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DWTS's Cheryl Burke Has a New Boyfriend!

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Cheryl Burke Has a 'Nurturing' New Boyfriend

Originally posted 09/23/2014 08:05PM

She sure lucked out getting partnered with Antonio Sabato Jr. on this season's Dancing with the Stars, but Cheryl Burke is also lucky in love.

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Here's Why Tommy Chong Ripped His Shirt 'Like the Hulk' on DWTS (VIDEO)

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Here's Why Tommy Chong Ripped His Shirt 'Like the Hulk' on DWTS (VIDEO)

Originally posted 09/23/2014 01:05PM

He might be 76 – but Tommy Chong has proved he's definitely still got it.

The comedian gave Dancing with the Stars viewers – and professional partner Peta Murgatroyd – a thrill during their salsa performance Monday night when he tore open his hot pink shirt and offered a peek at his impressive-looking abs.

"When he rips [his shirt] like he's the Hulk – I love that," Murgatroyd told PEOPLE with a grin after the show while standing beside Chong.

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DWTS: See Which Stars 'Killed It' on Monday's Show

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DWTS: See Which Stars 'Killed It' on Monday's Show

Originally posted 09/22/2014 10:35PM

The celebrities got to pick their tunes on Monday's edition of Dancing with the Stars, so the numbers were as varied as a bikini song samba to a Cyndi Lauper-inspired foxtrot.

Here were the scores:

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: Our Cha-Cha This Week Is 'Playful, Flirtatious and Sexy'

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: Our Cha-Cha This Week Is 'Playful, Flirtatious and Sexy'

Originally posted 09/22/2014 12:15PM

Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, having won the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The pro dancer is now in her 16th season on the show, and will be blogging for PEOPLE about competing with actor and retired mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture for season 19.

It was a very interesting premiere night. I think a lot of couples were amazing, and you saw different characters and different personalities shine through.

Our performance went perfectly. We couldn't have asked for a better response. There's a certain side of Randy that I wanted to showcase in the dance and it came through, and the judges and the audiences recognized that. I couldn't have been happier.

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: My Performance Last Week Was a 'Frenzied Blur' | Janel Parrish

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: My Performance Last Week Was a 'Frenzied Blur'

Originally posted 09/22/2014 10:00AM

Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

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Which Pro Is Preparing to Leave Dancing with the Stars?

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Which Pro Is Preparing to Leave Dancing with the Stars?

Originally posted 09/16/2014 11:05PM

The Dancing with the Stars ballroom may lose some serious sparkle at the end of Season 19.

The contract for Cheryl Burke, the first female pro to win two consecutive mirror ball trophies in seasons 2 and 3, is up at the end of this season, and it's not looking likely that she'll return to the dance floor next spring.

"It's so so hard for me to talk about because I have been part of this family for the last decade," Burke told PEOPLE.

"You've seen me grow up on TV, doing what I love in front of millions of people. But I also feel the need to expand and challenge myself and do other things – not that this isn't a challenge. It completely is!"

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See Who Got Booted from Dancing with the Stars

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See Who Got Booted from Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 09/16/2014 10:25PM

Lolo Jones can't stop beating herself up.

The track-and-field star says a missed cue on premiere night not only got her booted first from Dancing with the Stars, but gave her naysayers more reason to criticize her behavior under pressure.

"There have been three times where I have come so close to an Olympic medal and every time those things happen, people tease me, saying, 'You are a failure in the spotlight,' " Jones told PEOPLE after Tuesday's elimination episode. "When that dance happened and I had that moment, I was like, 'Here it goes again. Now everybody is going to say I'm a bad dancer.' "

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Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani Explain Boa Malfunction on DWTS (VIDEO)

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Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani Explain Boa Malfunction on DWTS

Originally posted 09/16/2014 09:30AM

Oh, feathers!

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani were having a grand old time in the Dancing with the Stars ballroom on Monday's season premiere, until the fashion queen had a tussle with a fashion prop – and lost!

"That was her and the boa having a fight. And the boa won," Dovolani said of his dance partner, who tried to grab a feather boa from a clothes rack during their cha-cha, only to find it was stuck.

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DWTS: Alfonso Ribeiro Has Strong Start on the 19th Season Premiere | Alfonso Ribeiro

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DWTS: Alfonso Ribeiro Has Strong Start on the 19th Season Premiere

Originally posted 09/15/2014 10:50PM

A missed cue and a battle with a boa kept a few stars from putting their best foot forward, but the 19th season premiere of Dancing with the Stars brought plenty of good scores and great moments – at least those that involve Cheech.

"The ballroom is bursting with enthusiasm," exclaimed host Tom Bergeron – a hilarious quip that was actually directed at Julianne Hough's bust line, but could also describe some of the night's best highlights.

Here were the scores:

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Jonathan Bennett's Reason for Doing DWTS Will Melt Your Heart

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Mean Girls's Jonathan Bennett: I'm Doing Dancing with the Stars in Memory of My Parents

Originally posted 09/15/2014 07:40PM

When Jonathan Bennett hits the Dancing with the Stars stage Monday night, there will be two important supporters missing in the audience – his parents.

"I’m doing every performance for both my parents because I know how much they would love to see me on this," the Mean Girls heartthrob told his hometown newspaper The Blade of being inspired to join the season 19 cast of the ABC reality competition after losing his mother in 2012 and his father in April.

"I just lost my father to brain cancer not but three months ago and this was his favorite show on television," said Bennett. "And when he was sick in hospice, the only show he wanted to watch was Dancing with the Stars because he said this show made him feel good."

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