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Candace Cameron Bure: 'I'm the Dark Horse in the DWTS Race'

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Candace Cameron Bure: 'I'm the Dark Horse in the Dancing with the Stars Race'

Originally posted 05/04/2014 02:30PM

Candace Cameron Bure hasn't just picked up some new moves while competing on Dancing with the Stars, she's also learned a lot about herself in the process.

"Apparently I'm a perfectionist, which I didn't know before," she told PEOPLE Friday at the Race to Erase MS Gala in L.A. "I guess I have some perfectionistic qualities when it comes to my own performance. I'm learning to lower my own expectations as far as having unrealistic expectations of myself."

But the former Full House star, whose partner is Mark Ballas, said that she's exceeded her own expectations about how far she'd make it in the competition.

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Injured DWTS Contestant Amy Purdy: 'I'm Trying to Heal Quickly' | Amy Purdy, Derek Hough

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Amy Purdy: 'I'm Trying to Heal Quickly'

Originally posted 04/29/2014 07:00PM

Amy Purdy wowed the audience during Monday's Latin-themed Dancing with the Stars with a high-scoring rumba. But something went awry shortly after she and partner Derek Hough finished their routine, making it painful for her to breathe.

"I really overworked the right side of my back in this dance all week," the double amputee Paralympic snowboarder, 34, told PEOPLE on Tuesday, following a night of receiving emergency treatment. "The hospital took X-rays and everything looks good, but a rib is out of place and the muscles are in spasm."

Purdy says the rumba was a challenging dance because the movements required her to hold her shoulders down and use her right side for stability and twisting.

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Candace Cameron Bure: How DWTS Has Changed My Fitness Routine | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

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Candace Cameron Bure: How I Balance Being a Mom and DWTS Competitor

Originally posted 04/29/2014 05:45PM

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.

It was Latin week on DWTS last night and it was one exciting show! I'm still catching my breath and playing catch up since it was such a busy week. Not only did I have to learn the Argentine tango, but we also learned a group dance that included a solo. So, two dances in two-and-a-half days was crazy!

I traveled to New York in the middle of the week, co-hosting The View and dropping by ABC News, VH1 and Hannity for interviews. Because of my trip to the East Coast, Mark and I went into double rehearsal shifts to make up the time and man it was exhausting!

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UpdatePosted 04/29/2014 08:00AM

Dancing with the Stars: NeNe Leakes Gets Booted, Amy Purdy Is Injured

Originally posted 04/28/2014 10:40PM

Latin was the theme of Monday night's Dancing with the Stars, and even guest judge Ricky Martin brought the heat.

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough were declared safe right away and kicked off the night with a 36-out-of-40-point rumba to a slowed-down rendition of "Light My Fire" by the Doors.

"You lit my fire! ... First out, first class," head judge Len Goodman told the pair, while Martin gushed, "You were stunning. You made me feel a lot of things."

But the night wasn't entirely a win for Purdy, who was sent to the hospital shortly after her performance with a shoulder injury. She was unable to perform the group dance with her team at the end of the evening, and the dress rehearsal dance was used to judge the routine (more on that later).

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Which Dancing Couple May Be Shedding Some Clothing This Week? | James Maslow

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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: Our Dance This Week Is a 'Very Sexy Samba'

Originally posted 04/28/2014 02:15PM

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 is blogging for PEOPLE about competing with Big Time Rush band member James Maslow during the show's 18th season.

I think James did an amazing job last week. The quickstep is really hard, and we had the added pressure of coming off a perfect score the week before. It's difficult to get 10s every week, so we were aiming for eights and nines, and we got all nines and one eight so I was happy with him. He did the best that he's ever done.

Coming off the perfect score added pressure during the week, but it's only because you're learning a completely different style the next week. I've been teaching him all these contemporary moves, and then the next week you throw them out the window. That's what's frustrating, because there's really nothing that he can take with him that I've taught him, so it’s like starting fresh again each week.

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Katherine Jenkins of DWTS Is Engaged

Katherine Jenkins Engaged to Andrew Levitas

Originally posted 04/25/2014 06:00PM

Katherine Jenkins is getting married.

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'Everything Hurts' – Watch Emotional Aftermath of Danica McKellar's Broken Rib | Dancing With the Stars, Danica McKellar

UpdatePosted 04/25/2014 02:00PM

Danica McKellar Breaks a Rib in DWTS Practice

Originally posted 04/25/2014 02:50PM

The saying is "Break a leg," not "Break a rib!"

Danica McKellar was injured during a practice for Dancing with the Stars on Thursday, apparently breaking her rib.

The former star of The Wonder Years, 39, Tweeted about it Friday, and asked fans for a little support.

"So…I broke a rib in yesterday's #DWTS rehearsal. Trying my best to pull thru and could use your prayers!! #wanttokeepdancing," she wrote.

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Amy Purdy Shows Off Her Specially Designed 'New Feet' for DWTS | Amy Purdy, Derek Hough

Amy Purdy Shows Off Her Specially Designed 'New Feet' for Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 04/23/2014 08:00PM

For paralympian Amy Purdy, there are the "everyday feet" and, now, the dancing feet.

During a break in rehearsals for Dancing with the Stars, Purdy, 34, whose legs were amputated below the knees when she was 19, displayed the special prosthetics molded to fit high heels.

"I wasn't able to get the hip motion with my everyday feet," she tells PEOPLE. "So I decided to try these other feet. I originally got these just thinking they were a little bit prettier and I could wear a taller heel and maybe for a tango."

When she attached them, "It freed my hips up so that I could move how I wanted to," she explains.

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Candace Cameron Bure on Critics: I Know People Don't Agree with My Beliefs

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Candace Cameron Bure: I Know People Don't Agree with My Beliefs

Originally posted 04/23/2014 02:45PM

Not everyone is going to agree with Candace Cameron Bure's evangelical Christian beliefs – and she's okay with that.

"As much as you want to try and explain your position to people, sometimes at the end of the day it is not worth it," the former Full House star tells PEOPLE. "I need to invest my time in my family and not trying to please everybody or getting them to see my own point of view."

As a contestant on this season of Dancing with the Stars, Bure, 38, has garnered praise and criticism for her conservative beliefs and her "boundaries" that have left her modestly clothed and with fully-dressed partners (even when pro dancer Mark Ballas wanted to show off his abs).

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UpdatePosted 04/22/2014 06:30AM

Dancing with the Stars: James Maslow, Meryl Davis Get the Party Going & Drew Carey Goes Home

Originally posted 04/21/2014 10:25PM

Get ready to par-TAY!

Monday night's Dancing with the Stars showcased party anthems, with guest judge Redfoo from LMFAO helping to weed out the ho-hum from the fun.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd entered as the charmed couple after getting a perfect score on Disney week, while Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas were just holding on and Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke hoped that audience scores would prop them up for another week.

Except, that didn't happen.

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