ABC unveiled the Dancing With The Stars season 12 celebrity-dancer pairings this morning on Good Morning America!
Kirstie Alley, 60, will be paired up with pro hottie Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And according to Kirstie, the pressure is on. “My partner [Maksim Chmerkovskiy] is calling me ‘G’ for Grandma,” she said at Monday’s press conference. “He says I’m too slow. I call him ‘M’ for mean.”
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff Romeo and Chelsie Hightower Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
The 12th season of DWTS officially kicks off March 21 on ABC.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THESE PAIRINGS? WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE TO WIN?
Following the very dramatic and scandalous last season of the Bachelor, the ABC hit show returns this year in what is being called a scandal free season.
The 15th season of the Bachelor brings us back Brad Womack, a 38-year-old Texas bar owner. ABC’s decision to choose Brad as the new bachelor was met with some criticism as some felt he already had his chance and blew it. This is in reference to Brad’s now infamous decision to not pick either of this two finalists, DeAnna Pappasand Jenni Croft, back in 2007.
In a new interview with PEOPLE magazine, Brad reveals he has turned a new leaf and even declares he is “very much in love” with his final pick. “I did find love, and I’m very happy to say that,” Brad said. “I’m very much in love. I’m a happy guy.”
Brad adds, “A true love story happened.” The new season of the Bachelor premieres Jan. 3 (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.
In related Bachelor news, Dancing With The Stars professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy blogged recently that he is now filming the Ukrainian version of the Bachelor. Even more interesting, Maksim revealed ABC had asked him to be the Bachelor on the US version but he declined.
The photos and brief bios of the 30, yes 30 bachelorettes this season is below!
In a new interview with E! Online, Maksim, 30, voices his disdain for DWTS. “This season has just been ridiculous,” he stated while also slamming Bristol Palin. Reason? It all has to do with an interview Bristol did on Monday with In Touch magazine during which she stated: “Maks does not like me. He thinks I don’t deserve to be here because I’m not the best dancer.” Excerpts from Maksim’s interview below -
What about the alleged right-wing conspiracy theory keeping Bristol on the show? Are you starting to believe it?
I definitely think that the system is flawed. I think there are a lot of problems with it. I have a lot of friends in the Philadelphia area who couldn’t call at all. People here, in front of me, picked up the phone, dialed one time and it said, “Thank you for voting. You are over your limit.” Anybody crazy would think, “This is a conspiracy theory. Everybody’s out there and wants Bristol to win.” Not at all. I think it’s just a flawed system.
Are you mad at all about it?
I felt really disappointed with Bristol. On Monday night, I found out that she went on record saying that I said something about her along the lines of, “I don’t like her because she’s still here and she’s not a good enough dancer.” Every time I’ve opened my mouth about Bristol, I’ve been nothing but supportive…For her to come out on Monday night and totally smear my name the way she did, that’s just completely uncalled for…I have no idea where she got it from, but wherever she got it from, shame on her and shame on whoever told her that.
Maksim also added that he doesn’t care who wins at this point but he is rooting for Kyle Massey.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON MAKSIM’S COMMENTS? IS DWTS’ SYSTEM FLAWED?
Despite being in the top 2 for most of the season, singer Brandy, 31, and her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiyfell short last night as they were eliminated from the dance competition just a week before the finals. Elimination is based on both judges scores and viewer votes.
Just how shocking was Brandy’s elimination? Well for one, you could hear a collective gasp as well as some loud boos coming from the audience. Even Bristol Palin, who advanced to the finals despite receiving the lowest scores for 7 straight weeks, looked stunned following the announcement that she was safe.
“I don’t know how to feel right now. It hasn’t processed yet for me,” said a visibly stunned and emotional Brandy right after hearing the news.
“I am numb,” Brandy told UsWeekly after the show. “I mean, I gave it everything I had. And I don’t have any regrets at all. I’m so proud of me, and I say that humbly.”
As for Maks, he seemed to take the news better, perhaps being that he is used to the routine by now. “The fact that people vote and their voices count. I love the fact that this show represents that, represents the people’s choice,” he said.
However, the next comment Maks made now has some people wondering if this will be his last season on DWTS. “I don’t regret a second of the last five years of my being on the show and definitely not a second of me being on this season. It’s been an amazing journey.”
Thoughts – While Bristol has vastly improved through the season, no one can argue that Brandy deserved to be in the finals much more than Bristol. I ask again, why is Bristol even on the show? What exactly is her accomplishment? I honestly feel bad for Bristol as she shouldn’t even be on the show to begin with. She is not a “star,” not even a reality star. And now, she is simply being used as a pawn in a dance contest that has turned political.
People are obviously voting for her to make a statement. Let’s face it, while she seems like a nice girl, she doesn’t have the charm, personality or charisma of Kyle Massey, who has won the hearts of viewers. Plus with the exception of the last 2 weeks, Bristol seemed all but over the show. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if Bristol won as that would definitely make the ultimate “statement.”
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON BRANDY’S ELIMINATION & BRISTOL MAKING THE FINALS?
Karina, 32, confirms to PEOPLE that baseball player and beau of a year Brad Penny, 32, actually popped the question to her on Oct. 4.
“We kept it quiet because my family is in New York and Brad’s family is in Oklahoma so we kind of wanted them to come out and celebrate and be a family first before we let the cat out of the bag,” said Karina, showing off her 4.5 carat Asscher Cut diamond engagement ring over the weekend.
Though the two have yet to start planning their wedding, Karina could not be happier. “I’m marrying a Southern Gentleman,” she said.
On to tonight’s new episode of Dancing With The Stars, with 5 contestants remaining, the show will be doing something it has never done before.
Maksim revealed last week that all of the stars and their partners will have to rehearse for tonight’s show without knowing what song they will be dancing to. The teams will be given their dance song just 20 minutes before they have to dance live tonight. Should be an interesting show.
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON KARINA’S ENGAGEMENT AND TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF DWTS?
A Picture of Karina’s Engagement Ring Below, Estimated Cost - $95,000.
Despite receiving his highest score this week for his Quickstep, 41-year-old former NBA player Rick Foxstill found himself on the chopping block, making it the second week in a row the lowest scoring star was not eliminated on DWTS.
“It’s been a transformational journey for me,” Rick said following his elimination. “It’s been amazing. My relationship has transformed with my girlfriend, my daughter – it’s the most enjoyable time having her here and sharing this with me.” Rick’s actress girlfriend Eliza Dushku sat in the audience with his daughter.
Rick also had some nice words to say about his partnerCheryl Burke. “What I’ll take out of this competition,” he said, “is a friendship with Cheryl and, hopefully, 15 to 20 new dance moves.”
On next week’s episode of DWTS, the show will be doing something its never done before. Maksim Chmerkovskiytells E! News, ” They’re going to give us the dance after the show tonight but they won’t give us the music. So we’re going to have to prepare a dance without the music and get the music next Monday [during the show] and…we’ll have 20 minutes to prepare our dance.”
Maksim, who feels that the new change is really unfair, also adds, “I’m not really sure if I think it’ll make for great TV. I just think it’s absolutely unnecessary pressure on celebrities that are already under pressure. “
TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RICK GOING HOME? AND THE RULE FOR NEXT WEEK?
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)