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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Four: Ricki Gets a Perfect 10 & Cher Cries Over Chaz!

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 10th 2011 11:59PM
CHER!Let's face it: You don't really want a recap this week. You just want to know how many times the 'Dancing With the Stars' cameras panned to Cher. So, I'm going to try and do both.

Cher looked like a proud mama watching her son dance to the theme from 'Rocky.' it was Chaz's best performance ... EVER (but I'm not changing my mind about this). It even brought Carrie Ann -- and Cher! -- to tears. However, did the crowd really give Cher a standing ovation when Chaz mentioned her? Chaz, you may have had your best dance of the competition, but you still got served by your mother. Granted, your mother is Cher.

Speaking of Cher, one of my favorite parts of the night was watching Cher's reactions to the judges critiquing Chaz. She was cheering, clapping, jumping and even praying -- yes, praying. It was pretty adorable.

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Why It's Time for Chaz Bono to Leave 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 10th 2011 4:45PM
Before you decide to hate me, hear me out. I was truly anticipating Chaz Bono's domination on the dance floor this season on 'Dancing With the Stars.' I was rooting for him, and not because of the controversy but because he seemed like he was having a great time in the ballroom.

But then that changed -- and so did my allegiance. It's hard not to be captivated by dancers like J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake, both of whom have shown incredible natural dancing ability over the past few weeks. Chaz, meanwhile, seems to have lost his early sizzle. He looks like he's bored, confused and in pain most of the time. And where's the entertainment in that?

That's not to say that Chaz hasn't stepped out of his comfort zone and pushed himself these past three weeks, because he has, but I can't help but feel like keeping him on 'DWTS' is unfair to the other contestants -- and the viewers. So I'm just going to say it: It's time for Chaz to go. Here's why.

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Did Cher Fans Save Chaz Bono from Elimination on 'DWTS'?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 5th 2011 8:30AM
Lacey Schwimmer and Chaz BonoIt's been a grueling few weeks for 'Dancing With the Stars' contestants and the punishing training schedule has taken its toll on Chaz Bono.

Although he's lost weight and gained confidence on the dance floor, Bono's been suffering from swollen painful ankles, which may go some way to explain why he and Lacey Schwimmer were in last place after their rumba Monday night.

After that performance fans could have expected to see Bono facing elimination last night, but he wasn't. Has he benefited from tactical voting by Cher fans?

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

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Wendy Williams Analyzes 'DWTS' and Cher's Tweets About the Kardashians (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Oct 4th 2011 6:45PM
As 'Wendy Williams' (weekdays, syndicated on Fox) went over Chaz Bono's performance on last night's 'DWTS,' she couldn't help but draw an obvious, but nonetheless hilarious comparison. "Governor Christie! I didn't know you danced!" she joked.

But what was more interesting than Chaz's resemblance to the man who will remain Governor of New Jersey were the tweets from Chaz's mother, Cher. Immediately after Chaz's performance, Cher tweeted "God hope Chaz hangs on till next week so I can come sit in the Audience & Watch."

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Lewis Black Can't Understand Outrage Over Chaz Bono on 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 4:30AM
Lewis Black, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'Lewis Black is just trying to make sense of the world with his 'Back in Black' segments on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on Comedy Central).

This time around it was Dr. Oz' misguided warnings about arsenic in apple juice, and the American Family Association's outrage over Chaz Bono participating on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

For the latter, Black was confused by why Bono is the target of so much anger. He showed clips of people claiming that watching Bono on the show might convince young impressionable viewers to consider changing their own gender, which does seem unlikely.

But more specifically, he wondered where this outcry has been for some of their past contestants. He cited David Hasselhoff (alcoholic), Holly Madison (pornographer's concubine), The Situation and Kim Kardashian.

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'DWTS' Backstage Report: Ron Artest Talks About Exiting, Will Chaz and Lacey Dance to a Cher Song?

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 21st 2011 7:00AM
Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke Charvet, Peta Murgatroyd, Ron ArtestIt bites having to leave 'Dancing With the Stars,' especially when you enjoy being there as much as Ron Artest did.

But the pro basketball player focused on the positive after host Tom Bergeron announced on last night's results show that Artest and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd would be the first couple to leave Season 13.

Artest is a lesson to us all in having to embrace a change that we might not be so thrilled about having to make.

The couple earned the lowest score on Monday's show and this was Murgatroyd's first year as a pro dancer so she's yet to build a fan base like veterans Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas have. That combination apparently proved to be the duo's undoing.

AOL TV was on the post-show press line to talk to Artest and Murgatroyd about their exit and to some of the remaining participants to get their thoughts on what they need to do to stay in the game.

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'Chelsea' Round Table on Kardashian Support for Rob on 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 21st 2011 5:00AM
'Chelsea Lately'When Chelsea Handler started talking about the 'Dancing with the Stars' premiere with her round table on 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!), the conversation inevitably drifted toward the Kardashian clan.

With brother Rob participating in this season, Moshe Kasher mentioned that the family had arrived at the taping in support of their own. "Except for Khloe, who was there to support Chaz as a fellow big man," he quipped.

When Sarah Colonna noted that Kim Kardashian's new husband Kris Humphries did not appear to be in attendance, she further extrapolated that she didn't believe they've spent time together since their honeymoon. According to Handler, this is quite simply because Humphries is still sore.

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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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Chaz Bono Surprises and Impresses Judges on the 'DWTS' Premiere (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 20th 2011 12:08AM
Lacey Schwimmer & Chaz Bono, 'Dancing With the Stars''Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC) producers knew that a lot of people were going to be curious to see how their first transgender contestant fared on the season premiere, so they cleverly saved Chaz Bono and professional partner Lacey Schwimmer for last.

When they finally came out, Bono proved he was a competitor with sheer likability and a spark of potential. While he's nowhere near the best dancer out there, he was graceful on his feet, he was there for his partner, and he showed that he has the drive and passion to improve.

People love to root for someone who shows growth throughout the season, and Bono definitely has room for that. According to Carrie Ann Inaba, though, one area Bono already impressed in was footwork. "It was sharp. It was precise," she said. "You've got so much joy. You light up this room!"

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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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Chaz Bono's Dance Moves Continue to Impress 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 15th 2011 4:00PM
Chaz Bono and Billy Bush do 'Chaz Hands' on 'Access Hollywood Live'An early rehearsal tape of Chaz Bono on 'Dancing With the Stars' captured Billy Bush's imagination, and set him on a quest to emulate Bono's moves on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC). Thursday, Kit Hoover caught up with Bono in the thick of another dance rehearsal, and his moves are catching on there, too.

"We are obsessed with this," Hoover told Bono and his dance partner, Lacey Schwimmer, showing them the rehearsal tape. "We call it 'The Chaz Hands.' Now I'm no coach, I don't know these things, but if you can bring what we saw in that video -- it's infectious, it's fun."

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Carson Kressley and Wendy Williams Break Down the 'DWTS' Field (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 15th 2011 3:30PM
Carson Kressley on 'Wendy Williams' Carson Kressley might not be the most unbiased opinion you could seek to discuss who's going to win Season 13 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' considering he's vying for the Mirrorball Trophy himself. But on 'Wendy Williams' (weekdays, syndicated on CBS) he talked a bit about his competitors with Williams.

Williams has a few strong opinions about how this season will go down. She doesn't see Kressley being eliminated first. That honor will go to George Clooney's ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis, she predicted. Kressley made the point that Vegas is setting odds on the competition and has installed Canalis as the favorite. "Oh, she's not going to win," said Williams. "People don't like her because she hurt George Clooney's heart. And he's like an American [treasure]." At which point, Kressley jokingly yelled, "I hate her!"

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Excited for 'DWTS,' Billy Bush Does the Chaz Dance (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 8th 2011 4:45PM
Billy Bush does his best Chaz Bono on 'Access Hollywood Live'Billy Bush has been enchanted by Chaz Bono's dancing since he first saw a clip of it early this week. Thursday on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), Bush did his best impression of 'The Chaz,' and he and Kit Hoover got ready for the new 'Dancing' season by speaking with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who's paired with Elisabetta Canalis in the competition.

Hoover wanted to know if the uncomfortable, often revealing costumes made it difficult to focus. "Sometimes it can get a little difficult to focus but honestly, it's more difficult to focus for her," he said, referring to his partner. His brother Maksim is also a staple of the show, but has never won. Which means there's a little more on the line for Valentin. "We have a lot of family back home, I have to redeem our name a little bit," he said.

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Kristin Cavallari Surveys Her 'DWTS' Competition on 'Access Hollywood Live' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Sep 6th 2011 3:45PM
Kristin Cavallari on 'Dancing With the Stars' on 'Access Hollywood Live'Former 'Hills' and 'Laguna Beach' reality star Kristin Cavallari is going to have lots of competition, both on the dance floor and for headlines, on the upcoming season of 'Dancing With the Stars.' She surveyed the field on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC), critiquing her fellow cast members and even offering an early favorite.

Chaz Bono has grabbed more attention than any other contestant thus far, and 'Access' showed a clip of him showing off his best moves for the camera. That willingness to perform will only help him, said Cavallari. "He has confidence, which I think is a huge deal," she said. "You need a lot of confidence to win this thing."

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Chaz Bono Says His 'Dancing With the Stars' Training 'Is Going Really Well'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 5th 2011 11:30AM
Lacey Schwimmer and Chaz BonoIt seems as though Chaz Bono has chosen to address his critics by training hard and giving it his all on the 'Dancing With the Stars' dance floor.

Over the weekend Bono Tweeted that "Dancing rehearsal with @LaceySchwimmer is going really well. I had a little breakthrough today and I'm getting all the choreography down."

His pro dance partner Lacey Schwimmer told 'People' that Chaz is working hard and has already dropped six pounds in weight thanks to his hard work and the gruelling regimen known as the 'DWTS' workout plan.

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