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'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 Elimination Shocks the Judges (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Oct 5th 2011 12:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 ResultsAccording to Len Goodman on the 'Dancing With the Stars' (Tue., 9PM ET on ABC) results show for this third week, "My expectations were that these two couples would be fighting for the final and maybe one of them going home with the mirrorball." He was talking about the two couples left standing in threat of elimination.

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That said, though, neither of them had the highest scores on the previous night. However, they didn't have the lowest scores either. What they clearly lacked was a large enough fan base. Or maybe, as Tom Bergeron suggested, everyone just assumed they were safe.

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Kristin Cavallari Shoots Down Rumors She's Dating 'DWTS' Partner Mark Ballas (VIDEO)

by Stephanie Opella, posted Sep 23rd 2011 6:15PM
Former 'The Hills' and 'Laguna Beach' reality star Kristin Cavallari has been paired with Mark Ballas on this season's 'Dancing With The Stars.' Both are newly single, and on 'Good Day LA' (weekdays, 9AM PT on Fox) she addressed the rumors that the two were already dating.

Dorothy Lucey started the rapid-fire examination. "There are rumors about you and your partner ..." but before Cavallari could finish denying them, Jillian Reynolds jumped in. "He's with Pia, right?" she asked. Reynolds was referring to Pia Toscano, a contestant from last season's 'American Idol.' Cavallari wouldn't comment that, but definitively denied she and Ballas are dating. "Nothing is going on with the two of us," she said.

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'DWTS' Backstage Report: Ron Artest Talks About Exiting, Will Chaz and Lacey Dance to a Cher Song?

by Michael Maloney, posted Sep 21st 2011 7:00AM
Tom Bergeron, Brooke Burke Charvet, Peta Murgatroyd, Ron ArtestIt bites having to leave 'Dancing With the Stars,' especially when you enjoy being there as much as Ron Artest did.

But the pro basketball player focused on the positive after host Tom Bergeron announced on last night's results show that Artest and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd would be the first couple to leave Season 13.

Artest is a lesson to us all in having to embrace a change that we might not be so thrilled about having to make.

The couple earned the lowest score on Monday's show and this was Murgatroyd's first year as a pro dancer so she's yet to build a fan base like veterans Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas have. That combination apparently proved to be the duo's undoing.

AOL TV was on the post-show press line to talk to Artest and Murgatroyd about their exit and to some of the remaining participants to get their thoughts on what they need to do to stay in the game.

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Check Out the New 'Dancing With the Stars' Rehearsal Photos

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 6th 2011 5:50AM
Dancing With the Stars Season 13It looks like Chaz Bono isn't the only 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant giving it his all in rehearsals ahead of the Season 13 premiere on Sept. 19.

New photos posted on the show's Facebook page give a sneak peek of just how seriously his fellow contestants are taking the challenge of competing on the ABC show.

The current bookies' favorite to win, actress and model Elisabetta Canalis Tweeted over the holiday weekend that "they r killin'me with rehearsals every day," but she and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy -- Maks' little brother (and doppelgänger) -- look fit and relaxed as they go through their moves.

Meanhwile, three other couples have got their game faces on as they as they learn the moves for their new dance routines.

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Pia Toscano Says She and Mark Ballas Are 'Good Friends,' Performs 'This Time' on 'GDNY' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 24th 2011 3:00PM
Former 'American Idol' contestant Pia Toscano on 'Good Day New York'Former 'American Idol' contestant Pia Toscano released her debut single, 'This Time,' in July, but what the 'Good Day New York' (weekdays, 9AM ET on Fox) crew mainly wanted to talk to her about was her relationship with musician and 'Dancing With the Stars' pro Mark Ballas. It's been rumored the pair are dating, but they've denied it.

Toscano said she and Ballas were busy, and just friends. "I'm on tour right now, he's starting his season, we're both very supportive of each other, he's got a wonderful album out," she said. "We're just doing out thing, we're focusing on our careers and we're good friends."

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'Dancing With the Stars' Runners-Up Visit 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 26th 2011 1:00PM
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley on 'Live With Regis and Kelly'Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy seemed to have developed the closest relationship of any of the celebrity/dancer couples on 'Dancing With the Stars' this season, and it showed today on 'Live With Regis and Kelly' (weekdays, syndicated). They appeared on the show along with Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, the other runners-up from Tuesday's results show.

Even though Alley and Chmerkovskiy lost the Mirrorball Trophy to Hines Ward, Chmerkovskiy said he was happy with how they finished. Alley, not so much. "I think you're an idiot," she said as Chmerkovskiy rolled his eyes. "When you don't get it ... I realize that it's just a Mirrorball, but I was devastated."

Ballas has already won two, one fewer than Derek Hough, who is Regis Philbin's partner of choice, should he ever get on the show.

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'Dancing With the Stars' Finalists Talk About the Season (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 25th 2011 1:15PM
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson on 'Dancing With the Stars'Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward took home the Mirrorball Trophy last night on 'Dancing With the Stars,' and today he and his fellow finalists were on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) talking about this past season.

Ward revealed that dancing scared him so much that he has generally avoided it altogether. "I've never danced in my whole life," he said. "I was so scared I didn't even go to my prom."

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said it was the hardest she's worked in her life, and she has the weight loss to prove it.

And to prove they hadn't had enough of dancing yet, Ward, Alley, Kym Johnson, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsea Kane, Mark Ballas and the 'GMA' crew got out on a dance floor for a bit of a free-for-all. And that was after apparently taking an overnight flight to get to the show. Then again, now no one is judging them when they dance, except perhaps the audience.

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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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'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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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' Finalists Talk Strategy on 'GMA' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted May 23rd 2011 2:45PM
Maksim Cmerkivskiy and Kirstie Alley on 'Dancing With the Stars''Dancing With the Stars' kicks off its two-part finale tonight with three celebrity dancers left standing - Hines Ward, Chelsea Kane and Kirstie Alley. The three finalists went on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM on ABC) today with their dance partners to discuss their next two days and what got them there.

Ward's partner, Kym Johnson, said the pair are comfortable with the tricks they're doing. Johnson was injured while rehearsing a few weeks ago, when Ward slipped and fell on her, straining her neck. "I'm just not doing anything with my head plunging to the floor," she said.

Alley said she has lost a few dress sizes and is almost down to her ideal size.

Kane's partner, Mark Ballas, has already won twice and will celebrate his 25th birthday tomorrow during the final show. Kane presented him with a big chocolate birthday cake, which probably won't help their preparation.

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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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Chelsea Kane Fulfilled Her Potential, Earned Perfect Score on 'DWTS' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 17th 2011 12:35AM
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas, 'Dancing with the Stars'After throwing out a perfect score to Hines Ward and Kym Johnson earlier in the night, the judges weren't done doling out 10s on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). Chelsea Kane hasn't been as sensational a personality this season, but she's made up for it with beautiful work on the dance floor.

This week, Kane and Mark Ballas achieved perfection on their Rumba. "Tonight you have fulfilled your potential," Len Goodman told Kane. "You're there."

"It was romantic and erotic, but perfectly pitched," said Bruno Tonioli. "It was stunning."

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Romeo and Chelsie Hightower Predict 'DWTS' Winners (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted May 11th 2011 12:30PM
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower Predict 'DWTS' WinnersNewly-eliminated 'Dancing With the Stars' couple Romeo and Chelsie Hightower appeared on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC) and made predictions on who would win the coveted disco ball trophy.

"When it comes down to the finale, it really comes down to who has the best freestyle. So ... I think that Chelsea Kane and Mark [Ballas] will have a pretty good freestyle. So, I might say that they might take the whole thing," Hightower said.

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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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