In her new memoir, U.S. Olympic goalkeeper and one-time Dancing With the Stars contestant Hope Solo accuses her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy of slapping her “across the face. Hard.” In the “Dancing” chapter of Solo: A Memoir of Hope, which went on sale Aug. 14, the author said Chmerkovskiy “was extremely apologetic,” but that the blow was powerful enough that her ears rang afterwards.
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Monday’s star-pro pairings caused me to slightly tweak my prediction for how DWTS‘ season 15 sparkaliens will finish. Has your own ranking changed now that we know which of Our Pros will accompany Our All-Stars? Check out my list below, then chime in with your own.
Will the recapper please reveal her scores? Barrett Ann-Inahhhhhh-ber! READ FULL STORY
The season 15 contenders now have partners! ABC announced the celeb-pro pairings for Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars on today’s Good Morning America. Fans who didn’t want to see some of their past favorite couples broken up should not be disappointed — and we’ve got a few promising new hybrids in the mix.
Here they are: READ FULL STORY
ABC and BBC Worldwide Productions are rolling out their first-ever Dancing With the Stars on-air Emmy campaign with a little help from the fall edition’s all-star cast. The series has been nominated for outstanding reality competition the last six years without a win (yes, Academy voters, we know The Amazing Race is a good show) so this time the network and production company are going wide with a push to try and get Dancing its first victory in the top reality category. Check out the Emmy campaign video below, exclusively on EW.com, which includes Pamela Anderson and other all-stars from the fall: READ FULL STORY
Just like old times, eh Bristol Palin?
The daughter of ex-Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin was back on the hotseat Friday to answer questions about why she — and 11 other celebrities — decided to make a return visit to Dancing with the Stars this fall. Though Drew Lachey and Pamela Anderson managed to get a few words in edgewise, Palin received most of the questions from members of the media, who repeatedly tried to press the young mom about why she wanted to do another reality show.
By the end of the press conference, a rather defensive Palin deflected a question about the upside of getting lots of publicity by repeating her mantra “God provides opportunities like this for me” and by saying “it’s a positive, active show. It’s going to be awesome. Do I like to provide for my son? Yes, I do.”
Asked why she’d return to a show that generated so much negative publicity for her the first time around, Palin said, “the press is going to talk to me no matter what I do. I might as well have fun.”
Apparently, it wasn’t a hard sell to get the eldest daughter of the former Vice Presidential candidate to return to the ballroom. One insider on the show say it was an “easy sell” to get her back in sequins — just like it was the 11 other celebrities who will participate in the show’s first all-star edition beginning Sept. 24. (One star who didn’t make the cut was Kate Gosselin, who wanted to return but apparently the producers didn’t think her current “storyline” was that interesting. Snap!). Then again, DWTS would have been foolish not to approach Palin, as her season generated huge ratings for ABC.
At one uncomfortable point Friday, the conversation turned to Palin’s politics and how she feels about gays. “I love ‘em!” shouted Anderson, in one of the few chances she got to talk during the entire panel.
“I like gays,” Palin said. “I’m not a homophobic. Just because I’m for traditional marriage … I don’t hate anybody. People will make up things about me. I’m going to go dance and have fun. It’s not about politics, it’s not about traditional marriage. It’s about dancing. That’s all I have to say about it.”
ABC announced the lineup today for Dancing with the Stars: All Stars, which bows Sept. 24. And they are:
Pamela Anderson (season 10, withdrew after fourth round)
Emmitt Smith (season 3, winner)
Kelly Monaco (season 1, winner)
Shawn Johnson (season 8, champion)
Melissa Rycroft (season 8, third place)
Joey Fatone (season 4, second place)
Drew Lachey (season 2, winner)
Bristol Palin (season 11, third place)
Kirstie Alley (season 12, second place)
Helio Castroneves (season 5, winner)
Gilles Marini (season 8, second place)
Apolo Ohno (season four, champion)
In addition, viewers will choose the 13th dancer out of a pool of three: Kyle Massey, Sabrina Bryan, and Carson Kressley. Fans have until Aug. 24 to make their selections on ABC.com.
“We got the best of the best,” Executive Producer Conrad Green told reporters Friday in Beverly Hills. “We got the best personalities, the best dancers. We had a wish list and we pretty much got the wish list. All were willing to take part. It’s a testament to how much they enjoyed doing it. This is our version of the Avengers. We tried to focus on the people who went further in the competition, who had the most ability. It will be an intensely competitive season.”
A very popular victor from ABC’s Dancing with the Stars will make a well-deserved cameo on Lifetime’s hit drama Army Wives this season.
And the lucky hoofer to make the crossover is… READ FULL STORY
Dancing With the Stars will launch its first-ever all-star edition this fall.
ABC’s entertainment president Paul Lee confirmed. “We can’t talk about the casting yet, but I’d love to see some of the fan favorites from the past seasons come back,” Lee told reporters. “We’ve had many favorites over the 14 seasons that we’ve got. So, fingers crossed. We’re out casting now, and I hope we come in with a really interesting cast of people who our audience is passionate about.”
(Though since it’s Dancing With the Stars, isn’t calling it an “all-star” edition sort of redundant? Weren’t they all supposed to be stars in the first place?).
ABC hasn’t yet selected which former cast members will return. So sound off with your suggestions below (you know they’re going to try for Bristol Palin, right?). And for those who missed it, ABC just unveiled its fall schedule, see that here.
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Surprise: NBC’s America’s Got Talent premiered lower in the ratings this year despite the high-profile addition of Howard Stern as the show’s new judge.
Monday’s two-hour Got Talent returned to 10.3 million viewers and a 3.6 rating, down 16 percent from last year. EW’s Ken Tucker suggested Stern’s performance was almost too nice.
Before everybody points fingers at Stern, however, here’s a big mitigating factor: Last year Got Talent premiered at the very end of May and was paired with The Voice. This year, Got Talent faced a full boat of competition from rival networks, so the talent competition might have returned lower in the ratings due to the scheduling change. NBC points out last night’s rating matches Got Talent‘s performance two years ago. At 10 p.m., NBC’s Smash (6.1 million, 1.8) finale was steady. [NBC, ABC and Fox’s 2012-13 fall schedules posted here]. READ FULL STORY
InsideTV Podcast: Who is the ultimate 'Game of Thrones' villain? Plus, picking winners for 'Survivor,' 'American Idol' and 'DWTS'
Theon! What are you doing? We used to like you! But then you attacked Winterfell and starting chopping off people’s heads…badly. Does Theon’s betrayal make him the ultimate Game of Thrones villain, or does he still pale in comparison to that super jerk King Joffrey and the shadow assassin-birthing Melisandre? Our resident Game of Thrones expert James Hibberd joins Jessica Shaw and yours truly on the newest edition of the InsideTV Podcast to break down who is the baddest of the bad right now on the HBO drama. We also discuss the big dragon-napping, how long it actually takes to pull a man’s arm off, and whether we are permanently scarred from seeing Tonks naked. READ FULL STORY
ABC is renewing its biggest reality shows. The network has picked up long-running competition series Dancing With the Stars and The Bachelor, plus slow-growth success story Shark Tank.
The fourth season renewal of Shark Tank is a particularly compelling story. For the first time, Shark Tank is getting a full season of 22 episodes. READ FULL STORY
Some birthday present for Melissa Gilbert!
But the former star of Little House on the Prairie chose not to feel sorry for herself after Tuesday’s installment of Dancing with the Stars, when she became the latest celebrity to leave the dance floor. (And on her birthday, to boot!) “Every day above ground is a good day. So I am okay,” she told reporters afterwards. “I did things that I thought I could never do in my life, so we are definitely going out on a high note and last night was unbelievable.”
“I’m very proud,” added her partner Maksim Chermkovskiy. ” We set a goal that we’d be here till week four. We didn’t want to go during the dance duels and that’s exactly what happened. We are very proud, and while the competitor in me will never be okay with a loss, the dancer in me did not want to see Katherine go home. There are five amazing couples left, and they were amazing since day one, and have proven with the scores that they are amazing and it would’ve sucked to see Katherine get eliminated on a mistake. So she has another chance and hopefully they will use it well.”
For anyone keeping track at home, Gilbert dropped two dress sizes during the show’s run. She’s now a 2 and has a 26-inch waist (commence gasps!). She’s also breathing a lot easier during workouts. “I learned a lot about my physical endurance and had never worked this hard, to the point where in the beginning, I would be wheezing in rehearsals,” the actress recalled. “And I don’t even have asthma, and it was extraordinary, it actually hurt to breathe. Now I look at the dances and the critiques we were getting from the judges in the beginning and I’d be huffing and puffing and he would be perfectly still, now we catch a breath at the same time. That’s amazing.”
“Okay honey,” Chermovskiy interjected. “I don’t know about the same time.”
“Well close,” Gilbert replied. “I am 16 years older than you.”
Her lippy partner then admitted that he didn’t pick up much about Gilbert’s previous life when tripping the light fantastic. “I still don’t know what house on the prairie is. I’ve heard a lot about it, over and over and I’m like okay I get it – It’s the 1800s and somebody lives somewhere,” he admitted. “But I don’t really care about the half pint, I care about Melissa Gilbert and that’s the person I got to know and the person I got to love. It’s a tough show but there’s always something positive when you come out of it, and I try to get a lot of positive out of it. Clearly I have never won and I’m not going to lie to you, today it didn’t feel like a fan vote, it felt like some other vote, but it is what it is and I have been here before.”
As for Chermkovskiy’s future on the show, he only had this to say: “That’s the million-dollar question. Again, first of all once again it’s not up to us. We get asked back, but it will come down to what I need for me and I think for me, I have made enough friends so… I would’ve been upset if I didn’t come back this season, I would’ve missed out on Melissa. So I will think about it.”
He then took a swipe at DWTS editing when someone asked if Gilbert understood him more than any of his other partners. “I think that what you guys don’t get the chance to really understand and see what really happens and therefore you pass judgment on, and rightfully so, based on the limited information that you get from rehearsal footage and after the show,” he said. “I actually thought about it today, we really don’t get to speak or say anything. We get to be montaged and that kind of sucks, Val and I are not one line type of people, my thoughts are complicated paragraphs and they run in sentences, I didn’t know how to give you a short soundbite, so I don’t know, I wish something could be done about this but again it’s not my show.” — With reporting from Steve Gidlow
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