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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Seven Results: Who Was Eliminated? (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 4th 2011 1:04AM
'Dancing with the Stars' Week Seven EliminationWith the group performances a wash on last nights competition episode, it was down to their individual numbers to determine would be leaving the show this week on 'Dancing with the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC). Ralph Macchio and Hines Ward tied with the highest marks of the night, making them likely to be safe.

Chelsea Kane was two points behind with 34 points, but would that be enough? Huddled around the bottom were the three remaining teams. Kendra Wilkinson scored 31 points, while Kirstie Alley and Romeo were tied at the bottom of the rankings with 30 points apiece.

With so many teams so close together, it was going to come down to their past performances, as well as their overall likability with the viewers at home.

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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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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week Seven Performances

by Katy Kroll, posted May 3rd 2011 1:00AM
It's getting down to the wire on this season of 'Dancing With the Stars,' and the show finally cracked the whip to separate the winners from the losers.

In what might have been their toughest week yet, each of the six contestants had to learn not one but two dances -- their own and a group number. (Their individual scores were added to the overall group score for a total combined possible high of 80 points.) Since it was Ballroom Legends Night, each couple was given rehearsal tips by either Luca Baricchi or Shirley Ballas, pro dancer Mark's mother. (Of note, Mark's rumored girlfriend, 'American Idol' castoff Pia Toscano, was in the audience, too.)

Perhaps the biggest news is that after four straight weeks of missteps by either a star or a pro, everything seemingly went off without a hitch (as long as you don't count guest judge Donnie Burns picking up the wrong paddle when doling out the night's final score).

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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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Ralph Macchio Redeems Himself With Quickstep on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 3rd 2011 12:34AM
Karina Smirnoff & Ralph Macchio, 'Dancing with the Stars'Latin ballroom dancer Donnie Burns joined the judging panel of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). Unlike many guest judges on reality competitions, he wasn't just heaping on the praise. In fact, he only gave one perfect score on the night.

It was a performance of redemption for Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff in the Quickstep. The dance that has doomed many couples in the past proved to be fun, playful and seductive.

Bruno Tonioli nailed it by describing the performance as "how to grab a quick one at the speakeasy."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week Six Elimination

by Katy Kroll, posted Apr 27th 2011 2:40AM
Wow. Just "wow." That's all I have to say about this week's 'Dancing With the Stars' results show.

OK, I'm kidding. I do have more to say ... because Guilty Pleasures week literally blew my mind. A pre-show Hanson bonus? 'American Idol' castoff Pia Toscano and rumored boyfriend Mark Ballas performing together? A New Kids on the Block-Backstreet Boys super-group mash-up (aka NKOTBSB, as they call themselves)? Cha-ching!

The over-the-topness of the night softened the blow of the big WTF moment when it came down to the elimination. Really, voters? You saved Kendra Wilkinson once again? Shame on you!

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week Six Performance Recap: Another Pro Stumbles

by Katy Kroll, posted Apr 26th 2011 12:40AM
Get 'em while they're hot ... and cheesy.

Yes, it was Guilty Pleasures Night on 'Dancing With the Stars,' featuring house band Hanson and each of the seven remaining contestants grooving to songs people are embarrassed to sing along to in public. (Well, some of us, anyway.)

With the leaderboard topper changing from week to week, Monday night's show proved it's time to separate the wheat from the chaff. And, indeed, the judges gave out their first perfect 10s of the season. But for one couple, the night was marred by catastrophe ... and it wasn't Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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Is 'Dancing With the Stars' Stacked Against Certain Celebs?

by Katy Kroll, posted Apr 25th 2011 12:00PM
All's fair in love, war and 'Dancing With the Stars.' Well, maybe not 'DWTS.'

Since it premiered in 2005, 'DWTS' has offered us a mélange of the rhythmically challenged and the naturally talented, pitting, for example, a clumsy John Ratzenberger against a nimble Apolo Ohno.

While a wide array of contestants with varying skills certainly makes for good TV, we're beginning to wonder whether some celebrities are getting a raw deal when the judges score everyone based on the same criteria. This season, for example, 60-year-old, overweight Kirstie Alley is directly competing and being scored against chiseled 21-year-old pop star and basketball player Romeo. Is that really fair?

To investigate this situation, we went to the only people who know what's really going on -- those directly involved with the show. We asked past 'DWTS' underdogs Cloris Leachman, Debi Mazar and Steve-O the burning question: Is the competition stacked against certain celebrities?

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Chris Jericho's Hunt for the 'Elusive Eight' From 'DWTS' Judge Len Goodman

by Chris Jericho, posted Apr 20th 2011 12:30PM
Exclusive: Despite landing in the bottom two, guest blogger Chris Jericho discusses the personal milestone he hit during week five of 'Dancing With the Stars.'

Bigfoot. The Loch Ness Monster. The Holy Grail.

All of them are unsolved mysteries that have been studied and pursued for centuries. Yet none of them are as evasive or mythical as my personal 'Dancing With the Stars' White Whale: scoring an eight from Len Goodman.

My quest for the elusive eight started after week two, when Len awarded me the first of three successive sevens in the competition. It seemed no matter what I did or what Len thought of my dances, he always gave me the same score.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week Five Elimination

by Katy Kroll, posted Apr 20th 2011 1:10AM
The race is tightening up on 'Dancing With the Stars,' and we're getting to the point where the weekly results show is becoming a bit of a nail-biter.

After Monday night's performances, I was nervous there might be a "shocking" elimination, considering that the judges inexplicably threw two-time leaderboard topper Ralph Macchio into a three-way tie for last place with mediocre Kendra Wilkinson and Petra Nemcova. So I breathed a big sigh of relief when he was deemed safe.

On the flipside, I found myself yelling at the TV when it was announced that Kendra -- who has been both bad on the dance floor and rhymes-with-witchy backstage -- was also safe. But while the news was upsetting, it wasn't that surprising considering Monday night's episode was basically thrown in her favor when red, white and blue streamers rained down on the stage before she danced the series' 1,000th dance and the judges gushed over her clunky 'Yankee Doodle' routine. Clearly they wanted her to live to see another week, and apparently so did the viewers.

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'DWTS': Kirstie Alley Takes Charge With an Error-Free Fox Trot (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 19th 2011 12:46AM
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 'Dancing with the Stars'Kirstie Alley was probably thrilled to strike that final domineering pose of her fox trot, as it marked the first time in three weeks of 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC) that she got through a dance without a single mishap.

While it was a fun and patriotic dance to The Guess Who's 'American Woman,' we weren't as sold on Alley's odd jumpsuit wardrobe choice. Maksim Chmerkovskiy kept it simple by baring his chest and painting the American flag on it, which was enough to nearly completely distract Bruno Tonioli from the proceedings at hand.

The panel was mixed on the dance, though. While Len Goodman wasn't blown away, Carrie Ann Inaba declared it Alley's "best dance ever."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week Five Performances

by Katy Kroll, posted Apr 19th 2011 12:35AM
It could be a 'Dancing With the Stars' first: It's almost halfway through the season and there's no clear front-runner. Each week, someone new tops the leaderboard, which means it's anyone's game right now.

This week's Americana theme proved to shake things up yet again, with Hines Ward kicking Chelsea Kane from the top spot and two-time leaderboard topper Ralph Macchio finding himself in a three-way tie for last place. (Wha?!)

The focus on "songs that salute our country" found the dance floor drenched in red, white and blue, and some contestants went so far as to practically dip themselves in the American flag.

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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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Steve-O Dishes on 'Dancing With the Stars' Predictions and 'Jackass 4'

by Katy Kroll, posted Apr 15th 2011 5:00PM
Steve-O is best known as the habitually naked stuntman from the 'Jackass' franchise who's willing to do almost anything for attention. But since sobering up more than three years ago, he's started to branch out by appearing on season 8 of 'Dancing With the Stars,' becoming a poster boy for PETA, embarking on a one-man comedy tour and penning an upcoming memoir about the ups and downs of his life.

Last year, 'Jackass 3-D' raked in more than $100 million at the box office, proving that being a "professional idiot" (as Steve-O calls it) still pays off.

Here, he opens up to us about why he did 'Dancing With the Stars' and who he thinks will win this season. He also talks about performing stunts sober for the first time and whether there might be a 'Jackass 4.'

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Chris Jericho Felt Like a 'King' During Classical Night on 'Dancing With the Stars'

by Chris Jericho, posted Apr 13th 2011 5:10PM
Exclusive: Pro wrestler Chris Jericho guest blogs about how a song saved 'Dancing With the Stars' classical-music night for him.

For the first time ever on 'Dancing With the Stars,' it was Classical Week, which meant that all the dances were performed in front of a 46-piece symphony orchestra.

When I first heard about the concept, I have to admit that I wasn't overly excited. I mean, I appreciate the Beethovens and Tchaikovskys of the world, but I didn't know how I was supposed to dance the passionate paso doble to a song that had no words or drums!

It was with great hesitation that I asked partner Cheryl Burke to play me the song to which we would be performing. But as the music unfolded, it was with great joy that I realized I knew the song and had heard it 100 times before: It was 'Hall of the Mountain King' by Savatage.

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