Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani
Posted 30 August 2011 - 01:54 PM
"The Pop Princess"
Wife, mother, singer/songwriter, actress, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Chynna Phillips has been surrounded by Hollywood since...well...forever!
Born to musicians John and Michelle Phillips of famed 60's group The Mamas and The Papas, Chynna began her acting career appearing in John Hughes' hit teen flick Some Kind of Wonderful. She followed up with roles in Caddyshack II, Say Anything..., and played Roxanne Pulitzer in the TV biopic Roxanne: The Prize Pulitzer.
As you probably know, Chynna, along with childhood friends Carnie and Wendy Wilson, formed the trio Wilson Phillips. In 1990, the group released their self-titled debut album which would go on to sell ten million copies worldwide, go 5x multi-platinum, with three #1 singles. Billboard declared them the best-selling female group of all time, breaking the record previously set by The Supremes. Wilson Phillips was nominated for five Grammy Awards, an American Music Award and won a Billboard Music Award (for "Hold On" and "Release Me", written by Chynna).
Taking a break from the group, Chynna released a successful solo album entitled Naked & Sacred while also filming and starring in the lead role of the television remake of famed Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie. That same year she also married husband and fellow actor William Baldwin. She then took time off to focus on her family and had three children while also reclaiming herself and becoming a Christian.
In 2004, Chynna reunited with Wilson Phillips as the group released its 3rd album California, which paid homage to West Coast musicians from the 1960's and 1970's. In 2009, she teamed up with singer/songwriter Vaughan Penn to form the Christian pop duo Chynna & Vaughan. They put out an album titled One Reason. Shortly thereafter, Wilson Phillips also released their first Christmas Album Wilson Phillips Christmas in Harmony.
In 2011, Chynna announced that Wilson Phillips would be reuniting again for an original album to celebrate their 20 years together as a musical group. The group was also featured in the blockbuster comedy film Bridesmaids.
Chynna works with the charity Los Angelitos Orphanage in Tijuana, Mexico, which is devoted to helping children who are displaced by the constant violence in the city and to creating a warm and loving environment for the kids.
Photo Credit: Jeremy Cowart/Sony Music
CELEBRITY PARTNER: Chynna Phillips
Be still our beating, ballroom-dancing hearts—Tony's back for Season 12 of DWTS, and you can bet he's gonna bring a little extra fire to the floor this fall.
Born in Kosovo, professional ballroom dancer, instructor and judge Driton "Tony" Dovolani began folk dancing at age three. When he was 15, his entire family moved to the United States and Tony got the opportunity to attend the New England-based Fred Astaire Dance Academy. From that moment on, he knew he had found his passion.
Since that time, Tony has traveled the world and won several championships. Tony also had a featured role in the hit film Shall We Dance, and spent time coaching Jennifer Lopez.
Dovolani made his Dancing with the Stars debut in Season 2, when he was paired up with professional wrestler Stacy Keibler. And Tony was partnered with Melissa Rycroft in Season 8, where they came in third place.
How far will his fancy footwork take him this time?
• 2005 and 2006 World Rhythm Champion
• 2006 PBS American Ballroom Challenge Rhythm Champion
• 2006 Emerald Ball Open Professional American Rhythm Champion
• 2005 Ohio Star Ball American Rhythm Champion
• Current world and undefeated United States Open champion
PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:
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Posted 18 October 2011 - 11:16 AM
That vote from the fans is really a huge part of if they stay.
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