Articles tagged with ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Posted on July 13th, 2016 at 8:40 am by SBGLA
Veteran judge Len Goodman waltzes off from the hit dance show after more than a decade on the panel after 12 years… Oo-er!
Len Goodman has broken fans’ hearts by waltzing away from Strictly Come Dancing after more than a decade on the panel.
The veteran performer has been with the popular reality TV show since it hit our screens in 2004, but he has now confirmed his shock departure.
Len, 72, has confirmed this year’s series will be his last as he wants to hand the role of head judge to a younger replacement.
He said in a statement: “In 2004, I was asked to take part in a brand new BBC Saturday night show and who would have thought me, old Len Goodman, would still be part of this amazing series more than 10 years on.
“This adventure began when I was 60 and now that I’ve reached my 70s, I’ve decided after this year it’s time to hand the role of Head Judge to someone else.”
Louise Rainbow, Executive Producer of Strictly Come Dancing, expressed her sadness about Len’s departure, but insisted TV bosses plan to make this series the best yet.
She said: “We are absolutely delighted that [hosts] Tess, Claudia and our judges are all returning for another year. Whilst we will be sad to say goodbye to Len, as our way of saying thank you, we are all determined to make this series the most spectacular, most glittery and entertaining yet.”
Len has devoted the majority of his life to dancing, spending years as a professional on the ballroom competition circuit before joining Strictly in 2004.
He has remained on the panel for 12 years and also judged on the US version on the show, Dancing With The Stars.
Len’s ‘Lexit’ is the latest blow for the dancing show following the departure of beloved host Bruce Forsyth.
The veteran entertainer had been with Strictly since the beginning, but stepped down from his role as host of the live shows in April, 2014.
Awe, sad to see him go!
Posted on August 21st, 2014 at 7:44 am by SBGLA
Nice to hear that British Weekly favorite Emma Slater has been confirmed once again as a ‘pro dancer’ on the next season of Dancing with the Stars.
It’s the third season in a row for British star Emma, who was only was ten years-old when she was introduced to ballroom and Latin dance for the first time… Who’d have thought it would have lead to her shaking her booty on one of the biggest television shows in America. Nice going!
The Tamworth born-babe joined the hit ABC show in Season 14 dancing first in the Troupe and Choreographing. Emma later went on to become a pro dancer taking her partner, Bill Engvall, to the finals.
Emma begins rehearsals for Season 19 of ‘DWTS’ later this week. The pros will be paired with a new cast of celebrities to be announced on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, Sept. 4.
And folks, Julianne Hough is returning to the show as the fourth judge, ABC announced Thursday. She will judge alongside Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli when the series returns on Monday, Sept. 15.
Good luck Emma, we’ll be rooting for you!
Posted on March 13th, 2014 at 1:47 pm by SBGLA
The American Humane Association held the official party for its annual Hero Dog Awards at swanky bar and restaurant SUR Lounge in West Hollywood last night.
Lisa Vanderpump and Ken Todd were all smiles as they celebrated with an abundance of champagne cocktails and some of finest canapés in town, at the reception hosted by the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and her adorable little fluffy dog – Giggy.
SUR is also the home for Lisa’s popular spin-off series Vanderpump Rules, and boy did Lisa “rule” last night!
It’s quite amazing really, to see how Lisa has risen rank as one of Tinseltown’s most prominent British expats. Guests at the crowded bash were literally lining up to have their picture taken with the beautiful star. At one point it felt like I was at Madame Tussauds… Even I got to pose with hubby Ken, and West Hollywood’s most famous dog, Giggy!
One obvious face on hand was ex-Miss Great Britain turned-fashion designer Leilani Dowding. Leilani is well known for her love of animals with her three dogs, Di-Oh-Gi, Milo and Norman, not to mention her Warmblood horse, Elante.
The former Page 3 beauty told me that she couldn’t think of a worthy event than this one to attend, with its subject so dear to her heart.
She personally thanked the CEO of the “American Humane Association” Robin Ganzert and Chief Innovation Officer Paul Raybould for inviting her to support such a worthy cause.
The Hero Dog Awards™ were created in 2010 to celebrate the remarkable bond between dogs and people.
The awards starts off as an annual national competition searches out and recognizes America’s Hero Dogs, who unconditionally avail themselves to us in so many important ways, whether it’s saving lives on the battlefield, lending sight or hearing to a human companion, providing therapeutic support to children suffering from cancer, or just greeting us with a wagging tail at the end of a hard day.
Heroic hounds may be nominated by anyone at least 18 years of age in one of eight categories: Law Enforcement Dogs; Arson Dogs; Service Dogs; Therapy Dogs; Military Dogs; Guide & Hearing Dogs; Search and Rescue Dogs; and Emerging Hero Dogs (for ordinary dogs who do extraordinary things or are just heroes to us).
Lisa Vanderpump hosted this years event, telling the British Weekly: “It’s all about the dogs tonight, not Hollywood or its celebrities, these dogs are true heroes.
“When you meet these dogs it’s hard to understand for instance how these amazing creatures can predict seizures ten minutes before when the owners didn’t have and inkling. Or how they can sense there is a body under the water when they in a boat, they are so intuitive. It’s truly incredible and I am honored to be involved in this amazing event.”
Other guests included Real Housewives of Miami star Joanna Krupa and two of my favorite celebrities, Dancing with the Stars professionals, Sasha Farber and his gorgeous British girlfriend Emma Slater. This couple’s fancy footwork can be seen when the new season of “DWTS” kicks of on ABC next week.
For more information on the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Awards, visit: www.herodogawards.org
Posted on November 20th, 2013 at 8:50 am by SBGLA
British dancer Emma Slater took the opportunity to proudly show off a bit more than her moves earlier this week.
The 24-year-old Dancing with the Stars beauty was spotting arriving for work in a skimpy revealing purple midriff that displayed the pro’s muscular abs.
Sadly, her real-life partner Aussie-Pro Sasha Farber (pictured with Emma, right) wasn’t anywhere in sight after being voted off with Nicole Polizzi, AKA Snooki a few weeks back.
However, her telly dance partner, comedian Bill Engvall stood just a few steps away outside the well-known rehearsal space chatting to judge Len Goodman before heading back inside to practice with Emma.
The couple has done so well in this current season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, which incidentally has been one of my favorites, religiously glued weekly!
It’s amazing Emma and Bill are STILL on the show and are competing in next week’s finals. Thus proving Emma certainly has put Bill through his paces, giving them the both chance to win.
After this weeks show Emma told the press that she wished “DWTS” delivered the news a different way.
“I would’ve loved this week if they’d have NOT given us the good news with the bad news.” Emma said of learning they were going to the finals, while Leah and Tony went home.
“If they’d have said straight away, ‘Bill and Emma… the first couple safe,’ and then they would’ve said, ‘Bill and Emma,’ honestly, we would have given them a reaction that they would have never forgotten,” she said.
Bill added: “My Knees Nearly Buckled’ When I Learned We Were Going To the Finals!”
The “DWTS” Season 17 finals kick off on Monday at 8/7c on ABC… Good luck Emma and Bill!
Posted on September 19th, 2013 at 9:06 am by SBGLA
After seeing Sharon Osbourne crying her eyes out the other night during her son Jack’s acceptable performance on Dancing with the Stars, I’m not surprised hearing the following news, that ‘our’ Shazza reportedly wants to bow out of the spotlight when the current X Factor series ends.
Longtime judge, Sharon, now 60 years-old says she wants to concentrate on being a full-time grandmother to Jack’s daughter Pearl.
The Osbournes matriarch has always maintained she was returning to the show for one series only and will head back to Los Angeles when it finishes at the end of the year.
Now, the music guru says she wants to help Jack, who has multiple sclerosis and his wife Lisa Stelly after she suffered a miscarriage earlier this month.
Sharon has had a long and illustrious career in the music industry but she is perhaps best known for her marriage to heavy metal rocker Ozzy.
Together the pair became household names, with shows like The Osbournes pushing them firmly into the spotlight.
The pair, who had to fight rumors earlier this year that their marriage was in difficulty, are estimated to be worth over $200m…
Oo-er…that’s a tidy sum of dosh to retire on, wouldn’t you agree…? (Though, I can’t see this happening just yet!)
Posted on July 12th, 2013 at 7:11 am by SBGLA
Red-hot Mel B shows she still has that Dancing with the Stars body as she parades her bikini body on the beach!
The America’s Got Talent judge says bedroom antics between her and hubby Stephen Belafonte is her secret!
When asked how she hones her incredible body, the 38-year-old former Spice Girl said: “If I’m honest, it’s lots of working out, which is a commitment and boring… and then sexercise.”
The British beauty also gets plenty of attention from her fellow judge Howard Stern too.
She joked: “He’s constantly hitting on me and I just don’t get it. We all actually get along and we do actually like each other.”
After hearing this, I don’t think Stephen has anything to worry about there, wouldn’t you agree!?
Posted on February 27th, 2013 at 4:07 pm by SBGLA
I was excited when I heard that my favorite Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, British born Lisa Vanderpump is joining the 16th Dancing with the Stars cast this coming spring!
Lisa’s celebrity has truly gone from strength to strength in the U.S since ‘RHOBH” started back in 2010; so much so, she even landed her own spin-off series, Vanderpump Rules, which I loved!
Rumor has it that “Real Housewives” stars across the board—including Gretchen Rossi, Heather Dubrow, and Teresa Giudici – have allegedly been campaigning to get on the hit ABC reality show, but were told that “Real Housewives” would never appear on ”DWTS”.
Well, Lisa’s gone and changed all of that…
A source told RadarOnline earlier this week: “A lot of the women are furious.
“There are a lot of egos that have been bruised and a lot of cast members truly believe it should have been THEM, and not Lisa selected to compete on the show.”
The source added that some women even went so far as to ask, “Who did Lisa sleep with to get on the show?’” Oo-er… How shocking!
Vanderpump’s pal, the beautiful Brandi Glanville, didn’t try to hide her jealousy when she heard the news that her reality co-star was cast.
She jokingly tweeted: “LisaVanderpump I can’t sleep & although I’ve known & am a tiny bit jelly.”
Brandi later added:”@LisaVanderpump ur gonna be so busy on #DWTS I will look after @KenToddBH I’m so. happy for u.”
Bravo star, Lisa, (pictured with me, right) will be paired with pro dancer Gleb Savchenko for the upcoming “DWTS” season — she herself took to Twitter to talk strategy.
She tweeted: “Well being honest, I am going to need a lot of help, luck, support and a few glasses of rose to even get started. #stiff #asanoldboard.”
Go Lisa, Go Lisa, Go Lisa… I cannot wait to see how my fellow Brit’ fares!
Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars kicks off on March 18 on ABC.
Posted on December 5th, 2012 at 5:21 pm by Sean Borg
It seems that Welsh opera babe Katherine Jenkins is still wowing the U.S.
The sexy blonde has already increased her profile here in the states after appearing on the hit telly show Dancing with the Stars, and now it looks like Jenkins could be carving out a career on the silver screen.
I can reveal that the classical star has been doing the rounds having secret meetings with some of Tinseltown’s biggest casting directors who are keen for Katherine to screen-test for some huge upcoming film roles.
And the timing couldn’t be more perfect, with Les Misérables starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman set to take the box office by storm this Christmas, I’m told this type of flick is right up Katherine’s street.
As she swanned around New York City earlier this week wearing a stunning black and white polka dot dress appearing on The Rachel Ray Show, Good Morning America and Good Day New York, where she sang the festive favorite, “Away in a Manger” the bombshell let slip some juicy gossip on Twitter.
She Tweeted: “Just leaving GMA, next – a meeting with Harvey Weinstein about something secret but very exciting! #Tease”
Oo-er… This confirms everything my spies have already told me… Good luck Katherine!