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More Backstage Drama at 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 16th 2011 6:40AM
'DWTS' S13 semi-finals eliminationThis season of 'Dancing With the Stars' has its share of controversy. We've had Nipplegate, injuries, accusations of nepotism, dancers feuding with judges, dancers feuding with each other ... Now it's been reported that the strain of last night's semi-finals elimination all proved to be just too much for one dancer.

Each week the dancers go backstage and chat to reporters on the post-show press line, but last night one couple was conspicuously absent. According to E! Online, one half of the eliminated couple "was so upset about [their] elimination from the competition that she was unable to hold it together for interviews."

!!SPOILER ALERT!! If you don't know want to know who was eliminated last night, you might want to stop reading right about now.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Semi-Finals and Week 9 Elimination (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 16th 2011 12:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars' eliminationThe most bittersweet elimination of the season took place on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC). To come one week shy of the finale is absolutely brutal, but each of the remaining contestants was all smiles. Simply making it this far is quite an achievement, and all four have proven themselves talented and worthy of their place.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

This week Hope Solo struggled the most with the judges, but J.R. Martinez wasn't so far ahead on points that a surge of public support couldn't save her. Rob Kardashian and Ricki Lake were probably feeling pretty safe, but we've seen bigger surprises in the past.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Five Elimination (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 19th 2011 12:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars' Week 5 EliminationIt was a great night of entertainment this week on the elimination installment of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC). With both Kelly Clarkson and The Band Perry on hand to provide the musical interludes, it was easy to forget that we were going to have to lose someone this week.

Carson Kressley had the lowest scores from the judges, but the person with the lowest scores hasn't gone him since Week One. Chaz Bono was two points above him at 21, but again fan support has kept both men in longer than their talent would have alone. Would it continue?

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Hope Solo Calls Maks Chmerkovskiy the 'Girliest Man' She's Ever Met (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 14th 2011 6:00PM
Maks Chmerkovskiy specializes in having flirty rivalries with his female 'Dancing With the Stars' partners. Last season, he and Kirstey Alley had a strange, unsettling chemistry that nobody could quite figure out. This year, he's been paired with the significantly younger and hotter Hope Solo, but she doesn't appear susceptible to the charms of the man who calls himself "sex on a stick."

On 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 7AM ET on Fox) Solo, the former goalie of the U.S. Women's Soccer team, said she tried putting Maks in goal, but his jeans were too tight for him to move quickly. Hope also shared that when they first met, she told him Maks he was "the girliest man" she'd ever met.

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Hope Solo Talks 'DWTS' Elimination Scare and Her Nude ESPN 'Body Issue' Shoot (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 5th 2011 2:30PM
U.S. Women's World Cup soccer goalie Hope Solo nearly got eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars' last night after she was put in the bottom two with Kristin Cavallari. Solo ended up surviving, and went on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) to talk about the 'Dancing' experience and her upcoming nude photo spread in ESPN the Magazine's 'Body Issue.'

As for last night's 'Dancing,' Solo said she was shocked to be among the bottom two. "I was so nervous. Kristin and I ... it was unexpected. I was sad to see her go, you never know, they want to create drama on the show," she said. Solo added that she's been "getting battered" for having a muscular, athletic body that's not the norm for Hollywood women.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 Elimination Shocks the Judges (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 5th 2011 12:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 ResultsAccording to Len Goodman on the 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) results show for this third week, "My expectations were that these two couples would be fighting for the final and maybe one of them going home with the mirrorball." He was talking about the two couples left standing in threat of elimination.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

That said, though, neither of them had the highest scores on the previous night. However, they didn't have the lowest scores either. What they clearly lacked was a large enough fan base. Or maybe, as Tom Bergeron suggested, everyone just assumed they were safe.

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Is the Rivalry Between Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy on 'Dancing With the Stars' Real?

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 20th 2011 8:00AM
Maks and Val ChmerkovskiyForget about rivalries between celebrities on this season of 'Dancing With the Stars' -- there's definitely a sense of competition between Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his kid brother Val, who's one of the show's new pro dancers.

Val showed that the gloves (or rather the shirts) are off when he made his entrance on last night's premiere by descending the stairs bare-chested.

Prior to dancing the cha-cha with his celebrity partner, model/TV host Elisabetta Canalis, Val said that he'd given his brother ten seasons to win the mirrorball trophy, but that since he hasn't taken it home, well, Val was just going to have to do it himself. (Ouch!)

Is this just some brotherly banter to rile up the audience or is Val trying to dethrone Maks as the "bad boy of the ballroom?"

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Kathie Lee and Hoda Talk About the New 'Dancing With the Stars' Cast (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 30th 2011 3:15PM
The cast of 'Dancing With the Stars' on 'Today'Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb followed the buzz about the new cast of 'Dancing With the Stars' by giving their own rundown on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC). They went through each contestant one-by-on, showing their photos and giving commentary on each selection.

Carson Kressley, said Gifford, would provide the laughs for the show. Of former George Clooney girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, Gifford said, "She's gotta do something now, she's not going out with George Clooney anymore." She also said she had known about Nancy Grace's casting in advance, but had to keep it secret.

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Nancy Grace Explains How Michael Jackson Helped Her Say 'Yes' to 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Michael Maloney, posted Aug 30th 2011 7:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 cast

It remains to be seen who'll emerge as the front-runner on the 13th season of 'Dancing With the Stars,' which debuts Monday, Sept. 19 at 8PM ET on ABC. But, by early indications, contestant Nancy Grace is the one to beat on the press line.

The outspoken Grace didn't mince words as to why she came to L.A. to do the show. She's here anyway to cover the Michael Jackson murder case.

"I understand the defense attorney wants the jury sequestered from Nancy Grace," says the former prosecutor. "I can only say that his client is charged with standing by, talking on the phone to his girlfriend while the King of Pop, a music icon, lay on that bed and died ... I don't think it was altogether a bad thing that they asked the jury to be sequestered from me."

Grace is hoping that this trial sends a message that even rich celebrities accused of crimes deserve justice.

"Many people are still angry at Michael Jackson over the molestation charges. What many of them don't see is that Lady Justice is blind to the defendant and the victim. It doesn't matter what Jackson did or didn't do. It's a slippery slope to start judging victims."

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Soccer Stars Abby Wambach and Hope Solo Shoot at NY Cabs on 'Late Show' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 20th 2011 4:19AM
Abby Wambach & Hope Solo, 'Late Show with David Letterman'Hope Solo is the starting goalkeeper for the US Women's soccer team, but it was her precision shooting aim that impressed on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS). David Letterman came up with a unique soccer experiment for Solo and fellow star of the U.S. Women's World Cup squad Abby Wambach.

The pair joined Letterman outside The Ed Sullivan Theater, and their objective was to kick soccer balls into the open side doors of taxis driving by. It proved far more difficult than you might have imagined.

Wambach is the highest scorer for the US national team, but it was Solo who scored the first hit. And she did it while holding a floor length dress above her knees in one hand. It's certainly a memorable way to hail a cab.

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