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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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'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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'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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'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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Kirstie Alley Hits New Highs, and Drops an S-Bomb on 'Dancing with the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 10th 2011 12:49AM
Kirstie Alley, 'Dancing with the Stars'Kirstie Alley got off to a great start on her night with a 28 for the Argentine Tango. That proved to be her best marks of the season, but she didn't sit back and tackled her second performance on 'Dancing with the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC) with as much fervor and conviction.

During Bruno Tonioli's praise, Alley apparently dropped an s-bomb on live television, but the ABC censors caught it. In fact, they got so excited it looked like they tapped the button repeatedly several times.

Alley and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy both clapped their hands over her mouth, but both Tonioli and Tom Bergeron told her it was okay. "That's why we have people on a button," Bergeron explained. "Let them earn their money on the button back there."

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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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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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Even the Pros Fall Sometimes on 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 20th 2011 1:24AM
Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Lacey Schimmer fall as Toby Keith performs, 'Dancing with the Stars'For this week's 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) results show, Toby Keith was on hand to perform 'Should've Been a Cowboy,' his No. 1 hit from his debut album in 1993. But while Keith was flawless in his vocal performance, the same couldn't be said for the featured dancers.

Lacey Schwimmer and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were chosen to perform a cowboy swinging routine to the up-tempo song, and they proved that even the professional dancers have been known to take a tumble from time to time.

It was Chmerkovskiy who infamously dropped Kirstie Alley just a few short weeks ago, so maybe he's just having a tough time hanging onto his partners this season. Hopefully, he's gotten it out of his system, and he and Alley can have another clean performance next week.

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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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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Talks About His Relationship With Kirstie Alley, Underwear (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Apr 13th 2011 5:30PM
Maksim Chmerkovskiy on 'Access Hollywood Live'Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley are one of the most popular couples on 'Dancing With the Stars,' and Chmerkovskiy was on 'Access Hollywood Live' (weekdays, syndicated NBC) to talk about his relationship with his dance partner. Billy Bush and Kit Hoover wanted to know about their chemistry, both on and off the dance floor. Hoover, her Atlanta roots suddenly showing in her accent, got a little close.

Hoover asked if Chmerkovskiy liked older women. The question seemed to perplex him. "I think they like me," he said. Bush went one step further, asking if Alley had thrown her hip out during some extracurricular activity with Chmerkovskiy, which again left him a little perplexed.

Hoover also said Chmerkovskiy was doing something she found very sexy: wearing his pants so that a hint of underwear was visibly peeking out. She actually asked to touch them, giving Chmerkovskiy what he called a "frontal wedgie" while pulling them up, Hoover said, to display the name. It's better to pull the pants down than the underwear up, Chmerkovskiy explained. Hoover promised to save that for next time.

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Kirstie Alley on Losing Her Shoe: I'm Not Doing a Sitcom

by Michael Maloney, posted Apr 12th 2011 7:15AM
Kirstie Alley and Maksim ChmerkovskiyKirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy had another mishap this week on 'Dancing With the Stars' on "classical" night. The comedic actress, in a move worthy of Lucy Ricardo, temporarily lost her shoe while doing her routine with her pro partner.

Fortunately, she got the shoe back on and was able to complete the dancing, earning a respectable score of 22 in the process.

While they recovered nicely and this week's snafu wasn't nearly as bad as last week's tumble, Alley is ready to leave the comedy to her sitcoms and return to giving impressive performances as she did in week 1 of the reality competition series.

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Kirstie Alley Suffers Another Mishap Performing on 'Dancing with the Stars' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 12th 2011 1:00AM
Kirstie Alley, 'Dancing with the Stars'Kirstie Alley has stumbled into a run of bad luck on 'Dancing with the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). But it wasn't a stumble that tripped her up this week. Rather, she lost her shoe during a spin with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

The camera crew had a choice to either follow Chmerkovskiy, who was doing a bit of a solo across the floor while Kirstie held a seated position, or zoom in on her frantically fumbling to get the shoe situated so she could continue. Guess which one they chose?

The pair did recover, and according to judge Carrie Ann Inaba Alley even performed with "so much more joy" after the incident. Maybe she was ecstatic to have avoided a blatant fall like she experienced last week.

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Karina Smirnoff Considers Spectacular Fall With Ralph Macchio on 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Apr 8th 2011 9:30AM
Karina Smirnoff Considers Spectacular Fall With Ralph Macchio on 'DWTS'In order to improve their scores next week on 'Dancing With the Stars,' Ralph Macchio and dance pro Karina Smirnoff promised a stellar performance. But, if that doesn't work, Smirnoff seems prepared to literally knock Macchio off his feet in an attention-grabbing bid, she said on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

Ellen DeGeneres pointed out that, unlike Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley, the pair didn't stumble during their performance earlier in the week. And yet, both couples earned the same score. This seemed to give Smirnoff an idea. "We decided next week we're really going to work hard on doing a great job and maybe I'll just push him down the stairs or something," she joked, gesturing to Macchio.

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