Time for fall television to return, of course! Sure, sure, I have a few books coming out in the next month or two, yadda yadda, but more about that later.
First, let’s talk about what the fall blog dish is going to be! Yes, I’m going to be blogging again and this go we’re tripping the light fantastic, or just, you know, tripping…all the way the ballroom! Yes, I’ll be covering Dancing with the Stars, which premieres Monday, September 16th on ABC!! (Only one night a week this season! Yep, dancing and results, all packed up together.)
Just this morning my favorite guy, Tom Bergeron, along with sidekick Brook, announced the cast, and, you know me, Blog Babes, I don’t pull any punches. I love the show, love the dance, but am I in love with this season’s cast? Um…love is a big word. I can’t say it applies here. Disappointed….kinda. There were a few surprising names that made me a little happy, a few who made my finger twitch on the fast button, and a whole bunch in the middle that just made me scratch my head and say, “Who?” Not that this overall reaction is any different than any other season, except almost the entire cast falls into the middle and latter sections there, meaning I didn’t feel there was much to cheer for.
I know so many times we come to love the folks we’ve never heard of, and perhaps that will be the case this go around, but there is usually some eye candy for me (hey, I watch this show squarely and openly from my vantage point in the shallow end of the pool) or some sentimental favorites and….yeah, that’s not happening this season! Now the guys, they have some very fine eye candy (natch) so I’m feeling a bit cheated on the guy side of the list. Just sayin.
Okay, okay, so let’s get to it, shall we? Here’s the list of celebrities and their pro dance partners (we have three new pros this season!):
• Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
PARTNER: Sasha Farber
• Keyshawn Johnson, NFL vet
PARTNER: Sharna Burgess
• Valerie Harper (The Mary Tyler Moore Show)
PARTNER: Tristan MacManus
• Brant Daugherty (Pretty Little Liars)
PARTNER: Peta Murgatroyd
• Christina Milian (singer, oft-derided social media wonk for The Voice)
PARTNER: Mark Ballas
• Bill Nye (aka the Science Guy)
PARTNER: Tyne Stecklein
• Elizabeth Berkley (Saved By the Bell, Showgirls)
PARTNER: Val Chmerkovskiy
• Corbin Bleu (High School Musical)
PARTNER: Karina Smirnoff
• Amber Riley (Glee)
PARTNER: Derek Hough
• Bill Engvall (stand-up comedian)
PARTNER: Emma Slater
• Jack Osbourne (son of Ozzy and Sharon)
PARTNER: Cheryl Burke
• Leah Remini (King of Queens, Saved By the Bell)
PARTNER: Tony Dovolani
So….yeah. Was I right? Are you feeling a bit let down at the moment, too? Please feel free to chime in and let me know how you really feel. Don’t be shy. Once again, the pros are being used as the always are, which is annoying. Come on, show, give the hot young things to Tony and Tristan for a change, and make Mark Ballas work with the senior dancer.
At least Derek is working with Amber, who is lovely and gorgeous and not a size minus zero…so I am excited to see how he can use his amazing creativity to make her shine even brighter (instead of applying it to someone who is already size two sequined perfection.) So…a start. And the rumored return of Maks didn’t happen, plus no Chelsea Hightower or Kym Johnson. All in all, it felt kind of like the B Version of the show. Which already celebrates B Version celebs anyway, so….yeah. Can we recover? Will we come to care?
And while you’re pondering that, why don’t we go ahead and giveaway something fun to cheer you up and make all this worthwhile? I thought that might turn that frown upside down! How about an advance copy of my Christmas anthology, THE SUGAR COOKIE SWEETHEART SWAP, coming out the end of this month?? Now we’re talkin’!
To enter: Just drop me an email to email@example.com with “Let them dance, I want to read!” in the subject line. I’ll draw a name and announce it here for a Free Stuff Friday Giveaway! So hurry!!
Then stop back in and DISH awhile! Don’t send me out into that ballroom alone! Any automatic favorites? For me, it’s Valerie Harper and maybe the Two Bills. Any that might make you skip the season entirely? Yep, I’m looking at you, Snooki! Who do you think might surprise us? Okay, so we’re hoping most of the cast, I know! DISH!!