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Brandy Talks 'Dancing With the Stars,' Dating and a New Season of 'Brandy & Ray J'

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 3rd 2010 5:30PM
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You don't have to dig too far into 'Dancing With the Stars' fans' comments on blogs to gauge that most were -- and still are -- pretty upset that R&B pop diva Brandy Norwood and her 'DWTS' partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy finished in fourth place in the just-concluded 11th season, especially since many fans were looking at the duo as potential champs.

Brandy herself has a complete different take on the competition, however.

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On the 'DWTS' Scene: Brandy Is 'Numb' Over Her Shocking Exit

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 17th 2010 11:00AM
Mark Ballas, Bristol Palin, Brooke Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Brandy NorwoodSeason 11 of 'Dancing With the Stars' has had more than its share of shocking exits, but none more than Brandy Norwood and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy being sent home on last night's results show.

Many predicted that the singer would advance to the finals, but her surprise departure means that teen activist Bristol Palin, who not only entered the contest with no dance or performing experience but also scored consistently low with the judges, is going to the final round along with actress Jennifer Grey and actor Kyle Massey.

The three finalist duos walked the post-show press line, understandably enthusiastic over their victories, but members of the press had one question on their minds: How has Palin managed to make it to the finals?

"I've known that I've worked hard to get to where I am now," Palin said. "I definitely feel like I'm one of the most improved dancers on the show."

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Kimmel Talks Conspiracy Theories with Brandy, Maks After 'DWTS' Cast-Off (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 17th 2010 4:45AM
Brandy and Maks Talk 'DWTS' on 'Kimmel Live'Jimmy Kimmel is outraged by America's vote to eliminate Brandy Norwood and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy from 'Dancing With the Stars.' The pair had scored well all season and garnered their first perfect 30 the previous night. Meanwhile, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas earned lower scores but remain in the competition.

On 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12:05AM ET on ABC), the host tried to draw some anger out of Brandy, but she was very gracious, saying the experience had restored her confidence. "I believe more in myself now." Kimmel countered, "This would destroy my confidence."

He then brought up the conspiracy theories: "Do you believe there is an organized tea party voting bloc? Maksim, you're from Russia, right, you know about these blocs and this sort of thing," he joked. "I blame America for this!"

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On the 'DWTS' Scene: What (and Why) Kyle Massey Held Back in the Semifinals

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 16th 2010 11:35AM

Kyle Massey and Lacey SchwimmerTop-notch routines and high scores dominated the season 11 semifinals of 'Dancing With the Stars.'

It was also "cut open a vein night" with video packages that profiled difficult times in the lives of the remaining four celebrity contestants: Bristol Palin re-lived how her unplanned teen pregnancy thrust her into the spotlight after her mother, Sarah Palin, became John McCain's running mate in the last presidential election; Jennifer Grey re-visited the deadly car accident that she was in with then-boyfriend Matthew Broderick in 1987; Brandy Norwood also reflected on a fatal automobile accident in which she was involved in 2006; and Kyle Massey looked back at his difficult road to Hollywood.

The segments aired shortly before each couple did their second dance.

Three of the four remaining couples spoke to TV Squad on the post-show press line and shared their thoughts and feelings about the semifinal episode, including the emotional video packages.

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'Dancing': Brandy Earns Perfect Score for Tango with 'Emotional Depth' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 16th 2010 5:00AM
Brandy Norwood's Drama on 'Dancing with the Stars'The judges of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC) happily doled out several 10s to the semi-finalists of season 11. Brandy Norwood and Maksim Chmerkovskiy faltered slightly in their Paso Doble, but made up for it with the Argentina Tango. The pair thrilled the audience with fabulous drama, graceful extensions, a fearless upside-down dip and one move on the judges' table.

Bruno Tonioli described their performance as "voluptuous, full of flavor, great emotional depth." He added, "Len is absolutely right the way you extended your body ... right to the limit and back up," dramatically leaning into Len as he spoke. The judges then presented Brandy and Maks with a row of 10s for a perfect score of 30.

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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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On the 'DWTS' Scene: Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke on Their Surprise Elimination

by Michael Maloney, posted Nov 3rd 2010 1:10PM

Rick Fox and Cheryl BurkeFor the second week in a row (third if you thought Florence Henderson was robbed, which -- let's face it, she was), there's been another shocking elimination on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

Former pro basketball star Rick Fox and partner Cheryl Burke were sent home despite having higher scores (61) than other "in jeopardy" duos actor Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer (59) and teen activist Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas (57.)

"This is the most shocking elimination I've had in 10 seasons," Burke said after the show. "It shows you that nobody's safe and you have to vote. Rick did the best he could. It was our best night. Better to go out on top."

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On the 'DWTS' Scene: How Did Bristol Palin Turn It Around?

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 26th 2010 10:55AM
Bristol Palin, Mark BallasA series of surprises on 'Dancing With the Stars' could leave Bristol Palin on the show's ballot until November.

For starters, the teen activist and partner Mark Ballas earned their highest score yet with a 23 for their tango Monday night. They also picked up an additional 4 points during a group competition, which gives them a 5 point lead over the show's bottom-scoring couple.

"I realized if I wasn't going to go all out this week, that I'd be going home," Palin told TV Squad after the show's taping. "So I put everything I had into this dance and worked my butt off! Messing up last week could have destroyed me or given me more motivation and it did [the latter.]"

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On the Scene: Will Florence Henderson Dance to the 'Brady Bunch' Theme on 'DWTS'?

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 12th 2010 1:00PM
Florence Henderson on 'Dancing With the Stars'More about this week's performance show of 'Dancing With the Stars' in a bit, but here's a great reason to already get excited about next week's performances: The stars and their dancing pro partners will be performing routines to hit TV show theme songs.

A few couples revealed what song they'll be dancing to on the post-show press line, but it's up in the air if the most natural choice, Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas twirling to the theme song from 'The Brady Bunch,' is going to happen. First, the duo has to survive tonight's elimination show. Second, the song needs to go through certain legal clearances so it can be used on the show.

Henderson told TV Squad, "We're hoping [we dance to 'The Brady Bunch' theme]. I can't imagine that they would not [clear it.]" Of course, as her partner, Ballas, pointed out, "But first, we have to get saved."

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On the Scene: Are the 'Dancing With the Stars' Judges Getting ... Nicer?

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 5th 2010 10:30AM
Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli Were the 'Dancing With the Stars?' judges a bit kinder on Monday night's week 3?

The stars and dancers think so, but not because Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli were trying to make up for being extremely harsh on Michael Bolton last week. (Bolton was ejected after dancing a disappointing jive that Bruno called the worst in 11 seasons of 'DWTS.')

"Last week some of the comments were definitely harsh," said Anna Trebunskaya. "This week everyone got scared of those comments so they worked really hard and we had a great show as a result. We [all] did our absolute best."

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Michael Bolton: 'Dancing With the Stars' Judge Should Apologize (VIDEO)

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 29th 2010 2:00PM
Michael BoltonIt didn't come as a big surprise that Michael Bolton got the boot on 'Dancing With the Stars' last night. The singer and his dance partner Chelsie Hightower scored a mere 12 points doing a jive on Monday night.

Host Tom Bergeron gave judge Bruno Tonioli an opportunity to amend, apologize for or even retract the harsh comment he gave Bolton on Monday's show (he called their jive "the worst ... in 11 seasons"). Instead, Tonioli held his ground.

Bolton called the judge's remarks "inappropriate" and "disrespectful."

On 'Good Morning America,' Bolton demanded an apology from Tonioli. "You heard the tone. Even Len [Goodman] stopped him and said, 'That's inappropriate,'" he said. "I think he should apologize publicly and be reprimanded for it."

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On the Scene: Jennifer Grey Remembers Patrick Swayze on 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 21st 2010 11:20AM
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The first night jitters are officially out of the way. Twelve stars and their celebrity pro partners took to the dance floor and performed either a Cha-Cha or a Viennese Waltz on the 'Dancing With the Stars' season 11 opening night show. Actress Jennifer Grey, singer Brandy Norwood and athletes Rick Fox and Kurt Warner performed well -- as expected -- but the surprise of the night was teen actor Kyle Massey, who brought to mind a young Warren Sapp (Kym Johnson's season 7 partner) when he performed a dynamite dance with Lacey Schwimmer.

TV Squad was on the post-show press line to get reactions from all 24 participants. For one unlucky couple, alas, it's their second-to-last interview, because tonight one duo is going home.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 11 Cast Rumors: Are Audrina, Brandy and The Situation in?

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 24th 2010 3:30PM
Audrina PatridgeCould Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino be adding a 'Dancing With the Stars' paycheck to that hefty $5 million payday he's getting this year? It looks like it, and he may be joined by 'The Hills' star Audrina Patridge and singer Brandy Norwood.

According to OK! magazine and the Los Angeles Times, the 'Jersey Shore' star will be showing off his abs on ABC's dancing competition this fall. Don't be surprised if Sorrentino gets in at least one shirtless contest with professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

While ABC has been mum on the cast -- it plans to announce the celebrities Aug. 30 during 'The Bachelor Pad' -- rumors have been swirling about several names.

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Brandy and Ray J Talk About Their 'Family Business'

by Kelly Woo, posted Apr 9th 2010 12:00PM
Brandy and Ray JMixing business with pleasure is usually a bad idea.

But the combo may just work for siblings Brandy Norwood and Ray J in their new VH1 reality TV show 'A Family Business' (premiering Sun., April 11 at 9Pm ET). The singers will be working alongside their mother, Sonja, and father, Willie, while taking on a bigger role in their family's record company, Rn'B Productions.

The siblings spoke to AOL TV about the secret to working with family, what they fight about and whether Ray J's dating show, 'For the Love of Ray J,' will be returning for season 3.

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