02:30 AM EDT 04/24/2014
Originally posted 03/18/2014 06:00PM
Losing her legs hasn't slowed down inspirational Dancing with the Stars season 18 contestant Amy Purdy, who amusingly points out the perks of competing for the mirror-ball trophy with prosthetic limbs.
"If [other contestants] break a leg they're out of the competition. But if I break a leg I'll just get a new one," she told PEOPLE Monday night at her DWTS debut.
The snowboarder, 34, who lost both legs below the knee at 19 following a life-threatening bout of bacterial meningitis, stunned the judges with her masterful cha-cha, which the jet-lagged athlete delivered just three days after winning the bronze medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
Originally posted 03/18/2014 03:35PM
Former contestant Erin Andrews is adjusting quickly to her new duties as Dancing with the Stars co-host.
Going off of a rave review from PEOPLE's TV critic – who says the sports broadcaster is right at home on ABC's hit competition show – Andrews, too, told PEOPLE, "It's crazy because it feels kind of like family and I'm back, you know, to where I kind of grew up."
But even so, Brooke Burke-Charvet's replacement is still getting the hang of things.
Originally posted 03/18/2014 12:40PM
Derek and Julianne Hough are on the move, and they want you to join them.
Originally posted 03/18/2014 12:05PM
Another season of Dancing with the Stars, another set of dating rumors to set straight.
Season 18's token are-they-or-aren't-they duo are Peta Murgatroyd, 27, and James Maslow, 23, who admitted in a package during Monday's premiere that they did go on a date before they were ever partnered, but it never flourished into anything.
There's nothing more to it than that – at least right now – the pair insists, calling all of the buzz about it "funny."
Following their 21-point foxtrot, Maslow told PEOPLE backstage, "We'll be asked the same question rephrased 17 times, and yet they expect different answers. On occasion, like in that package [they showed tonight], they'll get [answers they want] because we're just bored and we want to go."
Originally posted 03/18/2014 08:15AM
How has NeNe Leakes not already done Dancing with the Stars?
Originally posted 03/17/2014 10:35PM
Another season of Dancing with the Stars kicked off on Monday night, with no shortage of fancy footwork to hit the ballroom.
Although the night consisted of many highs from a number of talented contestants, it was Olympic gold medalist ice skating partners-turned-DWTS-competitors Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who gained most of the buzz leading up to the show's 18th season.
Originally posted 03/17/2014 03:20PM
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.
This has been the most work I've ever had in the off-season. I didn't stop working. I was touring and making appearances and attending charity events. I didn't get any break or holiday or anything like that, but that's how I like it. I love being busy. It felt like this season crept up so quickly. The premiere is right around the corner and I feel like I just met James.
I think there's a very eclectic bunch of people this season and, so far, everybody has such a nice personality and demeanor. There's not one of them who isn't really, really lovely to work with. I think having three Olympians will be amazing for the competition. They're going to make everyone work a little bit harder to catch up to them.
Originally posted 03/17/2014 10:25AM
There are apparently no hard feelings in the Dancing with the Stars hosting hot seat.
Since being shockingly replaced by Erin Andrews as the co-host of ABC's hit show for its 18th season (which kicks off on Monday), Brooke Burke-Charvet "has been very encouraging to Erin," fellow host Tom Bergeron, 58, told PEOPLE on Tuesday.
"She and Erin have exchanged phone calls and voicemail messages. Erin was very complimentary to Brooke. So, in the midst of a difficult situation, there's a whole lot of maturity going on."
Originally posted 03/17/2014 08:30AM
Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring in 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.
I'm hurting a lot today. I still have energy, but I'm just incredibly sore and beat up. It is what I expected, but the contemporary dance, which is what we're starting with, has proven to physically be beyond what I had expected.
We're literally rolling on the floor for some of this dance. I've done races and mud runs and I've crawled up hills under barbed wire, and I've never had bruises bigger than the bruises I have now from doing this dance.
Originally posted 03/16/2014 11:30AM
Maks Chmerkovskiy is returning to Dancing with the Stars a changed man.
The talented yet hot-blooded dance pro, who's famous for challenging the show's judges and pushing his celebrity partners to the limit, says viewers will see his calmer, more relaxed side when he returns to the show on Monday, after being away for almost a year.
"Listen, I'm a sweet guy. I'm just intense at work. I have nothing but the end result in mind. My entire career has been like that," the 34-year-old tells PEOPLE exclusively.
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