The official Dancing With The Stars casting announcement doesn’t take place until next week on Wednesday, September 4, but TMZ has the lowdown on who might be competing for the Season 17 mirrorball.
According to the site, television icon Valerie Harper is one of the participating hoofers. Rumor has it, she’s already been practicing with professional dancer Tristan MacManus. Though she’s been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, reportedly she’s in good enough physical condition to undergo the strenuous strains the competition requires. Check out the rest of the rumored cast below.
Since I recapped the premiere of Dancing With The Stars Season 16, I thought I’d bookend the season by quickly discussing the finale. Another reason I wanted to write this post was to publicly pat myself on the back for doing a pretty good job with my pre-season predictions.
With exception to Dorothy Hamill (how was I supposed to know she’d injure herself week two?), I correctly guessed the first five eliminations. In addition, two of Season 16′s finalists were in my predicted Final 3. My track record with DWTS was a million times better than American Idol this season and I don’t even recap the dancing competition. Enough stroking my ego, let’s get to the results.
After watching the season premiere of Dancing With The Stars, I feel content with the predictions I made prior to the first telecast. Most of the celebrities performed as I thought they would with a couple notable exceptions. Both Andy Dick and Wynonna Judd impressed and entertained with their debut performances. That said, I still think they’re going to be eliminated within the first five weeks.
The stars had to dance either a cha cha cha, a foxtrot or a contemporary on the first night. With no results show until Tuesday, March 26, all of them get a second chance to impress viewers next Monday. Check out all the performances below and find out which ones were my three favorites and worst pick.
After going with an All-Stars edition, Dancing With The Stars is going back to basics for Season 16. While I enjoyed seeing returning favorites, I’m looking forward to tonight’s season premiere. While the star wattage isn’t as high as in previous seasons, I already have a few people I’m rooting for. Lisa Vanderpump, I’m talking about you.
Getting a first look at the “celebrities” with their professional partners is always exciting to watch. While I do enjoy witnessing the trainwrecks, I’m more stoked to see who comes bursting out of the gates gunning for the mirrorball trophy. Check out my predictions on how Season 16′s stars will fare.
Without a doubt, Andy Dick will be one of the first to go. I just can’t see the 47-year-old comedian having any sort of rhythm. Former ABC sitcom star DL Hughley might have some dancing prowess, but don’t think he has the fan base to support him. Speaking of fans, everyone knows that country music has diehard ones. Normally I would put Wynonna Judd higher, but with Kellie Pickler also in the competition, I think Judd will suffer and be ousted early.
Also in this bunch is my favorite Lisa Vanderpump. While popular with Housewives addicts (myself included), she probably isn’t well known outside the Bravo universe. Hopefully her signature wit and sass will win over new fans quickly. Last in this list is boxer Victor Ortiz. I’m sure when it comes to demographics, there isn’t much crossover between DWTS and boxing watchers. His chances aren’t helped by being saddled with new professional, Lindsay Arnold either. I thoroughly believe, viewers also vote for their favorite pros.
Sean Lowe must feel like the world has been lifted off those sexy broad shoulders of his. Not only did he have to hide the fact he’s engaged to Catherine Giudici for months, but he was also forbidden to reveal he’s competing on the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars. Boy can definitely keep a secret. Loose lips, sinks ships.
“I’ve always said I’m not looking for fame. In fact, I don’t like the fame aspect of The Bachelor or Dancing with the Stars,” Sean explains. “But when an opportunity like Dancing comes along, it’s too good to pass up. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
If Lowe can remotely dance, he’s got Season 16 of DWTS sewn up. America just loves this guy and I don’t blame them. IMHO, Lowe is the only person to survive his season of The Bachelor unscathed. Usually, a previous fan favorite comes off as a famewhore (Jake Pavelka) or dumbass for thinking with his other head (Benjamin Flajnik). Sean broke the trend and came off even more likeable. That’s what happens when you don’t become a man whore on national television. The cherry on top was seeing him cry as he watched his proposal to his Giudici for the first time. Now, that’s a real man.
As if the odds weren’t already in his favor, Sean gets partnered up with Peta Murgatroyd who’s a previous winner. Hopefully, newly-single Peta can keep their chemistry limited to the dance floor. I really want this televised wedding between Catherine and Sean to happen. Don’t you agree? It’ll be the first one ever for The Bachelor. Jason Mesnick’s runner-up wedding doesn’t count. Check out Peta and Sean’s official promo photo below.
My favorite part of every Dancing With The Stars season is the first episode. After weeks of buildup and buzz, we finally get to see who has the stuff to take it all the way and who’s there simply for fodder and ratings. This season that title goes to Andy Dick. I just can’t see the Newsradio star doing well. Poor Sharna Burgess. After spending several seasons in the Dance Troupe, she finally gets promoted to the big time, but saddled with Dick. LOL. With that said, the duo looks like they having lots of fun in their official promo photo.
ABC just released all the competing stars with their professional partners. This crop of wannabe hoofers doesn’t have the star wattage as previous ones, but I’m really looking forward to this season. We have new pro blood in the form of STYCYD alum Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Savchenko and the aforementioned Burgess. Based on first impressions Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough and Val Chmerkovskiy have the best chemistry with their stars. Check out all the photos below.
Dancing With The Stars is back with a new cast of celebrities ready to throw on their dancing shoes and compete for the mirrorball trophy, alongside their talented professional partners. The new cast were announced by hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet on GMA this morning, along with the cast members for this season.
As with every season, there is quite the mix of celebrities that include country music stars, comedians, actors, Olympians and pro athletes, reality stars, and as usual, one token Disney star.
The new season begins on Monday, March 18 with a two-hour season premiere from 8-10pm ET, with the results show taking place the following week on Tuesday, March 26 at 9/10pm ET. Check out the cast of DWTS Season 16 below and vote for who you think will win this season.
While Dancing With Stars continues to garner ratings (albeit declining), attempts of having celebrities compete on other surfaces haven’t fared so well. FOX’s Skating with Celebrities was a huge bomb and ABC’s attempt to replicate its DWTS success (Skating with the Stars) also lasted only one season. While the idea of celebrities falling on their asses doesn’t lure US audiences, over in the UK, Dancing On Ice is a huge hit. With seven series under its belt, the 8th season premiere is just around the corner.
Competing on Dancing On Ice Series 8 is a host of British celebs and athletes. X Factor winner Shayne Ward (pictured above) will compete alongside openly gay former rugby player Gareth Thomas, Olympian Beth Tweddle and other famous and not so famous people. Arguably, the biggest star competing on the series is a foreigner. An international star hailing from North America who competed on Dancing With The Stars. Have any guesses? Find out who below.