Tabloid Gossip — Week-in-Review — Who Knew?

  • Derek Hough and Lauren Conrad might be a couple.  E! Online
  • Elizabeth Hurley is engaged to Australian cricketeer boyfriend Shane Warne. PopSugar
  • Mike Myers is officially a dad to a baby boy named Spike. RealityTVWorld
  • Sarah Gilbert and Kris Jenner teared up while discussing their previous relationships on The Talk. AOL TV
  • Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds reunited at a Radiohead concert. Us Magazine
  • David Arquette is dating Joe Francis’ ex-wife, Christina McLarty. Ear Sucker
  • Crystal Harris auctioned off Hugh Hefner’s engagement ring. SheKnows
  • George Clooney brought Stacy Keibler to the Ides of March premiere. Celebitcy
  • Naomi Watts opened up about her relationship with Heath Ledger. Socialite Life
  • Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler might be on-again. Celebuzz
  • ‘X-Men’s’ James Marsden and his wife of 10 years are divorcing. PopCrunch
  • ‘Kiss’ frontman and eternal lady chaser, Gene Simmons, is married. People

Derek Hough Leaves Dancing With the Stars — I’m Devastated

If you’re a fan of my blog, then you know how much I love Dancing With the Stars, and you might also know that Derek Hough is my favorite professional dancer on the show. He’s by far the most talented dancer and the best choreographer. Remember when all of the professional dancers except Derek Hough needed outside choreographers for help with their free-style routine? Perhaps you can guess who won that season. Hough sadly announced that he’s leaving the show to pursue his movie career, but he says he’ll definitely return. As a tribute to Hough, I’ve attached some of his best dances below. Enjoy!

Today’s Rule: It’s Not a Curse if it Makes Sense

When I was young I took the time to write down every one of my pet peeves, in hopes that I would review the very long list later in life and discover that the little things no longer bother me.  Unfortunately, the plan didn’t work.  But in honor of my therapeutic effort, I will share with you one of the pet peeves on the list.  Here goes — you are not allowed to call something a “curse,” if it makes sense.  What do I mean?  Alright, I’m going to keep this description short and sweet.  Many people are referring to Jennifer Grey’s recent back surgery as a “Dancing With the Stars curse.”  Gee, I wonder how celebrities on that show get injured.  It’s so mysterious, and therefore worthy of some kind of magical explanation.  Could it be that it’s a rigorous dancing show that casts amateurs with little to no dancing experience?  And there you have it — a logical explanation.

Derek Hough & Jennifer Grey — The Best DWTS Partnership Ever

Every time I watch Dancing With the Stars I’m reminded that Derek Hough is an incredible dancer, who is way more talented than any of the other professional dancers on the show.  Tonight was no exception.  I looked up his history, and the most interesting thing I found is that all four of his grandparents were dancers, which leads me to believe he was dancing in the womb.  His performance tonight with Jennifer Grey might have been his best ever.  Watch below.


jennifer2 4 @ Yahoo! Video

Jennifer Grey On Dancing With the Stars — The One to Beat — I’m Nostalgic

Jennifer Grey made me miss Patrick Swayze on last night’s Dancing With the Stars. She was fantastic, and I yearn for the good old days of dancing films. After all, I’ve almost exhausted my Gene Kelly Netflix queue, and I’ve seen Dirty Dancing approximately 57 times. And the new Footloose remake doesn’t count. Until the uncreative executives at movie studios come up with an original idea, I will continue to utter the line, “nobody puts Baby in a corner.” It also doesn’t hurt that Derek Hough is her partner, considering he’s the best professional dancer on the show. If you don’t agree, I’d like to remind you that every professional dancer needed an outside choreographer for last season’s finale, except Hough. Watch her performance below, and try not to cry.

Ellen DeGeneres Gets a Variety Show – Will it Ever End?

Ellen DeGeneres is definitely capitalizing on her ‘American Idol’ attention.  First she starts a record label, and now she’s getting a variety show.  With the exception of my Julianne and Derek Hough idea, I don’t think the variety show format will work.  Rosie O’Donnell already failed at it, and just about every reality television show is basically a variety show anyways.  How would you classify ‘America’s Got Talent’?  The other thing that bothers me about this news, is that almost every time one of Ellen’s daytime guests tell her to get involved in something, she says that she doesn’t have the time.  I remember when Kathy Griffin told Ellen to do stand-up in Iraq, and Ellen said she gladly would but there just isn’t room in her schedule for it.  I guess her schedule is free after all. Watch the interview below at the three minute mark to see what I’m referring to.

Idea of the Day: Julianne Hough and Derek Hough – The Next ‘Donnie & Marie

With all the remakes and ripoffs in the entertainment industry, I’m surprised no one has thought of this.  Derek and Julianne Hough, the brother/sister dancing duo on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ should get together and host a variety style talk show.  They’re both beautiful to look at, and all attempts to venture out of the dancing world and start other projects, have pretty much fallen flat.  Why?  Because they never tried this idea before.  To top off the strange Donnie & Marie connection, the two are both Mormons.  They grew up in Utah and moved to London at an early age to further their dancing careers (where they interestingly trained with the parents of fellow ‘Dancing With the Stars’ professional, Mark Ballas).  Though it pains me to admit this, I did not actually come up with this idea on my own.  An executive at my office did, and he gave me permission to take full credit.  I just couldn’t do it though.  So in an effort to maintain his anonymity while still making him sound cool, I’ll just call him C-Dog.  If anyone steals this idea though without forking over some major dough, I’ll sue you.  Hear that dancing duo?

Derek and Julianne Hough, the brother/sister dancing duo on ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ should get together and host a variety style talk show. They’re both beautiful to look at, and all attempts to venture out of the dancing world and start other projects, have pretty much fallen flat. Why? Because they never tried this idea before. To top off the strange Donnie & Marie connection, the two are both Mormons. They grew up in Utah and moved to London at an early age to further their dancing careers (where they interestingly trained with the parents of fellow ‘Dancing With the Stars’ professional, Mark Ballas). Though it pains me to admit this, I did not actually come up with this idea on my own. An executive at my office did, and he gave me permission to take it on as my own. I just couldn’t do it though. So in an effort to maintain his anonymity while still making him sound cool, I’ll just call him C-Dog. If anyone steals this idea though without forking over some major dough, I’ll sue you. Hear that dancing duo?

Dancing With the Stars Finale – The Choreographers Need Choreographers?

Three couples competed for the coveted mirror ball trophy on tonight’s ‘Dancing With the Stars,’ and it was . . . interesting.  Both Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Anna Trebunskaya needed a little extra help from an outside choreographer for their routine.  Am I the only person that thinks this is ridiculous?  I understand that they are only trained in ballroom, but then why don’t you design a free-style routine that is a twist on ball-room?  If you’re unable to choreograph outside of your genre, then you can’t do that routine.  Simple enough.  You didn’t see Derek Hough bringing in outside help, and his routine was the best of them all.  Watch Derek and Nicole’s free-style below.

nicole2 final @ Yahoo! Video

Dancing With the Stars Reveals Partners

I am pretty excited about this.  I was initially a little disappointed by the star selection, but now that they are paired up I am looking forward to it.  Personally, I am rooting for Maksim this year.  He’s never won and he’s pretty to look at, so I want him there as long as possible.  Here is the lineup:
Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani
Pamela Anderson & Damian Whitewood
Chad Ochocino & Cheryl Burke
Shannen Doherty & Mark Ballas
Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
Niecy Nash & Louis Van Amstel
Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya
Aiden Turner & Edyta Sliwinska
Buzz Aldrin & Ashley Costa (formerly DelGrosso)
Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Jake Pavelka & Chelsie Hightower

Lacey Schwimmer and Jonathan Roberts Won’t be Returning to Dancing With the Stars

Lacey and Jonathan are out. Why? My guess is that the show cut them. How do I know this? All the dancers get word whether they are wanted for the next season around the same time, and Lacey and Jonathan’s departure was announced the same time that the other dancers announced their return. If they left on their own accord, I think it would have been announced much earlier. The good news is that my favorites, Cheryl Burke and Derek Hough, will be returning.