DwtS Offseason Update: 11-29-06

Dancing with the Stars 3 may be over, but there’s been plenty of news and rumors swirling about the DwtS Tour and Season 4.

Tour News
The tour lineup has changed. Maksim Chmerkovskiy
decided over Thanksgiving weekend to pull out of the tour, in order to spend
more time working with his students. Because she did not want to dance with another partner, Willa Ford has also dropped out of the tour.

Fans who purchased VIP tickets
from I Love All Access and no longer wish to attend can contact the company for a refund.

Joey McIntyre will be using the DwtS
tour appearances to promote his new album, which will be available at
each performance. He’ll be singing a couple of numbers, as well as
dancing with his partner, Kym Johnson.

Season 4 Rumors
One season barely ends, and rumors about possible participants for the next begin. Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson has been lobbying producers for a spot in the Season 4 cast.

Producers have extended an offer to Jennifer Aniston
to be a contestant, and she’s reportedly considering the offer. She
would certainly be the biggest celebrity ever to compete on the show.
And if DwtS wants to turn the season into a mini-Friends reunion, they can get David Schwimmer, too. Unless there’s some secret plan to make a sequel to The Pallbearer, that guy’s not doing anything.

When DwtS 4 starts up in March, it will likely change nights to avoid going up against American Idol on Tuesdays.

After spending Thanksgiving together, Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff
left on Sunday for a Mexican vacation — even though they still won’t
publicly admit that they’re dating. Hopefully, they’ve at least
admitted it to each other.

In the same article in which she announced her departure from the tour, Willa put all of the rumors about her supposed romance with Max to rest. She’s become engaged to National Hockey League player Mike Mondano.

Other News
For some additional reading, check out this interview with the DwtS costume designers.
Thanks to their quick thinking, they were able to avert a Janet
Jackson-like moment for Willa Ford on her final night of competition.

Also, an arts critic at Slate offers some interesting opinions on the quality of the dancing on DwtS.