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Meryl Davis on Maksim Chmerkovskiy: He Pushes Me to Stand Up for Myself | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

Dancing With the Stars

UpdatePosted 05/19/2014 03:35PM

Meryl Davis on Maksim Chmerkovskiy: He Pushes Me to Stand Up for Myself

Originally posted 05/18/2014 11:55AM



Their chemistry on the dance floor is undeniable – and led to rumors that they are an item – but there's something even more special that bonds Dancing with the Stars frontrunners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

They bring out the best in each other.

"I feel that I can really be myself with Maks," the Olympic ice skater, 27, tells PEOPLE. "He pushes me to stand up for myself, whether it's in real life or on the dance floor. It's cool."

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DWTS: Peta & James Knew from Day One They Could Make It to the Finals

DWTS: Peta & James Knew from Day One They Could Make It to the Finals

Originally posted 05/19/2014 01:35PM

It's crunch time on Dancing with the Stars, and Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow are one of four couples heading into next week's fight for the mirror ball trophy after surviving elimination during Monday night's semifinals.

"I knew we could do it," Murgatroyd, 27, told PEOPLE backstage after the show, reflecting on her and Maslow's first rehearsals at the beginning of the season.

Added Maslow, 23: "We couldn't have predicted the path of who would have been voted off each week. I think because it's been so strange and seemingly random, we were confident in what we could do, but you can never be too confident in staying. So we've got to keep that humility, and we've got to do better than we've done each week and that's all we can do."

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Mark Ballas Seriously Injured in DWTS Finale Rehearsal | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

Dancing With the Stars

UpdatePosted 05/19/2014 10:00AM

Mark Ballas Seriously Injured in Dancing with the Stars Finale Rehearsal

Originally posted 05/18/2014 10:45PM

Dancing with the Stars had a bit too much drama Sunday afternoon when pro Mark Ballas fell to the floor while rehearsing his freestyle routine with celebrity partner Candace Cameron Bure, a show spokesperson confirms to PEOPLE.

"Mark was seriously injured during camera blocking," the spokesperson says. "His shoulder popped out during a lift and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and released. It's unclear whether or not he'll be able to perform on Monday's show."

The injury occurred at the CBS studio where Dancing is taped. Ballas and Bure were in the middle of a complex maneuver that involved Ballas lifting the actress onto his shoulders when the injury occurred.

Fellow pro dancers Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke were at the studio and rushed to Ballas's side on the ballroom floor.

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UpdatePosted 05/17/2014 12:00PM

Have Mercy: The Full House Gang, Then and Now

Originally posted 05/08/2014 05:00PM

Happy birthday, Bob Saget!

The actor, best known for playing Full House patriarch Danny Tanner, turns 58 on Saturday. Because we're committed to bringing you the finest nostalgia Photoshop can make possible, PEOPLE proudly presents: The Full House gang with their younger selves.

They're everywhere you look.

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Charlie White Gets a Bitter Boot in the DWTS Semifinals | Sharna Burgess

Dancing with the Stars Recap: Charlie White Is Eliminated in Semifinals

Originally posted 05/12/2014 10:30PM

American icons night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars brought Kenny Ortega to the judges' table, Jackson family music to the ballroom – and heavy drama for two competitors.

The semi-finals came down to a pair of couples who easily could have vied for the mirror ball against each other, only to result in a bitter departure. Read on for more.

After a beautiful night of dancing by the five remaining couples it was between ice skating partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis.

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Charlie White Reveals His 'Really Difficult' Battle with Asthma | Sharna Burgess

Charlie White Reveals His 'Really Difficult' Battle with Asthma

Originally posted 05/07/2014 05:15PM

Charlie White hasn't earned success without a struggle.

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Derek Hough and Amy Purdy Aren't Letting 'Pressure' Get to Them on DWTS | Amy Purdy, Derek Hough

Derek Hough and Amy Purdy Aren't Letting 'Pressure' Get to Them on DWTS

Originally posted 05/06/2014 03:20PM

With only a few weeks left of Dancing with the Stars, the stress is on for the contestants, but at least one pair isn't letting it get to them.

"The important thing now is not to put any pressure," Derek Hough told reporters backstage after Monday night's show, of him and partner Amy Purdy.

"Now we're at the top of the leader board, which is great, but those are the moments when you start to see [partners] break down because they say, 'Oh, my gosh, oh my gosh, I can do this. I can win.' Let's go back to week one when we were loving this and we were just happy to be here. Now we have a week one attitude with a week nine skill set."

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UpdatePosted 05/06/2014 06:00AM

Dancing with the Stars Recap: Two Perfect Scores, One Tough Elimination

Originally posted 05/05/2014 10:25PM

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller sat at the judge's table Monday and before it was all over one couple was going to need a little motherly love.

Dance-duel night at Dancing with the Stars delivered a trio of surprises – two perfect scores and one tough elimination. Read on for more.

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Candace Cameron Bure & Charlie White Will Team Up for Tonight's DWTS | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

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Candace Cameron Bure's Blog: I'm Performing a Duel Dance with Charlie White

Originally posted 05/05/2014 11:00AM

Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring in the popular series Full House. Since the series 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.

I can't believe we're going into week eight and I'm still here! Whoo hoo! My personal goal was to make it to week six, so anything after this is just a cherry on top.

After this week's show, we're in the home stretch with only the semi-finals and finale left. I'm giving it my all and am proud of my efforts no matter what the outcome and again want to thank you all for you support. It's been tremendous!

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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: 'This Week Is a Lot for James' | James Maslow

Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: 'This Week Is a Lot for James'

Originally posted 05/05/2014 08:20AM

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.

We've got two dances this week, so it's kind of crazy. The first one is the Viennese Waltz, and I am absolutely loving this. It's so beautiful and romantic, and it's such a nice change from that sexy samba last week. Fans wanted fun and sexy, and they definitely got that.

I think that dance is about as sexy as it's going to get for us this season. It's nothing that has never been done before. Shirt rips happen all the time on Dancing with the Stars, and garter belts get worn all the time.

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