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All Smiles Backstage After the 'Dancing With the Stars' Finale

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 23rd 2011 6:30AM
'DWTS' 13 FinaleIn honor of those who are trying to avoid finding out who won 'Dancing With the Stars' last night because they're still planning to watch the finale on DVR, here's the last 'DWTS' !!!SPOILER ALERT!!! of the season. You're welcome, now stop reading.

Everyone else, read on ... It was all smiles backstage last night as the three finalists and their pro dance partners walked the post-show press line. We've all heard the stories of award-winners keeping their trophies in the bathroom or in a dark cupboard, but where does the new 'DWTS' champ plan to keep his/her coveted Mirror Ball trophy?

"Right now I'm going to put mine in bed. I'm going to tuck it in, and it's going to roll around with me. And then after that, once we've kind of grown apart, I'm going to glue it to the hood of my car and drive around ... and honk my horn and it will be my own parade."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Leader Rob Kardashian Says 'I Really Want That Trophy'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 22nd 2011 6:20AM
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl BurkeWho'd have thought in Week One that the least-known member of the Kardashian clan would be in poll position going into tonight's 'Dancing With the Stars' finale? Yet last night Rob Kardashian and partner Cheryl Burke scored their first perfect 30 for their freestyle dance, which helped put them ahead of fellow finalists Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez.

Speaking to reporters on the post-show press line last night Rob and Cheryl were elated with their performance, with Rob telling E! Online that their success is due to his increased confidence. "I gained confidence as the weeks went on and took it a little more seriously. I still have fun with it," he said, but "something clicked and I really want that trophy. I really realized it's possible."

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough joked that they've already bought their own Mirror Ball trophy just in case they lose out tonight. "There's a store down the street that makes mirror ball trophies for fifteen bucks," he laughed, "so I've already got that made just in case."

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More Backstage Drama at 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Nov 16th 2011 6:40AM
'DWTS' S13 semi-finals eliminationThis season of 'Dancing With the Stars' has its share of controversy. We've had Nipplegate, injuries, accusations of nepotism, dancers feuding with judges, dancers feuding with each other ... Now it's been reported that the strain of last night's semi-finals elimination all proved to be just too much for one dancer.

Each week the dancers go backstage and chat to reporters on the post-show press line, but last night one couple was conspicuously absent. According to E! Online, one half of the eliminated couple "was so upset about [their] elimination from the competition that she was unable to hold it together for interviews."

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

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Cheryl Burke on 'Dancing With the Stars': 'It's Just a Show, Not a Real Competition'

by Crystal Bell, posted Nov 14th 2011 4:55PM
cheryl burke dancing with the starsRob Kardashian isn't letting big sister Kim Kardashian's divorce drama get in the way of his dancing, says his 'Dancing With the Stars' partner, Cheryl Burke. Instead, he's focused on making it to the finals, a feat he never thought possible back in week one.

"He's gained so much confidence in himself," Burke tells AOL TV. "He's not even the same guy that he was in week one, and he's just proved to everybody that he is really talented."

Now, Kardashian is one of four celebrities vying for the Mirror Ball trophy and eternal ballroom glory, but he's not letting the pressure get to him. "He likes to keep everything light," says Burke. "It's just a show, not a real competition."

With the semi-finals kicking off this week (Mon., Nov. 14 at 8PM ET), AOL TV chatted with Burke about Kardashian's improvement, the judges' harsh criticisms and her close friendship with the Kardashian family.

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Cheryl Burke Says Rob Kardashian's Lost Weight, Gained Confidence on 'DWTS'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 4th 2011 7:00AM
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl BurkeCheryl Burke could have been forgiven for having serious misgivings about being paired with the least-known of the Kardashian clan this season on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

However, as the competition's heating up, Burke says Rob Kardashian is working hard, losing weight and even donning tank tops as his confidence grows.

While the concept that any of the Kardashians could suffer from a lack of confidence seems unlikely, Burke says that her partner does.

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Jenny McCarthy and Cheryl Burke Put Their Assistant on 'What Not to Wear' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 17th 2011 9:00AM
Jenny McCarthy, 'What Not to Wear'Cheryl Burke and Jenny McCarthy share an assistant. And as we learned on 'What Not to Wear' (Tue., 9PM ET on TLC), they also share a frustration with her fashion choices. Meet 37-year old Chicago native Becky.

Tricked into getting the makeover on the show, Becky proves game for the transformation, and the results speak for themselves. She looked fabulous in a shapely dress and absolutely floored her friends and supporters.

"The clothes were one thing," McCarthy said. "But the confidence that you saw come through just made me so happy."

McCarthy had already admitted that she thought of Becky as family, so it must have been so warm to see someone so close to you get a new and more positive outlook on life. Sometimes a physical makeover can transform your self-perception as well.

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke Discuss Their Exit

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 27th 2011 10:20AM
Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke, Chris Jericho and Cheryl BurkeWhen a show like 'Dancing With the Stars' is filled with so many talented celebrities, one off week can cost someone his or her place on the show. That's just what happened with Chris Jericho and his pro partner Cheryl Burke.

After scoring a low mark of 22 for their tango during "guilty pleasures" week, the two were voted off the show.

While the ejected duo and the survivors usually all go backstage together to do press, this week only Jericho and Burke did. The rest of the cast hoofed it immediately to rehearsal, since next week's show includes team dances.

Below, check out what Jericho and Burke had to say about their exit, what host Brooke Burke thinks of the competition this season and what Len Goodman thought of Kendra Wilkinson's dance.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Six Results: The Eliminated Contestant Is... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 27th 2011 1:23AM
'Dancing with the Stars' week six resultsIt was a week of "Guilty Pleasures" on 'Dancing with the Stars' (Tue., 8PM ET on ABC). The lowest marks from last night's competition episode came from Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke, with a combined total of 22 points.

This was two points higher than Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff, who suffered a fall during their Paso Doble. With everyone else scoring combinations of 8s, 9s and 10s, it was a pretty close night from the judges, which put even more responsibility in the hands of America and the vote.

!!SPOILER ALERT!!

Tom Bergeron narrowed it down to the aforementioned Jericho and Macchio, indicating that the voters at home had sided with the judges. But had they agreed completely on who had the weakest performance and deserved to go home?

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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': Kendra, Carrie Ann Make Up; John Travolta Loves Maks

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 19th 2011 7:00AM
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van AmstelRivalries, couples not getting along, polarizing celebrities and loads of off-screen drama. These are the things that, for better or worse, have at times dominated the reality competition series known as 'Dancing With the Stars.'

But as regular viewers of the show are finding out, there's not much of that going on in season 12. Instead, the most compelling aspects of the show are taking place right where they should be -- on the dance floor.

There was, however, one feud that seemed to erupt from last week's show -- Kendra Wilkinson appeared to take great umbrage at judge Carrie Ann Inaba's remark that she appeared fearful of embracing elegance.

Wilkinson was still clearly upset by the exchange in the video segment shown prior to this week's dance. But what viewers may not know is that the two women cleared the air just before Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel performed the fox trot on Monday night.

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Cheryl Burke Explains Snub of Chris Brown on 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 5th 2011 2:00PM
Cheryl Burke Explains Snub of Chris Brown on 'DWTS'On 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated), pro dancer Cheryl Burke explained her recent snub of R&B singer Chris Brown on 'Dancing With the Stars.'

Burke, along with several other 'DWTS' cast members, shunned Brown backstage when he performed a musical number on the dance competition last week.

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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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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Week One Was 'Terrifying'

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 22nd 2011 9:00AM
Karina Smirnoff and Ralph MacchioRalph Macchio, 49, and Kirstie Alley, 60, are two of the older contestants on season 12 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' but after the first night of dancing they took early leads with top scores of, respectively, 24 and 23.

The star of 'The Karate Kid' and his pro partner, Karina Smirnoff, performed a Foxtrot that judge Len Goodman called the best one of the night.

Macchio's an actor; did that play a role in how successfully he embraced his part on the dance floor?

"Yes. Dancing is like acting only you use your body," said Smirnoff. "It allows him tap into the character so much better."

"[Acting] is less painful," joked Macchio. "Less painful."

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Cheryl Burke Explains How Dance Helped Her Out of Cycle of Abuse (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Feb 17th 2011 5:05AM
Appearing on 'Piers Morgan Tonight' (Weeknights, 9PM ET on CNN), Cheryl Burke, of 'Dancing With The Stars,' detailed her traumatic childhood, which included being sexually assaulted by her baby-sitter at the age of five. As a result of that experience, Burke suffered from low self-esteem and become involved in a succession of abusive romantic relationships.

Her last high school boyfriend was physically abusive to the point of whipping her with his belt. Yet it wasn't until her professional dancing career began to take off that the California native was able to muster up the courage to leave him.

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Cheryl Burke Talks Candidly About Childhood Abuse on 'Ellen' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 15th 2011 9:30AM
Cheryl Burke Talks Candidly About Childhood AbuseCheryl Burke of 'Dancing With the Stars' talks candidly about being sexually abused as a child and how this affected her relationships later in life on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

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