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Monday
Mar252013

"Dancing With The Stars" Kicks Off Week Two on Monday

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- The second week of the new season of Dancing with the Stars begins Monday night on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Each of the 12 couples will perform a jive, quickstep or jazz routine.

Comedian D.L. Hughley flopped in his ballroom debut last week, earning the lowest score of the night. For his second dance, he and pro partner Cheryl Burke will attempt the quickstep. He tells ABC News, "I'm going to work harder, and...I guess I have to get eBay to get me some new hips. But the great thing about the next dance I'm doing, I don't need hips."

Andy Dick and his partner, Sharna Burgess, found themselves near the bottom of the leader board on the season premiere. Burgess thinks their first dance, a foxtrot, was a little too stuffy for Dick. She said, "I'm going to allow Andy to have some of his creative freedom in the comedy aspect of the number, because we went so dapper in the tails and top hat and I think now we gotta switch it up and show everybody that funny side of Andy, maybe that twisted side."

Wynonna Judd enters Monday night's round with concerns about her planned quickstep with partner Tony Dovolani. She says she has to be able to trust him to lead her on the dance floor.

Jacoby Jones, who was in the middle of the pack on the leader board last week, is looking to improve in other areas. The Super Bowl winner recently told ABC News, "Probably work on my posture and my toe pointing. That's the main thing they want us to do, so I gotta work on that."

The first elimination of the season will take place this Tuesday night.

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Monday
Mar182013

"Dancing with the Stars" Kicks Off New Season Monday Night

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- The Dancing with the Stars ballroom is opening its doors Monday night for 12 new celebrities.

The 16th season of the ABC competition begins with a two-hour premiere, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

The new stars include two gold-medal-winning Olympians, figure skater Dorothy Hamill and gymnast Aly Raisman; a pair of country musicians, Wynonna Judd and Kellie Pickler; a recent Super Bowl winner, the Baltimore Ravens' Jacoby Jones; a real housewife, Lisa Vanderpump; and troubled comedian Andy Dick, whose struggles with substance abuse and the law is well-documented.

At age 16, Disney star Zendaya Coleman has already made Dancing with the Stars history by becoming the youngest celeb to compete on the show.

Raisman is considered to be one of the early front-runners to win the Mirror Ball trophy, but she believes Jones will provide stiff competition. 

She tells ABC News Radio, "I've seen his moves, and he is very confident, so I think he's going to do well."

On the other hand, some people think Dick will get a quick hook.  Even if that's the case, he says the show keeps him out of trouble.

Dick says, "There's no room for drinking when you're doing this kind of dancing and rehearsing and whatnot."

Here are the pairings for the new season:

  • Zendaya Coleman, star of the Disney Channel series Shake It Up!, and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy.
  • Andy Dick, actor and comedian, and his partner, DWTS newcomer Sharna Burgess.
  • Dorothy Hamill, won figure skating gold at 1976 Winter Olympics, and her partner Tristan MacManus.
  • D.L. Hughley, comedian and actor, and his partner Cheryl Burke.
  • Jacoby Jones, Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens wide receiver, and his partner Karina Smirnoff.
  • Wynonna Judd, country music star, and her partner Tony Dovolani.
  • Sean Lowe, The Bachelor star, and his partner Peta Murgatroyd.
  • Victor Ortiz, boxer, and his partner, DWTS newcomer Lindsay Arnold.
  • Kellie Pickler, country music star and former American Idol contestant, and her partner Derek Hough.
  • Ingo Rademacher, General Hospital actor, and his partner Kym Johnson.
  • Aly Raisman, gold-medal-winning gymnast at 2012 Summer Olympics, and her partner Mark Ballas.
  • Lisa Vanderpump, star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and her partner Gleb Savchenko.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Friday
Mar152013

Vegas Oddsmaker: Gymnast Is Celeb to Beat on "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC/Rick Rowell(NEW YORK) -- Twelve stars have been tapped to compete in the new season of Dancing with the Stars, which begins this Monday night on ABC.  Which of them is the favorite to win the Mirror Ball trophy?

Try Olympic gold medal winner Aly Raisman, one of the members of the USA's "Fierce Five" gymnastics team at last summer's London Games.  Las Vegas oddsmaker Johnny Avello pegs Raisman to be the early front-runner, giving her odds of 5 to 1 to win the Mirror Ball trophy.

Avello explains, "She's just 115 pounds of energy.  And if she follows someone like Shawn Johnson, who knows, maybe she can win it all.  Now it is early, but I think she'll be a contender."

It's a flattering comparison for Raisman: Johnson, a gymnast herself, is a former Dancing with the Stars champion.

On the other hand, Avello believes comedian Andy Dick and reality star Lisa Vanderpump are the most likely celebrities to be bounced early from the competition.  Fortunately for them, the first results show doesn't take place until Tuesday, March 26.

Annie Barrett, a longtime Dancing with the Stars recapper for Entertainment Weekly, agrees that Raisman is the contestant to beat, and that Dick will be on a short leash with viewers.

She declares, "I really don't think many Dancing with the Stars fans will want to see Andy Dick week after week.  I really don't.  I think he's pretty offensive, he's been through a lot of recent troubles, and I just wouldn't want it to become a freak show starring Andy Dick."

Barrett adds that recent Super Bowl winner Jacoby Jones is a wild card in the competition and could use his charm to his advantage.

Here's a rundown of all of the pairings for the new season:

  • Zendaya Coleman, star of the Disney Channel series Shake It Up!, and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Andy Dick, actor and comedian, and his partner, DWTS newcomer Sharna Burgess
  • Dorothy Hamill, won figure skating gold at 1976 Winter Olympics, and her partner Tristan MacManus
  • D.L. Hughley, comedian and actor, and his partner Cheryl Burke
  • Jacoby Jones, Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens wide receiver, and his partner Karina Smirnoff
  • Wynonna Judd, country music star, and her partner Tony Dovolani
  • Sean Lowe, The Bachelor star, and his partner Peta Murgatroyd
  • Victor Ortiz, boxer, and his partner, DWTS newcomer Lindsay Arnold
  • Kellie Pickler, country music star and former American Idol contestant, and her partner Derek Hough
  • Ingo Rademacher, General Hospital actor, and his partner Kym Johnson
  • Aly Raisman, gold-medal-winning gymnast at 2012 Summer Olympics, and her partner Mark Ballas
  • Lisa Vanderpump, star of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, and her partner Gleb Savchenko

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Mar122013

"The Bachelor's" Sean Lowe to Compete on "Dancing with the Stars"

ABC(NEW YORK) -- Sean Lowe is going from The Bachelor to the ballroom.  The newly-engaged “Bachelor” will compete on the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

The announcement was made live on ABC's Good Morning America Tuesday after Monday night's dramatic three-hour finale where Lowe dropped down on one knee and proposed to finalist Catherine Guidici.  Guidici accepted the proposal and the sparkling Neil Lane diamond engagement ring that Lowe presented her at the final rose ceremony in Thailand.

“I am so tired of keeping secrets, but now they’re all out,” Lowe said Tuesday on GMA, referring to his new Dancing gig and to having to keep his relationship with Guidici a secret for months.

Now that he’s found a real-life partner, Lowe will pair up on DWTS with professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd on the dance floor.  Murgatroyd, who has competed with Gilles Marini, won the mirror ball trophy on season 14 with contestant Donald Driver.

Lowe joins 11 other celebrity contestants who will take to the dance floor on the season 16 premiere on Monday, March 18, on ABC.  Music legend Wynonna Judd, former Idol finalist Kellie Pickler, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump, comedian Andy Dick, and NFL star Jacoby Jones are among the headliners.

Lowe, a 29-year-old entrepreneur from Dallas, said Guidici has been fully supportive of his decision to appear on the reality show.  He said that dancing lessons will help him out when the couple tie the knot.

"When we have our big day, hopefully I’ll make her proud," he said of Guidici.  "I won’t make a fool of myself on my dance floor."

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison said the wedding would air this summer on ABC.

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Thursday
Feb282013

Report: Emily Maynard 'Angry' About Not Being Included on "DWTS"

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) -- Former "Bachelorette" Emily Maynard is reportedly “angry” about not being invited to participate in the upcoming season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

The latest issue of Us Weekly quotes an insider as saying the 27-year-old single mom “desperately wanted” to participate in the ballroom show.  The source adds that Maynard “badly wanted to be back in the spotlight."

Former Bachelor stars Melissa Rycroft and Jake Payelka both competed on Dancing with the Stars, with Rycroft winning the All-Star edition last November.

The upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars will feature singer Wynonna Judd, comedian D.L. Hughley, Lisa Vanderpump of Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, comedian Andy Dick, boxer Victor Ortiz, Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, actor Ingo Rademacher, singer Kellie Pickler, Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill and NFL star Jacoby Jones.

A 12th celebrity participant will be revealed before the new DWTS season begins on Monday, March 18.

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Wednesday
Feb272013

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Trading "Dancing with the Stars" for Hollywood

Charley Gallay/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The lineup for the new season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars was revealed on Tuesday's Good Morning America along with their professional partners, but one name was glaringly absent: Maksim Chmerkovskiy.  The 33-year-old pro says he's ditching his dancing shoes for Hollywood.

"I’ve been a pro dancer on the show for about seven years now and am eager to explore other opportunities that have been made possible because of the show," Chmerkovskiy, via his rep, told ABC News Radio.  "I'm going to take this time to dive into producing and acting, while fulfilling my sponsorship obligations."

Fans of Chmerkovskiy weren't surprised, as he's long hinted of leaving the show. 

In a TV Guide blog post last year he wrote, "To be honest, I have many offers and I might need a break...The audience can’t expect for me to want to stick around, and the producers can’t expect me to want to stick around.”

And if his past DWTS partner Kirstie Alley has anything to do with it, Chmerkovskiy may have an acting gig in the pipeline.  She told Life & Style that she wants him on her new TV Land series Giant Baby.  He guest-starred as a ballroom dancer last year in the July 25 episode in The Exes, where he danced opposite of star Kristen Johnston.

Chmerkovskiy isn't the only dancer not returning to DWTS.  Pros Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower and Louis Van Amstel are also not returning this season. 

An ABC spokesperson says in a statement that it's nothing personal that the dancers weren't asked back, adding, "We frequently rotate the professional dancers, so it is not unusual for them to rest a cycle.  As we consider who will be matched up each season, there are a lot of factors that dictate which couples make the best pairings."

"We appreciate each of our dancers' dedication to the show, so this is a very difficult decision.  Anna, Chelsie, Louis and Maks continue to be a part of the Dancing with the Stars family," the statement concluded.

Returning pro Cheryl Burke is sad to see that some of her colleagues won't be joining her in the ballroom again this spring.

She tells ABC News Radio, "These are friends that I've known since before the show even started."

However, Burke adds that "it's nice to have fresh new meat," meaning new Dancing with the Stars pros Gleb Savchenko, Sharna Burgess and Lindsay Arnold.

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Tuesday
Feb262013

New "Dancing with the Stars" Cast Revealed 

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- The lineup for the new season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars was revealed on Tuesday's Good Morning America.

The new celebrity cast features two Olympic gold medalists, two comedians, and a Super Bowl champion.  Absent from the pro lineup this season: audience favorite Maks Chmerkovskiy.

The celebrity competitors include:

  • Jacoby Jones, Baltimore Ravens wide receiver, partnered with Karina Smirnoff
  • Wynonna Judd, country music star, partnered with Tony Dovolani
  • D.L. Hughley, comedian and actor, partnered with Cheryl Burke
  • Lisa Vanderpump, star of Bravo's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, partnered with newcomer newcomer Gleb Savchenko
  • Andy Dick, comedian and actor, partnered with newcomer Sharna Burgess
  • Victor Ortiz, American boxing champion, partnered with newcomer Lindsay Arnold
  • Zendaya Coleman, star of Disney Channel's Shake It Up, partnered with Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Aly Raisman, Olympic gold medalist, partnered with Mark Ballas
  • Ingo Rademacher, actor, partnered with Kym Johnson
  • Kellie Pickler, country music star, partnered with Derek Hough
  • Dorothy Hamill, Olympic gold medalist, partnered with Tristan McManus

Dancing with the Stars returns on Monday, March 18, with a two-hour premiere on ABC.

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Feb262013

Report: Andy Dick Signs On for "Dancing with the Stars"

JB Lacroix/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- The new cast of Dancing with the Stars will be announced Tuesday morning on ABC's Good Morning America, and one of the celebrities who will vie for the Mirror Ball trophy this spring will be troubled comedian and actor Andy Dick.

That's according to TMZ.com, which reports Dick was on the Dancing with the Stars set Monday, as was another comedian, D.L. Hughley, and reality star Lisa Vanderpump.

A source says Dick has been cast "more for comedy...nobody expects much from him," though Dick himself is said to be taking the competition seriously.

Dick has struggled with substance abuse in the past and appeared on Celebrity Rehab.  He's also had multiple brushes with the law in recent years.

Super Bowl-winning Baltimore Ravens player Jacoby Jones has already been confirmed to have joined the cast by ABC.  Some of the other rumored names include Wynonna Judd, former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler, and current "Bachelor" Sean Lowe.

Dancing with the Stars
returns on Monday, March 18, with a two-hour premiere.

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Tuesday
Feb122013

New "Dancing with the Stars" Cast to Be Revealed this Month

ABC(NEW YORK) -- ABC has announced that the new celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars will be revealed live on Tuesday, Feb. 26, on Good Morning America.

The stars for season 16, plus their professional partners, will be unveiled during ABC’s flagship morning show between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. Eastern time.  Twelve celebrities will be vying for the Mirror Ball trophy.

The show will once again be hosted by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, and will be judged by regulars Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.

Dancing with the Stars returns on Monday, March 18, with a two-hour premiere.    

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Thursday
Jan242013

Report: Lance Armstrong Offered Spot on "Dancing with the Stars"

Michael Stewart/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Lance Armstrong may no longer be able to compete in the Tour de France in the wake of his admission that he used performance-enhancing drugs, but he apparently can still contend, if he chooses, for the Dancing with the Stars mirror ball trophy.

Sources tell Entertainment Weekly ABC offered Armstrong a spot on the upcoming edition of Dancing with the Stars.  The source says Armstrong declined.

The report says the network approached Armstrong before his revealing interview with Oprah Winfrey.

EW reports Armstrong’s spokesman confirms the DWTS offer, saying, “Lance has been offered the show each and every year since its inception.  Although flattered he has passed on their generous offers.”

The source says Armstrong is one of several "big get" celebrities who are regularly invited to participate in the ballroom reality series.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Lindsay Lohan had also turned down an offer to appear on Dancing with the Stars.

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