06:46 PM EDT 10/30/2014
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!"
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.' "
Originally posted 09/16/2014 09:30AM
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.
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:
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."
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.
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