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Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer Blast Bruno Tonioli for Rude Remarks

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 26th 2011 7:15AM
Chaz Bono and Lacey SchwimmerHas Maksim Chmerkovskiy talking back to Len Goodman opened up the floodgates for more dancer vs. judge spats? After the furor surrounding the Maks vs. Len bust-up on 'Dancing With the Stars' Monday, emotions were running high on last night's results show, and the spotlight moved to judge Bruno Tonioli vs. Chaz Bono.

After the show, the newly eliminated Bono and pro dance partner Lacey Schwimmer were gracious in defeat, but had harsh words for Tonioli backstage. And Bono's fiercely protective mother Cher came out swinging on Twitter to lambast the Italian judge.

The reason for all the anger? On Monday Tonioli decribed Bono's 'Phantom of the Opera'-inspired performance as "a cute little penguin trying to be a big menacing bird of prey." Coming after a previous critique when he said watching the pair "was like watching a little Ewok dance with Princess Leia," Schwimmer decided she'd had enough. "He got under scored again," she Tweeted, "and tonights comments were the cherry on top. Having a judge refer to him as an animal every Week is so rude and unnecessary."

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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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Ralph Macchio Has a Rough Night With the Judges on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 17th 2011 12:49AM
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff, 'Dancing with the Stars'Ralph Macchio sported some odd posterior-padding for his Salsa, on suggestion of Karina Smirnoff, but it wasn't enough to salvage their performance in the eyes of the 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC) panel of judges.

The audience was on Macchio's side, booing Len Goodman as he said that "there was no real rhythm ... It was all too harsh, too in your face, too much attack."

But it was Bruno Tonioli who earned a censor beep when he shortened the term pussycat by one syllable in reference to Karina Smirnoff. She didn't seem pleased with him describing her with such a word, even if he was telling Macchio to be gentle.

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Len Goodman's Offer to Billy Bush: Join 'DWTS' And We Can 'Share a Shower' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 12th 2011 5:30PM
It can be an awkward moment when one man tells another man he's got a natural hip action that's alluring, especially when it happens on national television. That's what happened today on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) when 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Len Goodman made his pitch to get Billy Bush to try out for the show.

"You've got a rhythm about you," Goodman told Bush. "You've got that boyish grin that is loved by many." The show then moved to a clip of Bush and another 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Bruno Tonioli sunbathing together.

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Bruno Tonioli Takes a Shirtless Horse Ride on 'Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 21st 2011 11:45AM
On 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated), 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Bruno Tonioli removed his shirt and mounted a horse named Joey, one of the animals currently appearing in the Broadway production of 'War Horse.'

"Would you like the opportunity to ride Joey?" asked Kelly Ripa.

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'DWTS': Bruno Tonioli Defends Chelsea Kane from Len 'Voldemort' Goodman (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 12th 2011 12:45AM
Len Goodman & Bruno Tonioli, 'Dancing with the Stars'Perhaps appealing to the younger demographic from Chelsea Kane's Disney Channel pedigree, she and partner Mark Ballas danced their Viennese Waltz to 'Hedwig's Theme' from the 'Harry Potter' films on 'Dancing with the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC).

Ballas got completely into character with the magical nature of the music, even wearing a pointed wizard's hat throughout the routine, but the judge's were split in their appreciation of it.

"Chelsea, you are a fantastic dancer," Len Goodman said. "So why is it that every time I see you, there's something that I don't like that jars me?"

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Bruno Tonioli Is Jealous of Charlie Sheen for Kissing Jimmy Kimmel (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 29th 2011 6:50AM
Bruno Tonioli Flirts on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Bruno Tonioli is upset with Jimmy Kimmel. He knows the host kissed Charlie Sheen on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). "You've never kissed me!" he whined.

Kimmel replied, "Believe it or not, you're not quite strange enough for me." Tonioli insisted, "I can be weirder!"

Yes, we know. As he did last time he visited the studio, the 'Dancing With the Stars' judge unbuttoned his shirt to reveal his hairless chest. He also discussed walking around 'DWTS' backstage in his underwear.

The two men continued to exchange flirtations. "Who is your dream man?" asked Kimmel. Tonioli answered, "You're teasing me? Is that an offer, Jimmy?" The host said, "Charlie's going to be furious."

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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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Florence Henderson Says Bruno Tonioli Had "PMS" When He Criticized Michael Bolton (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 7th 2010 4:15AM
Florence Henderson: Judge Bruno Tonioli Had 'PMS' When He Criticized Michael Bolton'Dancing With the Stars' contestant Florence Henderson decided to weigh in on the whole Bruno Tonioli vs. Michael Bolton controversy. And she got a little catty while doing so.

On 'The Tonight Show' (weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), Henderson discussed the feud between Mr. Tonioli and Mr. Bolton. The judge and the contestant have been bickering ever since Michael's dismissal on week two of the dance contest.

"Was Bruno too harsh on him?" asked host Jay Leno. Florence tried to be even-handed in her reply. First, she stood up for Tonioli's actions. "Judges are judges," she said. "You gotta take the criticism." But then, Henderson smirked and said this: "I do think Bruno may have had a little PMS that night." Ouch!

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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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'Dancing With the Stars': It's 'Story Night,' As a New Couple Takes the Lead (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 5th 2010 4:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars': It's 'Storytime,' As a New Couple Takes the LeadIt's Story Night once again on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). The return of this theme meant that each couple's performance had to tell a tale ... in musical form. Last season's Story Night brought us the horrifying spectacle of Kate Gosselin dancing to 'Paparazzi' -- which was a notable train-wreck ... although it did give us this really awesome parody. But that's all in the past now. What would tonight bring for our contestants?

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]


Front-runners Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough did well, as always, getting a 24 out of 30. But the real star of the night was Audrina Patridge, who wowed the audience with her rendition of the waltz. Patridge and Tony Dovolani's dance "story" involved a tribute to fallen American soliders and their families. While the "story" section was a little mystifying -- it involved the Smoke Monster from 'Lost,' for some reason -- the dance itself was extremely moving.

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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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'Dancing With the Stars' Results: Who Got Kicked Off in Week 2?

by Sharon Knolle, posted Sep 29th 2010 5:08AM
Who was the second celebrity to follow David Hasselhoff off the dance floor on this week's 'Dancing With the Stars?'

Keep reading to find out who went home ...

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'Dancing With the Stars' Tries to Clear Up the Sarah Palin Booing Controversy (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 29th 2010 1:02AM
'Dancing With the Stars' Tries to End the Sarah Palin Controversy: Says She Was NOT BooedMonday night, 'Dancing With the Stars' unintentionally entered the murky world of political controversy. Ex-Alaskan governor Sarah Palin showed up to support Bristol Palin -- her daughter and a current contestant on the show. Which is when things started to get weird. While host Brooke Burke interviewed Jennifer Grey and her partner Derek Hough, boos suddenly began rolling in from the audience.

Grey was confused, and thought that the crowd was attacking her. "Why are they booing?" she asked. Brooke said she didn't know. Seconds later, the camera cut to Sarah Palin, who looked confused and a little flustered. This led some viewers (and some members of the media) to conclude that Palin was the one being booed. So who or what was being jeered by the crowd? Sarah? Jennifer? The judges? On tonight's episode (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC), 'DWTS' tried to end the controversy.

In an unprecedented move, producers aired "raw" footage from the previous night. This was meant to provide much-needed context to what is now being called "Boo-Gate." (Isn't it cute how quickly people come up with names for these things?)

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