Jodie Sweetin named contestant on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ as ‘Fuller House’ gets renewed for second season

The next cast of "Dancing With the Stars" just got a little fuller. Actress Jodie Sweetin revealed she's competing on Season 22 of the popular reality dance competition in a special announcement on Wednesday's episode of "Good Morning America." "I'm a huge fan of the show," Sweetin said after the reveal. "I've always loved to dance." The 34-year-old star, who recently reprised her role as Stephanie Tanner on the rebooted "Fuller House" series, is the first contestant announced for the upcoming season of "DTWS." But that wasn't the only news that left "Fuller House" fans screaming "Have Mercy!" on Wednesday — as Netflix announced that the nostalgia-conjuring reboot was being brought back for a second season. The streaming service released a fleeting 10-second video to make the announcement, though it didn't release any other details for Season 2. "Fuller House" already has significant ties to "Dancing With the Stars," as actress Candace Cameron Bure finished in third place on the star-studded show in 2014. Likewise, "DWTS" dance pros Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy appeared on an episode of the first season of "Fuller House," sharing a dancing scene with Cameron Bure and Sweetin. Their appearance on the episode sparked rumors that Sweetin was slated to join the next season of "Dancing With the Stars" — and the actress didn't exactly deny the speculation when she posted about it on Twitter last month. "So many rumors flying around!" she wrote."We had Maks and Val on an episode of #FullerHouse and now everyone is saying I'm on DWTS! :) I AM a fan!" She was much more forthright on Wednesday, when she said on "Good Morning America" that she's expecting big things now that she's officially joined the fan-favorite dance competition. "Stephanie was a dancer on the show, (and) I danced growing up," she said. "Not as much as I would have liked to — I definitely don't call Continue Reading

‘Dancing with the Stars’ surprise elimination: Jodie Sweetin voted off after earning perfect score

How rude, indeed. America voted and former child star Jodie Sweetin was shockingly eliminated on Monday night’s “Dancing with the Stars.” The “Fuller House” actress and partner Keo Motsepe became the seventh couple to get the boot from the dancing competition. JODIE SWEETIN RECALLS PAST DRUG ABUSE ON 'DWTS' The 34-year-old’s fervent “Full House” fan base — and even guest appearances from the show’s alum — were not enough to get her the coveted Mirror Ball trophy. The actress was one week shy of the semi-finals. The surprising elimination came as Sweetin finally hit her stride and scored a perfect score of 30 for her final dance on Monday. "Mom, I did it!" she yelled after the performance. Sadly, her scores last week were the lowest of the week and she was sent packing. "I couldn't ask for a better way to say thank you that I got to do this. I got to go out on all tens. That's amazing," Sweetin told hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews in the show's final moments. "And, you know I start production on Fuller House tomorrow at 8 a.m.," she added, laughing. There are five remaining couples left for the show's 22nd season.  Her co-star Candace Cameron Bure appeared on the long-running show in 2014 and fared slightly better. She came in third place. Continue Reading

Candace Cameron Bure Defends ‘Full House’ After Blogger Blasts 90s TV

Actress Candace Cameron Bure came in third place in this season’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Today on Fox and Friends, Bure said she was surprised at how well she did against winner Meryl Davis, a figure skater and 2014 Olympic gold medalist. “I was the one that came in with the least experience,” Bure said. “I realized how many fans I have ‘cause they’re the ones that voted me through.” Then the discussion moved to a blogger who recently slammed 90s television shows for portraying unrealistic lessons. Annelia Alex wrote, “I watched a lot of prime time TV between the ages 12 to 14. That's what well-behaved adolescents did weeknights 8-10 p.m. Eastern. While the cool kids were out smoking cigarettes and tongue kissing, I was in front of the TV, with a sleeve of Oreos, absorbed in trite plots of short-lived sitcoms. … However, those shows did cause one negative side effect: they distorted my expectations for reality.” Bure’s former “Full House” co-star John Stamos shot back at the blogger. He wrote on social media, “Don’t blame the way your life turned out because of TGIF – if you’re lucky enough to have kids – maybe you should have them watch re-runs of Breaking Bad – see how that turns out.” Bure agreed with Stamos, saying, “It’s kind of laughable because it’s a sitcom. The show’s never been off the air in 25 years, and you hear so much positive stuff … because it was wholesome and family television.” Watch the clip above to see what the author/producer/actress is working on next!  Continue Reading

‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 18 cast revealed, includes Olympic gold medalist duo Charlie White, Meryl Davis

Editor's Note: Sources originally told the Daily News' Confidential column that Bruce Jenner had signed on for the cast. Much to the surprise of 'DWTS' insiders, however, the Jenner deal failed to materialize at the last minute.The season 18 cast of "Dancing with the Stars" is below. The popular dancing show will return to ABC on March 17 with some big celebrity names. The contestants include Olympic gold medalist ice dancing partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis, who will be battling against each other for the prize after 17 years as a team. Darron Cummings/AP Meryl Davis (left) and Charlie White of the United States pose for photographers with the U.S. flag after placing first in the ice dance free dance figure skating finals during the 2014 Winter Olympics. The duo will now compete against each other on 'Dancing with the Stars." In a fun blast from the past, '90s sitcom stars Candace Cameron Bure, 37, of "Full House" and "Wonders Years" beauty Danica McKellar, 39, were also named Tuesday during the announcement on "Good Morning America." Bure will dance with Mark Ballas and McKellar with Val Chmerkovskiy. The new cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' was announced on 'Good Morning America.' This has been a year of shake-ups for "DWTS," as sports reporter Erin Andrews will take over as host after Brooke Burke-Charvet got the boot after eight seasons. RELATED: WINTER OLYMPICS: MERYL DAVIS AND CHARLIE WHITE WIN GOLD MEDAL IN ICE DANCE Familiar face Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning as a dancing pro and will be partnered with Davis, 27,  while White, 26, will be hitting the dance floor with partner Sharna Burgess. The new cast of 'Dancing with the Stars' was announced on 'Good Morning America' Tuesday. The complete list for the upcoming season include below: Amy Purdy, 34, is dancing with Derek Hough. Purdy is a U.S. Paralympic snowboarder and "Amazing Race" star. At the age of 19 she was diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis. Continue Reading

‘Dancing with the stars’ crowns Meryl Davis as season 18 champion

Skating champion Meryl Davis now has a mirror ball trophy to add to the Olympic gold medal on her mantle. The 27-year-old earned a perfect score on her three dances in the finale to bring her pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy his first ever championship on the reality competition. In fact, it was Chmerkovskiy who seemed the most emotional Tuesday night as he was embraced by Davis and his brother, Val, while the confetti rained down on the dance floor. "It's just plastic, but it means so much," an emotional Chmerkovskiy told host Tom Bergeron. "And to do it with Meryl is a dream come true." Ratings had been down for the show's 18th season, but viewers who stuck around had been moved by the usually prickly Chmerkovskiy's visible affection for his partner. They were repeatedly asked if they were dating in real life. "I want to ravage her and have ice skating, big, Russian, mean babies," Chmerkovskiy deadpanned. "We'll call them Boris and Oleg," Davis was also embraced by her ice dance partner, Charlie White, who had been eliminated from the competition two weeks earlier. The result wasn't a particular shock since Davis stayed at the top of the leaderboard for most of the competition, but it was still a tight battle against runner, Paralympics star Amy Purdy, a sentimental choice for her graceful dancing on two prosthetic legs. Purdy lost her legs and near lost her life to bacterial meningitis in 1999. "I couldn't be more grateful to have been given the opportunity to discover my abilities and share them with the world," Purdy tweeted late Tuesday night. Finishing third was "Full House' star Candace Cameron Bure. If there weren't enough reasons for tears Tuesday, this season may be the last for judge Len Goodman, who hinted Tuesday night that he may leave the show. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEO. Join Continue Reading

Candace Cameron Bure says she looks ‘better now’ than she ever did in her 20s

Candace Cameron Bure says her body over 30 is in way better shape now than she was a decade ago — even before she joined "Dancing with the Stars." "I've grown to love my body and I'm very happy with it," Bure, 37, told Us Weekly. The modest "Full House" star chooses to show off her dancing skills rather than her body on the ABC reality show — saying that she wouldn't be "the sexiest one out there” — but that doesn't mean she isn't proud of her figure. "I'm confident with my body and at my age — not that I'm super old — but I feel like I look better now than I ever did in my 20s," Bure told the magazine. "I love my body." The former child star, now 37, married hockey player Valeri Bure in 1996 when she was 20 years old, shortly after the end of her long-running sitcom. Bure previously revealed that she struggled with bulimia after "Full House" ended. "That really was the time of identifying with being an actress and that being my whole life, and then now being someone's wife and moving to a new city, a new country even," she wrote in her book "Balancing It All," according to the Huffington Post. "I turned to food for comfort and had to find a different source, because clearly it wasn't a healthy way to deal with things." Now, the blond beauty and her NHL player husband have three kids, whom she credits with helping her stay in shape. "I enjoy playing sports with my kids," she told Us Weekly. "It's just affected my body, so I love the way it looks now." "It's self-confidence, but I've also gotten more in shape than in the past even 10 years since I had my kids." Her secret to staying in shape, Bure says, is to keep "working on it, not that it's the highest priority." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Mark Ballas suffers serious injury, may have to sit out ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale

Will Mark Ballas be able to compete in the "Dancing with the Stars" finale? That's what everyone is wondering after the dance pro was injured Sunday while rehearsing with his celebrity partner Candace Cameron-Bure. The show's cameras were rolling as the two practiced a move that involved Ballas lifting the "Full House" actress onto his shoulders, when he suddenly collapsed on the floor, wincing in pain. "Mark was seriously injured during camera blocking," a DWTS representative told People. "His shoulder popped out during a lift and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and released. It's unclear whether or not he'll be able to perform on Monday's show." Ballas' DWTS co-stars Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke were at the studio when the he sustained the injury, and they rushed to his side to help. "I'm not sure exactly what happened but I think it kind of came out and went back in," Hough told "Good Morning America." "What makes me nervous a little bit is that he's had a serious shoulder surgery before, on the other shoulder." The morning show reported that Ballas was treated at local hospital then released, and that he returned to the DWTS set with his arm in a sling. It is unknown whether he will be able to compete on Monday night's finale, but according to People, another pro dancer will learn Ballas' routines to sub in if necessary. With or without her partner, Bure will square off against three other couples — Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy, James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, and Amy Purdy and Hough — on the two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" season finale, airing at 8 p.m. on ABC. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Dancing With the Stars’ narrows to final three

Our four Dancing With the Stars finalists hoofed their hearts out Monday night as the clock ticked down to Tuesday's finale and the awarding of the coveted Season 18 mirrorball trophy.It's Week 10, and finals night meant each of the remaining contenders — Candace Cameron Bure, Meryl Davis, James Maslow and Amy Purdy — had two rounds of dances, including everyone's favorite, the freestyle.There were no guest judges. It was just Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Brunio Tonioli whipping out their scoring paddles and narrowing the final four down to the final three.Here's how it all unfolded:Meryl and Maks really want to win. "I want to look back and say I literally have nothing else, nothing left to give," said Maks, who has not won the trophy in 13 seasons. "I really want this for him," said Meryl. Their fiery Argentine tango was flawless and seemed to defy gravity at times as Maks twirled Meryl up and down and around his body. Bruno said it was "seductive" and "incredible." Carrie Ann mentioned the "magic" the two have. Len said it was the dance of the night. Scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30 Their freestyle "was an homage to the journey we've been on," said Meryl. He was shirtless and had on harem pants. She wore a lacy nightgown. They were barefoot. It was contemporary. Steamy. Passionate. They almost kissed at the end, but stopped short. When it was done, Maks had a big smile. Carrie Ann was weeping. "First of all, I think you guys should get married." Then she said, "This is what true dance is about." It was the "most stunning example of divinity in motion." Bruno stood up and said it was "as close as it gets to a flawless work of art." Len said, "There's good, there's great and there's Meryl." Said Meryl, "I feel like we've had a special bond." Co-host Erin Andrews said, "We all wanted you to kiss! I'm not even kidding." Scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30Total: 60 (Bruno tried to hold up a 1 paddle to go with his 10 paddle.)Amy had another terrible, painful back spasm Continue Reading

‘Dancing With the Stars’ pros wed

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd of Fort Lee, both of whom are longtime professional dancers on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," were married on Saturday at Oheka Castle in Huntington, N.Y.In his 17 seasons as a competing pro on the show, Chmerkovskiy made it to the final round five times, and danced with two runners-up and two third-place finishers. Chmerkovskiy paired with the Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis and won his first "Dancing With the Stars" title in 2014. Murgatroyd joined the show as a member of the dance troupe in season 12, in 2011. She became a regular member of the professional cast in season 13.In a phone interview, Alex Samusevich, a groomsman and friend of the couple, said: "Maks has been like an older brother to me for almost 25 years, and this was probably the happiest I've ever seen him. Peta is a special woman, and together they make an extraordinary couple. The amount of joy and love that was shared this weekend was absolutely incredible and the time we spent was unforgettable. I hope this wedding celebration was just a microcosm of the lifetime of memorable moments that they'll enjoy for a long time. It was really wonderful."Members of their "Dancing With the Stars" family were in attendance including Rumer Willis (a bridesmaid), Robert Herjavec, Kym Johnson, Sharna Burgess, Jenna Johnson, Tony Dovolani, Donald Driver, Candace Cameron Bure, Allen Bernstein and, of course, Chmerkovskiy's brother Val. Other noteworthy attendees included Nyle DiMarco, John Hurley and the choreographer Mandy Moore. Story continues after photo gallery "We arrived at Oheka Castle on Friday afternoon and stayed there till Sunday morning," Samusevich said. "A bus picked us up on Sunday and took us to McCarren Hotel & Pool in Williamburg, Brooklyn, where we spent the day continuing the celebration of love, happiness and family with fun in the sun." Chmerkovskiy said: "This was the most memorable Continue Reading

‘Full House’ stars have a family reunion on Netflix

The Tanner and Gibbler girls are all grown up.Twenty-one years after Full House went off the air, ABC's schmaltzy family sitcom is moving into new digs on Netflix, which launches a nostalgia-fueled revival on Friday. The aptly titled Fuller House is a sequel of sorts to the original, which premiered in 1987 and followed Danny Tanner, a widowed father (Bob Saget) whose best friend (Dave Coulier) and brother-in-law (John Stamos) move in to help raise his three daughters.In the sequel, it's Danny's daughter, now-widowed mom D.J.(Candace Cameron Bure), who gets a hand from her sister, Stephanie (Jodie Sweetin), and childhood neighbor Kimmy Gibbler (Andrea Barber), as they join forces to raise D.J.'s three boys and Kimmy's preteen daughter (Soni Bringas).For the former child stars, there are perks to being the adults this time around."You know, it's great — we don't have to go to school in our spare time," Sweetin says. "I can lounge around in the trailer, and not try and hide from my studio teacher. I remember those days, like, 'Aw, I just wanna hang out and have fun!' "Adds Bure: "Yeah, the kids are always like, 'Oh, man, I have to go to school.' And I'm like, 'Na, na, na, na, na, na! I don't have to anymore!' We did our time."Since Full House was abruptly canceled after eight seasons in 1995, all three actresses have become parents themselves. Bure, 39, has competed on Dancing with the Stars and now co-hosts The View, while Sweetin, 34, published a 2010 memoir, unSweetined, which details her recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Barber, 39, hasn't acted since Full House, although she was on board from the get-go when Stamos and series creator Jeff Franklin approached her about the revival five years ago."I didn't really have any hesitations, knowing that Jeff Franklin was at the helm," Barber says. "I just wanted to make sure we did the legacy proud, and it wasn't Continue Reading