Deanna Watson

Deanna serves as the Editor at Times Record News.  In addition to planning news coverage and overseeing major editorial projects, Deanna writes a weekly column on local and feature stories.  She’s a Georgia native and earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. 


Deanna is married to Sam Watson and they have two daughters, Ellee (22) and Emma (14).  Since competing in Dancing for the Stars, with her new bestie, Chance Harmon, Deanna got the courage to audition for a play at The Wichita Theatre, and has now been in four productions, “Annie,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Grease” and “The Little Mermaid,” the latter inspiring her latest attempt, learning tap dancing. She hopes to participate in other plays in the 2017 season.


She enjoys listening and dancing to pop music.  Her favorite song is “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen.  She hopes to one day see a no-hitter live at a baseball game.

Community Involvement

Deanna has volunteered for Hospice, Partners in Education, Interfaith Ministries, the North Texas Rehabilitation Center and the Junior League of Wichita Falls.


Why say yes to DFTS?

“I daydream about being in a flash mob!”


Why did you want to be a judge this year?

“I had so much fun participating as a dancer in 2015, meeting one of my dearest friends, Chance Harmon, in the process. We were judges last year and had a blast. Even though Chance will be dancing this year, testing my objectivity, I couldn’t turn down an opportunity to be involved in this event again. What a fun night!” 



Dr. Paul Hurst

Dr. Hurst is a Board Certified OB-GYN at Clinics of North Texas.  He specializes in routine and high risk obstetrics, infertility, gynecology and urogynecology.   His favorite place to hang out in Wichita Falls is at his home with his wife, Jamie, and their two children Julian (9) and Lucas (6).  When he’s relaxing at home, he enjoys reading presidential biographies or watching classic 90s sitcoms, especially Seinfeld. 


Not many people are aware, but Dr. Hurst is from Panama and is fluent in Spanish…even though he doesn’t look the part!  He attended medical school at the Autonomous University of Central America in Costa Rica and did his specialty in Kansas City, Missouri.


Dr. Hurst is an avid sports fan and says that the number one thing on his bucket list is to attend at least one Super Bowl.  He also enjoys listening and dancing to salsa music.


Community Involvement

Dr. Hurst stays involved by helping out at Our Lady Queen of Peace and Notre Dame School.


Why say yes to DFTS?

“It seems like a fun way to help raise money for a good cause.”

I wanted to become a judge because I enjoyed the competition so much last year that I wanted to help out in anyway I could this year. I felt judging would be lots of fun!





Reggie Milam

Owner and Teacher of Dance, Etc. which first opened its doors September of 1985 in Ft. Worth, Texas now running on its 21st year here in Wichita Falls.  From what began with a 1 room operation and her being the sole teacher fast forward 30 years later she is now operating 3 studios, 14 dance instructors and over 300 students.

Reggie has developed her technique and philosophy of teaching from over 50 years of experience and study in Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Washington DC, and California.  While spending countless hours directing and choreographing productions for local theaters, she still finds the time to be Sitti "grandma" to 8 grandchildren and loving all her adoptive children at the studio.  Reggie says, "I am the most blessed woman in the world.....God, family, friends, and students, what more could I ask for?"


“Then we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will praise you forever, from generation to generation we will sing your praise.”  Psalms 79:13







Susan Mansur Bahr

Susan knew at a young age she wanted to be an actress.  Having grown up in Wichita Falls, she graduated from Wichita Falls High School where she took the stage numerous times in the high school theater.  She then went on to graduate from Abilene Christian University before taking a shot at the stages in New York City.  There, she studied with Terry Schreiber who ran a studio and theater.  She enjoyed a career spanning more than three decades working as an actress on stage and in television commercials.  She had many roles in off-Broadway plays and her first Broadway play was Best Little Whorehouse in Texas where she played Doatsey Mae.  She also played Truvie in Steel Magnolias and participated in Damn Yankees with Jerry Lewis.


Susan moved back to Wichita Falls with her husband Michael of 45 years. Together they have two sons and three grandchildren.  She remains active as an "Applause" sponsor for the Symphony League and she also assists with Catholic Charities.