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Drew Carey 'Felt All Along' That Monday's DWTS Routine Would Be His 'Breakout'

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Drew Carey 'Felt All Along' That Monday's DWTS Routine Would Be His 'Breakout'

Originally posted 04/08/2014 02:00PM

There's no dancing around it – Drew Carey is an improved ballroom performer.

The comedian, 55, who danced a 33-points-out-of-40 routine with Witney Carson during partner change-ups week on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, had a hunch this would be the one where he'd show how he's improved.

"I felt all along throughout rehearsal that this could be a breakout performance," Carey told PEOPLE backstage after his number, which earned him three points higher than the previous week's dance with regular partner Cheryl Burke. "I think a lot of time comics get a short shift on the show. They don't think comics can dance, and I want to disprove all that."

So, just what was it that made Carey so certain he'd wow the judges this week?

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Who Was Most Improved in DWTS's Partner Change-Up Week?

DWTS's Partner Change-Up Week: Who Was Most Improved?

Originally posted 04/07/2014 10:20PM

It was partner switch-up week on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, and the unique evening produced mixed feelings from judges.

While some usually lower-scoring contestants rose to the top, a couple of the higher-ranking performers received less than impressive marks during a week that featured Julianne Hough as a guest judge.

The night kicked off with a 28-points-out-of-40 quickstep by Candace Cameron Bure and Tony Dovolani that had Hough complaining of body contact that was "a little too gapped." Judge Bruno Tonioli said a punk rock-dressed Bure needed to "sort out this top line."

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Candace Cameron Blogs: How I'm Keeping Weight On While Dancing | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

Candace Cameron Bure Blogs: Your Twitter Questions, Answered!

Originally posted 04/07/2014 05:30PM

Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring on the popular series Full House. Since the show wrapped in '95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She's been paired with two-time mirror ball-winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars and she'll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.

Tonight we reveal our switch-up partner! Thank you for all your Twitter votes in choosing my new pro. I think you're going to be surprised about who it is. I sure was!

The switch-up is only for one week and we'll go back to our original partners, which I was happy to hear, but I also have to say that I've enjoyed every moment with my new partner. His style and teaching technique is different than Mark's. I can't say one is better than the other, just different and I'm excited to take everything I'm learning from this week's pro and put it into practice with Mark.

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Julianne Hough Is Returning to Dancing with the Stars

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Julianne Hough Coming Home to DWTS Monday

Originally posted 04/07/2014 12:20PM

Julianne Hough will return to Dancing with the Stars Monday night, when she joins Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli at the judges' table.

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Peta's DWTS Blog: 'It's a Very Strange Feeling' with a New Partner | James Maslow

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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: 'It's a Very Strange Feeling' with a New Partner

Originally posted 04/07/2014 08:00AM

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.

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Take That, Bullies! James Maslow Moves Past Growing Up Overweight

James Maslow 'Doesn't Dwell' on Childhood Bullying over His Weight

Originally posted 04/02/2014 08:50AM

James Maslow has been characterized as the heartthrob of season 18's Dancing with the Stars.

But on Monday night, fans of the hunky Big Time Rush singer, 23, had their jaws dropping about his appearance for much different reasons than usual.

During the most memorable year-themed episode, the La Jolla, Calif.-born musician gave viewers a very personal look into his upbringing, which was filled with bullying by his peers because he was overweight.

"Everyone has their challenges growing up," he told PEOPLE after his revealing segment aired. "I've definitely had quite a few of them, and it's cool to be able to share that with people. I haven't really talked about it in a long time."

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Was Sean Avery Forced Off Dancing with the Stars? | Karina Smirnoff, Sean Avery

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Dancing with the Stars: Was Sean Avery Forced Off the Show?

Originally posted 04/01/2014 04:05PM

Was Sean Avery's Dancing with the Stars elimination a question of votes – or vengeance?

After last week's shocking double elimination, which sent the former hockey pro and partner Karina Smirnoff packing, Avery says it was a disagreement with producer Conrad Green – not his dance technique – that caused his early exit.

"I will tell everyone on #GMA tomorrow why i was voted off ... my partner @Karina_Smirnoff is AMAZING," he Tweeted March 24, after the duo was eliminated.

The following morning Avery, 33, appeared on Good Morning America with Smirnoff, 36, and hinted that a dispute with a producer may have been the real reason for his departure from the show in only its second week of competition.

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Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater 'Made Peace' with Decision to Leave Dancing | Billy Dee Williams, Emma Slater

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater 'Made Peace' with Decision to Leave Dancing

Originally posted 04/01/2014 08:25AM

It wasn't the farewell Billy Dee Williams originally anticipated, but when the Star Wars icon bid adieu to Dancing with the Stars on Monday night because of injury, he held his head high.

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Which Couple Was One Point Shy of a Perfect Score on DWTS? | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

Dancing with the Stars: Billy Dee Williams Out Due to Injury, Meryl & Maks One Point Shy of Perfect

Originally posted 03/31/2014 10:35PM

There's been no lack of excitement during season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.

Following an unexpected double elimination last week, this week's show – which featured Robin Roberts as a guest judge – had one couple backing out of the competition due to injury, and the rest of the couples digging into their most personal moments and sharing them with a teary-eyed audience during a most memorable year-themed episode.

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Candace Cameron Bure Blogs: Pushing Past the Point of Exhaustion on DWTS | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

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Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: 'Tonight Is Going To Be a Full House!'

Originally posted 03/31/2014 03:15PM

Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring on the popular series Full House. Since the show wrapped in '95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She's been paired with two-time mirror ball-winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars and she'll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.

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