11:49 AM EDT 04/17/2014
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.
Originally posted 03/15/2014 05:30PM
Students at Pine Ridge High School in Deltona, Fla. are supporting their favorite math instructor, Charlie Lundell, in every way they can after his diagnosis of cancer in the liver, lungs and throat, with lesions in his brain.
Originally posted 03/14/2014 08:30AM
Why is Leah Remini doing a reality show? Because she's not so different from you – and yes, because she's funny.
"People tell us, 'You guys are funny.' Other people find us entertaining, so we thought, 'Let's do it,' " the former King of Queens actress tells PEOPLE of her plans to star with her family in an as-yet-untitled TLC show this summer.
"My family is not so different from the rest of America," she adds. "I think people love to see that, oh, just because she's on television and in Hollywood, I can still relate to her."
Remini, 44, who has made headlines recently for her high-profile exit from the Church of Scientology, will be joined on the show by her husband Angelo and their daughter Sofia, 9. And Sofia, in particular, is ready for her close-up, mom says with a laugh.
Originally posted 03/13/2014 08:00AM
Being on Dancing with the Stars was the furthest thing from snowboarder Amy Purdy's mind several months ago. Thoughts of dancing on television's most popular ballroom floor took a back seat to training and competing.
But then Purdy, 34, thought, 'Why not?' It's that type of attitude, after all, that helped the double amputee become a world champion in her sport and an inspiration to many.
"It's been so crazy," Purdy tells PEOPLE of the past three weeks training for DWTS with partner Derek Hough and training for the Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Before she sets her sights on the ballroom's famed mirror ball trophy, Purdy is going for gold on Friday in the boardercross competition.
Originally posted 03/12/2014 11:35AM
Brooke Burke-Charvet says she tries to live her busy life with purpose, balance and also romance, and that includes "making out" with her husband David Charvet – a relationship she says took 20 years to come full circle.
Originally posted 03/12/2014 11:15AM
When Candace Cameron Bure takes the Dancing with the Stars stage next week, it will be a family affair.
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