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'DWTS' Backstage Q&A: Kym Johnson's 'Never Been So Scared'; Ralph Macchio Says No Finale, No 'Karate Kid' Tribute

by Michael Maloney, posted May 17th 2011 7:00AM
Kym Johnson and Hines WardThis season of 'Dancing With the Stars' has proved that you don't need polarizing reality stars, manufactured romances between celebrities and dancers, or other contrived stuff to make a compelling two hours of television on Monday nights.

The heart-stopping neck injury suffered by fan favorite Kym Johnson during rehearsal last week, judge Bruno Tonioli's censored remark to Karina Smirnoff and host Tom Bergeron's lightning fast ad-libs are providing enough drama, gasps and laughs to keep the veteran series more popular than ever.

Alas, one couple will be going home tonight and, despite Ralph Macchio earning the lowest score, there's no guarantee it will be him. The actor's vocal fan base has already voted him through one likely elimination.

TV Squad talked to the semi-finalist pairs on the post-show press line last night to get their thoughts on Monday's performance show and taking part in arguably the most competitive season of 'DWTS' so far.

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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.

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Week One Was 'Terrifying'

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 22nd 2011 9:00AM
Karina Smirnoff and Ralph MacchioRalph Macchio, 49, and Kirstie Alley, 60, are two of the older contestants on season 12 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' but after the first night of dancing they took early leads with top scores of, respectively, 24 and 23.

The star of 'The Karate Kid' and his pro partner, Karina Smirnoff, performed a Foxtrot that judge Len Goodman called the best one of the night.

Macchio's an actor; did that play a role in how successfully he embraced his part on the dance floor?

"Yes. Dancing is like acting only you use your body," said Smirnoff. "It allows him tap into the character so much better."

"[Acting] is less painful," joked Macchio. "Less painful."

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Kathy Griffin Calls Bristol Palin Fat, Is Booed by a Crowd of U.S. Soldiers (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 6th 2010 8:21AM
Kathy Griffin Calls Bristol Palin Fat, Is Booed by a Crowd of U.S. Soldiers"Let's talk about 'Dancing With the Stars'!" comedienne Kathy Griffin yelled to the crowd. Oh, can we? What shall we discuss? How Carrie Ann Inaba is of mixed Japanese, Chinese and Irish ancestry? Do we want to talk about Derek Hough's record third win on the show? Should we gab about Florence Henderson's 'Brady Bunch'-themed tango? Or are we ... going to end up talking about Bristol Palin again?

"We got two words," Griffin continued. "BRISTOL ... PALIN." Ah. We see. Kathy was performing in front of a huge crowd of soldiers for 'VH1 Divas: Salute the Troops.' (Sun., 9PM ET on VH1). But as soon as she mentioned the dreaded words "Bristol Palin," the boos started rolling in from the troops. Wait. What are we booing again? Bristol? Kathy's sailor outfit? ... Kathy's comedy routine?

It turned out that the troops were jeering Ms. Griffin's routine. "You're gonna like this," she continued gamely. "[Bristol is] the only contestant in the history of the show to actually gain weight. ... She gained like 30 pounds a week. I swear to God, it was fantastic -- she's like the white 'Precious.'"

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Carrie Ann Inaba: 'DWTS' Should Have Same-Sex Couples! (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 18th 2010 7:11AM
Carrie Ann Inaba: 'DWTS' Should Have Same-Sex Couples! On 'Lopez Tonight' (weeknights, 12AM ET on TBS), 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Carrie Ann Inaba discussed a potentially controversial idea. She feels that 'DWTS' shoud have same-sex partners on the show.

Previously, dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy "came out" in favor of this plan. (That's just a bad pun, by the way. Carrie and Maks are straight, but they support gay rights, and want the show to broaden its appeal.)

While talking with George Lopez, Carrie expressed her belief that men and women should be able to dance together. She backed up this belief with a piece of personal history. Ms. Inaba has some experience with dancing with another lady -- and with making out with one too. The lady in question is a pretty famous one ... she goes by the name of "Madonna."

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On the 'DWTS' Scene: Kurt Warner Jokes About His 'Unfair' Exit

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 10th 2010 9:00AM
Kurt Warner and Anna TrebunskayaKurt Warner earned both high scores and high praise from the judges on Monday night's 'Dancing With the Stars' performance show, but he and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya were sent packing on Tuesday's results program. The couple failed to receive enough viewer votes to take them to next week's semi-finals.

The former pro football player's departure means the four semi-finalists of 'DWTS'' season 11 will be singer Brandy Norwood, actor Kyle Massey, actress Jennifer Grey and teen activist Bristol Palin.

"Gosh, it was unfair," Warner said of his exit to reporters with faux outrage on the post show press line.

On a serious note, he added, "We all think it's unfair when we get kicked off the show. We felt for a long time that we should have gotten better scores than we did so, yes, you're disappointed when [this happens.] I'm just glad it's me and not one of the other guys [who's going home.] I don't want anyone to have to go."

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On the 'DWTS' Scene: Why Maks Chmerkovskiy Confronted Carrie Ann

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 9th 2010 12:00PM
Maks and BrandyUsually, the bantering (arguing?) on 'Dancing With the Stars' takes place between pro dancers and their celebrity partners, but on last night's performance show Maksim Chmerkovskiy traded some strong words with judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

Chmerkovskiy took exception to Inaba critcizing his creative choice to wait until four beats passed before starting his "instant dance," a cha cha cha to Kate Perry's 'Teenage Dream,' with partner Brandy Norwood.

The Ukranian-born dancer didn't feel that Brandy should've been penalized with a lower score for his decision.

Host Tom Bergeron deftly tried to squash the tension by proclaiming, "Welcome to 'Ballroom Smackdown.'"

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'Dancing With the Stars': An Instant Classic, Performed to a 'Foreign' Song (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 9th 2010 6:25AM
'Dancing With the Stars': An Instant Classic, Performed to a 'Foreign' SongA new week and a new injury led to ... another surprising result on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC).

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]


Tonight's quarterfinal 'DWTS' episode featured a twist -- the "INSTANT DANCE." This meant the players did a regular routine, plus an "instant" routine. For the instant section, the couples didn't know what song they would be dancing to, until the second they stepped onto the ballroom floor.

The "instant" concept would have been hard enough, but contestant Jennifer Grey also suffered her third injury of the season. Ms. Grey was already coping with an old neck injury, plus a pinched nerve in her foot. Now, she had to deal with tendinitis in her knees. Jeez. Could anything else possibly go wrong for her?

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'Dancing With the Stars' -- Can an Injured Star Make a Comeback? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 2nd 2010 5:04AM
'Dancing With the Stars' -- Can an Injured Star Make a Comeback?We had comebacks galore on tonight's 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). But would a player who was battling injures make it all the way back?

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Early this season, Jennifer Grey was the 'DWTS' front runner. Then, the actress was derailed by nagging physical problems. She suffered a pinched nerve in her foot, and reactivated an old neck injury. Jennifer has a metal plate in her neck, dating back to a 1987 car accident involving her then-boyfriend Matthew Broderick. She has been warned that competing on the show could cause further damage.

Last week, Grey found herself in the bottom two, facing elimination along with Audrina Patridge. The actress spent much of this week's rehearsal time weeping in frustration. Though Jennifer looks many years younger, she's actually 50 years old. And she's worried that her body can't handle the stress of dancing anymore.

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Michael Chiklis vs. Carrie Ann Inaba: The Unsexy "Booty Dance" of Doom (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 12th 2010 5:05AM
Michael Chiklis vs. Carrie Ann Inaba: The Unsexy 'Booty Dance' of DoomSlightly chubby middle-aged actor Michael Chiklis and hot 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Carrie Ann Inaba are together at last, and they're dancing! We've been waiting such a long time for this moment. "When, oh when, will Michael and Carrie do a sexy 'bump and grind' on national TV?" we've always said. Well, it's all finally happening.

The historic event began with Mr. Chiklis. On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC), Michael showed off some dance moves that he learned from his 11-year-old daughter Odessa. His daughter's routine was called "The Butt Dance," and it involved, well, pretty much what you would expect.

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Evan and Anna on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted May 18th 2010 1:40AM
Evan and Anna on 'Dancing With the Stars'We've had a run of high scores and great dance moves on recent episodes of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). That trend continued tonight.

[Spoiler alert.]

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Kate Gosselin Gets in Trouble Again on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 20th 2010 3:30AM
Kate Gosselin Gets in Trouble Again on 'Dancing With the Stars'Despite her many recent controversies, Kate Gosselin is still a contestant on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). But she's still having problems on the show. Despite her best efforts, Gosselin once again got low scores from all the judges.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Kate Gosselin Tries to Recover on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Apr 13th 2010 1:35AM
Kate Gosselin Tries to Recover on 'Dancing With the Stars'As we may have mentioned before, Kate Gosselin has been having a bad couple of weeks. She got terrible scores as a dancer, was sued by her ex-husband for custody of their children, and was mocked by Jimmy Fallon. But now, Gosselin seems to be bouncing back! On the latest episode of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC), Gosselin got some much-needed help from her dance partner Tony Dovolani. And the advice really seemed to help!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Shannen Doherty Talks 'Dancing' Elimination Conspiracy Theories (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 1st 2010 1:05PM
Shannen DohertyShannen Doherty, the first celebrity given the boot on 'Dancing With the Stars,' came face-to-face with 'Dancing's' Carrie Ann Inaba on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated).

"I have to tell you, after all the seasons we've done, you're elimination was the most surprising," Inaba told Doherty and her 'Dancing' partner Mark Ballas. Inaba was so shocked, she said she text messaged somebody asking, "How did that happen?" while she was on set. Regis Philbin, always quick with a comment, informed Inaba that it happened because "the judges didn't help them!"

Philbin tried to get the 'Beverly Hills, 90210' bad girl to gossip, but she wasn't falling for it. Bravo, Shannen.

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Carrie Ann Inaba Reveals Connection to Janet Jackson (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 1st 2010 12:45PM
Janet JacksonJanet Jackson once drove Carrie Ann Inaba to binge eat on nachos. The 'Dancing With the Stars' judge filled in for Kelly Ripa on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated) and took a trip down memory lane with Jackson.

Jackson knew the situation well. It was the late 1990s and she was going on tour, taking four female dancers along, but a young Inaba was not one of them. Jackson had cut her after the audition.

"You cut me and I was devastated," Inaba told Jackson.

But, before you start sending the angry letters to Jackson take note, Inaba later went on tour with Madonna.

Watch the video after the jump.

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