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ABC kicked off Season 19 of Dancing with the Stars last night. Despite my ho-hum reaction to the “stars” cast, I enjoyed the show. I especially enjoyed a peek of Maks Chmerkovskiy in the audience. ;)

Some seasons, like this one, the only reason I turn on the premiere is to see my favorite pros dance. Luckily I always find a star or two to root for along the way. But my interest fades a little bit each time one of the pros I like to watch – Anna Trebunskaya, Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Kym Johnson, and Maks come to mind – leaves the show.

Now it sounds like I will have one less reason to tune in to Season 20. Another one of my favorite pros, Cheryl Burke, recently announced that Season 19 will probably be her last on Dancing with the Stars

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DWTS pros Tony, Cheryl, Karina, Val

This morning on Good Morning America, ABC announced the twelve pro dancers who will compete on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. Why? I have no idea!! We already knew Maks Chmerkovskiy and Tristan MacManus won’t be decorating our TV screens this fall, so what’s the point?

I’m kidding, but in all seriousness, I’m willing to bet most fans of DWTS are more interested in the celebrity side of the cast. Never-the-less, here’s the list:

Dancing with the Stars season 19 will feature returning pros, Derek Hough, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd, Witney Carson, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Emma Slater, and Val Chmerkovskiy, and new pros, Artem Chigvintsev, Allison Holker, and Keoikantse Motsepe.

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Happy Birthday to a few of our favorite (and sometimes not so favorite) stars from Million Dollar Listing New YorkDancing with the Stars, Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, Jersey Shore, and more. See which reality TV stars celebrate a birthday in July:

Ryan Serhant – July 2, 1984
Mike Sorrentino – July 4, 1982
Pauly D – July 5, 1980
Tia Mowry – July 6, 1978
Tamera Mowry-Housley – July 6, 1978
Jessica Simpson – July 10, 1980
Tameka "Tiny" Harris – July 14, 1975
Peta Murgatroyd – July 14, 1986
Benzino – July 18, 1965
Julianne Hough – July 20, 1988
Chelsie Hightower – July 21, 1989
Tristan MacManus – July 23, 1982
Jennifer Lopez – July 24, 1969
Lisa Hochstein – July 24, 1982
Chris Harrison – July 26, 1971
Danielle Staub – July 29, 1962
Tim Gunn – July 29 1953
Mark Cuban – July 31, 1958

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Brody Jenner Hosts Wild Bash At Hyde Bellagio In Las Vegas

Rounding up the hottest reality TV stars of 2013 was no easy task.  But there was one person we all agreed on here at Reality Tea – Brody Jenner

Keeping Up with the Kardashians is not my cup of tea.  I've seen enough of it, however, to know that the eye candy that is Brody is the best thing to ever happen to that mind-numbing show.  Will I watch?  Still no.  But I will most definitely enjoy Brody's increased presence in the media while he sits under the big top of the Kardashian Famewhore Circus.

Look below for my list of reality TV's hottest stars. It's not perfect, I know, but it's my opinion. Enjoy! 

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The much-anticipated All Stars season of Dancing with the Stars is fast approaching. Pamela Anderson and Kelly Monaco talk about the coveted mirrorball, their fears, and injuries in a recent interview.

Pamela Anderson, who was eliminated sixth in season 10, is probably not going to win Dancing with the Stars All Stars. Still, it’s fun to dream. When asked what she would do if she won the mirrorball trophy, Pamela insists she’d carry it everywhere. She says, “I’d have a lot of parties afterward, but that goes without saying!”

She adds, “I don’t know if I could handle it. I don’t know if I could spiritually handle it if I won.”

On a serious note, Pamela says, “That’d be nuts. I’m not going to go there… I’m going to dance to dance.” She dances with cutie pie Tristan MacManus this season.

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It’s that time of the week again!  See what your favorite reality TV stars have been up to in an all new photo post!

Above: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Brandi Glanville attends a Nikki West launch event in Pasadena.

Below you’ll find Hollywood Exes star Nicole Murphy, Kim Kardashian, Kelly Monaco, Jill Zarin, Joanna Krupa, La La Anthony, JWoww, Laura Govan, Rachel Zoe, Holly Madison, DWTS pros Cheryl Burke and Peta Murgatroyd and more!

 

Photo Credit: Tony DiMaio/startraksphoto.com

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We start off Dancing with the Stars with a few random dance numbers to more of Motown’s greatest gems.

Melissa Gilbert and Maks are announced as “in jeopardy”, along with Maria Menounos and Derek Hough, while Jaleel “the comeback kid” White and Kym Johnson are declared safe.

After performances by Natasha Bedingfield and the Macy’s Stars of Dance, we have Boys II Men on the stage.  Sometimes I’m a little confused about the purpose of these results shows.  They just don’t have much to do with the DWTS, in my humble opinion. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the extra dances and musical guests, maybe I just don’t have the patience for it when I’m waiting for them to get on with the eliminations?

Peta Murgatroyd and Donald Driver have made it through another week in the safe mode, while Gladys Knight and Tristan are in jeopardy along with Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower.

The “Bottom Two” couples become Gladys and Tristan vs. Roshon and Chelsie, who must dance in front of the judges in a dance duel. The couples dance the jive for this one and they both did a great job, but the judges have to pick only one.  Carrie Ann and Len praised them both for their efforts.  Len tells Gladys again that she dances with her heart, just like she sings.  Bruno tells her it’s been an honor to have her on the show.

When it’s all over, Bruno and Len choose to save Roshon and Chelsie, which means Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus are eliminated.  Gladys has had low numbers all along, but I was secretly hoping she’d turn it around and stay longer.

TELL US – ARE YOU SAD TO SEE GLADYS GO? DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PAIR YET?

 

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This week on Dancing with the Stars, the couples dance to songs performed by The Temptations, Smokey Robinson, and Martha Reeves for Motown week.

Fittingly, Gladys Knight kicks off Motown week. Gladys invites her brother, Bubba, to rehearsals to school Tristan in Motown moves.  Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus dance the rhumba. Gladys is beaming and looks right at home on the dance floor. Carrie Ann thinks there were too many forgettable moments while Len wishes he could judge her with his heart. The judges give them a 21.

Maria Menounous and Derek Hough dance the foxtrot. Despite a mishap on the stairs, which left Maria disharmonious, the judges give her favorable reviews and a score of 26. Looking flawless, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower’s rhumba did not sit well with the judges. Carrie Ann also calls them on a lift. The judges give them a 23.  The judging continues to be consistently inconsistent.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas are next, dancing the Samba. Katherine and Mark look stunning and creepy in their golden outfits, respectively. Katherine certainly found the bounce she was looking for in rehearsals. Their samba is lively, fun, and well-choreographed. The crowd and judges love their routine. Len refers to Katherine as a midwife, because she delivers week after week, and Bruno felt it was exhilarating.  The judges give them a 29.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd dance a very solid foxtrot; however, Donald will have to wait at least one more week for that much-anticipated perfect ten from Len. Each judge gives them a nine for a total of 27.

Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy, the bad boy we all love to hate, dance the Viennese waltz. Maks is very hard on Melissa in rehearsals this week. He’s pushing and pushing and she’s left feeling a little bit crazy. Maks tells her it could be worse. “You could have an ugly partner,” he says. The Viennese Waltz is undeniably Melissa’s best dance. She looks lovely in this slower, lyrical dance.  The judges give them a 24.

The Jaleel that impressed in week one is back. Jaleel White and Kym Johnson tear up the dance floor with the cha cha. The judges declare a comeback and award them with a score of 29. The final dance of the night comes from William Levy and Cheryl Burke, dancing the rumba. Following their dance, Bruno says they’re wired for sex. Their dance was mostly vertical sex and groping, which earns them a 27 from the judges. Will Cheryl ever choreograph more technically rich dances for William or simply convince him to dance shirtless again? Does it matter?

Finally, all eight couples are on the dance floor for the dance marathon. Dancing the cha cha, the judges eliminate one couple at a time until there is one duo declared the winner. They’ll add three to ten points to their scores, depending on when they are asked to leave the floor.

Gladys and Tristan are eliminated first, adding only three points to their score.  Maria and Derek, Roshon and Chelsie, and Melissa and Maks are the next three couples asked to leave the marathon.  Donald and Peta are eliminated fifth, adding seven points to their score. With eight extra points, Jaleel and Kym are the next to be eliminated. The final two couples are William and Cheryl and Katherine and Mark.  William’s knee sliding on repeat fails to impress in the end. William and Cheryl will add nine points to their score, but Katherine and Mark are ultimately declared the winners, adding ten points to their already near-perfect score.

 

The final scores for Motown week:

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas – 39

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson – 37

William Levy and Cheryl Burke – 36

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd – 34

Melissa Gilbert and Maks Chmerkovskiy – 30

Maria Menounous and Derek Hough – 30

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower – 28

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus – 24

TELL US – WHO DO YOU THINK IS ON THE CHOPPING BLOCK THIS WEEK?

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