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Non-Emmy TV News Roundup: Chelsie Hightower is a 'SYTYCD' All-Star, 'One Tree Hill' Actor Returns & More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jul 14th 2011 6:00PM
Chelsie HightowerAlong with the good news that 'So You Think You Can Dance' (and fiercely fabulous host Cat Deely) has finally been recognized by the Emmy Awards comes the first all-star announcement of season 8.

Judge/executive producer Nigel Lythgoe told TV Guide that the first dancer returning to the show is none other than Chelsie Hightower, current 'Dancing With the Stars' pro. "We're delighted she's coming back from 'Dancing With the Stars' for us," he told the site.

The move isn't permanent, though -- "She'll be going back to them, of course," he admitted.

In other non-Emmy TV news ...

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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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Romeo and Chelsie Hightower Predict 'DWTS' Winners (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 11th 2011 12:30PM
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower Predict 'DWTS' WinnersNewly-eliminated 'Dancing With the Stars' couple Romeo and Chelsie Hightower appeared on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) and made predictions on who would win the coveted disco ball trophy.

"When it comes down to the finale, it really comes down to who has the best freestyle. So ... I think that Chelsea Kane and Mark [Ballas] will have a pretty good freestyle. So, I might say that they might take the whole thing," Hightower said.

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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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Jimmy Kimmel Invites 'DWTS' Castoffs to Make Out on His Couch (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 11th 2011 5:11AM
Chelsie Hightower & Romeo, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'Once you're eliminated from a show like 'Dancing with the Stars,' you find yourself second-guessing your decisions that week. What could you have done differently? Often, you never quite figure it out. But for this week's castoffs, 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (Weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC) provided the elusive answer.

Jimmy Kimmel immediately started in on the impromptu kiss Romeo gave Chelsie Hightower earlier in the competition. He wanted to know if that was a hint of perhaps a deeper connection between the two, and Romeo seemed more than game.

But Kimmel pointed out that they got a 10 from judge Carrie Ann Inaba for that performance with the kiss. "Did you consider kissing then and making out really the rest of the show?" he asked.

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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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Team Chelsea Balances Fun and Sexy on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 3rd 2011 12:52AM
Team Chelsea, 'Dancing With the Stars'This week the six remaining couples were divided into two groups on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). Each group performed a Cha-Cha-Cha, and while it was ultimately a draw in the judge's scores, we had a lot of fun watching "Team Chelsea."

Chelsea Kane was chosen as one of the team leaders, because along with Hines Ward she has the highest points from the judges so far this season. Made up of Kane & Mark Ballas, Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff, and Romeo & Chelsie Hightower, the couples did a great job of sharing the floor, spotlighting one another, and performing in tandem.

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Chelsie Hightower Gives Poor Grade to Romeo for 'DWTS' Kiss (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 26th 2011 11:15AM
Chelsie Hightower Gives Poor Grade to Romeo for 'DWTS' KissThe intimate kiss between Romeo and Chelsie Hightower may have added to the dramatic effect of their performance on 'Dancing With the Stars' last night. But, according to Tony Dovolani on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), the kiss itself didn't exactly earn high marks from Hightower.

Romeo placed a planned kiss on Hightower's lips after the pair completed a waltz to 'My Heart Will Go On' from 'Titanic.' And although it looked passionate enough, Hightower gave the lip lock a mediocre rating, said Dovolani.

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Karina Smirnoff on Her Fall; Maksim Chmerkovskiy Is Not Married

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 26th 2011 10:05AM
Kendra, Dancing With the StarsKendra Wilkinson's spectacular comeback with her sexy samba may save her for another week on 'Dancing With the Stars.' Fan favorite (and AOL TV blogger) Chris Jericho's tango scored lowest for the night, however, which potentially places the former pro wrestler in jeopardy on tonight's results program.

Monday's performance show contained many surprises, including the first two 10s of the season for Romeo and his pro partner Chelsie Hightower. The competition's other Chelsea -- Chelsea Kane -- earned a 10 with her pro partner Mark Ballas.

There were a pair of mishaps, too, but neither belong to Kirstie Alley. Karina Smirnoff took a brief fall while doing the paso doble with her partner, Ralph Macchio, and Ballas twisted his ankle during dress rehearsal, but he soldiered through with his and Kane's quick step.

AOL TV was on the post-show press line to talk to the remaining contestants, during which time Maksim Chmerkovskiy cleared up those rumors that he's secretly married.

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Petra Leaves the Show Happy; Kirstie Says Maks Is 'Sex on a Stick'

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 20th 2011 7:00AM
Dmitry Chaplin and Petra Nemcova
'Dancing With the Stars' -- the hottest show on TV -- just got a little less hot. Supermodel Petra Nemcova and her equally attractive pro dance partner Dmitry Chaplin were voted off the dance competition reality series last night.

The ousting proves that this season of the show is the most unpredictable. Nemcova recently topped the leader board, but after slipping to a three-way tie for last place this week she became vulnerable. After failing to gain enough votes to remain in the game, she and Chaplin learned their time on the show had come to an end.

Traditionally, models haven't fared well on 'DWTS.' Albert Reed was voted off early in season 5. Joanna Krupa, who arguably should have won season 9, was cut during the semifinals. Nemcova proved she's just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, however, in her post-show interview in which she and Chaplin reflected on their time on the show and the duo's plans for the future.

If there's a sliver lining to their exit it's that they're not likely to find any embarrassing rehearsal footage of themselves in future video packages in the way Chelsie Hightower, Hines Ward and Maksim Chmerkovskiy did on Tuesday's results show.

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Romeo Blends Cool and Sophisticated on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 19th 2011 12:15AM
Chelsie Hightower & Romeo, 'Dancing with the Stars'Perhaps because of his long time on the stage and the persona he's built, Romeo has a natural coolness and swagger about him. On 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC) he was decked out in top hat and tails and simply oozed cool sophistication. The look was surprisingly natural on him.

He and Chelsie Hightower matched their sharp looks with smooth moves, winning so much praise from the panel that Len Goodman leaned away from a manic Bruno Tonioli to avoid getting smacked in the face by his excited arms.

"You did have swagger and spunk and full of flavor," Tonioli shouted incoherently. "I never seen a fox trot so cheeky."

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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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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Maks and Kirstie on Their Week Three Fall

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 5th 2011 7:00AM
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy"Personal story" night always yields some heartfelt moments on 'Dancing With the Stars' and last night's installment of that theme was no exception as several stars cut open some veins, revealing stories of deep personal loss. They then incorporated those stories into their dances.

The decisions that the stars and dancers made yielded some interesting results: Hines Ward and Petra Nemcova tied for first place, taking the top position from previous front-runner Ralph Macchio.

But the most dramatic moment of last night's performance was when Maksim Chmerkovskiy suffered a spasm in his thigh, which sent him and partner Kirstie Alley to the dance floor, shortly after they began their dance.

The Ukrainian-born ballroom bad boy and comedic actress extraordinaire quickly composed themselves, however, and resumed their rumba to 'Over the Rainbow,' earning applause from the audience and classy comments from the judges, who praised them for their inspiring comeback.

After the show, the stars and their pro dance partners reflected on the highs and lows of the evening. TV Squad was on the scene to get the scoop.

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