Friday night marked the kickoff of the new Dancing with the Stars Live in Las Vegas show at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino. The show will run for 12 weeks and will feature current and past pro dancers, former celebrity contestants and anyone else loosely related to the show and in need of a paycheck/publicity.
It seems Urkel has a bit of a temper. According to reports, Jaleel White blew up at his dance partner,Kym Johnson, during Friday’s rehearsal, and things got so heated that other Dancing with the Stars contestants and producers needed to step in.
Jaleel became agitated after he stepped on Kym’s foot and she cried out “ouch”. He got in her face and told her to “stop acting like a baby” and at one point called her an “idiot”. Kym stepped outside while Donald Driver tried to calm Jaleel down. Jaleel claims that producers paired him with “a stupid partner”. When Mark Ballas approached Jaleel, he reportedly spat at him “You remind me of that annoying sitcom neighbor who gets into everyone’s business!”
The source says that producers had to break things up and attempt to cool everyone down. Rumor has it that Jaleel has been refusing to step foot back in the rehearsal studio, and that he’s demanding his own space somewhere else.
Jaleel fired back this morning, saying that the reports have been “greatly exaggerated”. “We go to work every day, and there is an alley full of tabloid reporters. It’s not fair to us and that’s life, and I hope people can see through it. There’s no drama in my life.”
Also denying the extent of the blowup is Mark Ballas, who tells TMZ that it’s all crap. “We’re in L.A. man … everything’s fabricated.”
It was a night of tears and tens on Dancing with the Stars. The theme of the night was ‘memorable years’ and there were plenty of tear-jerkering stories, paired with some beautiful dancing.
First up was Anna Trebunskaya and Jack Wagner. Bruno gushed and said they got the party started. All of the judges were impressed, landing them a respectable 24 points.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough did the rumba to Material Girl. The judges gushed over it, calling it a little bit of bedroom and ballroom. Maria danced through that broken rib to earn a 27.
Gladys Knight says 1957 was special for her because it was her first tour and she was just 13. Gladys and Tristan danced their way through the fox trot and earned a 24. The judges gave her high praise for her flow and her grace.
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower danced a Michael Jackson tribute to the samba. Carrie Ann didn’t think it was their best dance since their transitions were a little clumsy. They wound up with a 25 for their efforts.
Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff impress with their sexy dance. Bruno shouts out “GAVIN YOU’VE GOT HIPS!” Carrie Ann declares that she has “Gavin fever”, but only enough to give them a 24.
Katherine Jenkinsand Mark Ballas earned the highest points of the night with their beautiful tribute to Katherine’s father who passed away from lung cancer. They waltzed their way to a 29. Carrie Anna was totally choked up and called it “magic”.
Sherri Shepherdand Val Chmerkovskiy dance a theatrical rumba together and earn a 24. Bruno says “mama can move” and was impressed with the way she held it together.
Next up was Melissa Gilbert, who broke her back in 2010 and wanted to celebrate with a peppy jive. Melissa and Maks Chmerkovskiy also earned a 24.
Rumba’ing their way to a 25, Jaleel White and Kym Johnson got some criticism for not being fluid enough.
William Levy chose 1995 as his most memorable year because he arrived in the United States after leaving Cuba. William and partner Cheryl Burke steamed up the dance floor with a sexy salsa. Len tells him he “conquered the salsa”.
Last up was Donald Driver, who dedicated his dance with Peta Murgatroyd to his friend who died of cancer in 2010. Their rumba earned a 26.
Who do you think will be sent on their way tonight? Here are the final tallies:
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas – 29 Jaleel White & Kym Johnson – 25 William Levy & Cheryl Burke – 28 Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus – 24 Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya – 24 Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy – 24 Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower – 25 Maria Menounos & Derek Hough – 27 Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd – 26 Melissa Gilbert & Maks Chmerkovskiy – 24 Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff – 24
TELL US – WHAT’D YOU THINK OF THE DANCES? THE COSTUMES? THE SCORES? THE SAD STORIES?
For starters, British singer Katherine Jenkins proved her high score of 26 last week was no fluke as she matched the same score again Monday night, earning a pair of 9s for her high-energy jive with partner Mark Ballas. “The blonde bombshell is unleashed,” said judge Bruno Tonioli.
Katherine had some company at the top, as Disney actor Roshon Fegan also received a score of 26–a 3 point improvement from the previous week–for his fiery quick step with partner Chelsie Hightower. “I liked it,” said judge Len Goodman. “It was young, it was fresh and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”
Unfortunately for Urkel, a.k.a. Jaleel White, he and partner Kym Johnson fell to the middle of the pack after tying for first last week. Jaleel’s jive was panned by the judges with Len stating it didn’t have “crispiness.” He added: “It lacked real attack and speed.”
In last place was tennis legend Martina Navratilova with a score of 17. Martina, who scored a 20 last week, displayed very little rhythm in her jive with partner Tony Dovolani, even losing her footing early in the dance. “That was sad!” critiqued judge Carrie Ann Inaba with Len adding, “You have to come out and attack these dances and I didn’t see that.”
Tonight, one of these stars will be sent packing after the scores from the last two weeks are combined along with the viewers’ votes!
The full scores from last night are below –
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas – 26 Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower – 26 Maria Menounos & Derek Hough – 25 William Levy & Cheryl Burke – 25 Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd – 24 Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy – 23 Jaleel White & Kym Johnson – 22 Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya – 21 Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff – 21 Melissa Gilbert & Maks Chmerkovskiy – 20 Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus – 19 Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani – 17
TELL US – WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE SO FAR? WHO SHOULD BE SENT PACKING TONIGHT?
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.”
With less than two weeks until the premiere, ABC has now released the all new Dancing With The Stars season 14 cast costume photos!
The View’s Sherri Shepherd is pictured above in her silver sequence dress with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. More photos of the other stars and their partners are below!
And if you’re planning on making a few extra bucks betting on the outcome of Dancing with the Stars, the NYDailyNews is making it easier for you. Vegas odds-maker, America’s Line, has been kind enough to calculate the odds for the twelve new contestants on the “celebrity” (that term gets looser and looser as the seasons fly by, doesn’t it? #notyoujaleel) dance competition.
For example, many of you at home may not have heard of the Hispanic Brad Pitt, but as the star of his country’s prime soap opera (telenovella, to be use the correct term for a Spanish soap) the yummy, William Levy is favored with 9-2 odds to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. Those are early predictions, as the betting line was created within hours of ABC announcing the season 14 cast.
America’s Line President, Ben Eckstein reveals, “Last season, we correctly predicted J.R. Martinez as the favorite and eventual winner.” He continues, “This season, we’re gonna try another Latin star, William Levy. Known as the ‘Cuban Brad Pitt,’ Levy is gorgeous, he has a ‘special’ relationship with Jennifer Lopez, and with J-Lo as a mentor — remember she was a former Fly Girl — how can he possibly lose?” So you’re saying he can dance?
America’s Line isn’t the only statistician to play the odds. Wynn Las Vegas predicts The View‘s Sherri Shepherd to take the title, as she’s a 5-1 contender according to their math. What will this do to the talk show’s dynamic? Will Bawbawa be proud? Will Hasselbeck be jealous? Will Whoopi bust out a new pair of sneakers for each show? America’s Line cites Sherri’s odds as 15-1.
The site is kind enough to break down the statistics for each star. Hispanic hunk William Levy is at the top of the food chain with aforementioned 9-2 odds. Last season, his partner Cheryl Burke danced J.R. into the winner’s circle. It doesn’t hurt that William is tall, dark, and handsome…and that accent! According to Vegas, he’s a frontrunner who is easy on the eyes.
With not to shappy 5-1 odds is cheesehead NFL player, Donald Driver. While his partner, Peta Murgatroyd (wasn’t that a Jetsons’ phrase?), is dancing in her inaugural season, Donald is no stranger to winning. And not in a Charlie Sheen way. The dude has a Super Bowl ring to prove it.
My man Urkel, aka the grown up Jaleel White, gains 6-1 odds by America’s Line standards and gets an impressive 9-1 distinction from the Wynn Las Vegas. Who can blame them? It’s Urkel! He’ll win that mirror ball, smile cunningly into the camera and ask, “Did I do that?” Not to mention, since it’s Dancing with the Stars, he’s one of the few that will be perceived as a “star” across multiple generations. I’m sure Family Matters is still a staple in syndication. #winslowneighbor
Maria Menounos is holding strong with a 6-1 statistic from both oddsmakers. Not only does she host Extra, she Tebows with Tim himself and starts off the competition with an already rocking, fit body. She’ll be a contender.
R&B superstar, Gladys Knight has 6-1 odds according to America’s Line, but Wynn is only offering a 20-1 spread. No worries though, she’s been hip-shaking with the Pips since before most of the voters were born. While that could potentially hurt the Motown songstress, I hope it will open her music up to an entirely new fan base.
Opera singer Katherine Jenkins (forgive me, but who?) garners 8-1 and 16-1 odds from America’s Line and Wynn Las Vegas respectively. She’s cute, she’s tiny, and she can sing…in a genre that most people only have heard of when preceded by “The Phantom of the.” An underdog, yes… but doesn’t America love one of those?
Of course it wouldn’t be a recent DWTS season if ABC didn’t go after the tween vote. Ron Bergeron isn’t stupid…The Disney Channel needs to represent. This season, it offers 20-year-old Roshon Fegan, star of Shake It Up, as its sacrificial lamb. Apparently, the Sprouse twins were too busy filming Zack and Cody Spend Senior Year on the Moon. Who can blame them? Going to school on a cruise ship is overrated. Roshon’s odds? 10-1 from America’s Line and 7-1 according to Wynn.
Gavin DeGraw, who recieves 12-1 odds from America’s Line and 25-1 odds from Wynn Las Vegas, is a pensive singer/songwriter, takes the competition up a notch. He’s promised to continue touring while learning his routines and filming the show. Seeing as he recently recovered from being violently attacked on the streets of Manhattan, I’d say this is small potatoes for the guy.
Jack Wagner receives 12-1 odds from America’s Line and 14-1 odds from Wynn Las Vegas. Jack is fortunate to span many a fan’s television lifeline. Did I watch him on General Hospital? Heck no, but my dad’s girlfriend did…as did everyone else in that age group demographic. Was I glued to my television screen in college (yes, I’m old) when he was the hottest guy next to Grant Show on Melrose Place? Yes, yes I was. Sadly, despite his stellar day and night soap resume, he’ll likely appeal to viewers as Heather Locklear’s (God, she was a great bitch as Amanda–RIP MP) recent ex-fiance.
Melissa Gilbert, ex-wife of my childhood husband, Bruce Boxleitner (if you didn’t watch/have never heard of Scarecrow and Mrs. King, I am sad for you. #Netflix) is pulling 12-1 odds from Wynn Las Vegas and 20-1 odds from America’s Line. Most famous for her long run on Little House on the Prairie, it begs the question, what would Michael Landon say?
Personally, Urkel aside, Martina Navratilova is someone I would LOVE to see make it far in this competition. I love tennis. I play tennis. I am horribly God awful at tennis. But I have always loved my tennis icons…and while America’s Line gives this superstar athlete and Wimbledon champion 25-1 odds coupled with Wynn’s 30-1 odds, I have a feeling she’ll prove us all wrong. Deuces.
Pictures of the 14th season cast are below. Place your (non-monetary, I no way condone or promote gambling) bets now!
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE VEGAS ODDS FOR THE SHOW? WHO ARE YOUR FRONTRUNNERS? ARE THERE ANY CONTENDERS YOU BELIEVE WILL BE QUIET UNDERDOGS? THOUGHTS ON THE CAST PHOTOS?
CLICK THE CONTINUE READING BUTTON TO SEE THE CAST PHOTOS!
Other celebs who will compete on the ABC hit show include actor William Levy aka the Spanish Brad Pitt who also appeared on the Real housewives of Miami, legendary singer Gladys Knight, singer Gavin DeGraw, and actor Jaleel White aka Steve Urkel from Family Matters.
Below is the full list of the 12 celebrity contestants this season as well as their pro partners:
The View’s Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy
Actress Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Extra Reporter Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
Actor Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya
Cuban Actor/Model William Levy and Cheryl Burke
Music legend Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus
Actor Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
Singer Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani
NFL receiver Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
Disney Actor Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower
Singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
The new season premieres March 19 on ABC.
[Photos Credit: WENN]
TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE NEW DWTS CAST? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON?
It’s time for the results yet again on Dancing With The Stars, and the evening starts out with the female pros performing a very pro-ladies dance. It makes me wish I was much more coordinated than I am — what talent!
Of course, we resume with the highlights from Monday night and let’s be honest; Rob Kardashian has been doing an amazing job since the news that sister Kim’sdivorce became public. I think he just needed his own spotlight after years (and years and years and years) of being in the shadow of a certain group of ladies that share his DNA. Likewise, Hope Solo’s shining performance — her best dance of the season per the judges — is revisited. Then, of course, the results show reminds us of the first perfect score (of two!!) of the season for J.R. Martinez’s waltz. Love. Him. If he doesn’t win, I will be very sad.
The show wastes some time with a mildly funny skit with the man who made me love this show… Jerry Rice. It’s the previous three dancers who are on the chopping block, and (duh) J.R. is deemed safe. Hope joins the winner J.R. in the semi-finals and poor Rob finds himself in unwarranted jeopardy. The show continues what it believes to be a funny NFL commentary sketch with Len Goodman playing an unconvincing Jim Nantz.
Andrea Bocelli performs, and as talented as he is, I am more a Bieber (read: I wouldn’t know timeless singing if it hit me in the face) fan. There is more Super Bowl-esque humor and critique. Really? ABC had nothing else to fill the time than this silly faux football discussion? I remember thinking it was dumb last year. Glad to see they brought it back. I take that back… it’s better than the crew having Len imitate Hope Solo’s nude ESPN magazine cover.
Tonight’s Macy’s Stars of Dance doesn’t highlight one individual, but instead focuses on a troupe from Cirque du Soliel performing to Michael Jackson hits. Sign me up and buy me ticket, please. Following that amazing performance is a number by Flo Rida. I’ll admit it; I still have his cell number in my phone from when he published it in an article to get “closer to his fans.” He’s yet to answer, but there’s something about getting to hear a rapper’s voicemail message.
The next two “stars” are up for judgment: Nancy Grace and my favorite (runner up) Ricki Lake, who didn’t live up to her past expectations with Monday’s performance. Of course, Ricki is safe and Nancy, once again, heads to the bottom. Dare I say she’ll be safe? It’s a tough call. She promotes herself constantly on her own show, clearly she has a fan base. Rob, not so much, but he does seem to come from a family America can’t seem to ignore (unfortunately), love them or loathe them. I know who I think deserves to keep dancing, but I think he’ll be trumped by Nancy’s massive following. We shall see after the commercial break.
Rob looks stoic and Nancy seems smug as they take their place for the results. WHAT? I was wrong and for once I’m kind of happy about it. Nancy is not going to the semi-finals. She exits with class,and her partner, Tristan, exits with even more class. He’s awesome.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE FINAL FOUR? WERE YOU SHOCKED TO SEE NANCY LEAVE? WHO DO YOU WANT TO WIN DWTS?