‘DWTS’ announces new cast

Premiere Of Relativity Media's "Act Of Valor" - ArrivalsMaybe it’s just my circle of friends, but I know more gay people who watch Dancing with the Stars than all other reality competition shows combined — with the exception of Project Runway and RuPaul’s Drag Race (hello!!??!). I’ve caught the show on occasion myself, though I’m not nearly as devoted to it as my friends. Still, even since Lance Bass was on, I do wait with anticipation for the big reveal of the cast to see what gays might be participating.

I’m usually disappointed.

But there always is some excitement anyway, just to see what hotties, horrors and “hmmmm”s the producers recruit.

The main hotties this year, of course, is former Disney Channel star Corbin Bleu (pictured — sigh); and Brant Daughtery, best known for appearing on the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars (directed, interestingly enough, by former North Texan Norman Buckley, the gay brother of B’way star Betty Buckley). Former Dallas Cowboy player Keyshawn Johnson is also on deck, but the other men — Jack Osbourne, Bill Nye (the Science Guy) and Bill Engval — won’t be swoons from me.

Glee star Amber Riley is a gay fave among the women, but there are other gayish icons as well: Actress Valerie Harper (who, earlier this year, was expected to die soon from cancer, only to go into remission), Showgirls star Elizabeth Berkley and “Snooki” Polizzi (who, let’s face it, is basically a drag queen). Former Scientologist Leah Remini and singer Christina Milian round out the cast.

The season premiere is on Sept. 16.

 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Chaz Bono among the celebs on next ‘DWTS’

Chaz Bono, the transgender son of gay pop icon Cher and the late Sonny Bono, is one of the new contestants on the upcoming season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. He becomes the first trans person ever on the show. The season will also feature one of the few other gay competitors on the show, former Queer Eye style guru Carson Kressley. (Several seasons ago, Lance Bass made it to the finals of DWTS.)

Chaz and Carson join a (typically) quirky lineup that also includes goofy actor David Arquette (Scream),  shrill conservative talking head Nancy Grace, singer Chynna Phillips and famous-for-nothing celeb Rob Kardashian.

The season premieres Sept. 19.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

O’Hurley gives ’em the old razzle dazzle

Don’t toss the term “Renaissance man” at John O’Hurley. He may be an actor, singer, writer and composer, but he just won’t have it. Though maybe he’ll at least have a sense of humor about it.

“Oh, do people still say that?” he asks with a laugh.

O’Hurley is the man you know, but name you can’t quite recall. Most famous for his role as adventurer-businessman J. Peterman on Seinfeld, he’s actually an experienced song-and-dance man, which he gets to remind people of when he returns to the role as Billy Flynn in Chicago, which settles in for five performances at Bass Hall this weekend.

Although he has an extensive stage background, he’s content that many people may only be familiar with the musical through the movie.

“That’s fine, because it rekindled interest in the show,” he says. “The movie was imaginative but the [stage] show is much more. Sets are minimal and in your mind more. It’s such an innovative presentation.”

As with Anderson Cooper and his Chicago predecessor Richard Gere, O’Hurley embodies the silver fox — sexy but mature. His sophistication, good looks and humor are what also prompted People magazine to name him one of their sexiest men alive in 2006, when O’Hurley was a sensation for his appearances on Dancing with the Stars. (He was the runner-up, but later won a celebrity re-match.) The honor, though, was short-lived.

“It was very funny to hear that news. It was during that swirl right after” DWTS, he says. “I remember rolling over with my hair messed up and sleep in my eyes and my wife saying, ‘Look at you, Mr. Sexy.’ She brought me back down to earth then.”

O’Hurley seems to be everywhere — and he prefers it that way. When not touring with Chicago, he hosts the National Dog Show on NBC every Thanksgiving Day, is finishing his third book and composes music.

“I enjoy moving from thing to thing,” he says. “My mind moves in lot of different directions anyways, so I like to do that a lot.”

That keeps his acting chops in tip-top shape.

He’s played Billy Flynn before, but he tries to avoid repeating himself. Each performance is a new adventure.

“I made a promise to myself back in 1984 that I would surprise myself every night,” he says. “Something new will happen or an idea occurs to me and it keeps me fresh and present. The role gets deeper, so it changes every night for me.”

He did appear in the promo video for The Charles Schulz Celebrity Golf  which shows O’Hurley at his best: Dry humor. He endorses Rangé Golf Balls and guess what he invites people to play with? The video is now on YouTube.

—Rich Lopez

Chicago at Bass Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. Through June 19. $38–$88. BassHall.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 17, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

No Same-Sex Couples For DWTS

The producers of Dancing With The Stars have decided that “America isn’t quite ready” to see a same-sex couple compete on the show. The decision comes after Portia de Rossi declined an invitation to be the show’s first contestant to dance in a same-sex pair.

“If Portia had agreed then this would have been a done deal,” an ABC insider tells me. “She was the only star that could have pulled this off without completely offending the program’s conservative viewers.” But since the ‘Arrested Development’ beauty has rejected their offer, producers have decided to wait a few years and “not rush into creating a same-sex dancing couple just to get attention and publicity.” The show has a soft spot for stunt casting — Kate Gosselin, Florence Henderson, Bristol Palin, anyone? — but isn’t yet ready to invite on a same-sex couple. The last time a contestant did anything remotely gay — Margaret Cho’s rainbow dress — she was promptly dumped by viewers.

Last week the same-sex couple on Israel’s version of the show was eliminated.

Joe. My. God.

—  admin

Jennifer Grey Wins DWTS

And as everyone in the world with a computer knows by now, Bristol Palin came in third. Confession: I’d been secretly hoping that Bristol would win. You know why. Snork! Anyway, homocon Tammy Bruce went all Lady Miss Sour Grapes on Twitter once Bristol was eliminated.Bruce followed up that bit with this: “While LibProgs were obsessing on #dwts…Ohio judge allows third healthcare reform challenge to go forward. Bwahahaha!” Uh, I think the person organizing “Operation Bristol” was the obsessive party here, Miss Kapo USA.

In other reactions, GOProud’s Chris Barron warned: “There are no judges scores in elections. Just saying :) ” And Sarah Palin tweeted this: “Well, what a great ride! Competition is good for everyone.Be inspired by those who step up to challenges & improve w/each step; Congrats Jen!”

So far, nothing but silence from Kevin DuJan. Poor baby.

Joe. My. God.

—  admin

CNN On DWTS Teabagger Cheating

Jeannie Moos edited out 99% of Kevin DuJan’s dumbass and racist commentary, which is really too bad in a way. Note how DuJan sent them a photo from a previous century.

Joe. My. God.

—  admin