What makes a good competition even better? The judges! The success of Dancing with the Stars television show is due in large part to the judges. Their striking personalities, witty remarks, and on-point fashion give an element of entertainment and excitement to the weekly event that keeps America tuning in season after season. Knowing this, Dancing Stars of Greenwich has once again assembled an incredible panel of star-studded celebrity judges for our attendees’ and dancers’ delight.
The past three events, our celebrity judge line-up included award-winning actor Brendan Fraser, International Fitness guru and Broadway actor Billy Blanks Jr., Sports-Illustrated swimsuit model and former Cover Girl Paulina Porizkova, co-anchor for Good Morning America, Lara Spencer, actress and producer Ali Wentworth, and Tony Dovolani, Fred Astaire’s national co-dance director, who has also captured the hearts of millions as a professional dancer performing on the ABC’s Dancing with the Stars show. The Dancing Stars of Greenwich judges and Fred Astaire professional dancers are not only celebrities and media personalities, they are visionaries who are invested in the cause and committed to building the next generation of dancers. Our goal is to make every competition one you will always remember and most of all enjoy.
8-time award-winning actor Brendan Fraser Joins Dancing Stars of Greenwich judging panel for his fourth year. Fraser is a Canadian American actor. He is best known for playing Rick O'Connell in The Mummy movie trilogy, as well as for leading roles in comedy and fantasy films including Encino Man, George of the Jungle, Bedazzled, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and Journey to the Center of the Earth. Fraser branched into dramatic cinema with roles in Gods and Monsters, The Quiet American, and Crash.
During a hiatus from film acting, Fraser found a new audience in television, with supporting roles in the History miniseries Texas Rising, the Showtime drama series, and is currently in the FX anthology series Trust.
Lara is an American television presenter who is best known for being the co-anchor for ABC's Good Morning America. She is also a correspondent for Nightline and ABC News. Previously, she was the host of the syndicated entertainment newsmagazine The Insider from 2004 to 2011 and was a regular contributor to CBS's The Early Show. Before then, she was the national correspondent for Good Morning America and spent several years as a lifestyle reporter for WABC-TV. She also hosted Antiques Roadshow on PBS for the 2004 and 2005 seasons, and Antiques Roadshow FYI, a spin-off of the popular show during 2005. She hosts the show Flea Market Flip on both HGTV and the Great American Country channel.
Billy has 20-plus years of on-camera television work, video editing, and producing and directing. He is gearing up for Season 2 of his hit moving talk show on the Lifetime Network called Dance It Out. His Lifestyle YouTube channel gets an average of 1.5 million views each month, for which he is the director, producer, and editor. Billy's dance fitness program rivals Zumba and has over 1500 instructors throughout the U.S., Japan, Germany, Mexico and Belgium. Billy is no stranger to hard work. Before all of this, he built up four Los Angeles 5-star restaurants as the general manager. As an artistic director, he helped build up and bring The Wall Street Theater in Norwalk, Connecticut, out of bankruptcy by creating such programs as Connecticut's Got Talent, Dancing with The Stars of Connecticut, and his own Broadway teen program BTOC. He is also a big supporter of Abilis, hosting the last several online spring Gala’s for the organization as well as MC’ing the annual Walk/Run for Abilis fall event.
The co-creator, star, and co-executive producer of Head Case, a series on the Starz Network. She just finished a three-year contract with The Oprah Winfrey Show, where she was an on-air correspondent. Wentworth was the host of 2003’s Living it Up! with Ali & Jack. Having made a name for herself as a regular on two seasons of In Living Color, Ali’s dead-on impersonations of Cher, Cindy Crawford, and Sharon Stone quickly became trademarks of the show. She followed up her stint on In Living Color with a starring role in the Fox series, Hardball, and appeared as guest host for two episodes of Later. In an unprecedented move to develop a recurring role around a performer, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno featured Ali on a road trip across the country in a $7 car in the program’s sweeps comedy piece. Her TV credits also include the memorable role as Jerry Seinfeld’s girlfriend, Schmoopie, in the series’ classic “Soup Nazi” episode.Ali appeared in It’s Complicated, directed by Nancy Meyers and starring Meryl Streep and Alec Baldwin. She has also appeared in movies such as Twentieth Century Fox feature Office Space, and The Wonderful World of Disney’s remake of the classic film, The Love Bug.