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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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Hines Ward and Kym Johnson Dance on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 25th 2011 1:30PM
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson with Kelly Ripa and Regis Philbin on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Hines Ward has said he never really danced before competing on 'Dancing With the Stars.' Now it seems like he can't stop. On a bit of a media tour after winning the Mirrorball Trophy last night with partner Kym Johnson, Ward was on 'Good Morning America' today and then on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). He and Johnson showed off their moves on both shows.

They did take a break to talk a bit, and Regis Philbin asked Ward about judge Bruno Tonioli. Kelly Ripa talked about having co-hosted with him, and his tendency to keep his shirt off until just before air. "I don't want to sweat into my shirt!" she said, doing her impression of the dramatic Tonioli.

If no collective bargaining agreement is reached between the owners and the players, Ward may have plenty of time to dance this summer, and he'll need something to help keep him in shape with no training camp.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Finalists Talk About the Season (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 25th 2011 1:15PM
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson on 'Dancing With the Stars'Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward took home the Mirrorball Trophy last night on 'Dancing With the Stars,' and today he and his fellow finalists were on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) talking about this past season.

Ward revealed that dancing scared him so much that he has generally avoided it altogether. "I've never danced in my whole life," he said. "I was so scared I didn't even go to my prom."

Kirstie Alley
said it was the hardest she's worked in her life, and she has the weight loss to prove it.

And to prove they hadn't had enough of dancing yet, Ward, Alley, Kym Johnson, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsea Kane, Mark Ballas and the 'GMA' crew got out on a dance floor for a bit of a free-for-all. And that was after apparently taking an overnight flight to get to the show. Then again, now no one is judging them when they dance, except perhaps the audience.

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'DWTS' Backstage Q&A: Hines Ward and Kym Johnson on Winning the Mirrorball Trophy!

by Michael Maloney, posted May 25th 2011 7:00AM
Kym Johnson and Hines WardWith the scores among the three finalists in 'Dancing With the Stars' being so close it was going to come down to who had the strongest fan base. In the end, the Steeler Nation, the fan base of the pro football team that Hines Ward plays for in Pittsburgh, turned out to be stronger than all the 'Cheers' and 'Disney' fans.

Ward and his partner Kym Johnson took home the coveted mirrorball trophy. Emmy-winning actress Kirstie Alley and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy came in second. Disney star Chelsea Kane and partner Mark Ballas, who was celebrating his 25th birthday yesterday, came in third.

Immediately after the show, the ballroom dance floor turned into a media frenzy. ABC publicists quickly set up a press line with a white, plastic chain-link fence, separated by poles, with press on one side, stars and dancers on the other, and a flurry of interviews began.

AOL TV was on the scene to talk to the new champions, the runner-ups and other Season 12 participants.

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'DWTS' Backstage Q&A: Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward Dish the Finals

by Michael Maloney, posted May 24th 2011 7:00AM
Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Kym Johnson, Hines Ward, Chelse Kane, Mark BallasMany times the winner of 'Dancing With the Stars' is predictable. Season 11's Jennifer Grey and Season 6's Kristi Yamaguchi were favored to win their respective seasons and, sure enough, both emerged as winners.

But this season, it's been nearly impossible to predict who's going to win.

Kirstie Alley trails both Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward (who are tied for first place) by a mere five points going into tonight's finale, but the former 'Cheers' actress has probably the biggest fan base of the three finalists. (Let's not forget that she played a Vulcan in fan favorite 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.')

Ward is a crowd favorite and has sports fans everywhere rooting for him. Kane, a Disney star, is likely supported by younger viewers, who may be more savvy when it comes to voting on-line.

The three finalists and their pro dance partners weighed in on their performances on last night's post-show press line, and AOL TV was on the scene to get their reactions.

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Hines Ward and Kym Johnson Bring 'Super Bowl' Performance to 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 24th 2011 1:15AM
Kym Johnson & Hines Ward, 'Dancing with the Stars'Hines Ward and Kym Johnson pulled out all the stops in their final two performances on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). While they got 29/30 points for their Quickstep earlier in the night, it was their freestyle performance that truly impressed the judges.

Johnson spent as much time in the air as she did on the floor, while Ward looked as confident and commanding as if he'd been doing this his whole life, rather than spending all that time playing football.

"That wasn't really a half-time show," Carrie Ann Inaba said. "That was the whole damned Super Bowl."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Finalists Talk Strategy on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 23rd 2011 2:45PM
Maksim Cmerkivskiy and Kirstie Alley on 'Dancing With the Stars''Dancing With the Stars' kicks off its two-part finale tonight with three celebrity dancers left standing - Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane and Kirstie Alley. The three finalists went on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) today with their dance partners to discuss their next two days and what got them there.

Ward's partner, Kym Johnson, said the pair are comfortable with the tricks they're doing. Johnson was injured while rehearsing a few weeks ago, when Ward slipped and fell on her, straining her neck. "I'm just not doing anything with my head plunging to the floor," she said.

Alley said she has lost a few dress sizes and is almost down to her ideal size.

Kane's partner, Mark Ballas, has already won twice and will celebrate his 25th birthday tomorrow during the final show. Kane presented him with a big chocolate birthday cake, which probably won't help their preparation.

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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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Kym Johnson Doesn't Let a Horrible Neck Injury Slow Her Down on 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 17th 2011 12:20AM
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson, 'Dancing with the Stars'It was a night of miracles, and perfect scores, on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). The most harrowing scene we saw was a catastrophic injury in rehearsal between Hines Ward and Kym Johnson.

"It was a difficult move," Ward said. "I was supposed to swing her through my legs and lift her up and all my weight just came down on the back of her neck."

Johnson was rushed to the hospital and had to practice in a neck brace, but amazingly she was recovered and ready to go by Monday's performance episode. And then, the pair went out and scored a perfect 30 for their opening Tango.

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Kym Johnson Cleared to Compete on 'Dancing With the Stars' Tonight

by Catherine Lawson, posted May 16th 2011 6:20AM
Hines Ward and Kym JohnsonAfter 'Dancing With the Stars' pro Kym Johnson was rushed to the hospital Friday, there were fears that she might not be able to continue in the competition.

However, after being released from the hospital over the weekend, Johnson's confirmed that she has been given the all-clear by her doctors.

The dancer turned to Twitter to give concerned fans updates on her condition: "I'm feeling better today" and "Thank you everyone for your concern, love and support," she Tweeted. "I'm a little shaken up, sore but I will be fine."

Johnson injured her neck on Friday while practicing with her 'DWTS' partner, Hines Ward. After tests, she was cleared for release and left Cedars-Sinai Medical Center wearing a neck brace.

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'DWTS' Backstage Q&A: Romeo on His Exit, Why Kirstie Alley Really Wants to Win!

by Michael Maloney, posted May 11th 2011 7:00AM
Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke, Romeo, Chelsie HightowerIt's always bittersweet leaving 'Dancing With the Stars,' especially right before the semi-finals. But rapper/actor Romeo, who was sent packing last night, can still hold his head up high. He and partner Chelsie Hightower gave impressive performances throughout the season.

It looked like Ralph Macchio and his partner Karina Smirnoff might be going home after an injury he received had contributed to them earning low scores from the judges on Monday. But 'The Karate Kid's fans rallied to support him and he survived to dance another day.

Romeo and Hightower walked the post-show press line to talk about their journey, and the four finalists -- Macchio, Kirstie Alley, Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane -- shared their hopes of taking home the coveted mirror ball trophy. Also, fan favorite Alley confided to TV Squad the real reason she wants to emerge as this season's victor.

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'DWTS' Backstage Q&A: Will Ralph Macchio's Injury Cost Him a Place in the Semifinals?

by Michael Maloney, posted May 10th 2011 11:00AM
Ralph Macchio, Dancing With the StarsRalph Macchio gave a performance last night on 'Dancing With the Stars' that would have done Mr. Miyagi proud. Recovering from a painful Baker's cyst, the actor, who starred in the 'Karate Kid' movies, managed to perform two difficult dances, a waltz and a cha cha, despite his injury.

Alas, he and partner Karina Smirnoff scored the lowest of the night with a total of 46 points, trailing leaders Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas by 9 points.

Macchio, Kane and the other three remaining season 12 celebrities -- Kirstie Alley, Romeo and Hines Ward -- walked the post-show press line in order to share their thoughts on their performances and just how badly they all want to make next week's coveted semifinals.

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Shocker! Romeo's Safe! Kendra Wilkinson on Her Exit!

by Michael Maloney, posted May 4th 2011 7:00AM
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel on 'DWTS' ExitEven Romeo thought he and his partner Chelsie Hightower were going home on last night's results show of 'Dancing With the Stars.' But, it turns out that Season 12 is the season in which anyone can be ejected at any time -- even an improved dancer like Kendra Wilkinson, who not only has a huge fan base, but also wasn't in the bottom two in terms of scores from Monday night's show.

After Wilkinson and partner Louis Van Amstel, who she credits for her successful journey, did a final twirl on the dance floor the couple walked the post-show press line.

TV Squad was on the scene to get reactions from the ejected duo and the surviving five pairs, who weighed in on a variety of topics including how and why they've survived and what they need to do to make it to the finals.

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Who's Going Home? Will Shirley Ballas Join the Show?

by Michael Maloney, posted May 3rd 2011 7:00AM
Backstage Interviews at 'DWTS'Two stars likely facing elimination tonight on 'Dancing With the Stars' are Romeo and Kirstie Alley, who are both tied in last place with 60 points.

All the dancers started out with 30 points after performing in group dances. Romeo and his partner Chelsie Hightower then scored 30 points (out of 40) with their Samba while Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned the same for their Jive.

It's likely all going to come down to fan bases. The pairs spoke to TV Squad on the post-show press line to discuss what they think of their loyal followers.

The scene stealer of the night was guest instructor Shirley Ballas, Mark's mother, who takes no prisoners when it comes to being a dance teacher. She shared her thoughts with TV Squad on whether or not she'd join the show as a pro partner.

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Sugar Ray Leonard's Exit and More Dating Rumors

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 13th 2011 7:00AM
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna TrebunskayaDespite an improved performance and not being the lowest scoring couple, Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya were sent packing last night on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

The couple had scored 21 points on Monday's performance show and earned high praise from taskmaster judge Len Goodman, who said he was "thoroughly entertained" by the duo's Viennese Waltz.

Producers kept everyone guessing by having host Tom Bergeron announce that top-scoring duo Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas were in jeopardy and could be sent home. In the end, however, it was the revered fighter who went down for the count.

Leonard and Trebunskaya spoke to TV Squad on the post-show press line immediately after the live results show.

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