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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Kendra, Carrie Ann Make Up; John Travolta Loves Maks

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 19th 2011 7:00AM
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van AmstelRivalries, couples not getting along, polarizing celebrities and loads of off-screen drama. These are the things that, for better or worse, have at times dominated the reality competition series known as 'Dancing With the Stars.'

But as regular viewers of the show are finding out, there's not much of that going on in season 12. Instead, the most compelling aspects of the show are taking place right where they should be -- on the dance floor.

There was, however, one feud that seemed to erupt from last week's show -- Kendra Wilkinson appeared to take great umbrage at judge Carrie Ann Inaba's remark that she appeared fearful of embracing elegance.

Wilkinson was still clearly upset by the exchange in the video segment shown prior to this week's dance. But what viewers may not know is that the two women cleared the air just before Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel performed the fox trot on Monday night.

"I never said I didn't like Carrie Ann," Wilkinson clarified to TV Squad on the post-show press line. "She's one of the best people ever."

So what happened when the reality-TV star talked to the judge? "I'm like, 'We're good, right?' And she was like, 'Oh, yeah, girl!' She was happy I came up to her and showed her love. I didn't apologize, but I made sure that she knew I appreciate her and what she means through her messages."

Wilkinson has been the most outspoken celebrity with the judges this season, pushing the confrontation envelope on occasion. Other dancers have opted to take the judges' criticisms and simply move on.

Tom Bergeron, Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin"The judges are always spot-on," says Petra Nemcova, who, along with partner Dmitry Chaplin, slipped from first place last week to a three-way tie for last place this week. "Everybody has a different approach, but it's not for me to argue with the judges."

"First of all, you look ridiculous if you start arguing with the judges," Chaplin says. "It looks like you know better than they do."

The judges' comments are constructive, but at times they appear to go overboard in their attempt to be humorous, as when Len Goodman cracked that Cheryl Burke had broken out the "Rocky Mountains," referring to her bust.

"I felt violated," Burke said after the show. "[Len's] like my great grandpa. This is the first time he's ever commented on my 'Rocky Mountains.'"

Burke's partner, Chris Jericho, says there's a pattern to Goodman's comments this season. "He's talked about Wendy [Williams'] dumplings, Kendra's 'chesticles,' and now Cheryl's 'Rocky Mountains.' They're all great analogies. I plan to use them in the future."

Maksim ChmerkovkskiyWhile Burke found a fan in Goodman, Maksim Chmerkovskiy has one in partner Kirstie Alley's friend John Travolta, who popped up during the couple's rehearsal last week.

"[John] loves Maks," Alley shares. "He said, 'Maks is the best thing to happen to dance since me.' He really thinks Maks could do films. When John did dancing films, he changed a whole culture. He feels the same way about Maks."

Mark Ballas, who appeared on Ellen DeGeneres' talk show last week, would love to see her come onto his show as a contestant. And so would Ballas' current partner Chelsea Kane.

"If [Ellen] ever does do this show, she has to be my partner," Ballas says. "Ellen, I'm putting that out there right now. She can move. She's great."

Adds Kane: "[Ellen's] the queen of daytime dancing. I would become a ballroom dancer to dance with Ellen."



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