As you know from a previous post, the cast of the Dancing With The Stars “We Came To Dance” Tour performed at Radio City Music Hall last night. You can see some beautiful photos at Radio City Twitter. Here’s a fun facebook chat they held yesterday too.
Today is Maks Chmerkovksiy’s birthday and look what Peta Murgatroyd posted at her instagram…..yes, Maks and Baby Shai. So precious I had to post. Happy Birthday, Maks!
The cast of the Dancing With The Stars “We Came To Dance” Tour performed on Good Morning America today. Sharna and Val were interviewed a little too. Videos below courtesy of @Idolxfactor1. It’s so good to see them all and I love what Val said on being a new Uncle. Be sure to see the tour if you can. Tickets Here.
— Al Kahn (@idolxfactor1) January 17, 2017
— Al Kahn (@idolxfactor1) January 17, 2017
— Al Kahn (@idolxfactor1) January 17, 2017
I can’t imagine how Dancing With The Stars Mark Ballas felt sharing the stage with the real Franki Valli last night as the Broadway show “Jersey Boys” wrapped up its 11 year run. A night and time he will never forget! WELL DONE, Mark!!!
— Jordan Roth (@Jordan_Roth) January 16, 2017
These two instagrams by Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovksiy are so sweet. They update us on Baby Shai. Note how Maks says he’s the happiest he’s ever been. Don’t forget to pick up the new issue of People Magazine today for even more.
I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the well wishes for our little Shai. I've read all the beautiful blessings and he is without a doubt a lucky boy He is a healthy boy with an incredible appetite for food and love We can't wait to share him with you, but for the first most crucial weeks of his life we're just keeping him for ourselves and soaking up these moments. Thank you for your patience and all of your love! Designed by @thenessalee @nessaleebaby #vanessaantonelli Photo credit: @alanbarryphotography
It's been one week plus one day of my fatherhood and I'm the happiest person that's ever lived. I'm also feeling very protective and now understand what every parent in history have been going through for as long as humans have been giving birth. I don't let too many people come see my son and I don't want to put any of him on social media just yet. @petamurgatroyd and I just want to enjoy our little family, together with our loved ones, and take in all the precious moments which we'll never get back. So be sensitive please. Or not. Either way, hope everyone's year is off to an incredible start. Ours sure started with a bang P.S. Farts, poops and throw-ups are the best!
Whole lot to talk about in this interview with one of the executive producers of DWTS and Jessica Radloff of Glamour. First, she drops a date of March 20th – something I don’t think we officially knew before now. Then there’s this:
Season 24, especially, is going to be a big one. The show is celebrating its 400th episode, and producers are promising lots of nostalgia. “We will do something for it,” executive producer Joe Sungkur tells us. That’s not the only thing to look forward to: Sungkur also revealed that one fan favorite will definitely be back (though another will definitely not be returning). “As an overall for the season, we will bring back favorite themes, [inject] some new ideas, but also stick to what’s working so well. And we hope for romance in the air! Whenever there is romance, there’s a smile on our face.”
So dude just ADMITTED that they hope and pray (and plot and manipulate) to get some romance on the show. GAG me! This is a dance show! No more fauxmance!! Especially not if Val is one of the parties involved. He’s done enough damage with that routine. This pisses me off and we haven’t even gotten started yet. Anyway…
Speaking of romance, this season’s Bachelor—Nick Viall—may get the opportunity to show off his dance moves beyond his next one-on-one date. During my interview with the producers at ABC’s Television Critics Association winter press tour, the Wisconsin native dropped in our conversation and seemed to be very friendly with DWTS EPs Rob Wade, Deena Katz, and Sungkur. How friendly? Well, talks could already be happening (but more on that below).
Of course Nick was there, but I suspect this is just him sucking up and still trying to get a spot. He was there for the Bachelor and saw an opportunity. But you never know! All depends on how strong the rest of their cast is.
Looks like they’re hoping Julianne will be back and they’re working on her – but the very definitive “Derek will not be back.” is pretty hilarious. He blames it on MOVE, never mentions the competing dance show (of course) and is definitive TWICE. I suspect the urge to add the word “never” was hard for him to resist. 🙂 Mark might be back so there is hope for Ballas Fans.
Last season, it was lovely to see Sasha [do what he did] with his creativity and the way he worked with Terra. I think Gleb did a phenomenal job with his creativity, and the dance of last season was the shower dance. Creatively, we had never done that before. As the season progressed, it was important that we had dancers push boundaries like that.
Um, hardly the dance of the season and yes, it has been done before. Both Derek and Val have used water (more than once!!) in their dances. Jaysus.
Courtney: Let me fix that for you, bruh – you misspelled “desperation” as “c-r-e-a-t-i-v-i-t-y”. I still maintain that the “shower dance” was the most overrated dance of the entire season – and if they really truly believe it was super-creative (and they might not, they could just be doing some serious bullshitting), then this show really is a dumpster fire. Oh, yay, “romance” – that sure doesn’t sound planned AT ALL, and I’m sure it will all unfold COMPLETELY ORGANICALLY WITHOUT ANY MANIPULATION WHATSOEVER!!! 😀 So a “fan favorite” will be back, eh? I’m hoping that’s Mark, just so the choreographic future of this show doesn’t rest solely on Lindsay & Sharna’s shoulders, although part of me wonders if they might actually be referring to Peta – which makes me groan a bit, because this woman birthed a baby just 8 days ago. As for Derek – hehehe. I caught a clip of him on ET a few weeks back where the interviewer asked him if he’d be back on DWTS next season, and he gave a bit of a wry laugh before saying “Ummm, no” and just leaving it at that. Definitely not the diplomatic tack he has taken in the past, and probably a good indicator that he’s washed his hands of DWTS once and for all…which we kinda already gathered from the way he’s quite publicly indicated he’s now on the NBC payroll. As for Nick – I don’t watch The Bachelor/Bachelorette/etc., so I don’t really know what this dude’s gig is…although I vaguely remember talk of him being a “villain” (or “Viall-in”…?) and some magazine asserting that he was well-endowed down yonder (which he probably paid them to say). Hasn’t he done like, three or four iterations of the Bachelor series by now? Is he trying to become a professional reality show contestant? Guess DWTS would be the next logical step there. Anywho, the other thing that sticks out is the word “nostalgia”, which concerns me a bit…haven’t we done a ton of reminiscing about previous seasons at this point? How many retooled versions of “Hey! Pachuco” do we really need? Or bumper dances by Alfonso, Kelly, & Meryl? Give Flo Henderson a nice tribute, and then be done with it. And where’s my damn Prince tribute?!!!
Vogue: Finally, a premiere date! It’s been so quiet, I was beginning to think there wouldn’t be a Spring season. 😯 Anyway, I’m excited that they have half of the cast picked already. After what Miss Heidi and Vin posted in the first rumor post on him, I’m all on for Nick Vaill and he’s cute. 🙂 I’m excited for any returning Pros from last season….especially Gleb (sorry Rob, my fave dance of the season was not the shower dance! Are you serious? How can you say that with the level of creativity we saw in all the freestyle performances? Gleb’s other dances were more worthy. 😐 ). I really enjoyed Cheryl last season as well. I’m hoping Peta will dance, but, I bet she’ll want to stay home with baby Shai for a while longer before returning. I wouldn’t be surprised if she skipped the Fall season too. But, I agree on Sasha. He was phenomenal last season. I really hope Mark comes back. Without Derek coming back (lol to Rob not mentioning the real reason.), it will be nice to have his creativity added and I missed him. As for Theme Weeks, I’m not a fan for the most part…but, I LOVED “Cirque De Soul” week and hope they do it again. Here’s to the new season…..and to creative, well thought out choreography and, please, no MANIPULATING!! With “World Of Dance” premiering (and possibly at the same time at some point this Spring), Dancing With The Stars will really have to step up their game. Isn’t that right~ And Court…. amen to a Prince tribute!
Mark Ballas And BC Jean Perform At The Cutting Room In New York City – Review, Photos, Videos By Lily
You might know Lily from comments and other Pure blogs. Well, Lily saw BC Jean and Mark Ballas, aka Alexander Jean, perform in New York City, NY at The Cutting Room. Below she tells us all about it. Lily also sent us some fun photos and beautiful videos of their performances. You will love this. Enjoy! (((((THANKS LILY!!!!))))) You are a jewel!
I’ve been a fan of Mark Ballas on DWTS because of his creativity, choreography, goofiness and of course his dance skills. I had a meet and greet with DWTS live tour in January 2015, but Mark wasn’t there that day so I was disappointed that I didn’t get to meet him. During week 9 of DWTS S21, when Derek Hough and Bindi Irwin used Alexander Jean’s song Roses and Violets, I was inspired to see them in concert when they announced their tour last year.
When Alexander Jean played Webster Hall in NYC in July 2016, I was able to meet Mark and BC before and after their show! Since then, I have been able to see Mark perform as Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys in October 2016, and November 2016.
Mark tweeted about playing another gig at The Cutting Room in NYC. I was planning to go, but final plans didn’t work out until the day of the show! Marianne, another DWTS fan, was generous enough to do the driving, and we even found free parking on the street in NYC! We arrived at the venue at 10pm, and the show started shortly after 10:30pm. The setlist was as follows, in no particular order:
“The Chain” Fleetwood Mac cover
Whiskey and Morphine
Stampede, Mark’s guitar solo
Roses and Violets
If I Were a Boy – Beyonce song written by BC Jean et al.
The songs on their first EP are inspiring, and were performed with talent, passion & chemistry. The show ended around 12:15 am. Many of the Jersey Boys cast were there to show support. There were also friends of Val Chmerkovskiy who were there to support Mark and BC such as Nicole Volynets.
We all waited around for Mark and BC to greet the fans. Marianne and I got on line to wait to talk with Mark and BC Jean. When it was my turn, I said hello and introduced myself, and they both said it was nice to see you again, and always show your support. I said something like “you remembered”? Mark said “It’s hard to forget you. Thank you for always showing your support”! Awwwww!
I was holding a photobook that I made, and Mark asked “what do you have there”? I said I made a photobook and showed him the page of our meet and greet from July, and asked them both to sign the page. They were happy to oblige, and then we proceeded to pose for our pictures.
Marianne was taking pictures during our talking & signing, so when it was time for the posed picture, the camera wasn’t ready, so we had to wait a few seconds. She was able to take a couple of pictures. Mark also asked me to tag him when I post the pictures. After saying thank you, and that I will miss them, they promised that they will come back in the summer for their second EP release. Afterwards, I asked Mark if he will be doing DWTS, and he made a hand gesture about being not sure! We shall see!
We left the venue around 1:50 am. Marianne dropped me off at 2:30am, and she didn’t get home until 3:50 am so it was a late night for sure, but we had a great time! Thank you Mark and BC!
Here are some pictures and videos. I tweeted some pictures and videos, and Shirley Ballas liked them. Enjoy!
Below you can see Peta Murgatroyd and Maks Chmerkovksiy’s new Baby nursery for their new baby Shai. You can also see some photos at People. Beautiful. I’m such a fan to “white”. For even more, pick up the new issue of People on news stands everyone on Friday!
Today on Good Morning America, Dancing With The Stars Erin Andrews revealed some details on her engagement to Jarret Stoll. This story is so romantic. See why below….
Congratulations to Dancing With The Stars pro Louis Van Amstel and health coach Joshua Lancaster. Sunday the two were married in Sundance, Utah in a beautiful winter setting. From People….
ETA: To read more and see some beautiful photos of Louis’ wedding, see US Weekly.
“We wanted a winter wedding,” van Amstel tells PEOPLE exclusively about choosing to wed in Sundance, Utah.
Lancaster, 27, and van Amstel, 44, met in 2009 at a bar in Los Angeles, where van Amstel lives while shooting DWTS, and dated long distance for four years before Lancaster moved from Austin to Utah with van Amstel.
“Sundance happens to be one of the private, romantic traditions between the two of us, so it seems only fitting to host the wedding there,” says Lancaster.
We had a whole group of wedding party in mumus and Uggs on Sunday morning to stamp down the snow,” says van Amstel. “We wanted it to be an experience, not just a decorated room.”
One of van Amstel’s best friends, Dawson’s Creek actress Mary-Margaret Humes, served as his best man.
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“We wanted to be surrounded by good friends,” says van Amstel. “I guess it’s the European in me, but I didn’t want anything fake. That’s why Josh and I works so well. He’s completely real.”