Duck Dynasty’s Sadie Robertson hit the dance floor with Mark Ballas on Dancing with the Stars as the new season premiered last night.
When Sadie Robertson, 17, jetted out to Los Angeles to star in the show she didn’t forget to pack her daily devotional, a gift from her mom Korie Robertson.
Sadie Robertson hit the dance floor with Mark Ballas on Dancing with the Stars
“Packing for La thank you @bosshogswife for my devotional book to take with me. God comes with me no matter where I go,” Sadie Robertson shared on her Instagram page alongside a picture of the frontcover.
Mark Ballas promised something special from Team Quack Attack on his Twitter, saying: “Y’all ain’t even ready for these moves.”
Sadie Robertson’s aunt, Missy, praised her last night performance on Facebook: “I think every Robertson got a little misty-eyed tonight after watching our sweet Sadie Howard Robertson shine on the dance floor tonight! (Well, maybe except Papaw Phil, but he was proud too.
Kirstie Alley famously shed 100 pounds during the 12th season of Dancing With The Stars last year and it seems that she is still slimming down during the current All-Stars season of the show.
Kirstie Alley, 61, looked svelte in a black cowl-neck dress worn over matching leggings as she left rehearsals on Friday afternoon.
While the hue is always flattering, Kirstie Alley looked noticeably slimmer in the face and neck area.
The actresses paired her attire with some tan T-bar sandals and carried a metallic gold bag.
Make-up free, Kirstie Alley looked tired as she left the practice session, her hair in its usual disheveled state.
Kirstie Alley looked svelte as she left DWTS rehearsals on Friday afternoon
Earlier in the day as she arrived for her day of dancing, Kirstie Alley looked absolutely exhausted as she sipped on a cup of coffee, which clearly later perked her up.
As the oldest member of the show Kirstie Alley has certainly been put through her paces with the grueling seven day a week practice schedule so it’s no surprise she might be looking a bit worse for wear.
This All-Stars season of the show is particularly tough as celebrities who have previously competed and done extremely well on the show are given another chance to take the DWTS crown.
Kirstie Alley has still managed to keep her trim figure after famously shedding 100 pounds during season 12 of the hit show.
The actress once topped 230 pounds and recently said on the Dr. Oz show: “I know I’ve conquered [my weight battles], but you always have to keep it in check.
“My whole life I could eat whatever I wanted to eat, and we ate tons of food. I was lucky. I had a free ride, basically, until I was 54 and then all hell broke loose.”
Pamela Anderson was the first celebrity to be eliminated from Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday.
After just one dance, the viewers and judges voted out Pamela Anderson, 45, and her pro-dancing partner Tristan MacManus.
On Monday, Pamela Anderson performed a shaky routine, which left her close to tears when confronted with the judges.
“I don’t want to be the first person to cry on Dancing With the Stars,” she said as she was awarded a meagre 17 points – leaving her and Tristan MacManus at the bottom of the scoreboard on the show’s first all-star season.
“I screwed up so many things,” she told her partner.
Before her elimination, the former Playgirl pleaded with the judges to let her stay.
“The dance last night was very emotional,” she said.
“I put a lot of personal stuff into each performance and I just want to do more of it.”
The Barb Wire star attributed her poor performance to nerves and inexperience.
“I think emotions sometimes take over and also I’ve been travelling a lot, I probably should have rehearsed more… and they’re right,” she stuttered, looking at the judges.
“I should have put a lot more effort in, and I’m going to because next week we have such a great dance and I really want to get to it,” she begged while nervously licking her lips.
The former glamour model, who says she plans to appear on Broadway soon, seemed desperate to improve her ratings with the audience and judges.
“I’m going to end up in musical theatre and I’m going to be on Broadway and I’m really excited about that opportunity and the next dance is a little tease so I would really like to do it,” she implored fruitlessly, before her elimination.
Pamela Anderson was the first celebrity to be eliminated from Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday
Pamela Anderson was sent home but she managed to hold it together and crack a weak smile: “I was ready for it, for sure,” she said of her failure.
“We got the lowest score, but we’ll keep dancing, we’ll dance together again,” she said glancing back at her partner.
Also at the bottom of the pile were Bristol Palin, 21, her partner Mark Ballas and 98 Degrees singer Drew Lachey with Anna Trebunskaya. Both couples scraped through to the next round with judges praising Palin for improving the most.
Bristol Palin, daughter of the controversial politician Sarah Palin who was cheering her on from the sidelines, seemed particularly relived to make it though – after she was eliminated in the finals of season 11.
“I think I took a lot of heat last time for making it to the finals and I’m sure there’s going to be a lot more heat with me being on the All Star season,” said Bristol Palin.
Bristol Palin, who has a reality TV show Life’s a Tripp, added: “I know that I do deserve to be here because I work just as hard as everyone else and I hope that this time I can be a lot more confident and do a lot better for myself.”
Her partner Mark Ballas has been urging her to act more “sexy” and after Monday night’s dance host Tom Bergeron said: “You say that you’re shy but apparently your hips did not get the memo.”
Bristol Palin said her partner’s teaching method, where he tells her to “let that a** go nuts” and “give that a** its own brain” can be a little embarrassing as well as helpful.
“He’s really over the top, definitely and it’s not just like on the show, it’s all the time, all day, but it’s really fun and I think it helps me get out of my shell,” she said.
Top of the competition is the surprisingly nimble retired NFL champ Emmitt Smith, 43, who achieved the impressive score of 24.5.
Meanwhile DWTS veteran Kirstie Alley, 61, sailed safely into the second round saying: “I’m like alcoholic only I’m a dance-a-holic. I have to take it one day at a time.”
General Hospital actress Kelly Monaco, 36, was the champion in the first season of the show – but she lacked confidence in her latest performance.
“I still don’t know what I am doing,” she admitted after giving a feisty dance to Big Spender with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
“It’s roughly been about seven years since I have danced but I have decided to give it another shot because there is a certain fire that comes with being part of the show and I’ve been missing it,” she said.
An embarrassing moment came when former Disney actress Sabrina Bryan, 28, prematurely celebrated getting through to the next round – before it had been announced that she was safe.
“Wait a minute, I should clarify,” said host Tom Bergeron as she pre-emptively hugged, kissed and careered around onstage with her partner Louis van Amstel.
“Only the names I mentioned are safe,” he added.
“That was terrible,” said host Brooke Burke Charvet in reference to the mistake.
To save further blushing, the overzealous Cheetah Girl did qualify – but only after judges had scolded her for “over dancing” and trying too hard.
“There was no taming me last night,” said the DVD fitness coach emphatically.
“I was just really, really excited.”
Unsurprising, the youngest members of the audience were excited to see Justin Bieber perform As Long As You Love Me in a vest and pair of bizarre low slung shiny black trousers and a menagerie of male dancers.
Rapper Pitbull also made an appearance with a primetime TV debut of his song Don’t Stop the Party.
In Kirstie Alley’s advert for QVC’s Organic Liaison, the actress is shown before and after her extreme weight loss.
In her advert, Kirstie Alley, 61, credits shredding pounds to the product.
However, a Californian woman has claimed that Kirstie Alley is a “liar”, and didn’t drop a staggering 100 lbs with the aid of the so-called weight loss tablets, and is now suing the star.
Marina Abramyan, who uses the product, claims that Kirstie Alley lost all of her weight when she was on Dancing With The Stars, according to the class action suit obtained by website TMZ.
The woman attributes Kirstie Alley’s slimline figure to vigorous dancing on the show and her low calorie diet.
She also alleges that Organic Liaison merely contains calcium and fibre, both of which are not proven weight-loss aids.
Marina Abramyan is suing for unspecified damages.
In Kirstie Alley’s advert for QVC's Organic Liaison, the actress is shown before and after her extreme weight loss
Kirstie Alley, who was born in Kansas, got her big break in the 1990’s on the hit comedy Cheers.
After the series ended, Kirstie Alley embarked on a movie career, but the roles later dried up when her weight spiraled out of control.
She served as a Jenny Craig spokeswoman from 2005 to 2008, however, she failed to reach her weight loss goals.
When Kirstie Alley appeared on DWTS last year, she began to shed weight rapidly and by the end of the series there was a vast difference in her figure.
Meanwhile Kirstie Alley recently wrote a memoir titled The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine Al Dente).
The tome is billed as a “candid and audacious memoir about her life and the men she has shared it with”.
The book’s Amazon entry also says it “delivers a down-and-dirty account of all the men she’s slept with, danced with, drank with, and the ones she’s loved and hated during her sixty years on the planet”.
Kirstie Alley, a high-profile Scientologist, will no doubt enjoy the notoriety she will garner from her tell-all book when it is released in November.
The book is also going to examine her weight battles, her successful spell on Dancing With the Stars and her journey into the world of science fiction geekdom when she starred in the Star Trek movie franchise.
Perhaps most exciting off all will be Kirstie Alley’s thoughts on starring in Cheers, which is one the most successful sitcoms ever in US TV history.
Fans voted Elisabetta Canalis, the Italian actress and TV presenter off of Dancing With The Stars show on Tuesday despite her third-place finish on the performance episode one day earlier.
Elisabetta Canalis and her professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy earned 21 points out of 30 for their quickstep routine, a six point improvement over their debut dance a week earlier.
Fans voted Elisabetta Canalis off of Dancing With The Stars show on Tuesday
However, fans failed to keep them in the competition and they were sent home.
“For me, it was a gift every day staying here. It was a great adventure,”Elisabetta Canalis said after learning her fate.
“I want to thank everybody because they made me come here. Thanks to the public and to everybody who voted for us. Now I am really nervous, but thank you anyway. It was a great experience,” Elisabetta said with head held high.
Elisabetta Canalis was eliminated from DWTS after fans failed to call in enough votes
Elisabetta Canalis, 33, received poor reviews from two of the judges for her dance routine the night before.
Len Goodman, the head judge said the dance was “not great but it was better than last week”.
Bruno Tonioli agreed, telling her to “keep working”.
But fellow judge Carrie Ann Inaba was the lone voice of dissent saying: “You nailed it.”
The judge’s scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which celebrity is ousted each week.
Perhaps the fact that Elisabetta Canalis was unknown in America until she dated George Clooney played a role in her speedy departure from the series, just two weeks into the season.
In June 2011, Elisabetta Canalis and the George Clooney ended their two year relationship with a joint statement saying: “We are not together anymore.”
Just a few weeks before the split, Elisabetta Canalis revealed she had hoped to eventually marry.
“I am a firm believer in marriage, in the future I will be married, but for the time being I am happy as I am,” she told Chi, an Italian publication that was translated by US Magazine.
Elisabetta Canalis also hinted that she wanted to have children, saying that she expected her maternal instincts to kick in “like a lightning bolt” at some point. But she gave no indication that her relationship was in trouble.
George Clooney, 50, who was married to American actress Talia Balsam from 1989 to 1993, has vowed to never walk down the aisle again.
Now that Elisabetta Canalis’ brief tenure on Dancing With The Stars has ended, it is unclear if she will remain in the U.S.
Although in August, when the cast of season 13 of the dance competition was revealed, Elisabetta Canalis told the Associated Press she hoped to “launch a career” in America.
While Elisabetta Canalis and LA Lakers player “Metta World Peace” aka Ron Artest have danced their last dances, reality stars Rob Kardashian and Kristin Cavallari; TV personalities Ricki Lake, Carson Kressley and Nancy Grace; actors David Arquette and J.R. Martinez; singer Chynna Phillips and soccer star Hope Solo remain in the competition.
Tonight’s episode of the dance competition also included musical performances by Demi Lovato and The Script, an alternative rock band from Dublin, Ireland.
Bill Clinton, the former US president revealed on Rachel Ray show he rejected an “interesting” offer to appear on Dancing With The Stars show.
Bill Clinton, the 65 year-old politician, said he refused the offer because he couldn’t fit dance training into his busy schedule.
On today Rachael Ray show, Bill Clinton appeared tickled by the offer to join the celebrity cast of the hit television show.
The former president said that the thought of wearing sequins and stretch pants wasn’t appealing enough for him to drop his engagements and focus on the fox trot.
Bill Clinton revealed on Rachel Ray show he rejected an “interesting” offer to appear on Dancing With The Stars
“I told them I didn’t have the time to train for it. You know you actually go out there and you train, you really work at it. So I had to pass. But I think it’s a hoot,” Clinton laughed.
Refusing the Dancing With The Stars producers offer came much to the dismay of his mother-in-law, who Bill Clinton said is a huge fan of the show.
“And I have a 92-year-old mother-in-law who watches it religiously and she knows much more about popular culture than Hillary and I do,”Bill Clinton said, referring to his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“She even knows more than her granddaughter, Chelsea, knows about popular culture. She thinks I would be really cool if I made it, but I had to pass,” former president said.
President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton dance at his inaugural ball in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 1993
Bill Clinton said he is also a fan of the show – which will also see David Arquette, Chynna Phillips, soccer star Hope Solo, basketball player Ron Artest, actor JR Martinez, model Elisabetta Canalis, actress and talk show host Ricki Lake and reality stars Kristin Cavallari, Rob Kardashian and Carson Kressley competing for the title of America’s favourite celebrity dancer.
Bill Clinton added that ballroom dancing lessons could very well be in his near future.
“Just last night, Hillary said to me <<You know, when I’m not Secretary of State anymore, we should go take dancing lessons>>. So we’ll start with the tango.”
Following Monday night’s announcement of the Dancing With The Stars celebrity cast and the subsequent partner pairing announcement on Wednesday, the internet has exploded over the inclusion of Chaz Bono for the show’s 13th season.
The issue at hand is the fact that Chaz Bono used to be Chastity Bono, famous daughter of Sonny and Cher. Over the last few years, Chaz Bono has taken the steps to transition from a woman to a man – culminating in gender reassignment surgery last May.
Chaz Bono is the first transgendered contestant that has ever been on the show. He has been paired with professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer.
Cher has criticized the "stupid bigots" who have attacked the casting of her transgender son on US show Dancing With The Stars
Chaz’s upcoming appearance on the beloved reality show has drawn both harsh criticism as well as inspired defenses. Chaz’s mother, pop icon Cher, took to Twitter to express her thoughts on those attacking Chaz across the internet.
Cher has criticized the “stupid bigots” who have attacked the casting of her transgender son on US show Dancing With The Stars.
“Chaz is being viciously attacked on blogs and messageboards about being on DWTS!” Cher said via her Twitter page.
Cher also urged fans to pledge their support for Bono on other social media sites.
“I support him no matter what he chooses to do. It took courage to do DWTS!”
She added that “mothers don’t stop getting angry with stupid bigots” who hurt their children, but said she was sure the “vast majority of people will love Chaz” on the show.
Chaz Bono replied to the comments on his Twitter page saying:
“Thanks for all your support mom. The haters are just motivating me to work harder and stay on DWTS as long as I possibly can.”
Chaz Bono, 42, has been the target of online jokes and hate messages since Monday’s announcement that he would be taking part in the new series of Dancing with the Stars, which begins on 19 September.
Some fans have said they will no longer watch the show – which is one of the most popular programmes in the US – while he is a contestant, while some conservative groups have called for a boycott.
Dan Gainor, of the Culture and Media Institute, called Chaz Bono’s casting “a ridiculous, agenda-driven move” by the show’s producers.
“This is the latest example of the networks trying to push a sexual agenda on American families,” he said.
However, Dancing With The Stars’ executive producer Conrad Green said viewers should watch the new series before passing judgment.
He added the show had no agenda other than entertainment and was seeking to represent a range of people.
“I hope that a lot of the people who appear to be upset at the moment will give him a chance and maybe realise it’s not quite as bad as they think,” he said, in an interview with AP.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation praised the casting of both Bono and gay TV stylist Carson Kressley on the show, calling it “a primetime first.”
“Chaz Bono joining the cast of a series like Dancing with the Stars is a tremendous step forward for the public to recognise that transgender people are another wonderful part of the fabric of American culture,” Herndon Graddick, senior director of programmes, said.