12:10 PM EDT 10/22/2014
Originally posted 09/15/2014 12:00PM
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.
Preparations for this week have been going amazingly. I've been a fan of my partner, Randy Couture, for years. My dog, Randy Smirnoff, is named after Randy Couture! When I saw he was my partner, I was like, "Oh my gosh, my dad will be so excited." Randy's his favorite fighter, too.
Being an Olympic wrestler as well as an ex-soldier, Randy has discipline and dedication that are unbeatable. For a man of Randy's stature – he's tall, very muscular, very built – it's not the easiest thing to be light on the feet and to be a "twinkle toes." He's been working so hard and has made progress, and how much he's done since Day One is amazing. I'm very proud of him.
Originally posted 09/08/2014 12:35PM
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.
When I found out I was going to be on the show, my reaction came at me in two waves. The first wave was extreme excitement, and the second was extreme nervousness, just because I've never done anything like this before.
Everyone watches you go through your journey, whether it's up or down, and they see you at every stage of the rehearsals. Doing a reality show kind of makes you feel like you're naked, but I'm also open to that challenge, because I think that's why people watch the show. It's been a really, really fun roller-coaster ride for me so far.
Originally posted 09/06/2014 02:20PM
At 72, Betsey Johnson is among the older contestants on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. But she's also one of the most energetic.
The fashion designer, who is paired up with pro dancer Tony Dovolani, is among the 13 contestants vying for the mirrorball trophy on the ABC series.
"What's great about Betsey is she's so inspiring in every way," Dovolani tells PEOPLE. "To be 72, and to do what she does, is so inspiring."
Originally posted 09/04/2014 08:45AM
A member of Duck Dynasty's Robertson family and the latest murder victim on Pretty Little Liars will compete on the 19th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.
Sadie Robertson, the granddaughter of Phil Robertson on the A&E reality show, will be paired with Mark Ballas.
Janel Parrish, whose character Mona Vanderwaal was killed off last week on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, will dance with Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
Originally posted 08/22/2014 07:30PM
Julianne Hough has gotten one very special thumbs-up following the announcement of her new gig as a judge on Dancing with the Stars.
Originally posted 08/21/2014 08:25AM
Julianne Hough is trading in her dancing shoes for a judging paddle.
Originally posted 08/14/2014 03:30PM
Erin Andrews is a sports reporter, TV personality and, now, a super sleuth?
Originally posted 08/13/2014 09:00AM
The reigning champ of Dancing with the Stars won't be back, but his brother will.
So will five-time champion Derek Hough and two-time winner Cheryl Burke, not to mention a few fresh faces and a winner from the U.K. version of the competition show.
All told, 12 pros were revealed this morning on ABC's Good Morning America in anticipation of the 19th season premiere of DWTS on Sept. 15.
Originally posted 08/10/2014 11:15PM
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