Ballroom Dance > Dancing on TV > USA "Dancing with the Stars" competitors announced

Discussion in 'Dancing on TV' started by leftfeetnyc, May 11, 2005.

  1. leftfeetnyc

    leftfeetnyc New Member


    May 10, 2005


    Series Features Trista Sutter (“The Bachelorette”), Supermodel Rachel Hunter, Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, Joey McIntyre (Formerly of New Kids on the Block), John O’Hurley (“Seinfeld”) and Soap Star Kelly Monaco (“General Hospital”), All Paired with Professional Ballroom Dancing Partners for a Live, Knockout Competition

    What do a reality show star, a supermodel, a boxing champ, an actor, a singer and a soap star have in common? They’re all embarking on an intense competition, learning to ballroom dance in front of the nation and be critiqued by both viewers and judges alike!

    “Dancing with the Stars” is a totally unique and original series that pairs a celebrity with a professional dance partner as they train and then compete in front of a studio audience in a televised dance competition. They will be judged by a panel of experts and also by viewers at home, with one couple being eliminated each week. “Dancing with the Stars” debuts WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), live!

    “Dancing with the Stars” has broad appeal, offering viewers dazzling costumes, dancing, celebrity gossip, behind-the-scenes training and contemporary music performed by a live 15-piece band. The format has already been an international hit in several countries.

    The following pairs will compete:

    Trista Sutter and Louis van Amstel – As the star of the romantic reality series, “The Bachelorette,” Trista is no stranger to televised competition: She met and married her husband of 17 months on television. Trista comes to the competition with some dance experience, having performed with the Miami Heat dancers at NBA games. She admits that hip-hop dancing is very different from ballroom-style dancing. Luckily her dance partner, Louis van Amstel, is a legend in the dance world, particularly in the style of Latin dance. He holds several titles, including the United States Professional Latin Champion and World Professional Show Dance Champion, and he directed and produced “Latin Fusion” on Broadway.

    Rachel Hunter and Jonathan Roberts – Since 1989, when she posed for the cover of Sports Illustrated, Rachel Hunter has become one of the world’s most recognizable faces. She has posed for hundreds of magazines, including Vogue and Elle, and has represented such cosmetic lines as Revlon, Covergirl and Pantene. Recently she’s moved into the acting arena with appearances on “Suddenly Susan” and “The Drew Carey Show,” and in one of last year’s most popular music videos, ”Stacey’s Mom,” by the Fountains of Wayne. She will be led by Jonathan Roberts, who brings ten years of dance experience to the competition. Jonathan is the 2004 USA Rising Star Latin Champion and the twice-undefeated USA Pro-Am 10 Dance Champion. He continues to compete and represent the USA in several Pro-Am competitions.

    Evander Holyfield and Edyta Sliwinska – Evander Holyfield became the Heavyweight Champion of the world in 1990 and has won the title four times. As a professional boxer, he has faced numerous legends in the ring, including George Foreman, Larry Holmes, Riddick Bowe, Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson. His dance partner is Edyta Sliwinska, who took first place in both the 2001 International Grand Ballroom Competition and the 2001 Holiday Ball. Edyta is currently dating her dance partner and another competitor, Alec Mazo (Kelly Monaco’s dance partner).

    Joey McIntyre and Ashly Delgrosso – As a former member of the one of the original boy bands, New Kids on the Block, Joey McIntyre grew up dancing and singing -- but never ballroom! As an adult he transitioned into acting and recently starred on Broadway, first in “Tick Tick Boom” and then in “Wicked.” He has also appeared on ABC’s “Boston Legal.” His dance partner is Ashly Delgrosso, who has danced for her entire life. With her former dance partner and ex-husband, she has won several Amateur Ten Dance titles.

    John O’Hurley and Charlotte Jorgensen – Best known for his role as charismatic catalogue king J. Peterman on the hit series “Seinfeld,” John is an all-around entertainer. In addition to his numerous television credits, he has many stage credits. He also runs a busy company and performs comedy. His partner, Danish beauty Charlotte Jorgensen, has been dancing since the age of ten. She has held several titles, including 1999 U.S. Open Champion and 1998 Japanese Open International Ballroom Champion. Charlotte was Richard Gere’s dance instructor as he prepared for the film “Shall We Dance.”

    Kelly Monaco and Alec Mazo – Currently starring on the ABC Daytime drama “General Hospital,” Kelly gained national attention when she was featured in the May 1997 edition of Playboy magazine. Her partner, Alec Mazo, began dancing at age five in his native Russia. He was the Emerald Ball Latin Champion and placed first in the 2001 International Grand Ball and the 2001 Holiday Ball. He also runs the largest and most successful dance studio in Southern California. Alec recently began competing professionally with his girlfriend of four years, Edyta Sliwinska, who is partnered with Evander Holyfield for this competition.

    In addition to learning precise movements and maneuvering in extravagant costumes, the pairs must maintain their focus, grace and composure during extremely high-pressured competition. Will they remain compatible during the process?

    The couples have already embarked on intense training in preparation for the first live show. During the live shows, judges will give a score based on several factors, including technical execution. But the judges’ scores alone do not decide a couple’s fate. Viewers at home can call in and vote for their favorites. The scores from viewers are combined with the judges’ for an ultimate score that determines each couple’s ranking. At the end of the evening, the couple with the lowest score is eliminated (although no couple will be eliminated in the first show). When the final two couples remain, the ultimate dance-off will determine who wins the trophy.

    “Dancing with the Stars” is the American version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced in America by BBC Worldwide. Richard Hopkins (UK) and Conrad Green (USA) are executive producers. Izzie Pick is supervising producer. Alex Rudzinski directs.
  2. TemptressToo

    TemptressToo Member

    That sounds so interesting. Traditionally, women progress faster than men in learning ballroom based on the concept of lead and follow. It will be fascinating to see how they progress toward competition. I really want to see Evander Holyfield dancing. ;)
  3. alemana

    alemana New Member

    omg i cannot WAIT.
  4. Laura

    Laura New Member

    I'm probably going to go to one of the tapings :) If I do I'll give a full report back here!!
  5. standardgirl

    standardgirl New Member

    Does anyone know which channel it will be on? BBC?

    Where is the taping going to be?? Can I go??? since I will be in NY for the summer!

    So excited!
  6. alemana

    alemana New Member

  7. Laura

    Laura New Member

    It will be on ABC, and they're taping in Los Angeles on Wedensdays starting in June. I don't have other coach is friends with some of the dancers in it, so she and I are going to go down to LA together to watch one of the tapings.
  8. standardgirl

    standardgirl New Member that case (in LA), I don't think I can go and watch....
    I thought they are doing it in NY...... ah...
  9. Laura

    Laura New Member

    I think they had more access to combinations of "stars" and dancers in LA.
  10. Another Elizabeth

    Another Elizabeth Active Member

    I must say it took me a minute to parse this sentence correctly:
    My first thought: "Wow, does her partner know about this other guy, or is he finding out in the press release?" ;)

    Presumably they're at least starting before June, if the first episode is June 1. :eek:
  11. Laura

    Laura New Member

    Well, the "background" taping has already started, where they shoot the lessons and practice sessions. The actual competitions will be done on the day they are broadcast. In fact, they might even be live to the East Coast, I'm not sure.
  12. mamboqueen

    mamboqueen Well-Known Member

    It just kills me that these twits are getting free dance lessons! *LOL*
  13. Laura

    Laura New Member

    Free? They're getting PAID to spend hours and hours training with the likes of Louis van Amstel and Charlotte Jorgenson, etc.!!! I hope they realize how good they've got it!

    I'm dying to see Evander Holyfield dance. This is going to be cool.
  14. pygmalion

    pygmalion Well-Known Member

    Or really good comic relief ...
  15. Sagitta

    Sagitta Well-Known Member

    This will be inteesting, though I think that those with professional leaders will have an advatange of those couples with professional followers.. Do you agree, and why?
  16. standardgirl

    standardgirl New Member

    I agree....just like how I always think that pro/am couples with female student have an advantage over those with male students. I think this is pretty much the same concept......

    I guess, part of the reason is that if the man is not doing something properly, it is almost impossible for the lady to do it right, IMO.
  17. dancin_feet

    dancin_feet New Member

    Is this your first series? Oh boy are you in for a treat. We've had two series here in Oz and they've been very enjoyable to watch. Some of the people who had absolutely no rhythum to start off with actually ended up quite good towards the end.

    Are you guys going to have the professional judges as well? Some of their comments were a scream and of course it is all supposed to entertain and not be too serious. Are they also having the people phoning in to partially decide on who stays and goes? It's a great concept.

    You guys will love it! :D
  18. Laura

    Laura New Member

    Yep, sure is. "Dancing with the Stars" is simply celebrity Pro/Am dancing.

    Yes, there will be three professional judges. One is from Broadway, one is from DanceSport, and one is from MTV or something like that. And yes, the audience will phone in to vote for their favorites.

    I'm really looking forward to it!!
  19. randomMysh

    randomMysh New Member

    I can't wait! How many episodes? I'm taping each and every single one (provided someone reminds me when it actually starts, lol). I'm dying of envy too, 'specially of the woman who gets to dance hours and hours with Louis van Amstel, that's just killing me! :lol:
  20. Laura

    Laura New Member

    It's starting on June 1, at 9pm -- it's what they're putting in the slot that "Lost" currently occupies when "Lost" goes on hiatus for the summer.

    There will be six episodes.

    And there are now stills of the dancers training!

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