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Cheryl Burke Answers Critics of Her Weight Loss | Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke Answers Critics of Her Weight Loss

Originally posted 05/31/2014 10:10AM

In PEOPLE's Most Talked About Bodies issue, Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke shared some news that she's proud of: She recently dropped 15 lbs.

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Cody Simpson on His Ex, Why He Loves Older Women

Cody Simpson on Ex-Girlfriend Gigi Hadid: 'We're Still Really Good Friends'

Originally posted 05/29/2014 07:00AM

When former Dancing with the Stars contestant Cody Simpson graduated valedictorian of his Atlanta, Georgia, high school class, he made one thing clear in his acceptance speech: "Intelligence is the sexiest thing in the entire world."

And the 17-year-old means it.

His love of all things smart is part of the reason why he chose to date older – but now ex – girlfriend Gigi Hadid.

"I'm a big fan when a girl is smarter than you," the Australia-born pop star tells PEOPLE. "That’s why I've been with older girls, 'cause I like intelligence."

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Women Ruled PEOPLE.com This Week with Wonderful, Funny and Touching Stories | Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Davis, Pamela Anderson

Women Ruled PEOPLE.com This Week with Wonderful, Funny and Touching Stories

Originally posted 05/24/2014 09:35AM

A brilliant win on the dance floor. A sad story of abuse that led to an inspiring story of resilience. A hilarious anecdote from an Oscar winner about a mortifying moment at an afterparty.

It was ladies' week on PEOPLE.com, as Meryl Davis, Pamela Anderson and Jennifer Lawrence got readers talking, for quite different reasons. Their stories were among the five that got the strongest reactions on the site this week.

Check them out below, along with two other stories that provoked, respectively, warmth and outrage. And let us know what you think of every story by clicking on the icons at the bottom.

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DWTS' Maks & Meryl Bring Their Ballroom Heat to New York Club | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis Bring Their Ballroom Heat to New York Club

Originally posted 05/23/2014 12:45PM

The dance continues.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis brought their ballroom sizzle to Tao Downtown in New York on Thursday night, celebrating their Dancing with the Stars victory with dance pros Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Jenna Johnson.

With rumors swirling of a romance, the bad boy of dance and the Winter Olympics gold medal ice dancer commanded close scrutiny as they huddled in a booth and stood together in a skybox.

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How Cheryl Burke Dropped 15 Lbs. and Rocked a Bikini | Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke Drops 15 Lbs. – and Poses in a Bikini to Prove It!

Originally posted 05/22/2014 11:10AM

Last fall, when she started season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Jack Osbourne, pro Cheryl Burke clocked in around 135 lbs.

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What's Up with the Chemistry Between DWTS Champs Maks and Meryl? | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

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What's Up with the Chemistry Between DWTS Champs Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis?

Originally posted 05/21/2014 06:55PM



There's no denying that Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Olympic gold medal ice dancer Meryl Davis have chemistry on the dance floor. All season long the Dancing With the Stars duo wowed the show's judges and viewers with one stellar performance after another.

As in-step as they are on the dance floor, it's their off-the-dance-floor connection that has folks wondering, "Are they or aren't they?" Or, in the case of DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who declared after the couple's emotional and soulful freestyle routine Monday night, "I think the two of you should get married."

That seems to be the general consensus among fans and colleagues, who experienced a gentler, kinder and more playful Chmerkovskiy this season. And humbler.

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Meryl & Maks Win Dancing with the Stars! | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

UpdatePosted 05/21/2014 11:30AM

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Win Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 05/20/2014 11:05PM

After a night of big-name musical performances, a surprise announcement from a judge, and dances from every couple, it was time to name the winner of season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.

Up for the mirror ball trophy were season frontrunners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, along with Amy Purdy and Derek Hough and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas.

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Andy Dick Escorted from the DWTS Ballroom During Finale | Andy Dick

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Former DWTS Contestant Andy Dick Escorted from Ballroom During Finale

Originally posted 05/21/2014 10:00AM

Long before one of the three finalists was eliminated during Tuesday night's finale of Dancing with the Stars, another celebrity found himself getting the boot from the ballroom.

Season 16 competitor Andy Dick, 48, arrived at the finale with a guest and seemed to be acting erratically, reeking of smoke and exhibiting eyebrow-raising behavior. He was running in and out of the ballroom every five minutes, saying, "I have to pee!" Within the hour, he had lunged at a production staffer's breast.

One observer tells PEOPLE that four security guards stepped in quickly and they "told him he had to go, and he said, 'Why? Because I'm drunk?' "

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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: Tonight's Dance Is One Big Party | James Maslow

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UpdatePosted 05/19/2014 06:15PM

Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: Tonight's Dance Is One Big Party

Originally posted 05/19/2014 04:00PM

Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will blog for PEOPLE about competing with Big Time Rush band member James Maslow during the show's 18th season.

Last week was rather stressful for both of us. In our Michael Jackson number, everything was sort of coming together, but then on the day we were doing our walkthrough with the band and our dress rehearsal, they took our stage away.

We had a catwalk and a round stage and they took that away because they realized they couldn't get it up in time. So all week long, we were practicing and had marked out the floor and width and depth and stuff and used choreography that would fit the catwalk.

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