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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Premieres on Disney+; Who’s Looking Good After Night One of Competition

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The aging ballroom-dance competition franchise, Dancing with the Stars, premiered on Monday night in its new home on the Disney+ making it the first live series to hit the streaming service.

This marks the shows 31st season and now viewers will experience a commercial free competition/reality series complete with the producers figuring out ways to kill time to get the dance duos up to the Sky Box to talk with new co-host, Alfonso Ribiero.

Tyra Banks is back in the ballroom as your main host along with judges Carrie Ann, Bruno, Len and Derek. On the season opener, there were some terrific starts by some celebrities and their pro partners, and there were also some not so good ones.

After the first night of dancing, two couples landed in the bottom two – former Real Housewives star, Teresa Giudice and Pasha Pashkov, and Sex and the City actor, Jason Lewis and Peta Murgatroyd.  The judges eventually saved Giudice and sent home Lewis.

However, let’s recap some of the night’s brighter moments which featured: Wayne Brady (Let’s Make a Deal and ex-B&B), Actress Selma Blair, The Bachelorette Gabby Windey and TikTok star, Charli D’Amelio.  All the competitors danced to songs that really gets them going in the premiere.

In the most emotional moment of the night, that brought tears to everyone’s eyes, was the performance of Selma Blair and her pro partner, Sasha Farber who turns out to be her neighbor in real-life.  Blair, who is battling MS and was diagnosed with the disease in 2018, shared her biggest issue with dancing is her problem with balance. However, Selma danced a beautiful Viennese Waltz with Farber and  28 out of 40 score.

TikTok sensation, Charli D’Amelio, has been dancing since she was very young.  She is now 18.  Dancing the Cha-Cha, along with Mark Ballas, proved to be the hit of the night and the producers saved the best for last.  Charli and Mark scored a 32 out of 40.  We should note: Charli’s mom, Heidi is also dancing in the competition.

Wayne Brady wound up in second place after the judges voting with his Cha-Cha; which featured some pop and lock moves with partner, Witney Carson.  Judge Bruno exclaimed: “Welcome to Wayne’s dance floor! Performance level through the roof. You’ve got it and you know what to do with it!”

It’s a big week for “Bachelorette’ Gabby Windey. Tomorrow night is the season finale of her season to find love, but on Monday night, she showed us why she has some moves to be a threat in the competition for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.  In the pre-dance package, we learned Windey was a Denver Broncos cheerleader for five years.  She then danced the Jive with pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy and scored a 28 out of 40.

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Don’t count out the first ever drag queen to dance in the competition, Shangela, either!  Dancing with partner Gleb Savchenko, Shangela brought it to the dance floor and the crowd went nuts, scoring 28 out of 40 for their Salsa.

Former 90210 and Days of our Lives star, Trevor Donovan while having a fear of dancing, performed better than expected along with his pro partner Emma Slater, taking on of all things, the Quickstep. Donovan and Slater scored a 21 out of 40, and remained in the competition.

So, who do you think has a solid chance of taking home the Mirror Ball Trophy? What did you think about watching DWTS on Disney+? If you didn’t watch the season premiere tonight, will you check it out on the streaming service? Comment below.

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I would love to watch but not getting Disney plus at this point we will all be spending 500 a month for tv. Sorry abc I’m out and honestly at this point I watch nothing on abc

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Derek Hough Reveals Wife Hayley Erbert Undergoing Skull Surgery

Dancing with the Stars judge Derek Hough has revealed that today on December 20th, his wife Hayley Erbert will be undergoing skull surgery.

Previously this month, Erbert had to have an emergency craniectomy after being diagnosed with a cranial hematoma. The surgery on Wednesday is to replace “a large portion of her skull”, Hough shared, that was removed during the first procedure.

In the early hours on Wednesday, Hough took to his Instagram story and expressed: “I strongly believe all the prayers that have been sent with the intention and love of Hayley’s recovery has helped so much. I can’t thank you all enough.”

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Derek also added to, “Please keep her in your prayers as I believe the collective energy helped her through these past few weeks. We love you we thank you.”

Last week on Friday, Hough revealed that Erbert, 29, would need a skull implant in the coming weeks.  He offered up that, “the recovery process has been nothing short of a miracle,” and added that although, “Hayley is doing well,” she “still has a ways to go.”

As the holiday season is upon, Derek offered, “While this isn’t the holiday season either of us envisioned, it’s one that we’re incredibly grateful to have. We look forward to cherishing these moments with a deeper appreciation for life and the people in it.”

Send your well-wishes and prayers to Hayley and Derek as they go through this trying time via the comment section below.


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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Derek Hough Gives Update Following Wife Hayley Erbert’s Emergency Craniotomy

Over the last 48 hours, Dancing with the Stars judge and performer, Derek Hough shared on social media what happened to his wife, dancer Hayley Erbert when she underwent an emergency craniotomy after experiencing symptoms while on a dance tour with her husband.

In his first post on Thursday, Hough revealed that his wife of only three months “became disoriented and was taken to the hospital” while on their Symphony of Dance tour in Washington, D.C.  Ebert was later diagnosed with a “cranial hematoma from a burst blood vessel and required an emergency craniotomy.”

In an update on the situation on Friday, Derek revealed: “Hayley has always inspired me with her will, her strength, and her resilience and no more so than in the last 48 hrs.  She is now on the long road to recovery Words cannot express how grateful and thankful we are for the support and love that you have given us.  The kindness that we’ve been shown in this incredibly unfathomable and life-changing time is immeasurable. The offers of assistance that have poured in have been so humbling and appreciated. Our hope is that as a family, we can somehow and someway pay it forward.”

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Hough and Erbert first met during the So You Think You Can Dance tour in 2013. They then began began dating in 2015 while both were appearing on Dancing with the Stars and were married in August 2023.

On Hough’s most recent Instagram post, celebrities from the world of soaps, motion picture and films and fellow cast members from DWTS all commented on Derek’s update sending love and prayers Hayley’s way including: GH’s Finola Hughes, Selling Sunset and former soap star, Chrishell Stause, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Matthew Morrison, Nina Dobrev, Emma Slater, Mira Sorvino, and Alfonso Ribiero.

Send you prayers, and well-wishes to Hayley and Derek while they go through this most challenging and difficult of times via the comment section below.


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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Crowns Xochitl Gomez and Val Chmerkovskiy Winners of Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy

On the three-hour season 32 finale of Dancing with the Stars, it all came down to who would take home the Len Goodman Mirrorball trophy. This would mark the first time the winners would receive the coveted award named after the beloved head judge who passed away in 2022.

With a perfect score for each of their four last dances (from last week’s competitions and the finale), it was clear that the team to beat was Xochitl Gomez and her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. But would America feel the same?

After a stunning night of freestyle routines to close out the final round of competition, and a redemption dance performed earlier in the night, as deemed by one of the judges for the couples to improve upon from a previous performance, the five remaining couples put their best foot forward.

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Here’s how it shook out when hosts Alfonso Ribeiro and Julianne Hough revealed the results:

In fifth place: Alyson Hannigan and Sasha Farber.  Next, in fourth place were former ‘Bachelorette’ star Charity Lawson and Artem Chigvintsev. Third place belonged to Vanderpump Rules star, Ariana Madix and her pro partner, Pasha Pashkov.

Then it all came down to two, Xochitl and Val, or Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Jason Mraz and pro partner Daniella Karagach. Mraz had actually performed his latest single, “I Feel Like Dancing” shortly before the results portion of the show.

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The Season 31-winning celebrity contestant, Charli D’Amelio, returned to the ballroom floor to present the Mirrorball trophy to the winners. D’Amelio had performed earlier in the finale with her former pro partner, Mark Ballas, for a special routine.

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Jason and Daniella were announced in first place, as Xochitl and Val were announced the Len Goodman Mirror Ball Trophy winners. For Val, this marks his third victory in his Dancing with the Stars career. He previously won the Mirrorball trophy with Rumor Willis in 2015 and Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez in 2016.

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In the finale, Gomez and Chmerkovskiy performed a redemption foxtrot to Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally”, and finished with a freestyle dance to ‘Que Calor” by District 78.

Happy that Xochitl and Val won the season 32 Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy? Who did you think of the final results? Comment below.

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