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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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The Go-Gos Perform While Maks Dances With Three Women on 'DWTS' Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 2:38AM
The Go-Gos, 'Dancing with the Stars'Celebrating the 30th anniversary of their debut album, 'Beauty and the Beat,' The Go-Gos gave a special performance of their signature song 'We Got the Beat' on the 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) Season Finale. But this is 'DWTS,' so we knew that wasn't going to be all we got.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy
took to the stage with a trio of beauties with a fun routine that had him starting as a police officer chastising the girls for dancing on the judges' table. When they started taking his clothes off, we couldn't help but be reminded of a whole different type of entertainment, but it stayed wholesome family fun.

It was great seeing The Go-Gos still rocking in their first televised appearance in five years. After 30 years in the business they still look and sound fantastic, and they brought a sense of fun and energy that defused the tension as the three finalists waited on the edge of their seats to see who would take home the mirrorball trophy.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season Finale Recap: The Winner Is ...

by Katy Kroll, posted May 25th 2011 2:35AM
Three final dances, three perfect scores ... and just one mirrorball trophy.

In what might have been the most evenly matched season ever, it was anyone's trophy to take home on the finale of 'Dancing With the Stars.' And indeed there was a shocker -- at least when it came to the top two.

Going into the season 12 finale, Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane seemed like the clear front-runners, with Kirstie Alley trailing behind them by five points after Monday night's performances.

But, as always, the freestyle challenge was a game-changer and the person I hoped would win wound up coming in third.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 Finale: And the Winners Are... (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 25th 2011 2:04AM
'Dancing with the Stars' finaleGoing into this Season 12 Finale of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) there was one round of competitive dancing left. The votes were in, though, and it was guaranteed to be a close battle. Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward were leading the judges' scores coming into the final night, but Kirstie Alley was close behind.

It was a star-studded finale, featuring guest appearances by Sara Evans, the Black-Eyed Peas and the first televised performance by The Go-Gos in five years. But it was the finalists that people were tuning in to see.


Kane and Mark Ballas tackled a Viennese Waltz, followed by a Cha-Cha-Cha by Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and Ward and Kym Johnson did a Samba to close out the performance aspect of the season. But this round was a wash as far as the final results went, when the judges gave all three performances a perfect 30 score.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 12 Predictions: Who Will Win?

by Katy Kroll, posted May 24th 2011 9:00AM
It's down to the final three contestants on 'Dancing With the Stars,' and after a topsy-turvy season that saw the leaderboard constantly shaken up, it's anyone's mirrorball trophy to lose.

Over the last few weeks, Hines Ward and Chelsea Kane have settled into front-runner status, each leading the board multiple times and nabbing perfect 10s. Meanwhile, Kirstie Alley squeaked past Ralph Macchio last week as the underdog-slash-fan favorite.

While I'm going out on a limb and predicting that Chelsea will win in a last-minute Shawn Johnson-type upset over Hines, I asked critics and fervent 'DWTS' fans to weigh in on the simple question: Who will take home the mirrorball this season?

There was a definite consensus, but don't count out the fact that there may be a dark horse in the running. Read what they had to say ...

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'DWTS' Backstage Q&A: Kirstie Alley, Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward Dish the Finals

by Michael Maloney, posted May 24th 2011 7:00AM
Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Kym Johnson, Hines Ward, Chelse Kane, Mark BallasMany times the winner of 'Dancing With the Stars' is predictable. Season 11's Jennifer Grey and Season 6's Kristi Yamaguchi were favored to win their respective seasons and, sure enough, both emerged as winners.

But this season, it's been nearly impossible to predict who's going to win.

Kirstie Alley trails both Chelsea Kane and Hines Ward (who are tied for first place) by a mere five points going into tonight's finale, but the former 'Cheers' actress has probably the biggest fan base of the three finalists. (Let's not forget that she played a Vulcan in fan favorite 'Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.')

Ward is a crowd favorite and has sports fans everywhere rooting for him. Kane, a Disney star, is likely supported by younger viewers, who may be more savvy when it comes to voting on-line.

The three finalists and their pro dance partners weighed in on their performances on last night's post-show press line, and AOL TV was on the scene to get their reactions.

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Kirstie Alley Goes Aerial With Freestyle Stunts on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 24th 2011 1:26AM
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 'Dancing with the Stars'When it came to their Freestyle dance, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy decided to surprise everyone in this final performance episode of 'Dancing with the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). In a routine filled with a surprising number of lifts, Alley proved lighter on her feet than we could have ever imagined.

Sure, they weren't all perfectly executed, but the judges applauded her effort and confidence in tackling them.

"That dance sort of embodies what I think you have become, which is the new poster child for life as it should be lived at 60 years old," Carrie Ann Inaba told a clearly worn out, but euphoric, Alley.

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Hines Ward and Kym Johnson Bring 'Super Bowl' Performance to 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 24th 2011 1:15AM
Kym Johnson & Hines Ward, 'Dancing with the Stars'Hines Ward and Kym Johnson pulled out all the stops in their final two performances on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). While they got 29/30 points for their Quickstep earlier in the night, it was their freestyle performance that truly impressed the judges.

Johnson spent as much time in the air as she did on the floor, while Ward looked as confident and commanding as if he'd been doing this his whole life, rather than spending all that time playing football.

"That wasn't really a half-time show," Carrie Ann Inaba said. "That was the whole damned Super Bowl."

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Chelsea Kane Gets the Judges Too Excited to Talk on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 24th 2011 1:03AM
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas, 'Dancing with the Stars'Professional dancer Mark Ballas moved one step closer to his third 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC) mirrorball trophy with an almost-perfect finals evening with partner Chelsea Kane. The pair tackled a Samba, but it was their freestyle routine that showcased their youthful energy and creativity.

Even self-proclaimed "fuddy-duddy" Len Goodman was taken by it. "This was so full-on. It was so much attack. It was fantastic," he said.

Carrie Ann Inaba was so excited, she couldn't even put words to her critique, having instead to get up and express herself in dance. She then joined her fellow judges in awarding the pair a perfect 30.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week 10 Performances

by Katy Kroll, posted May 24th 2011 1:00AM

That was the sound of my head exploding. Yes, it was time for the most anticipated performances of the 'Dancing With the Stars' season: The freestyle challenge. And the dances were better than I could have ever imagined.

The super-safe "Judge's Choice" routines -- where each of the judges picked a do-over dance for each star -- got lost in the shuffle of the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink freestyles that unfolded during the second half of the show.

With three stars and just one mirrorball trophy, Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane and Kirstie Alley pulled out all the stops for the big win.

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Sara Evans to Perform on 'Dancing With the Stars' Season Finale

by PopEater Staff, posted May 23rd 2011 5:40AM
Sara EvansCountry singer -- and former 'DWTS' contestant -- Sara Evans returns to ABC's 'Dancing With the Stars' Tuesday night to perform her latest multi-week No. 1 hit, 'A Little Bit Stronger,' on this season's finale.

In 2006 Evans was the first country artist to compete on the show when she was paired with Tony Dovolani, who she said at the time was "sent from God."

"Being on 'Dancing With the Stars' was such a fun experience and one of the highlights of my career," Sara says. "I'm so honored and excited to go back and sing for this season's finale!"

This time the singer doesn't have to worry about the judges criticizing her dance moves, which she said shocked her after the first dance, a Foxtrot, because she believed she and Tony did pretty well, considering she had never danced before. However, the three judges thought differently.

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'DWTS' Backstage Q&A: Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff Sound Off on Their Exit

by Michael Maloney, posted May 18th 2011 7:00AM
Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Ralph MacchioRalph Macchio's fans rallied to save him from being ejected last week on 'Dancing With the Stars,' but this week there just weren't enough votes to keep him safe and send him to next week's finals.

The fan favorite had promised to include some moves from 'The Karate Kid' in his freestyle dance, but that's off the table now that he's not in the finals.

Macchio and his partner Karina Smirnoff talked to TV Squad on the post-show press line. The couple expressed their gratitude for being paired together and for their journey. They were also quite frank about why they feel they were voted off of the program.

Any guesses as to why they think they're gone? Here's a hint: Macchio's on-air "thank you's" included just about everyone -- except the show's judges.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week Nine Elimination

by Katy Kroll, posted May 18th 2011 1:00AM
Waaah! The celeb I've been rooting for all season got the boot this week, falling just one week shy of making it to the finals.

It's been a bumpy ride for both Ralph Macchio and Kirstie Alley, who have each had their fair share of injuries, falls and flubbed footwork. But week after week their personalities, drive and determination have carried them through as fan favorites.

Over the course of the season, Ralph was dubbed the Comeback Kid because whenever he fell from grace, viewers voted to save him and he would re-enter the race swinging.

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Which Contestant Came Just Short of the 'Dancing With the Stars' Finale (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 18th 2011 12:59AM
'Dancing with the Stars'With just one week before the season finale of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) nobody wants to go home. Perhaps more than anyone else, Ralph Macchio was sweating it out. His fans came through and saved him last week, but, after scoring the lowest marks of the night this week, he was going to need their help again.

Making it even more difficult was Hines Ward, who had two perfect scores on the night, and Chelsea Kane with one perfect-rated performance. Macchio and Kirstie Alley were early favorites to win the competition, and both have tremendous fan support.

Now, they found themselves the bottom two based on the judges' scores this week. It was certainly a bittersweet moment for the two who've enjoyed tremendous success and bucked expectations with great performances week after week. Which one of them would say goodbye this week?

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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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