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Len Goodman Speaks Out on His 'Dancing' Feud With Maks Chmerkovskiy (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Oct 25th 2011 2:00PM
Everyone's buzzing about the feud that erupted between Maks Chmerkovskiy and 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Len Goodman when Maks forcefully pushed back against Goodman's critique of his latest dance with Hope Solo.

Goodman stopped by 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) to offer his perspective on the argument. "How often, in the heat of the moment, we say things that the next day we think 'why did I say that?'" he asked. "Maks is going through that right now."

Goodman isn't taking the back-and-forth personally, though. "I like Maks, we're good buddies, we play golf together," Goodman noted, before taking a jab at Maks' golf-swing. He then further clarified the judges' role on 'DWTS.' "What they've got to understand is ... they're on trial, and we're the judges. You can't be a judge at your own trial," Goodman said.

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Does 'DWTS' Head Judge Len Goodman Need a Vacation?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 25th 2011 9:20AM
Len Goodman, 'DWTS'Is the strain of his heavy workload and weekly transatlantic commute starting to take its toll on 'Dancing With the Stars' head judge Len Goodman? He and Bruno Tonioli have a punishing schedule, pulling double duty judging 'DWTS' during the week, and then flying back to the UK to judge the BBC's 'Strictly Come Dancing' at the weekend.

Now Len's had blow-ups with pro dancers on both shows in the space of just a few days. Is he crankier than usual? Last night he and Maksim Chmerkovskiy had a major falling out after Maks interrupted Len's harsh critique of his rumba. That bust up followed a furious on-air altercation with 'Strictly' dancer James Jordan on Saturday night, during which Len told him, "All you have to do is turn up, keep up and shut up."

Is an irascible Len overdue for a vacation? Well, luckily for him he'd already booked one before it got nasty on the dancefloor(s). It's been announced that Len is taking a week off from 'Strictly' next month, and subbing-in for him as guest judge on Nov. 5 and 6 will be none other than 'DWTS' Season 11 champ, Jennifer Grey.

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Maks vs. Len: 'Dancing With the Stars' Contestants Speak Out

by Catherine Lawson, posted Oct 25th 2011 6:15AM
Maks and Hope Solo, 'DWTS'The oft-shirtless Maksim Chmerkovskiy's always filled the role of 'Dancing With the Stars' bad boy, and he can be relied upon to have at least one big outburst each season, with his anger usually directed toward head judge Len Goodman. Last night he reached boiling point and again lashed out at Len after he criticized Maks' and partner Hope Solo's rumba.

When Maks questioned Len's credentials, the head judge said "I've been in this business for nearly 50 years," to which Maks quipped "Maybe it's time to go." Things escalated after Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli tried to intervene, and Maks said "Everybody on that balcony has been dying and killing themselves only to hear your guy's a little judgmental comments [sic]. ... I am not being disrespectful, I'm protecting my partner."

Up until that point it was just between Maks and the judges, but then did the Ukrainian take it too far? When he told host Brooke Charvet that "With all due respect, this is my show, I help make it what it is," the look on fellow pro dancer Derek Hough's face in the background was priceless. So, what did the other dancers think of his outburst? And does Maks regret saying what he did?

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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 6: Maks & Len Have a Major Fallout

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 24th 2011 11:40PM
Oh Maks, sometimes you need to really hold in your feisty temper. Maks definitely brought the drama to 'Dancing With the Stars' this week -- but not in the way you're probably thinking. In fact, I don't think anyone saw this coming.

Maks and Len had a total fall-out in the ballroom this week, after Len criticized Hope, calling her rumba "her worst dance of the whole season." Well, Maks didn't quite like that and riled up the already cheering crowd, interrupting Len's critique. That's when Len snapped.

You see, Len gets the reputation for being the most critical judge for a reason. He actually judges for skill, and as he pointed out, he's been doing it for quite some time now. And that's where Maks decided to tell Len that maybe it was time for him to quit. His exact words: "Maybe it's time to go!" Oh snap.

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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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Ralph Macchio Has a Rough Night With the Judges on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 17th 2011 12:49AM
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff, 'Dancing with the Stars'Ralph Macchio sported some odd posterior-padding for his Salsa, on suggestion of Karina Smirnoff, but it wasn't enough to salvage their performance in the eyes of the 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC) panel of judges.

The audience was on Macchio's side, booing Len Goodman as he said that "there was no real rhythm ... It was all too harsh, too in your face, too much attack."

But it was Bruno Tonioli who earned a censor beep when he shortened the term pussycat by one syllable in reference to Karina Smirnoff. She didn't seem pleased with him describing her with such a word, even if he was telling Macchio to be gentle.

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Len Goodman's Offer to Billy Bush: Join 'DWTS' And We Can 'Share a Shower' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 12th 2011 5:30PM
It can be an awkward moment when one man tells another man he's got a natural hip action that's alluring, especially when it happens on national television. That's what happened today on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated on NBC) when 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Len Goodman made his pitch to get Billy Bush to try out for the show.

"You've got a rhythm about you," Goodman told Bush. "You've got that boyish grin that is loved by many." The show then moved to a clip of Bush and another 'Dancing With the Stars' judge Bruno Tonioli sunbathing together.

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'DWTS' Judge Len Goodman Really Enjoyed Kendra's Table Dance Last Night

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 27th 2011 1:30PM
Kendra, Dancing With the Stars'Dancing With the Stars' fans are used to hearing provocative comments (not to mention witnessing some outlandish body movements) from judge Bruno Tonioli, but this season fellow judge Len Goodman is getting a few remarks in himself. So far he's commented on Cheryl Burke's "Rocky Mountains," Wendy Williams' "dumplings," and Kendra Wilkinson's "chesticles" -- and that was before the reality star hopped onto the judges' table for TV's raciest tabletop dance since Drew Barrymore jumped up on David Letterman's desk and flashed the late night talk show host.

Is Goodman trying to give Tonioli a run for his money? Or, as host Brooke Burke theorized, are the judges trying to make up for the fact that this season of 'DWTS' is actually about the dancing more than it is "showmances" and controversial characters?

Goodman recently chatted with AOL TV about his remarks, whether he's attending the royal wedding later this week and how he thinks Wilkinson's provocative table dance can be topped. Warning: creepy uncle vibes abound.

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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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'DWTS': Bruno Tonioli Defends Chelsea Kane from Len 'Voldemort' Goodman (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 12th 2011 12:45AM
Len Goodman & Bruno Tonioli, 'Dancing with the Stars'Perhaps appealing to the younger demographic from Chelsea Kane's Disney Channel pedigree, she and partner Mark Ballas danced their Viennese Waltz to 'Hedwig's Theme' from the 'Harry Potter' films on 'Dancing with the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC).

Ballas got completely into character with the magical nature of the music, even wearing a pointed wizard's hat throughout the routine, but the judge's were split in their appreciation of it.

"Chelsea, you are a fantastic dancer," Len Goodman said. "So why is it that every time I see you, there's something that I don't like that jars me?"

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Backstage Interviews at 'Dancing With the Stars': Week Two Elimination Nerves

by Michael Maloney, posted Mar 29th 2011 9:00AM
He may have the best smile, but Mike Catherwood is also the least-known star on season 12 of 'Dancing With the Stars', and his combined score of 30 after two weeks of dancing is the lowest. Can the Los Angeles disc jockey and his partner Lacey Schwimmer evade tonight's elimination on 'DWTS'?

"I have the lowest fan base and lowest score," Catherwood told TV Squad on the post-show press line last night. "If anything keeps us on the show beyond this week we'll have to do things differently. It can't be just, 'Oh, I'll try harder.' We'll have to go back to the drawing board and break it down."

If Catherwood manages to avoid being sent home during tonight's elimination show he'll have Schwimmer to thank. She brings her own fan following, not just from 'DWTS,' but also from 'So You Think You Can Dance' on which she appeared from 2007–08.

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Jennifer Grey Cements Place as 'Dancing' Favorite With Two Perfect Scores (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 23rd 2010 12:38AM
Jennifer Grey Cements Place as 'Dancing' Favorite With Two Perfect ScoresThere were questions to be answered on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). Questions like: Would Jennifer and Derek remain the front-runners? Would Bristol Palin continue her improbable march to the finals? Would the ghost of Brandy haunt the studio, 'Phantom of the Opera'-style, after her bizarre elimination last week?

And tonight's show raised an additional question... what was the deal with that watermelon?

We'll get to the watermelon in a second. The theme for the show was "Redemption/Freestyle." Each pair had to re-do an older dance, followed by a routine of their choice. In both cases, Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough knocked it out of the park.

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'Dancing With the Stars': An Instant Classic, Performed to a 'Foreign' Song (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 9th 2010 6:25AM
'Dancing With the Stars': An Instant Classic, Performed to a 'Foreign' SongA new week and a new injury led to ... another surprising result on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC).

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]


Tonight's quarterfinal 'DWTS' episode featured a twist -- the "INSTANT DANCE." This meant the players did a regular routine, plus an "instant" routine. For the instant section, the couples didn't know what song they would be dancing to, until the second they stepped onto the ballroom floor.

The "instant" concept would have been hard enough, but contestant Jennifer Grey also suffered her third injury of the season. Ms. Grey was already coping with an old neck injury, plus a pinched nerve in her foot. Now, she had to deal with tendinitis in her knees. Jeez. Could anything else possibly go wrong for her?

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'Dancing With the Stars' -- Can an Injured Star Make a Comeback? (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 2nd 2010 5:04AM
'Dancing With the Stars' -- Can an Injured Star Make a Comeback?We had comebacks galore on tonight's 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). But would a player who was battling injures make it all the way back?

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Early this season, Jennifer Grey was the 'DWTS' front runner. Then, the actress was derailed by nagging physical problems. She suffered a pinched nerve in her foot, and reactivated an old neck injury. Jennifer has a metal plate in her neck, dating back to a 1987 car accident involving her then-boyfriend Matthew Broderick. She has been warned that competing on the show could cause further damage.

Last week, Grey found herself in the bottom two, facing elimination along with Audrina Patridge. The actress spent much of this week's rehearsal time weeping in frustration. Though Jennifer looks many years younger, she's actually 50 years old. And she's worried that her body can't handle the stress of dancing anymore.

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On the Scene: Are the 'Dancing With the Stars' Judges Getting ... Nicer?

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 5th 2010 10:30AM
Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli Were the 'Dancing With the Stars?' judges a bit kinder on Monday night's week 3?

The stars and dancers think so, but not because Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli were trying to make up for being extremely harsh on Michael Bolton last week. (Bolton was ejected after dancing a disappointing jive that Bruno called the worst in 11 seasons of 'DWTS.')

"Last week some of the comments were definitely harsh," said Anna Trebunskaya. "This week everyone got scared of those comments so they worked really hard and we had a great show as a result. We [all] did our absolute best."

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