DWTS 19: Introducing Alfonso Ribiero & Witney Carson

The 42-year-old Alfonso Ribiero is best known for being the spoiled Bel Air cousin of Will Smith’s character, Will, in “The Prince of Bel Air.” Yet Ribeiro had been a dance prodigy.

As a child, he was on Broadway as “The Tap Kid” in 1983.

In 1984, he was the kid pretending to be the Prince of pop in one of Michael Jackson’s Pepsi commercials.  By 1984, he had written a book about break dancing, “Alfonso’s Breakin’s & Poppin’ Book.” That’s a man who can dance. He even did a rap record called “Timebomb.”

His first TV series was “Silver Spoons,” which he joined as a series regular for the third season, playing Alfonso Spears, the best friend of the main character.

When he was playing Carlton on “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” from 1990 to 1996, he was faking his bad dancing although he did get to let loose his mean moon walking skills on a “Soul Train” episode. Yet Ribiero has a sense of humor about his bad dance infamy.

 

As a boy, he had the moves and as an adult, he just needs to tune up that body and learn some ballroom.

Witney Carson was a contestant on season nine of “So You Think You Can Dance.” She joined “Dancing with the Stars” as a troupe dancer during season 17. She competed with singer Cody Simpson during season 18.

 

 

 

DWTS 19: Introducing Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani

Canadian-born Tommy Chong is 76 while fashion designer Betsey Johnson is 72. Both are unlikely to win the 19th season of “Dancing with the Stars,” but surely they will add humor and whimsy.

Johnson teams with the popular Tony Dovolani.  Expect cartwheels because Johnson is known for finishing her fashion shows by performing them.

Johnson, who studied at the Pratt Institute and graduated from Syracuse University, was once part of the youthquake fashion movement and Andy Warhol’s underground scene. Edie Sedgwick was her house model for her Betsey Bunky Nini boutique on New York’s Upper East Side, opened in 1969.  Her fashion label was Alley Cat in the 1970s.

The Santa Barbara-born Sedgwick died at age 28 of a barbiturate overdose in 1971.

Betsey Johnson LLC filed for bankruptcy in 2012, the same year she celebrated 40 years of fashion in a retrospective. She and her daughter, Lulu Johnson became reality stars with a TV show on the Style Network.

Tony Dovolani spent time coaching actress/singer Jennifer Lopez for the American version of “Shall We Dance?” He also played the Latin bad boy in the movie.

Dovolani joined “Dancing with the Stars” during season 2, finishing third with Stacy Kiebler. During season 10, he was infamously teamed with Kate Gosselin. Dovolani had a better time teamed with Melissa Rycroft during season 8 when they finished third and then again during season 15 (All-Stars) when they finished first. Last season, he was partnered with NeNe Leakes for a seventh place finish.

Season 19 begins with a two-hour  two-day season premiere tonight, Monday, Sept. 15 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) . Tuesday, “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” will reveal which couple will be eliminated and include a performance by Smokey Robinson.

Robinson will perform a duet of “My Girl” with Aloe Blacc from his album “Smokey and Friends.” A special dance number will be performed by the new pros: Allison Holker, Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev.

ABC.com will be offering five live streams from key positions at the show venue, allowing fans to choose views of the Red Room, judges, sky box, a wide angle of the dance floor and a hosted feed that will highlight relevant social media conversations. Throughout the season, fans will also have opportunities to participate in the outcome of the show, using social media to weigh in on everything from songs, dance styles, and even partners.

Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough returns to DWTS as a judge, alongside head judge Len Goodman, the every emotive Bruno Tonioli and the lift-monitor Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist).

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.

Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker

  • 1-800-868-3406

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd

  • 1-800-868-3413

Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff

  • 1-800-868-3410

Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani

  • 1-800-868-3404

Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe

  • 1-800-868-3408

Bethany Mota & Derek Hough

  • 1-800-868-3403

Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

  • 1-800-868-3405

Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson

  • 1-800-868-3401

Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas

  • 1-800-868-3411

Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke

  • 1-800-868-3402

Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess

  • 1-800-868-3412

Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev

  • 1-800-868-3407

Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater

  • 1-800-868-3409

From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

DWTS 19: Monday night finds a former prince Bel Air at the top

Maybe his TV character couldn’t dance and didn’t have soul, but Alfonso Ribeiro showed that he could jive, bringing in the high score of the night with nines across the board. At the bottom, was the oldest female contestant, fashion designer Betsey Johnson.

Ribiero and his partner Witney Carson impressed all the judges. Only one other team received nines, that was Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas who did the slower tempo of the cha cha cha to a Katy Perry tune.

In third place was budding fashionista Bethany Mota with fan favorite Derek Hough who danced the jive to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.” They were tied with actress Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev who performed a foxtrot to a Natalie Cole tune.

The voting phone numbers for the cast is listed below.

Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson

  • 36 (9,9,9,9)
  • Jive
  • “3-6-9″—Cupid feat. B.o.B
  • 1-800-868-3401

Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas

Bethany Mota & Derek Hough

Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev

Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff

Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker

Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd

Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke

Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater

Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe

Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani

 

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

DWTS 19: Introducing Bethany Mota & Derek Hough

“Dancing with the Stars” brings together an established fashionista, Betsey Johnson, and new youth fashionista Bethany Mota. While Johnson was part of the youthquake, Mota is a YouTube star with her haul videos.

Haul videos are videos that display recently purchased items, often giving the names and trhe prices.

Mota is “Dancing with the Stars” venture into social media celebrities, sometimes known as MacBarbie07. She attended public school from third through sixth grade, but has otherwise been homeschooled.

Mota is 18 and her haul videos are about outfit ideas, makeup and hair tutorials. She goes on motivation tours, “Motovatours,” to meet her fans. She has opened her own fashion line at Aéropostale. Her fans are called Mota-vators.

Mota has partnered with JCPenny and Forever 21 and characterizes her style as “laid-back-but-girly.”

Mota is partnered with the popular actor/singer/dancer/choreographer Derek Hough.  The 29-year-old Hough was 12 when his parents sent him and his younger sister Julianne to train with Corky and Shirley Ballas, the parents of Mark Ballas.

Hough first appeared on “Dancing with the Stars,” during season 4, when he helped his sister with her celebrity partner Apolo Anton Ohno. He joined the case during season five and was paired with Jennie Garth to finish fourth.

Hough finished first with Brooke Burke (Season 7), singer Nicole Scherzinger (season 10), actress Jennifer Grey (Season 11), singer Kellie Pickler (Season 16) and  actress Amber Riley (Season 17).  He finished second with Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson (Season 15) and Paralympic bronze medalist Amy Purdy last season. He’s also won a 2013 primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Choreography for three routines the choreographed for “Dancing with the Stars.”

Hough is also a West End star, having played the lead role of Ren in the original production of “Footloose: The Musical.” He starred in a 2013 South Korean independent romantic dance movie, “Make Your Move.” This year, he joined the cast of ABC’s musical drama “Nashville.”

Season 19 begins with a two-hour  two-day season premiere tonight, Monday, Sept. 15 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) . Tuesday, “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” will reveal which couple will be eliminated and include a performance by Smokey Robinson.

Robinson will perform a duet of “My Girl” with Aloe Blacc from his album “Smokey and Friends.” A special dance number will be performed by the new pros: Allison Holker, Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev.

ABC.com will be offering five live streams from key positions at the show venue, allowing fans to choose views of the Red Room, judges, sky box, a wide angle of the dance floor and a hosted feed that will highlight relevant social media conversations. Throughout the season, fans will also have opportunities to participate in the outcome of the show, using social media to weigh in on everything from songs, dance styles, and even partners.

Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough returns to DWTS as a judge, alongside head judge Len Goodman, the every emotive Bruno Tonioli and the lift-monitor Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist).

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.

Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker

  • 1-800-868-3406

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd

  • 1-800-868-3413

Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff

  • 1-800-868-3410

Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani

  • 1-800-868-3404

Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe

  • 1-800-868-3408

Bethany Mota & Derek Hough

  • 1-800-868-3403

Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

  • 1-800-868-3405

Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson

  • 1-800-868-3401

Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas

  • 1-800-868-3411

Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke

  • 1-800-868-3402

Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess

  • 1-800-868-3412

Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev

  • 1-800-868-3407

Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater

  • 1-800-868-3409

From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

 

DWTS 19: Introducing Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe

Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe are a surprise package. The 32-year-old Lolo is one of the few athletes who have competed in both the Summer and Winter games. She’s mainly known for track and field having won three NCAA titles while representing LSU. She won the World Indoor Championships in 2008 and 2010. Although favored to win the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, but stumbled and finished seventh. At the 2014 Winter Games, she was the brakewoman for the U.S. National bobsled team.

Jones has discipline and stamina, but the question remains: Can she dance?

Her partner Keo Motsepe is another unknown quantity. We know he can dance, but can he train a non-dancer to dance and win favor with the judges and the viewers?

Born in South Africa, Keoikantse started dancing at the age of five when his best friend suggested he give it a try. At seven, he knew that it was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. In 2004, Keo teamed up with his coach and mentor, Rafick Hoosain, and garnered every national title in South Africa.

In 2012, Motsepe made history becoming the first South African to join the “Burn the Floor” World Tour.  He quickly became the male principle dancer in the cast, and was hand-picked to perform as a soloist during the shows residency at the Shaftesbury Theatre on the West End. In 2014, Keo toured with “Burn the Floor” as principal dancer on the Australian and Japan tours, he also performed on their weekly productions on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Getaway. Keo made his television debut performing as a professional guest on Strictly Come Dancing South Africa in 2013.

Motsepe jumps over the troupe members to join the regular cast. He and Jones will be dancing the cha cha cha.

Season 19 begins with a two-hour  two-day season premiere tonight, Monday, Sept. 15 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) . Tuesday, “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” will reveal which couple will be eliminated and include a performance by Smokey Robinson.

Robinson will perform a duet of “My Girl” with Aloe Blacc from his album “Smokey and Friends.” A special dance number will be performed by the new pros: Allison Holker, Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev.

ABC.com will be offering five live streams from key positions at the show venue, allowing fans to choose views of the Red Room, judges, sky box, a wide angle of the dance floor and a hosted feed that will highlight relevant social media conversations. Throughout the season, fans will also have opportunities to participate in the outcome of the show, using social media to weigh in on everything from songs, dance styles, and even partners.

Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough returns to DWTS as a judge, alongside head judge Len Goodman, the every emotive Bruno Tonioli and the lift-monitor Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist).

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.

Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker

1-800-868-3406

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd

1-800-868-3413

Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff

  • 1-800-868-3410

Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani

  • 1-800-868-3404

Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe

  • 1-800-868-3408

Bethany Mota & Derek Hough

  • 1-800-868-3403

Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

  • 1-800-868-3405

Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson

  • 1-800-868-3401

Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas

  • 1-800-868-3411

Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke

  • 1-800-868-3402

Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess

  • 1-800-868-3412

Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev

  • 1-800-868-3407

Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater

  • 1-800-868-3409

From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

 

DWTS 19: Introducing Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff

Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff should make an interesting team for season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars. The 51-year-old Couture is a retired mixed martial artist who was the UFC Heavyweight Champion three times, and the UFC Light Heavyweight Champion twice.

As a senior at Lynnwood High School, he won the state championship in wrestling. He was in the U.S. Army from 1982-1988.  He was the Olympic team alternate three times–in 1988, 1992 and 1996. He worked for a while as a wrestling coach at Oregon State University.

Couture has played Toll Road in “The Expendables” movie series.

Karina Smirnoff was a five-time U.S. National Champion. She is also the first woman to make the British Professional Final with three different partners. She has been with “Dancing with the Stars” since season 3 when she was partnered with Mario Lopez for a second place finish.

Smirnoff finished fourth with Ralph Macchio during season 12, third with Jacoby Jones during season 16, second with Corbin Bleu during season 17 and first with J.R. Martinez during season 13.

Season 19 begins with a two-hour  two-day season premiere tonight, Monday, Sept. 15 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) . Tuesday, “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” will reveal which couple will be eliminated and include a performance by Smokey Robinson.

Robinson will perform a duet of “My Girl” with Aloe Blacc from his album “Smokey and Friends.” A special dance number will be performed by the new pros: Allison Holker, Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev.

ABC.com will be offering five live streams from key positions at the show venue, allowing fans to choose views of the Red Room, judges, sky box, a wide angle of the dance floor and a hosted feed that will highlight relevant social media conversations. Throughout the season, fans will also have opportunities to participate in the outcome of the show, using social media to weigh in on everything from songs, dance styles, and even partners.

Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough returns to DWTS as a judge, alongside head judge Len Goodman, the every emotive Bruno Tonioli and the lift-monitor Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist).

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.

Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker

  • 1-800-868-3406

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd

  • 1-800-868-3413

Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff

  • 1-800-868-3410

Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani

  • 1-800-868-3404

Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe

  • 1-800-868-3408

Bethany Mota & Derek Hough

  • 1-800-868-3403

Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

  • 1-800-868-3405

Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson

  • 1-800-868-3401

Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas

  • 1-800-868-3411

Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke

  • 1-800-868-3402

Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess

  • 1-800-868-3412

Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev

  • 1-800-868-3407

Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater

  • 1-800-868-3409

From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

 

DWTS 19: Introducing Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd will probably not be contenders for the mirrorball trophy for season 19 of ‘Dancing with the Stars.” The oldest celebrity who has ever won was Donny Osmond at 51. Thomas B. Kin Chong is 76.

Chong was born in Edmonton, Alberta, to a Scots-Irish and French Canadian mother and a Chinese driver. He’s most famous as part of the comedy team Cheech & Chong. With Cheech Marin he co-wrote and starred in seven films with Marin and directed four. Two of their comedy albums were nominated for Best Comedy Album Grammy Awards.

Cheech & Chong movies:

 

 

Cheech & Chong split up in 1985. Chong did go on to act in TV series “That ’70s Show” and “Dharma and Greg.”

Chong was investigated for the selling of drug paraphernalia (mostly bongs) and resulted in him spending 9 months in federal prison, paying a fine and forfeiting money and a loss of property.  Chong’s legal problems were documented in a/k/a Tommy Chong (2008 DVD Release).

His first dance will be the cha cha cha.

The 28-year-old Murgatroyd was born in Auckland, New Zealand. She placed third at the world championships in Blackpool, England in 2006 in British Youth Latin. She was in the 2004 cast of “Burn the Floor.” In 2011, she joined the cast of “Dancing with the Stars” as a troupe member and became one of the dancing pros for season 13, teaming up with basketball star Metta World Peace.

Metta World Peace and Murgatroyd were the first pair eliminated during season 13, but Murgatroyd with football star Donald Driver won the mirrorball trophy during season 14. Last season, 18, Murgatroyd was teamed with James Maslow for a 4th place finish.

Season 19 begins with a two-hour  two-day season premiere tonight, Monday, Sept. 15 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) . Tuesday, “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” will reveal which couple will be eliminated and include a performance by Smokey Robinson.

Robinson will perform a duet of “My Girl” with Aloe Blacc from his album “Smokey and Friends.” A special dance number will be performed by the new pros: Allison Holker, Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev.

ABC.com will be offering five live streams from key positions at the show venue, allowing fans to choose views of the Red Room, judges, sky box, a wide angle of the dance floor and a hosted feed that will highlight relevant social media conversations. Throughout the season, fans will also have opportunities to participate in the outcome of the show, using social media to weigh in on everything from songs, dance styles, and even partners.

Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough returns to DWTS as a judge, alongside head judge Len Goodman, the every emotive Bruno Tonioli and the lift-monitor Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist).

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.

 

Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker

  • 1-800-868-3406

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd

  • 1-800-868-3413

Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff

  • 1-800-868-3410

Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani

  • 1-800-868-3404

Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe

  • 1-800-868-3408

Bethany Mota & Derek Hough

  • 1-800-868-3403

Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

  • 1-800-868-3405

Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson

  • 1-800-868-3401

Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas

  • 1-800-868-3411

Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke

  • 1-800-868-3402

Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess

  • 1-800-868-3412

Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev

  • 1-800-868-3407

Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater

  • 1-800-868-3409

DWTS 18: Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker

Jonathan D. Bennett, 33, is an American actor best known for his role in the the 2004 “Mean Girls” in which he was Lindsay Lohan’s love interest and a brief one-year stint on the soap opera “All My Children” (2001-2002).  This year he became the host of MTV’s “Copy Cat.”

“Copy Cat” is a new reality series in which there are a series of “cat fights” but it won’t be cats or women only fighting. In this case, the audience hears the contestants first before they see them. The contestants will be paying tribute to their favorite performers, or that’s what the promo says. The show premiered in June of this year.

Allison Holker will be familiar to “So You Think You Can Dance Fans” was a season 2 contestant during which she made the Top 8 and then returned as an All-Star from seasons 7-11.  She does have a previous connection with “Dancing with the Stars”: She was in Louis van Amstel’s “Ballroom with a Twist.” She was also in two Disney films: “High School Musical” and “High School Musical 2.”

For their first dance together will be the quick paced jive.

Season 19 begins with a two-hour  two-day season premiere tonight, Monday, Sept. 15 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) . Tuesday, “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” will reveal which couple will be eliminated and include a performance by Smokey Robinson.

Robinson will perform a duet of “My Girl” with Aloe Blacc from his album “Smokey and Friends.” A special dance number will be performed by the new pros: Allison Holker, Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev.

ABC.com will be offering five live streams from key positions at the show venue, allowing fans to choose views of the Red Room, judges, sky box, a wide angle of the dance floor and a hosted feed that will highlight relevant social media conversations. Throughout the season, fans will also have opportunities to participate in the outcome of the show, using social media to weigh in on everything from songs, dance styles, and even partners.

Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough returns to DWTS as a judge, alongside head judge Len Goodman, the every emotive Bruno Tonioli and the lift-monitor Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist).

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd

  • 1-800-868-3413

Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff

  • 1-800-868-3410

Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani

  • 1-800-868-3404

Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe

  • 1-800-868-3408

Bethany Mota & Derek Hough

  • 1-800-868-3403

Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

  • 1-800-868-3405

Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson

  • 1-800-868-3401

Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas

  • 1-800-868-3411

Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke

  • 1-800-868-3402

Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess

  • 1-800-868-3412

Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev

  • 1-800-868-3407

Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater

  • 1-800-868-3409

From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

 

DWTS 18: Vote FAQ with all the phone numbers

Are you ready for tonight’s premiere of “Dancing with the Stars”? Season 19 begins with a two-hour  two-day season premiere tonight, Monday, Sept. 15 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) . Tuesday, “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” will reveal which couple will be eliminated and include a performance by Smokey Robinson.

Robinson will perform a duet of “My Girl” with Aloe Blacc from his album “Smokey and Friends.” A special dance number will be performed by the new pros: Allison Holker, Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev.

ABC.com will be offering five live streams from key positions at the show venue, allowing fans to choose views of the Red Room, judges, sky box, a wide angle of the dance floor and a hosted feed that will highlight relevant social media conversations. Throughout the season, fans will also have opportunities to participate in the outcome of the show, using social media to weigh in on everything from songs, dance styles, and even partners.

Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough returns to DWTS as a judge, alongside head judge Len Goodman, the every emotive Bruno Tonioli and the lift-monitor Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist)

The voting phone numbers for the cast is listed below.

Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker

1-800-868-3406

Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd

1-800-868-3413

Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff

1-800-868-3410

Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani

1-800-868-3404

Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe

1-800-868-3408

Bethany Mota & Derek Hough

1-800-868-3403

Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

1-800-868-3405

Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson

1-800-868-3401

Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas

1-800-868-3411

Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke

1-800-868-3402

Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess

1-800-868-3412

Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev

1-800-868-3407

Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater

1-800-868-3409

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

Ms. Geek Speaks: Who appointed Slate as fashion police?

Like any respectable geek, I am only vaguely aware of fashion. I was thoroughly astounded to learn that J. Bryan Lowder, an assistant editor who edits Slates LGBTQ section, Outward, and is apparently much ashamed of his first name, decided to ask people to “Stop Dressing Like a Slob When You’re Traveling” or “Take a One-Way Trip From Tatty to Natty.” Natty means smart and fashionable and is Lowder really either one of those things?

First, I would tell Lowder’s editor that that Thinkstock photo isn’t doing his article any favors. That hairstyle looks like it is the survivor of an aviator helmet and the white shirt is boring and the collar down makes me think someone didn’t hang the shirt up correctly the night before. Then I wondered if anyone still wears t-shirts and tank tops for their original purpose (something to go under that shirt).

After a quick look outside the Fine Whine and Department of Complaints, I couldn’t tell if there is an actual department for the fashion police in Slate.

I thought one curated fine art, but Lowder curates his “travel costume.” I was hoping for something a bit more spectacular than “these chinos will pair nicely with a different shirt, and those dressier shoes will come in handy when that friend takes me out for dinner later in the week.”

What is this man railing against?

However, the primary reason I make the extra effort to plan my travel outfit is because, well, no one else does. Among the cavalcade of pajama pants, tracksuits, nightgowns, painting rags, and ill-fitting sweatshirts that one encounters in the world’s terminals and stations these days, the competently dressed individual stands apart as a beacon of civilized life, an island of class amid a swamp of schlumps. By dressing myself as a decent human being who is aware that he is in public, I like to think I am performing a small act of resistance against the increasingly slobbish status quo.

The man wants an army of men and women in chinos as if we are uniformed for a day at a mandatory public school. He wants to increase the snobbish status quo to fight the slobbish status quo. He’s not calling for “a three-piece suit on every JetBlue hop or Megabus jaunt (though that would not have been abnormal mere decades ago), nor do I mean to dictate what you should wear within the tinted confines of your own car.”

What he wants is:

  1. an attractive trouser,
  2. a pressed shirt,
  3. close-toed shoes,
  4. and perhaps even a light sport coat or cardigan—the kind of thing I generally wear to work—with little effort or expense.

Lowder does not like:

  1. mangy t-shirts
  2. pajamas
  3. ill-fitting sweatshirts
  4. tracksuits
  5. pajama pants
  6. nightgowns
  7. painting rags

Does that mean people who actually work in tracksuits or pajama-ish pants need to yuppy-up?

I’m guessing that Lowder isn’t one of the Little People or somewhere in between a munchkin and a hobbit or leprechaun (the nice kind). That means he can readily find clothes that fit him, even if he doesn’t truly know how to properly use the word mangy and probably hasn’t had much experience with mange itself.

Lowder does want to dictate the fit of one’s sweatshirts and the number of holes in one’s t-shirts. Although I have entered an age of bliss where I no longer subscribe to Glamour magazine and no longer follow adult fashions, I do know how to travel in comfort. Since I have embraced my inner child and almost exclusively wear children’s clothing, I have been much happier. While children can dress in yuppy togs, I feel no need to embrace the yuppy uniform of chinos.

Lowder shops in the adult world, and travels enough to be annoyed, but he seems unaware of the first-class luxury of airline-issued pajamas. Yes, that’s right. Airline-issued pajamas are a topic in travel blogs and news. That means Lowdry either didn’t do any research or has never flown first-class. The trend has come to business class. The big question in the 2013 conversation is: When to change–before boarding or after boarding? There are also comparisons between which are the best airline pajamas. 

Alas. I don’t travel business class. I’ve never traveled first class. Yet I would be one of those people wearing pajama-like pants or even leggings because during my wait and even in my economy seat, I intend to do some stretching. I may do a handstand at the airport. I will likely do a split. I might even do a one-minute shimmy.

In the airplane, I will actually exercise and I understand doing so is healthy and a way to avoid getting blood clots. I need pants that can stretch with me and shirts that won’t rip when I flex. That means instead of getting dressed to look like George Sand or Katherine Hepburn, I will likely wear yoga pants and not trousers with a matching jacket. I will never wear a pressed shirt as I don’t usually do so when I dress up.  You also press a shirt exactly because it tends to wrinkle. A sweatshirt is a better choice although I’m not sure what exactly Lowdry means by ill-fitting since styles vary–oversize to go with leggings, short to show the belly button?

A suit jacket or a cardigan might be something worth considering, but a long coat is more practical in case they run out of blankets or you have to sleep in the airport. You never know if the weather might change and there might be rain or wind.

Dresses are extremely impractical for rushing around, hauling luggage and sleeping in public.  Nylons are not advisable since during a fire, they will melt to your skin in a way that should only be imagined in horror movies. High heels and flip flops and dangerous should one need to run or have something heavy rolled over their feet. If you have to run across Heathrow with your bags, flat, closed-toed shoes with rubber soles are the most practical, but slip-ons are a must unless you want retie them post-security check.

I don’t really care what the other passengers are wearing as long as they are adequately clothed since I don’t want some half-naked sweaty guy crushed next to me in line. I’m all for comfort and good manners. I be happy if you don’t grumble when I recline my seat and don’t expect me to allow your excess body parts to hang over into my space. I don’t want to see excessive cleavage, front or back.

Glamour suggests a white maxi dress. How many ways is this impractical? And those clunky platforms or the laced up deck shoes? Is someone else carrying my luggage? They also recommend “boyfriend” jeans that, in this case, are shown with holes at the knees. This is a fashion statement. You can buy them that way. Fashion calls them distressed jeans.

My latest dancewear catalogs show me that t-shirts with holes are popular and so are baggy pants. For the last couple of years when I’ve been shopping for pajamas, I’ve found that outside of specialty places like Victoria’s Secret, there are few choices. Pajamas have fallen out of favor because so many people just wear sweatsuits or big-T-shirts. Now we see that airlines are trying to bring back the trend.

What other trends are missing? T-shirts with artistic holes, painted pants or shirts and long flowing pants  might not meet Lowder’s fashion sensibilities, but who commissioned him to be the fashion police and guardian of civilization. Some civilizations began in long flowing pants or a kimono. For some, just women wearing pants is a sign of the loss of civilized life, but as a woman who has worked and traveled on her own, people who don’t approve of women wearing pants or trousers don’t bother me. I ignore them. I suggest people also ignore Lowder. He believes he gets better treatment because he dresses better, but I’d probably get better treatment if I was white and male. It shouldn’t matter.

Let’s remember that Lowder wasn’t railing against current fashions and that he wasn’t criticizing the policies and trends set by the airlines. He was criticizing the personal choices and trends in individual passengers and as a fashion police he’s way behind on the current rules and as a journalist he’s neglected his research. Lowder is neither a fashionista nor a giornalista.

This is criticism without a clue. My suggestion? Travel on in comfort and ignore this man’s whining.

 

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