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J.R. Martinez Invited to Pentagon Meeting

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 26th 2011 5:45PM
J.R. Martinez Pentagon'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13 winner J.R. Martinez has been invited to meet officials at the Pentagon.

According to the Associated Press, Martinez was invited to visit with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

The Army veteran, who won hearts on ABC's 'All My Children' before winning 'Dancing With the Stars,' had a 10-minute phone call with Panetta on Fri., Nov. 25.

AP reports Panetta told Martinez that he demonstrated a "the strength and resilience of wounded veterans."

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'Kimmel' Has the Winners of 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 23rd 2011 4:15AM
'Jimmy Kimmel Live'The winners of 'Dancing With the Stars' will surely make quite a tour of the various media outlets, but 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC) got them first. Live via satellite, he talked to the winners about their hard-earned victory.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

The pair were grinning ear to ear, each holding the trophy they'd earned over the past ten weeks. It was a close finish between Rob Kardashian and J.R. Martinez, but in the end it was the Iraq War veteran who brought it home.

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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' Week 8: J.R. Gets Two Perfect Scores & Nancy Falls From Grace

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 7th 2011 11:40PM
dancing with the stars week 8To quote the lovably looney Bruno Tonioli, it was a night of miracles in the ballroom during this week's 'Dancing With the Stars.' It was the last dance-off before the semi-finals, and everyone brought their A-game. But no one brought it quite like J.R. Martinez. The Iraq War veteran not only scored the first perfect score of the season for his dreamy waltz -- but then he did it again with his high-energy jive. That's a perfect score of 60, and it was just as incredible as it sounds.

This week J.R. was on a mission to dance a perfect waltz, and he most certainly succeeded. The pair got a standing ovation -- before their dance was even finished. J.R. and Karina were absolutely lovely together, so it's pretty fitting that the two would receive that first perfect score of the season. Despite J.R.'s goofy moves in rehearsals, this soldier is in it to win it. His lines were clean, his toes were pointed and he even managed to pull off some pretty impressive tricks (watch out, Derek!).

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J.R. Martinez Gets Longest-Ever Standing Ovation on 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 4th 2011 7:55AM
Karina Smirnoff and JR MartinezLast night on 'Dancing With the Stars' was so very emotional.

Dancing to the theme of the most memorable year, the celebrity contestants and their partners pulled out all the stops to deliver the most intensely personal performances we've seen so far.

None more so than wounded war veteran, now actor, J.R. Martinez, who danced the rumba with his pro partner Karina Smirnoff.

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'DWTS' Backstage Report: Who's Going Home First? Also, Julianne Hough is Returning!

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 20th 2011 7:00AM
'DWTS' 13 CastIt's difficult to predict just who's going to be eliminated on tonight's results show of 'Dancing With the Stars.'

The scores ranged from 14 for pro basketball player Ron Artest (a.k.a. Metta World Peace) to 22 each for singer Chynna Phillips and 'All My Children' actor J.R. Martinez.

Since Artest's pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, is also new to the show it's not like she's bringing in a lot of votes. Still, pro athletes have always done well on 'DWTS.'

How did the stars and pro dancers think they did? AOL TV was on the post-show press line to get reactions.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 13: Whose Performance Did You Like the Best? (POLL)

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 19th 2011 10:05PM
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'Dancing With the Stars' came back with a vengeance Monday night, with big-name stars like Rikki Lake, David Arquette and Nancy Grace donning their finest bejeweled apparel for the Season 13 premiere.

Now that we've seen everyone strut their stuff, who do you think did the best job during Monday's show? Though only time will tell who wins the mirrorball trophy, after you call in your vote to ABC, check in to AOL TV and vote for your favorite in our informal poll. Whose performance did you like the best?

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J. R. Martinez on 'Dancing With the Stars': All About the 'All My Children' Actor

by Jean Bentley, posted Aug 29th 2011 9:50PM
JR MartinezJ. R. Martinez might be familiar to daytime TV fans, but chances are the rest of the world doesn't know much about the 28-year-old actor, who has signed on to compete during Season 13 of 'Dancing With the Stars.'

Martinez currently plays Brot Monroe, the presumed dead love of Lt. Taylor Thompson (Beth Ehlers), on ABC's soon-to-end soap opera 'All My Children.' (Good timing for the new gig, right?)

But before his life as a famous actor, Martinez served as a U.S. Army infantryman in Iraq, where he sustained burns over 40 percent of his body in 2003. After almost three years spent recovering from his injuries, the Louisiana native, who also grew up in Arizona and Georgia, began working as a motivational speaker.

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