’saxed reality show.
Now that it’s over, can you reveal how much of the final season of “The Hills” was scripted?
Almost all of it. I think I can say that by now. I guess no one can get mad at me anymore.
You were not always portrayed in the most positive light on “The Hills.” You were supposedly partying too hard and using drugs. Are you concerned that damaged your reputation?
They told me they weren’t going to do any of that stuff. Basically, all that was to get ratings. I was on the cover of UsWeekly saying I need to go to rehab and that my parents wanted me to go to rehab. Both of my parents were like, “Oh, really? Why don’t they call me.” It said that I wasn’t showering. It was so unbelievable. It came and went because obviously I didn’t have a problem whatsoever. But that really pissed me off because MTV did that and there was one producer in particular who was behind all that. So that was really, really hard actually. That was one of the hardest things I ever had to go through. I’m so over it by now. But everything else, I was a willing participant. I didn’t hang out with those people. I had all my friends that were never filmed. It was work three days a week. We’d go to work, do three scenes a day, change, do another scene, and then you leave and you have your other life, your private life.
What do you think about Lauren Conrad’s new reality show being shelved for being too high brow or dull for MTV?
I didn’t know that was the reason why. I think right now MTV has “Jersey Shore” and “Skins” which are very controversial. Lauren’s a very nice girl. She’s very sweet, but that’s not always entertaining.
It seems like almost everyone who was on “Laguna Beach” had the course of their life altered. You, L.C. and Lo are reality stars. Some others have unfortunately struggled with substance abuse problems. Do you think it was, on the whole, worth it for all you to grow up in front of America?
I don’t regret anything I’ve done. It’s been hard. I was fifteen years old when “Laguna Beach” came in. I think it was really unfair how they messed with our lives like that. We were so young. We didn’t know exactly what they were doing. Watching the show really broke my heart. [When] the first episode of “Laguna Beach” [aired], I locked myself in the bathroom and was crying for hours because I was so upset about how they were portraying me. But that’s why going into “The Hills,” I knew exactly what I was getting into. I wasn’t going to let them mess with me. That’s why I went into it saying, “Whatever you guys want me to do, I’ll do. Don’t mess with me. I’ll be a participant.” They’re very shady with you. And that’s what they did when we were doing “Laguna Beach” and we were so young to be doing that. So it’s just how my life has gone. It’s the path that I’ve chosen. It’s all been worth it.
Can you give me an example of the producers being shady?
The first season of “The Hills” they had Justin and I dating on the show. Justin wouldn’t want to come film sometimes because he didn’t think that I really liked him. So the producers would have me text him, “No Justin, I really want you to come.” But I was game for it. Stephen [Coletti] was my boyfriend on “Laguna Beach.” They would be, like [to him], “We just want to get you coming up to Lauren’s house, but we’re not going to make it seem like you guys are dating.” They’d have him bring her flowers. All that stuff.
And today, Kristin is currently guest starring on ABC’s hit comedy “The Middle” (Wednesday, 8/7c) and also venturing into producing reality shows.
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON KRISTIN’S INTERVIEW? SHOULD THE PRODUCERS BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR SCRIPTING/FAKING REALITY SHOWS & LYING TO THE PUBLIC?
Well it seems Gretchen is now set to launch another new random business venture her handbag collection at the end of this month. According to Gretchen’s website, the Gretchen Christine Collection (Christine is her middle name) will include a collection of designer handbags, shoes, fashion and accessories available in limited quantities at select retailers.
Her blog also announces Gretchen will debut her new collection July 30th on Shop NBC @6pm. There will be “seven styles to choose from all at affordable prices-ranging from $129 to just under $300 dollars! Happy Shopping!” says Gretchen on her blog.
The douchebag nutjob famewhore known as Spencer Pratt decided to don a ridiculous old man disguise and try to crash the Hills‘ finale afterparty that he and his wife Heidi Montag were not invited to on Tuesday night.
UsWeekly reports Spencer stood outside the Roosevelt hotel (where the afterparty was taped) surrounded by the show’s puzzled fans. Spencer, alongside Emilio Masella, ex-boyfriend of Jersey Shore‘s Snooki –whom he’s developing a dating reality show for– were eventually escorted from the hotel property by Security police.
“I wasn’t invited to that party, so I’m having my own party with the people on the Hollywood Walk of Stars!” Spencer 26, later told Perez Hilton. He added: “I spend a lot of time being hated and I feel like I want a little closure.”
The Roosevelt hotel insiders also tell UsMagazine that Spencer tried to buy drinks for the entire bar at the hotel that afternoon — but his card was declined. And 50 seconds remain…
In other Hills news, the show is receiving a ton of criticism over it’s final scene in the finale episode. The finale scene had Kristin Cavallari say a tearful goodbye toBrody Jenner, before it’s revealed that it was all shot on the back lot of a studio, implying that the show is indeed fake and scripted. As the camera pans away, the set comes down and Kristin jumps out of the car and rushes to hug Brody.
The hollywood ending now has some fans wondering if any part of the show was even real. Photos of the cast from the finale party below.
TELL US: WERE YOU UPSET AT THE HILL’S ENDING? DO YOU THINK THE ENTIRE SHOW WAS FAKE OR JUST PARTS OF IT?
The show that started back in 2006 as a spin-off of Laguna Beach is finally coming to an end tonight. A quick look at the above cast photo of the current cast tells you all you need to know about the changes the show has endured since it premiered 4 years ago.
Another look at the above cast is also a great indication of why most fans of the show are more than ready for it to be finally over. Quite frankly, the Hills today is simply not the show we all fell in love with several years ago. From Heidi Montag’s atrocious cartoonish phsycial change to numerous reports of the entire show being fake and the cast actually being given scripts, it becomes more apparent as to why the show’s ratings have taken a tremendous dip in the last few seasons.
The departure of the show’s star Lauren Conrad, who has since written a best seller, and addition of the proclaimed “bitch” Kristin Cavallari, who made headlines this year for allegedly being a coke-head, definitely failed to help matters or resurrect the ailing show. And there’s no need to even touch on the additions of the random siblings, aka Stephanie Pratt and Holly Montag.
Not appearing in tonight’s finale or after-show are Spencer Pratt and wife Heidi. At first the two’s famewhoring shenanigans were obnoxious but somewhat entertaining to watch. Things however took an extreme turn for the darker side when Heidi came out this year with a new face, new boobs, new ears, new butt, new stomach, and new thighs. Just like that, the Heidi/Spencer union stopped being funny. The world suddenly realized just how troubled these two really were.
But the worst had yet to come. Reports then came out that Spencer was kicked off the show for 6 weeks after threatening to kill a female producer on the show. Spencer’s hiatus from the show however became permanent when he and his wife falsely accused the show’s creator, Adam Divello, of sexually harassing Heidi.
Returning tonight are the show’s alums, Lauren and Whitney Port. Lauren jumped ship last year, while Whitney left the show 2 years ago to star on The City. The two will be appearing on the Hill’s after show. The Hills series finale airs tonight at 10:00pm Eastern.
Above is the season 1 cast photo of the show back when it was real as well as a before and after of Heidi, kind of puts things into perspective uh?
Moving right along. In true famewhore fashion, there are now reports that Spencer Pratt is planning to crash the Hills’ after show party tonight. PEOPLE magazine reports the 26-year-old reality-douche tweeted on Tuesday: “Booking my room @Roosevelt Hotel Hollywood now that I have no place to live I think i should just move in there today (to) stay near the action.”
It just so happens that the Hollywood Roosevelt is the location of tonight’s finale party for the show. Spencer and his “estranged” wife Heidi are however not on the guest list. Guess it’s a chance you take as a famewhore when you decide to falsely accuse the hands that feed you of sexual harassment. The chances of Spencer making it into the party tonight is likely a big zero.