This week, Dancing With The Stars announced their new lineup for the dance competition's 30th cycle.
As always, the cast has its ups and downs, but should make for an interesting season.
Next season could be even more interesting.
90 Day Fiance star Julia Trubkina is very interested in competing in the near future.
The handsome and graceful Alan Bersten made a post on Instagram promoting the upcoming DWTS season.
90 Day Fiance and 90 Day Fiance: Happily Ever After? alum Julia Trubkina saw her chance and she took it.
While many would like to shoot their shot with Alan, Julia was taking her chance with DWTS itself.
"Hi, I want to be [on the] next season of this show," Julia wrote in a publicly visible Instagram comment.
"How can I sign up for casting?" she asked.
Julia added: "I will be greateful for hint."
Obviously, 90 Day Fiance fans were instantly reminded of a scene from Happily Ever After? Season 6.
Early on, before Julia and Brandon even (on camera) settled on an apartment, Julia went job hunting.
Having experience dancing in nightclubs in Russia, she figured this gig would go well without formal American qualifications.
What could have been a forgettable reminder that many jobs are needlessly inaccessible turned into an indelible moment.
Julia, auditioning to be a dance instructor, busted numerous moves while on camera.
While she did not get that particular job, she did elicit a lot of laughs.
Julia was a fan favorite on Season 8 of 90 Day Fiance.
There, her sense of humor and polite resilience played well against the deranged narcissism of Brandon's parents.
Most of us would have run for the hills in the first week if not sooner. Julia endured Betty's nonsense because she was in love.
But the glow of fan favorite status can't carry someone through multiple seasons by itself -- it gets "boring" to viewers.
Season 6 of Happily Ever After? showcased Julia's toxic jealousy issues and, at times, an apparent lack of forethought.
Were it not for the sinister machinations of Brandon's mother, like that awful "party" ambush, one might think that Julia was the villain.
The result has been that viewers have mixed ideas about how to feel about Julia.
Some, after her weird stance on cosmetic surgery and the ugliness of her jealous streak, no longer like her.
For that matter, some people never did. Some viewers actually bought Betty Gibbs' act, believe it or not.
Others like Julia just fine, even if has some human flaws (because she's a human) to work on.
Everyone has room to learn and grow, and Julia is at her core a funny and likable person.
Even at her most toxic, she's a good person who loves her husband and is not abusive or cruel.
As for her Dancing With the Stars dreams, well, she's certainly a public figure known to millions, so that's a good start.
We would love to see her compete and think that she'd do well.
But, for the record, Instagram comments are not how you apply.
Julia would likely want to apply to the show through an agency, having a representative get her the gig.
She probably knows that. In fact, her 'question" might not be real at all.
Julia is a smart young woman. It may be that she wrote the question to attract public attention, helping to show her worth to the show.
That said, 90 Day Fiance isn't an ABC show, so they're not going to get first dibs on DWTS.
Our grim suspicion is that, if they were to cast someone from the cast, it would be a can't-miss name like Angela Deem or Big Ed Brown.
Neither of them deserve it, but their bad behavior and unique looks arguably make them more iconic.
It's a pity -- we'd rather watch Julia dance any day.
And maybe we'll get our chance to see just that if Julia gets her way.
Every minute that Julia spends on the dance floor is a minute spent away from the farm. We will keep our fingers crossed.
Dancing With the Stars has done it again.
The long-running ABC competition, which has often cast controversial contestants with questionable pasts, has once again given a platform to a so-called celebrity who is only famous for being really awful.
In this instance, the show may have plummeted to a new low, too.
On Wednesday, we learned that Olivia Jade willl compete on Season 30 of Dancing with the Stars.
And just who is Olivia Jade?
She's a 21-year old social media influencer who is also the daughter of disgraced actress Lori Loughlin.
Jade was also at the center of an enormous scandal in 2019 after her parents were indicted for a college admissions scandal.
Loughlin and husband Mossimo Giannulli infamously admitted that they paid $500,000 in bribes to ensure their daughters’ admissions into the University of Southern California.
This scheme included pretending that Jade was a member of her high school rowing team.
At one point, Jade willingly posed for a photo (below) to make it look like she took part in this sport... in order to pad her high school resume and fool the aforementioned university into accepting her.
After months of social media silence, Olivia spoke out about the scandal on Red Table Talk in December 2020
“I think for anybody, no matter what the situation is, you don’t want to see your parents go to prison, but also I think it’s necessary for us to move on and move forward,” she said on Facebook Watch series.
“I’m not trying to victimize myself.
"I don’t want pity — I don’t deserve pity. We messed up.
"I just want a second chance to be like, ‘I recognize I messed up.’ I never got to say, ‘I’m really sorry that this happened,’ or ‘I really own that this was a big mess-up on everybody’s part,’ but I think everybody feels that way in my family right now.”
As punishment for her sin, Jade has now been rewarded with a platform on national television.
And some people dare to say that certain folks benefit from white privilege!
As for who will be joining thiis pretentious and spoiled 21-year old on Season 30?
ABC previously confirmed that former Real Housewives of Atlanta cast member Kenya Moore would be coming on board.
So will JoJo Siwa, who will make history by competing with a same-sex dance partner.
We can now also report, meanwhile, that Matt James is on board.
The Season 25 Bachelor, James selected Rachael Kirkconnell as his champion... only to break up with her after a bunch of racist old social media posts surfaced... and then got back together with her.
The ex-athlete is one of many Bachelor Nation stars to take part on the show.
Trista Sutter, Melissa Rycroft, Jake Pavelka, Sean Lowe, Chris Soules, Nick Viall, Joe Amabile, Hannah Brown and Kaitlyn Bristowe all appeared on Dancing with the Stars over the years.
Elsewhere, Olympian Suni Lee has also been cast on Season 30.
Season 30 kicks off on September 20 on ABC at 8/7c.
Dancing with the Stars kicked off Season 29 on Monday night...
... via a commercial that featured the family of Carole Baskin's missing husband asking for leads about his whereabouts.
Yup: things looked rather different this year on the ABC franchise.
Baskin, of course, starred on the Netflix documentary Tiger King and is widely believed to have murdered Don Lewis in 1997.
Early on in the premiere, an ad appeared across the screen that depicted Lewis’ daughters, Gale, Lynda and Donna, his attorney John Phillips, and his former assistant, Anne McQueen, asking for any information that would help them find the missing millionaire.
“We need to know what happened to our father,” his oldest daughter, Donna, said in the footage.
“Do you know if Carole Baskin was involved?” the lawyer asked, adding that the family is offering a $100,000 reward for information.
So... that was awkward.
And so was the debut of Tyra Banks as host.
Taking over for Tom Bergeron, the former lead of America's Next Top Model appeared very nervous and stiff, messing up many words, reading off a teleprompter and asking basically the same question of every contestant after his or her video package aired.
Is it too late for Bergeron and producers to make up and for Tom to take back over?
As for the tandems, which were finally revealed on Monday? And who leads the competition after opening night?
We gotta start with Baskin, right?
Teamed with Pasha Pashkov, the polarizing reality star and alleged killer danced to Eye of the Tiger (because of course she did) and earned a combined 11 points.
Dancing a Jive, meanwhile, AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke were the first couple to take the dance floor.
The Backstreet Boys singer scored a six from all three judges and walked away wiith a total of 18.
Not awful for his first-ever effort on the program.
On the flip side, Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko struggled.
The Selling Sunset star came across as anything but natural during her Tango.
She was anxious. She was nervous. She stumbled a bit.
She scored a total of 13 points.
Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd Foxtrotted on the premiere.
The former came across as charismatic and, well, extremely strong, putting his muscles to use during the performance.
They got 17 total points.
On the Salsa front, Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong were full of pep and energy.
And lime green outfits.
There were also two lifts on the pair's way to 18 points.
Anne Heche and Keo Motsepe displayed a whole lot of joy for their Cha Cha, with the latter clearly leading the way... but that's to be expected, right?
It was a strong debut for the team and it also earned them a six from all panelists.
Another 18, folks!
Jesse Metcalfe and Sharna Burgess did a Quickstep, easily the hardest dance on the premiere.
The actor was able to keep up pretty well, though, impressing viewers with his light and deft touch.
Still, he couldn't break 20. We're looking at yet another 18.
Skai Jackson and Alen Bersten raised, the bar, however.
They did a Tango and Jackson attacked it with passion.
There's an evident chemistry between these two and some serious talent on Skai's part.
It was then on to a Cha Cha from Kaitlyn Bristowe and Aretm Chigvintsev.
The two were in sync throughout and the former Bachelorette definitely has some ability. She just showed some nerves on opening night.
Who can expect perfection so soon, though?
Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson dressed all fancy and made us feel like we were watching a 1940s movie.
The Foxtrot looked gorgeous across the board -- and Nev blew us away with his hand extension! And his height!
They also earned a total of 20 points.
For their Cha Cha, meanwhile, Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart weren't exactly sharp... but they also displayed a great deal of chemistry.
Weir, an ice skater used to the big stage, was as confiident as any celebrity on the premiere and was having a blast throughout.
They picked up 18 points.
As for Justina Machado and Sasha Farber, the former looked totally at home on the dance floor. They did a Cha Cha and we marveled over their footwork.
Farber does not lack for enthusiasm, either. Wow!
They garnered 21 points and a spot near the top of the leaderboard.
The same can't be said for Charles Oakley and Emma Slater.
This Salsa featured the former NBA star mostly being used as a prop.
He was stiff. He had no sense of timing and, well, Oakley is really gonna need to rebound next time if he wants to stick around.
They got a trio of 4s and 12 points overall.
Monica Aldama and Valentin Chmerkovskiy made a strong opening impression.
They totaled 19 for their Foxtrot for a dance that asked a lot from the star, most notably when it came to the need for quick feet.
But she did not disappoint.
Finally, we close with Nelly and Danielle Karagach.
This Salsa included the fifth lift of the night (gotta be a record, right?), along with the rapper needing to sink down and take more advantage of his legs.
He was a little out of of control at times, but Nelly has potential and obviously a lot of rhythm.
They got 16 points.
Dancing with the Stars has cast many shady characters over the years.
Remember the outcry over Sean Spicer?
Remember how Tom Bergeron even spoke out against the inclusion of Donald Trump's former press secretary and infamous liar and it maybe even led to his departure from the program?
Well.. at least Spicer isn't an alleged murderer.
The same cannot be said of Carole Baskin.
As Tiger King fans know very well, the cat lover and infamous animal activist is suspected of killing her second husband.
Baskin, naturally, has denied rumorrs that she fed this spouse to one of a tiger -- but the speculation persists. An investigation has even been opened to find out the truth.
And yet: ABC just welcomed Baskin with open, self-interested arms.
On Wednesday morning, the network announced this year's Dancing with the Stars cast, stunning viewers by confirming that Baskin will be competing for the Crystal Ball Trophy.
Imprisoned rival Joe Exotic has not yet spoken out on this unexpected decision ... but social media users have not held back in the 24 hours or so since Baskin appeared as a cast member on Good Morning America.
Asked one critic:
"Carole Baskin killed her husband & took everything from Joe Exotic and still got cast on Dancing With the Stars???"
"Unless Carol Baskin feeds her dance partner to the cats, I won’t be watching #dwts."
Tiger King, for those unaware, sky-rocketed to nationwide popularity early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
It centered on Baskin's rivalry with Exotic, a fellow alleged animal activist who Baskin believed was abusing the tigers in his care.
Exotic is currently serving a 22-year sentence behind bars for hiring a hitman to take Baskin out, while Baskin is the CEO of Big Cat Rescue and may very well have killed former husband Jeff Lewis.
He's been missing since 1997.
And Exotic is convinced that Baskin murdered him.
We have no idea who will be partnered wiith Baskin on Dancing wiith the Stars.
But we do know the other D-List celebrities who will be joining her on the show. They are:
Chrishell Stause, Vernon Davis, Monica Aldama, Jeannie Mai, Nelly, Anne Heche, Jesse Metcalfe, Nev Schulman, Skai Jackson, Charles Oakley, Justina Machado, Johnny Weir, Kaitlyn Bristowe and AJ McClean.
Will you be tuning in to see if Baskin kills it on the dance floor?
(Sorry. We had to.)
Last week, the world learned the real, sinister reason Sean Spicer is still on Dancing With The Stars despite his abysmal dancing.
Fans and judges alike are frustrated that the season has been effectively rigged when other, talented dancers have gone home.
But one extremely talented dancer, former Bachelorette Hannah Brown, is actually defending the polarizing politician.
Hannah Brown spoke to Us Weekly about her weakest competitor, Sean Spicer.
"I think everybody works really hard," Hannah characterizes. Oh, she's being very diplomatic.
She accurately describes: "and the fans vote for who they want to be in the competition."
Sticking to facts, Hannah adds: "and that is how this is going to go."
"We all just have to continue to work hard and do our best," Hannah expresses.
"And," she adds. "I don’t think Sean is any different than that."
"I think he is working hard and doing his best as well," Hannah politely says.
We're sure that he's doing his best. it's just that his best, you know, sucks.
Fans and viewers have been left scratching their heads for weeks now.
How in the world did Sean Spicer manage to stay afloat for so many episodes?
Things came to a head on November 4, when one of the season's most promising dancers, Kate Flannery, was eliminated.
It was enough for Carrie Ann Inaba to say: "I'm absolutely confused and in fact a little irritated."
"It’s frustrating," Inaba expressed.
She continued: "There are really great dancers being sent home, but that is part of our show."
"It’s always been the audience and the judges’ perspective," Inaba acknowledged.
She admitted: "I can’t be so mad at it, but it’s frustrating"
"I would like to beg the public to remember that this is a dance competition," Inaba expressed.
"Of course, vote with your heart," she added.
Inaba then suggested: "But also take a moment to consider everybody else in the competition."
She concluded: "And are you voting for the right person?"
Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli had similar feelings.
"They have to vote [and] make the vote based on actual achievement," he said.
"Know what people are giving to you within the competition," Tonioli suggested.
"‘Oh, he’s so nice, he’s just such a nice person.’ Well, yeah, I agree," he said. "But come on."
Len Goodman chimed in and spoke about Sean Spicer directly.
"He’s very popular with a certain element of the viewers, not the real dance fans," Goodman correctly stated.
He added: "You haven’t got to be a weatherman to see which way the wind blows."
"He should have gone three weeks ago before Sailor [Brinkley-Cook] went!" Goodman acknowledged. "But it is what it is."
He concluded: "The judges say this and the viewers say that and then it all comes out as it is."
Is Sean Spicer a good dancer? No.
But is he a good person who deserves his time in the carefree spotlight of a dancing competition? Also no.
Sean Spicer is a bad person who used his career to help a criminal administration harm the strength and reputation of the United States of America.
He should never have been given this opportunity. ABC created this situation for publicity and now they're reaping the resulting disaster.
These shows were great at one point.
But nowadays they're just circling the drain, preventing the inevitable.
They should be put out of their misery before they are remembered as some of the worst shows around.
SORRY NOT SORRY.
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Did Dancing with the Stars deliver another shocking twist to close out Season 27?
In a season that has been filled with controversy, with fans ruling it a popularity contest as opposed to a dancing competition, there have already been some headscratchers.
From the surprise elimination of Tinashe early into the season to last week's stunning elimination of Juan Pablo Di Pace on the same night he landed two perfect scores, we think it's fair to say fans are less than impressed with the series.
Hey, that's not to say we still think Milo Manheim, Alexis Ren, Bobby Bones, and Evanna Lynch could even be ruled as celebrities.
To the casual viewer, this season probably feels like a civilian edition, and we can't blame them. But how did those final routines pan out and did they even matter when it came to the final vote?
Let's break them down one last time!
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten — Argentine Tango 27/30; Freestyle: 30/30
It was clear from the first week of the competition that there was a lot going for both Alexis and Alan. They had the chemistry sorted and later embarked on a relationship.
Their Argentine Tango was not without flaws, and it was a misstep for this otherwise solid pair. Thankfully, they pulled it back with a rock-solid freestyle that showed why viewers are voting for them:
They're both flexible as hell!
Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess — Cha-Cha: 24/30; Freestyle: 30/30
Bobby has come across as a mere novelty act. The radio personality has charisma for days, but he's been lacking as far as dancing ability goes.
It's surprising he lasted this long in the competition. His Cha-Cha with Sharna was much of the same, but the Freestyle definitely kicked things up a few gears.
Where has that level of dancing been all season long? It did seem like it was too little, too late, but we still had the results to go.
Milo Manheim and Witney Carson — Charleston: 30/30; Freestyle: 30/30
Next to Juan Pablo, Milo seemed like the next best thing. He and Witney have been pulling in high scores all season long, and the pair secured another two perfect scores.
They perform well together and are confident. Whoever put them together at the start of the season knew they would make for a powerful duo.
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe — Halloween Night tango: 30/30; Freestyle: 30/30
Evanna started the season off in the middle of the pack, but she quickly adapted, and got her confidence back as the season progressed.
Pulling off two perfect scores in one night is difficult, but it shows just how far she's come since that first week.
After all of those performances, there was still room for Grocery Store Joe to show up with some of his Bachelorette alumni to prove why he should have been kicked out in the first week.
Seriously though, who the heck was voting for that dude?
In the end, Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess secured the Mirrorball Trophy, and yes, it's got to be one of the biggest twists to rock the series.
It's high time the dancing had a higher weighting on the results because the viewer vote is starting to ruin the show.
Will there be changes implemented? Time till tell.
In the meantime, congratulations Bobby and Sharna!
What are your thoughts on the finale?
Hit the comments below!
John Schneider is hoping he can mend his strained relationship with his three children.
In an exclusive clip of Monday’s Dancing with the Stars, the Dukes of Hazzard alum, who played Bo Duke on the comedy series from 1979-85, gets emotional while explaining how country music and DWTS has affected his life.
“What country music means to me is it’s three chords and the truth and it shines a light on things that happen in everyday life that are wonderful, not so wonderful, and that are heart-wrenching,” Schneider, 58, says.
“I’ve been going through a divorce now for four years and it’s awful. The worst part about it is that it’s wedged itself in between my three adult children and myself. Nothing I can do except hope one day one of my kids will call me up or show up. I look in the crowd every Monday thinking maybe tonight, maybe tonight.”
“If it weren’t for this music and now Dancing with the Stars, I don’t think I can survive it,” he admits. “It gives me great joy at a time where I desperately needed it.”
Earlier on in the season, Schneider briefly spoke towards his relationship with his children. whom he is not on speaking terms with.
“I’m hoping that I will do my family proud, I’ll do my love over there proud,” said Schneider told host Erin Andrews, referencing his girlfriend, Alicia, and added, “and maybe my children will speak to me again.”
After 21 years of marriage, Schneider’s estranged wife Elvira “Elly” Schneider filed for divorce in Los Angeles County on Nov. 14, 2014. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, according to court documents.
In September 2016, Schneider — he shares adult children Leah, Chasen, and Karis with Elvira — was ordered to pay his ex $18,911 every month, TMZ reported.
But in June, Schneider was sentenced to three days behind bars in the Los Angeles County Jail in June for failure to pay more than $150,000 in owed alimony payments to Elvira. The actor was released on the same day as his initial booking because of California’s overcrowded prison system, but his legal woes were not done with that.
Schneider was also ordered to serve an additional 120 hours behind bars for contempt, but that sentence was suspended by the court on the condition that he fulfills a four-part list of conditions, including filing back taxes to help clear title to their property in Apple Valley so that it could be transferred to her, paying his ex half of his owed earnings from Maven Entertainment, and offering certain financial disclosures before the end of the year.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.
Sophia Pippen is heading home.
After a strong performance to The Little Mermaid‘s “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” the 9-year-old, along with her partner Jake Monreal and mentor Sasha Farber, was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
Sophia, the daughter of NBA legend Scottie Pippen and Kardashian West’s best friend Larsa Pippen, had some reservations.
“It’s going to be hard to play a villain in this dance because I’m really shy,” she said.
But Kardashian West, 37, was able to calm the tiny dancer’s nerves.
“I came here today to encourage Sophia,” the KKW Beauty maven said. “I’ve known her since she was a baby.”
As Kardashian West reminisced about her own DWTS experience (she was eliminated in the third round with partner Mark Ballas), she was able to give Sophia some advice.
“I wasn’t on for very long,” she said. “The rumba did me under.”
“I think my shyness really hurt me, so I really want you to be confident,” she added. “You just have to let it go!”
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
It was another night of shocking results on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
During Sunday’s episode, Hudson West, along with partner Kameron Couch and mentor Haley Erbert, were eliminated following a second week of strong performances.
This week, the tiny stars and their partners got to choose a song from the year they were born. General Hospital star Hudson, 11, and his team chose to perform the Paso Doble to Madonna and Justin Timberlake’s “Four Minutes.”
“I’m so impressed,” judge and season 26 winner Adam Rippon told the couple. “You guys look like a really great partnership. It’s so fun to watch, and you know what, the next step for you is to just loosen up. Enjoy! If you can loosen up just a little bit more, you can take the performance to an even higher level.”
Unfortunately, with a total score of 22 out of 30, the pair did not have the votes to make it through to the next round.
Last week, Tripp Palin Johnston — along with partner Hailey Bills and mentor Jenna Johnson — and MasterChef Junior champ Addison Osta Smith— along with partner Lev Khmelev and mentor Keo Motsepe — were eliminated following a full night of epic performances.
“I wanted to do Dancing with the Stars: Juniors because my mom was on the show, and it looked like fun,” Tripp, 9, told PEOPLE exclusively. “I was nervous when my mom showed me clips of young dancers. I have never danced before. I worked past the nerves by just remembering to have fun.”ith — along with partner Lev Khmelev and mentor Keo Motsepe — were eliminated following a full night of epic performances.
DWTS Season 25’s Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz are hosting this season, with Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, longtime DWTS pro and two-time Mirror Ball champ Val Chmerkovskiy and La La Land choreographer Mandy Moore as judges.
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
More than a decade ago, Lynch, now 27, was cast in the Harry Potter films as Luna Lovegood — a character that helped change her life for the better.
“My most memorable year would be 2006, which is when I booked the role in Harry Potter, because I was the biggest fan,” Lynch said of the most memorable year of her life on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars. “It was just my great love at that time. So then suddenly I was in the world, living the dream.”
“I just adored the Harry Potter franchise and Luna Lovegood was my favorite character, so it was just like a lot of things to process at once,” explained Lynch, who booked a January 2006 open casting call for Luna.
But beyond playing her favorite character, Lynch shared that Luna “helped me through a really difficult time.” The actress revealed that in her adolescence, she battled an eating disorder.
“When I was like 11, 12, I was battling an eating disorder. Anyone who’s had an eating disorder knows it completely takes over your life,” she said.
During that difficult time, the Harry Potter book series served as a positive outlet for the actress. “And the only thing that could actually take my attention apart from that was the Harry Potter series,” shared Lynch, who began writing to Rowling, the author and creator.
“I started writing to J.K. Rowling and she wrote back and we became pen friends after that,” said Lynch. “I was in and out of hospital and I would be getting these letters.”
Reflecting on the dark period of her life, Lynch said that Rowling’s “books and her kindness really made me want to live again.”
“I love the feeling of creating and acting more than I love the feeling of being skinny or of being perfect,” said Lynch.
For her DWTS performance, Lynch and pro partner Keo Motsepe danced a Viennese Waltz to the Harry Potter theme song, and earned a 27/30 for the magical number.
“Being in Harry Potter changed my life because it proved to me that I could do something, that I had something to offer the world,” said Lynch, who clarified that Rowling had no part in her casting.
“We were pen pals. We were writing to each other for years, but then when the open audition happened, it happened within two weeks from the audition to getting the part and I didn’t have a chance to tell her,” she shared. “That letter that you saw was her reaction to when she found out.”
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors is off to a dramatic start!
During Sunday’s premiere, Tripp Palin Johnston — along with partner Hailey Bills and mentor Jenna Johnson — and MasterChef Junior champ Addison Osta Smith — along with partner Lev Khmelev and mentor Keo Motsepe — were eliminated following a full night of epic performances.
“I wanted to do Dancing with the Stars: Juniors because my mom was on the show, and it looked like fun,” Palin Johnston, 9, told PEOPLE exclusively. “I was nervous when my mom showed me clips of young dancers. I have never danced before. I worked past the nerves by just remembering to have fun.”
And while his time on the competition show was short-lived, he walked away with another lesson learned.
“I learned that even if I’m not the best, that I can still try my hardest and have fun,” he added.
Johnson said, “The biggest challenge I faced coaching the Juniors was accepting that I wouldn’t be able to go out on the stage and perform with them and/or help them through the routine if something went wrong. Usually, during the regular season, I am able to help my partner during the live show and count him through the routine! I had to put a lot of trust in my niece, Hailey, to guide Tripp through the live performance.
“I’m so incredibly proud of Tripp and Hailey,” she continued. “Tripp had never performed or danced before and so it was a great accomplishment for him to get the courage to perform in front of millions of people.”
During his time on the show, a shy and more reserved Palin Johnston got plenty of support from his mom, Bristol Palin, and grandmother, Sarah Palin.
“My mom said to try my hardest, and to have fun, my grandma said the same thing,” he said.
And while Osta Smith, the first girl and youngest contestant ever to win MasterChef Junior at the age of 10, didn’t make it through to the next round, the 13-year-old will remain busy as she continues to work on her first cookbook while inspiring kids and adults to do what they love.
DWTS Season 25’s Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz are hosting this season, with Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, longtime DWTS pro and two-time Mirror Ball champ Val Chmerkovskiy and Emmy winner and La La Land choreographer Mandy Moore as judges.
“I’ve worked with a lot of young kids for a few years now and I think that I’ve realized that I always get the most when I’m honest, but I can poke fun but in a way where they feel like they’re letting their guard down because then I tell them something serious,” Rippon previously told PEOPLE.
“I’m the kind of judge I am as a coach, where I try to be funny and break the tension but I’m serious,” he added. “Because it’s serious, it doesn’t mean it needs to feel like life and death.”
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Dukes of Hazzard alum, who played Bo Duke on the comedy series from 1979-85, made his debut on the reality dancing competition series on Monday evening, when season 27 premiered. Schneider, 58, and his pro partner, Emma Slater, performed a foxtrot on night one and earned an 18/30 from judges.
On the second evening of a two night premiere, Schneider, 58, discussed his inaugural dance while standing alongside Slater, who advised him on Monday to not watch the introductory video package that aired before their performance.
“When people watch the package before they dance, they’re watching themselves and then all of a sudden they’re like, ‘Oh no, I’ve got to dance!’ And then like things fly out their head,” Slater, 29, explained to co-host Erin Andrews. “So I’m like, ‘Focus. Don’t listen.’ ”
Schneider added with a laugh, “I just wanted to get over the car,” referencing the red Dukes of Hazzard General Lee replica car that he slid across.
Going into night two, the star, who was safe from elimination and progressed to the second week, added, “I feel good. I’m so excited to be here” before revealing that he and his children are not on speaking terms.
“I’m hoping that I will do my family proud, I’ll do my love over there proud,” said Schneider, referencing his girlfriend, Alicia, and added, “and maybe my children will speak to me again.”
After 21 years of marriage, Schneider’s estranged wife Elvira “Elly” Schneider filed for divorce in Los Angeles county on Nov. 14, 2014. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, according to court documents.
In September 2016, Schneider — he shares adult children Leah, Chasen, and Karis with Elvira — was ordered to pay his ex $18,911 every month, TMZ reported.
But three months ago, Schneider was sentenced to three days behind bars in the Los Angeles County Jail in June for failure to pay more than $150,000 in owed alimony payments to Elvira. The actor was released on the same day as his initial booking because of California’s overcrowded prison system, but his legal woes were not done with that.
Schneider was also ordered to serve an additional 120 hours behind bars for contempt, but that sentence was suspended by the court on the condition that he fulfill a four-part list of conditions, including filing back taxes to help clear title to their property in Apple Valley so that it could be transferred to her, paying his ex half of his owed earnings from Maven Entertainment, and offering certain financial disclosures before the end of the year.
Rather than complying with the court’s full list of conditions, however, Schneider asked the court to restore his jail sentence following his early release.
In a July 6 letter to the judge in his case, obtained by PEOPLE, Schneider wrote that he had “regret and embarrassment” about declining the opportunity to comply with the court’s conditions but that “I am leveraged to the max” with various loans while trying to do “what I believe is ‘right’ throughout this whole process.” He went on to reveal that Maven, an independent entity, had already made several financial advances on his behalf and his earnings have thus been diminished by his indebtedness to it.
Schneider said it was “unlikely” he would be able to comply with the conditions set forth by the court to have the charge dropped, and thus avoid his three-day jail sentence, so he instead effectively asked the court to simply lock him up for the entirety of that sentence.
“I am willing and able to accept the punishment for my actions/inactions as to this matter and I request this court to impose such sentence without further delay,” he wrote.
However, we may not see Schneider fitted with cuffs again just yet. On July 17, Elvira’s attorneys filed a motion to strike the letter from the record as an unlawful ex parte communication until a hearing could be arranged and the attorneys could have the opportunity to cross-examine Schneider as to his claimed financial woes.
Schneider is expected to complete 240 hours of community service as part of his sentencing structure, whether he returns to jail or not.
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Dancing with the Stars treated viewers to quite a treat the night before Halloween, as two contestants were sent packing on Monday night.
Indeed, the ABC competition scared up a stunner when both Nikki Bella and Vanessa Lachey were eliminated.
The results were announced not long after Bella and partner Artem Chigvintsev earned 24 points for their Jive and after Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned the same score for their Paso Doble.
Not great tallies.
But not terrible ones, either.
(This special Halloween installment also featured the first team dances of Season 25.
Team Monster Mash - including Jordan, Lindsey, Terrell and Nikki - scored 24 out of 30; and Team Phantom of the Ballroom - comprised of Victoria, Frankie, Drew and Vanessa - earned 30 out of 30.)
At the end of the episode, some viewers were left shocked that two stars got the boot - while others were left shocked over which two got the boot.
Specifically, a contingent of the Internet believes the gender of these stars played a key role in their elimination.
Yes, Dancing with the Stars is now facing accusations of sexism.
“An extremely sexist show!!!” someone with the handle @Mieczyslaw wrote after witnessing a pair of early-season favorites go home, adding:
“This protection with male artists must end!”
We had no idea such a protection existed.
Has Dancing with the Stars been under a sexism microscope in the past?
“I’m sorry but the two eliminated teams from #DWTS got screwed,” @kmf409 Tweeted. “I think there are two male stars who should have gone before either.”
It appears as if a number of fans think Terrell Owns and/or Drew Scott should have been eliminated long before either Lachey or Bella.
Especially when you consider that Scott took a tumble on stage last night.
“#DWTS really there is no way Terrell and Drew should of stayed over Nikki and Vanessa,” exclaimed @tylllah92, who believed the results to be “straight BS."
The user @reneesbellas agrees:
“PLEASE do not try to come for me and tell me Drew Scott & [Terrell] deserved to stay over Nikki Bella & Vanessa Lachey That’s a damn lie."
And while not every critic believes sexism was to blame for this outcome, some pointed to long-standing chatter that Dancing with the Stars is rigged.
“Never believed in the rumours of #DWTS being rigged until this season & I’m not just being petty…,” one Twitter user wrote of the latest elimination, while another chimed in as follows:
“Rigged. Nikki Bella was cheated. We know her fan base and scores.”
Who would rig the show?
Why would he or she rig it against Vanessa and Nikki? It's unclear.
Are you buying any of these claims?
Do you think there was anything legitimately fishy about these eliminations? Sound off now!
Amidst rumors that he and Dancing with the Stars partner Vanessa Lachey don't exactly get along, Maksim Chmerkovskiy has come out and attempted to quiet all such chatter.
He's issued a direct apology to the television personality.
"As you are all aware, I had to leave the show last week to take care of some personal issues," Chmerkovskiy Tweeted on Wednesday, adding:
"I take full responsibility for my actions and want to apologize to my partner Vanessa.
"We are both looking forward to dancing for our fans next week!"
To open the ABC broadcast on Monday night, co-host Erin Andrews told viewers that the international stud muffin was absent due to "personal issues" and Lachey would be dancing with Alan Bersten instead.
No other information was given at the time.
But the timing was questionable because Chmerkovskiy essentially no-showed an episode just as the Internet was blowing up with rumors of a rivalry between himself and his partner.
"There is a lot of fighting going on behind the scenes," a source told Us Weekly this week, explaining a bit more in detail:
"Their personalities are very similar so they disagree about everything. They refuse to give into one another...
"They’re playing nice for the cameras, but both are miserable paired with each other."
This alleged dispute hasn't affected the tandem on screen, however.
If there is a beef, it's been put aside during the actual program, as Chmerkovskiy and Lachey have sat atop the leaderboard all season long.
And they'll be back at it again in just a few days.
"New week! VEEEEERY excited for @DancingABC new dance studio and new dance with @Vanessa Lachey! Can't wait to be back at the Ballroom!" Chmerkovskiy also Tweeted yesterday.
Fellow professional Lindsay Arnold, meanwhile, has confirmed to People Magazine that she saw Maks and Vanessa in the studio this week.
Elsewhere, actress Sasha Pieterse (who is competing on Season 25) also spoke to People and basically said if there's tension between Chmerkovskiy and Lachey... well... she hasn't seen it.
With Vanessa's husband (Nick Lachey) and Maksim's wife (Peta Murgatroyd) also paired up this fall, the former Pretty Little Liars star says everyone is having a blast.
“Honestly, they’re awesome, I love them. Nick and Vanessa are awesome so are Peta and Maks. They’re such a fun partnership,” said Pieterse, who is still alive with partner Gleb Savchenko.
In the end, of course, does it really matter if Chmerkovskiy and Lachey get along?
If anything, it's almost more interesting that they may detest each other personally, yet are still able to perform well professionally.
All we know for sure is that we'll be tuning in next week to see if we can spot any issues at all between these two while they once again try to impress the judges and the viewers at home.
The first Dancing With the Stars results show of the fall is in the books, and the first celebrity of the Season 25 cast has been ousted.
Who lived to tango another day, and who exited stage left?
Following last Monday's Dancing With the Stars premiere, Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran seemed like a likely candidate for elimination.
Frankie Muniz was also at risk, while other stars such as Derek Fisher were likely sweating bullets as well following their initial scores.
Let's break down the routines and scores briefly ...
Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten - Quickstep - “This Is My Time” by Amy Stroup
Debbie knew she needed to adapt pretty quickly if she had any hope of staying in the competition, and it worked. The judges immediately noticed an improvement in her performance with Alan.
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev - Waltz - “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones
Nikki and Artem's performance was not the best of the night, but it was also not the worst. They do play off each other very well, but the dance number could have been a bit more exciting.
It came off very disjointed in the end, and that's probably not going to bode well down the line. It's time to become pros at dancing.
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas - Quickstep - “Swing Step” by Jurassic 5
Let's just say if this were a competition for the best costumes per couple, we would definitely be handing Lindsey and Mark the win. The overall performance was decent, but breaking hold was detrimental to their performance.
Barbara Corcoran and Keo Motsepe - Tango - “Whatever Lola Wants” by Sarah Vaughan
Barbara was livid about the rough time she had last week with the judges and opted to find a way to stay in the competition. Despite a much better performance, it was not enough to separate this duo from the pack.
Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd - Foxtrot “Mandy” by Barry Manilow
Okay, so Nick finally started to dance, but he continued to seem very wooden. We know he's not someone who gets embarrassed very easily because he stuck with Jessica Simpson throughout her big tuna incident.
The judges agree that the duo show improvement, but will that be enough to save them?
Drew Scott and Emma Slater - Quickstep - “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima
The judges were not ready to give Drew a free pass quite yet, so they were very critical of his performance. One of the biggest complaints was about his limbs flying about.
Emma, however, continued to get good praise, which makes sense because she's a dancing pro.
Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Foxtrot - “Hit Me With a Hot Note” by Tami Tappan Damiano
Nick's wife, Vanessa continued to flourish under the influence of Maks. Vanessa knows what is expected of her and that's why her first two performances with Maks have been such a hit.
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson - Tango - “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons
Could Frankie Muniz be a surprising winner at the end of the season? You can tell he is loving what he's doing and that's a good thing because viewers are also enjoying it. Everything about it was perfect, and the duo has a lot of chemistry.
Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke - Foxtrot - “Pillow Talk” by ZAYN
With the middling comments last week, Cheryl knew it was time to make some changes to right the ship. It was a much better performance, and Carrie Ann even pointed out that Terrell seems more into it this week.
That's what happens when Cheryl Burke puts her foot down. Good for her.
Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko - Viennese Waltz - “I’m Going Down” by Rose Royce
Who would have thought that Sasha would be the surprise 180 of the season? After an extremely wooden performance last week, she made her way to the floor and absolutely killed it. Carrie Ann was firmly on Team Sasha, while Len had some complaints.
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy - Tango - “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift
Victoria continued to defy the odds and even got to dance along to a Taylor Swift song. Out of everyone, Victoria has the most heartbreaking story, and it's clear she wants to be in the competition. The judges liked how on point the performance was.
Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess- Foxtrot - “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” by Ray Charles
This duo continued to be a problem, and everyone seemed to agree that Derek was the issue. He needed to learn to move around the ballroom and stop relying on Sharna for everything.
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold - Viennese Waltz - “Count on Me” by Judah Kelly
Jordan already emerged as a frontrunner last week with Lindsay, and thankfully, they continued to prove it was not just luck that they got to the top of the board.
They are definitely ones to watch as the season progresses.
Terrell and Cheryl and Barbara and Keo were the two unlucky couples who sat at the bottom of the leaderboard. In the end, Barbara and Keo were sent packing.
What do you think of the elimination?
Sound off below.
Dancing with the Stars continues on Monday on ABC!
Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars is officially underway as a new crop of celebrities (term used loosely) vies for ballroom immortality.
Or at least a shiny Mirrorball trophy. Close enough.
It feels like just weeks ago we crowned the previous winner, but that's expected with shows that air two cycles per year.
Let's handicap the performances and establish who the early frontrunners are.
First up was Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke, who went with the Cha-Cha to "Aint Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations. It was a fun enough routine to start off the new season, but it was not all that.
Len noted that it was a good one, but he thought Terrell needed to bring it in the coming weeks if he wanted to remain in the competition.
The duo scored 15/30.
Next up was Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten who danced along to "Lost in Your Eyes" by Debbie Gibson. Debbie was using Dancing with the Stars as her big comeback, and the first dance certainly made it seem like she could be on to a winner.
Working with Alan should help her go from strength to strength and become a force to be reckoned with. They scored 17/30.
Pretty Little Liars grad, Sasha Pieterse, joined forces with Gleb Savchenko and they danced along to "Like That" by Fleur East. It was a bit all over the place, and that was primarily down to Sasha's nerves.
We get it, it's difficult to perform live on TV, but Pieterse will need to adapt quickly if she wants to make it far. A little confidence boost will go a long way in her case.
Len picked up on the nerves and pointed it out, so it will be interesting to see how she performs down the line. They scored 18/30.
Drew Scott and Emma Slater went with "Our House" by Madness. There was a lot riding on the performance: Drew promised Emma that he would remodel her kitchen if they won the competition.
The dance was not a great start, and it was evident there was a lot of work to do in order to become a force. They scored 16/30.
Barbara Corcoran and Keo Motsepe went with "Money Make" by Ludacris feat. Pharrell. Their routine was not a good one, and it was evident Barbara preferred to flirt with Keo as opposed to practicing.
That's not a good thing to do, especially when America's watchful eye is on you during a big performance. To the surprise of nobody, they scored 14/30.
Jordan Fisher being paired up with Lindsay Arnold was always going to be a good thing. They danced to "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" by Shawn Mendes.
It confirmed what we all thought: Jordan's experience was going to work in his favor. He danced with confidence and knew exactly what was expected of him.
They scored 22/30.
Nick Lachey revealed in the past that he would never do Dancing with the Stars. What a difference a few years make. He joined forces with Peta Murgatroyd, and they performed to "Come Get It Bae" by Pharrell Williams.
Considering how the odds were stacked against them, Nick performed well, and the judges awarded them with 18/30.
When it came to Nick's wife, Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy, the big question was who got the most points.
Vanessa and Maks danced along to "Woman" by Kesha fear. The Dap-Kings Horns. It was a resounding success. Vanessa knew what was expected of her and delivered in a big way.
The judges enjoyed the performance and awarded them 21/30, so that was a great start.
Frankie Muniz made his big return to the spotlight after several years away, and we did not expect the big event to take place during Dancing with the Stars.
He partnered up with Witney Carson, and they danced to "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles. It was another solid performance and proved that Frankie was talented.
They scored 19/30.
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev turned in an energetic performance of "So What!" by Pink. Nikki was confident throughout the whole performance.
They scored 20/30.
NBA legend Derek Fisher joined forces with Sharna Burgess to perform "Basketball" by Kurtis Blow. Being partnered with Sharna was always going to be a positive.
Even with some missteps, they still managed to turn in a score of 18/30, which is a solid result for a first performance.
Victoria Arlen partnered up with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, and they went with “Born Ready” by Disco Fries feat. Hope Murphy.
It was evident Victoria was having a GREAT time, and that helped the performance. They scored 19/30.
The final performance of the night was Lindsay Stirling and Mark Ballas. They performed "Don't Worry" by Madcon. The pair had a lot of chemistry.
Lindsay worked very well with Mark, and it became apparent that these two could be ones to watch. They scored 22/30.
Who will be eliminated? Find out next Monday at 8/7c on ABC!
Heather Morris channeled Britney Spears last night on Week 3 of Dancing With the Stars, a familiar role for the one-time Glee cast member.
She did a fair amount of that impersonation back in the day.
Morris spent six seasons channeling Britney Spears on Glee, so getting into the spirit of her former namesake character was very familiar.
Still, the former Beyonce backup dancer was nervous to bring her back to this new show for a live, high-stakes performance.
Performing a tango to the pop star's “Toxic” Monday, she made sure of her survival as the Dancing with the Stars results were announced.
Heather described the experience as such:
“I’m here to show my fans - and the rest of the world - more about who Heather really is and, to me, this seems like a step back in time."
That doesn't mean it was easy, though.
Morris was admittedly anxious, but “I think once we got on stage and did it, it felt so much more powerful and specific to what we were doing."
There was also the Maks factor involved.
Pro Alan Bernsten was forced to become Morris’ temporary partner for the week as Maksim Chmerkovskiy recovers from a calf injury.
“The key was really just focusing on each other," Bernsten said, "as opposed to everything that was happening in the ballroom."
While the Spears influence on the routine is obvious, they tried to really harness the power of the tango as opposed to Britney.”
“Yeah, we used Britney’s essence, but it was all about the dancing and making Heather shine,” he said, and there's no doubt he succeeded.
Heather, who is rumored to be feuding with Nancy Kerrigan, another top contender this season, earned her place near the top of the scoreboard.
Making Morris feel even more confident?
Former Glee co-star Naya Rivera supporting her in the audience, where Morris says she was more excited about the routine than anyone.
“She was, like, so fangirling before this whole thing."
"She was, like, ‘Oh my God! I’m obsessed!"
"This is my favorite! I love it!'” said Morris.
“We come from a completely different world with Naya and Kevin [McHale] and all of them, but they are so supportive," she went on.
Kevin, also a former Glee co-star, "is so stoked to come watch the show. It’s fun to bring them into this world.”
While some believe Morris on Dancing with the Stars is unfair, given her background, she certainly keeps you glued to the screen:
Damn, some people taking Dancing with the Stars a bit too seriously. Charo, the ageless Latin star, squeaked by with a 25 out of 40 score this past week. In her mind, she’s a 50 out of 40.
An E! News source says that “Charo was super upset this week about her scoring and she feels like she’s being treated and scored very unfairly” and also that she is “seriously upset.”
I watched her recent performance on DWTS.
The evidence is in. She’s weak. Clapping off beat, messing up her ending, seems like her score is right where it should be. Half the time her partner, Keo Motsepe, leads her. The rest of the time Charo stomps her feet when not clapping. That’s it, no real dancing evident at all.
E! News also writes:
“She was telling producers that she doesn’t like how they’re underscoring her and she feels like she’s been treated so badly so she was threatening to quit,” our source continued. The producers were ultimately able to walk her back off the ledge, but we hear the threat still stands “unless they started scoring her performances more fairly.”
Here’s a clip of her seven years ago during the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
She’s basically doing the same thing here as she was doing on her most recent DWTS performance.
Let Charo quit. Her scoring’s gonna be so low anyway that she’ll be axed pretty soon. Cuchi cuchi indeed.
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess performed the Cha Cha on Monday night to help kick off Dancing with the Stars Season 24.
The professional bull rider and his partner displayed obvious chemistry on the dance floor, despite earning a a combined score of only 22 points from the judges...
... but it was an incident backstage that has everyone talking.
As Erin Andrews waited to talk to Nick Viall and the other contestants sat around behind the scenes, cameras caught Bolton pretty clearly pulling a Donald Trump:
He grabbed Burgess by the crotch!
Sharna proceeded to place Bolton's hand on her leg instead, but the awkward damage had already been done.
At least on the Internet.
This photo, for example, will live forever in infamy.
“I was telling her before we started tonight, ‘I can’t look at you for too long. I might get distracted. That’s why I might miss some of my steps,'” Bolton told People Magazine after the show, not helping matters and adding:
“She’s obviously beautiful.”
Burgess also acknowledged the "really obvious chemistry" between the partners, but said she is trying to remain "professional."
That could be challenging if Bolton keeps making unwanted advances.
We say that in jest. We assume this was a simple mistake.
But you can watch the clip and decide for yourself:
You go, girl!!
Peta Murgatroyd may have just given birth, like, eleven days ago, but that doesn't mean the new mom isn't ready to get real about the unrealistic post-baby body expectations thrown on to so many women!
The Dancing With The Stars star -- who welcomed the baby with her love Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- posted the pic you can see (above) to her Instagram account on Sunday, calling out body expectations and getting real about body goals!
Oh, and she also delivered a message about we can expect to see pics of the beautiful new baby, too!!
Here's what she had to say in a caption accompanying that pic (below):
Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant. Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most. The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time. Now it's time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey. 💪🏼💪🏼 #yesihaveascrunchieinmyhair #shaiiswortheverypound
Preach, girl, PREACH!!!She looks AH-Mazing in her post-baby body, five-month pregnant look be damned! And she should conform to no one BUT the best moves she personally needs to make for her own health!
[Image via Peta Murgatroyd/Instagram.]
Over the course of 23 seasons of Dancing with the Stars, over 40 professional dancers have lent their skills to teach celebrity partners and compete for the Mirror Ball trophy.
We've chosen the top 30 of all of those pros, and ranked them from worst (or you know, just not well-known) to the very best. See where your favorite landed on our list below!
30. Jenna Johnson
29. Ashly Costa
28. Gleb Savchenko
27. Keo Motsepe
26. Corky Ballas
25. Sasha Farber
It's been a rough few weeks for the swimming world's most lovable dumbass, Ryan Lochte.
Shortly after he was caught lying about being robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Olympics, Lochte made an unexpected career choice that's done little to help mend his battered reputation.
When rumors first began to circulate that Lochte would join the cast of Dancing With the Stars for the show's 23rd season, many took it as a joke.
Then the cast was officially announced, and Lochte confirmed that yet again, what seemed to ridiculous to be true was in fact a serious life decision that he made, presumably after careful consideration.
Now, Lochte is proving his critics right and demonstrating that like the Little Mermaid and so many millions of hooked fish before him, Ryan was really better off in the water.
On his very first episode, Lochte was rushed by protesters, who are now facing jail time.
That's hardly Lochte's fault, but it's the kind of idiocy you invite when you decide to weather the storm of an international scandal by doing competitive cha-cha's on ABC.
Anyway, it turns out Lochte is only slightly better at dancing than he is at lying his way out of tight spots.
On tonight's elimination show, he and Cheryl Burke are on the chopping block along with several other couples who all failed to earn immunity during last night's competition.
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough, Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Allison Holker, or Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber could all be sent packing.
Of course, a bad attitude is often a deal-breaker on DWTS and thus far, two stars have allegedly been caught speaking ill about their show and their experiences in the race for the Mirrored Ball.
Last week, sources claimed that Amber Rose griped that the show is "rigged."
Now, it seems Lochte is echoing her complaint.
According to Radar Online, the Olympian is not happy about facing elimination, and he feels that the judges knew he would never win the competition before he ever set foot on the floor.
“Ryan and Cheryl are pretty sure that they are going to be eliminated tonight," a source tells the website.
“Ryan was actually telling people that he thought the show was rigged and that everyone was out to sabotage him."
The 32-year-old also took issue with last night's unorthodox head-to-head format:
“He also said that it was unfair of them to put him and Cheryl up against James Hinchcliffe and his partner Sharna Burgess, because he said that they are both ‘really strong dancers.'”
The insider adds that Lochte was visibly upset after Hinchcliffe and Burgess emerged victorious:
“After they lost last night, Ryan was not even trying to hide his emotions," the source says.
"He was super upset and Cheryl was trying to console him, but he was not having any of it.”
So could Lochte be facing yet another public humiliation?
Based on these rumors, we'd have to answer that question with a resounding, "Jeah!"
Watch Dancing With the Stars online at TV Fanatic to get caught up in time for tonight's results show.
Dancing with the Stars just got a whole lot better looking.
According to E! News, both Julianne Hough and Derek Hough will make their returns to the ABC competition this fall, ensuring an uptick of drool on living room floors around the nation.
Because both are really attractive, that's our point.
Derek Hough will be the partner of one very lucky contestant on Season 23, while Julianne Hough will once again serve as a judge.
This sadly means she'll have less time this fall to head out on to the water with friends and show fans her naked butt.
We're not being crass. We're just explaining something that happened last week.
ABC does not comment on casting for the show, but E! News insists it has this information from a reliable source.
We'll know for absolute certain on August 30 when Good Morning America comes out with the full cast list for Season 23.
"It's kind of fun," Derek told E! of Dancing with the Stars, adding:
"Broadway's one of my plans, it's in my cards, it's happening, but right now it's leaving me open. Plans change a little bit, so now I have some time to create some fun opportunities, some fun things, including Hairspray."
Indeed, Hough will also be starring in NBC's Hairspray Live! as Corny Collins this year.
With this decision, Hough joins fellow professional movers and shakers Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy, Gleb Savchenko, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess, Lindsay Arnold and Sasha Farber on Season 23.
Derek is a six-time program champion who last conquered all comes with Bindi Irwin as his partner on Season 21.
As for his gorgeous sister?
Julianne is returning for her third season as Dancing with the Stars panelist after sitting out Season 22.
After she left last year, producer Rob Wade made it very clear that she could return at any time.
"Julianne will always be a part of the Dancing with the Stars family and we hope to see her back in the ballroom in the future," he told People Magazine.
As for the sort of famous dancers who Julianne will be judging and Derek either teaming with or trying to take down?
Thus far, Amber Rose, Ryan Lochte, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Terra Jole, Jake T. Austin and JoJo Fletcher have been rumored for the competition.
Simone Biles, who would clearly have won if she entered, said her schedule won't permit her to participate on Season 23.
But it sounds as if she may very well take part on Season 24 this spring, meaning no other star should bother showing up. She's going to win.
Tell us: are you psyched to have both Hough siblings back where they belong?
Fresh off his first place win earlier this week on Dancing With the Stars, Nyle DiMarco is already considering another turn in the spotlight.
It would appear that reality TV really is his bag, as the former America's Next Top Model winner is already contemplating joining The Bachelor.
"I mean, I don't know. Let's see if they reach out to me and see what happens," the star, who is deaf, told Us Weekly.
"We'll see what happens," he added. "I think it's funny because it would be kind of awkward to have an interpreter involved during the whole thing."
Aww, that could be cute to see the contestants try to learn sign language, like that scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral when the cute deaf guy asked the girl to dance and she signed, "That would be mice."
But DiMarco makes a good point:
"[The fantasy suite] would be a triangle," he joked.
Oof. Yeah, that could get awkward.
However, DiMarco is single, and his identification as sexually fluid could really spice things up on the dating show, which has been running for 20 seasons.
The Bachelor franchise has come under fire for lack of diversity in the past.
Earlier this year, ABC addressed the possibility of casting a black bachelor in the role, but no confirmation was made.
Could DiMarco be the first deaf, sexually fluid Bachelor?
Prior to his mirror ball trophy win, the handsome star dedicated his final DWTS performance to the deaf community, particularly hearing impaired children.
"There's about 70 million deaf people in the world and only two percent have access to education and 75 percent of parents don't sign to their deaf kids," he said.
"The show has made me realize how I can impact other lives," he continued. "It's not really about me. It's about the millions of deaf people that live."
I bet there'd be tons of ladies willing to accept a rose from that charmer.
Oh hell, there goes her top.
On last night's episode of Dancing With The Stars, eight teams continued to fight for the mirror ball trophy and avoid double-elimination.
The night's theme was "Icons," where each team performed routines to songs by legendary American artists.
Sharna Burgess and NFL star Antonio Brown danced to The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," and all was going well until one of the girls tried to sneak out of Burgess' costume.
As judge Len Goodman was listing off Brown's mistakes during the dance, host Tom Bergeron interrupted during the east coast live broadcast to let everyone know that Burgess was in the middle of a wardrobe malfunction.
It was terribly awkward, the way Bergeron handled the situation.
"They said to me, 'Look at Sharna's top,'" Bergeron announced.
Burgess was a great sport, and laughed when Bergeron told her about the nip slip.
"I'm only doing the producer's bidding.
"Pull it up, just a touch, just for the family," Bergeron told Burgess as he blocked her so that she could readjust.
After the girls were back in place, Burgess joked that she deserved a score of 10.
The pro dancer continued to joke about the malfunction on Twitter, tweeting with others and laughing about what had happened.
Hey, you had a nip slip. It happens.
It's like that time on Friends when Rachel Green's boob fell out of her Bloomingdale's chemise during dinner with Joshua and his parents.
"it's alright. I've got nice boobs," Rachel said.
Watch the video below of last night's competition...and the malfunction.
At least Kim Zolciack isn't giving up!
On Monday, the reality star opened up about her disappointing first performance on Dancing With the Stars season 21 premiere. The poor momma of six scored a terrible score of 12, the lowest score of the night.
While trying to fight back tears, the Real Housewives star explained:
"I am really proud of me. I put the time in. To get out there on the dance floor is a lot. It's one thing to film a reality show, be yourself and get paid for it! It's a different thing to walk out on stage, in front of millions of viewers and shake your bum bum."
Well, at least the 37-year-old tried! Not to mention dancing is a little less, uh...scripted than reality TV. Ha!
Responding to rumors that she might quit, Zolciak responded:
"Where can I go from here? Only up!"
Sounds like a good attitude, even if Kim did break down in tears!
Luckily for the Atlanta resident, her daughter, Brielle was there for support. The mom gushed:
"My oldest daughter is here tonight. She is my biggest fan. She started crying when I cried!"
Aw! Better luck next time, Kim!
[Image via ABC.]
When Kim Zolciak was chosen for Dancing With the Stars, most of us were excited. Sure, we love to hate her, but she definitely knows how to go over the top and put on a show.
However, apparently, that isn’t true if it involves dancing…
Kim bombed her “Egyptian Tango” routine on the Season 21 premiere of the hit reality competition show. Now, after her treacherous performance with her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani, Kim might be quitting the show!
Reportedly, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star had a major meltdown at Delta Airlines after the DWTS performance. TMZ reported that the meltdown started with a boarding pass snafu.
The airline allegedly tried to put half of Kim’s (really large) family and entourage on a different flight. Supposedly, Kim took out her disappointment and frustration with her DWTS sh*t show and flipped out at the Delta employee.
After her meltdown, sources disclosed that Kim might be leaving DWTS. She is bound by a contract, but she doesn’t want to perform again.
We aren’t sure if this is true or not. But Kim did quit The Real Housewives mid-season, so we wouldn’t put it past her.
An insider close to Zolciak stated, “Kim isn’t exactly used to not excelling. She doesn’t know how to handle not being the best at something.”
The source added, “She has already threatened to quit Dancing With The Stars, and has asked her agent if there was any way to get her out of the contract.”
“She was in tears after her embarrassing performance during the premiere – it’ll be a miracle if they get her back up on stage for night two.”
Bindi Irwin currently sits in first place on Dancing with the Stars Season 21.
Granted, this isn't saying much. A very disappointing Dancing with the Stars premiere yielded a top score of 24 points (for Bindi and also for Nick Carter).
But still. Irwin showed up some impressive moves while performing for the first time with Derek Hough.
They did the Jive to, naturally, Elton John's "Crocodile Rock," with Bindi giving her late father a shout-out prior to hitting the floor.
"Mom always says that any time dad would watch me dance around the zoo he would cry,” she said on camera prior to her routine.
“I think the real reason I am doing this is to make him proud and everyone back at home in Australia proud. I think that everyone back home in Australia is going to see a whole new side of Bindi."
Bruno Tonioli went on to refer to Irwin as “the wonder from down under,” while Carrie Ann Inaba gushed: "You are a superstar!"
Check out Bindi Irwin's Jive now!