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Originally posted 11/18/2013 10:30PM
It was another exciting night in the ballroom on Monday's Dancing with the Stars.
There was laughter, tears and even an unexpected smooch during the show's semi-finals, which featured former cast member Maksim Chmerkovskiy as a guest judge.
As usual, Bill Engvall and partner Emma Slater ended up with the lowest overall score for their two routines – a cha cha and an Argentine tango both set to LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It." Their goofy cha cha that got them 28 points out of 40 was poorly received by judges, but they left them impressed with a serious 32-point Argentine tango that Chmerkovskiy raved was "exactly what an Argentine tango is supposed to be like."
Was the fan favorite able to make it through another week and land a spot in next week's finals?
Originally posted 10/30/2013 11:50AM
"In the beginning – like when we did the jive – there were times we would run through the dance and after we were done I would literally just lay on the ground," Riley tells PEOPLE about her six-hour rehearsals with dance pro Derek Hough.
Riley entered the ABC dance show unsure of how she would stack up against the competition, but she has soared through the first half of season 17, often with near-perfect scores from the judges.
Originally posted 10/28/2013 01:10PM
It's time to put their teamwork to the test!
The eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars will perform as two teams, each comprised of four pairs, on the dance floor Monday night.
Watch the clip above to see the teams and to find out the song they'll dance to.
Originally posted 10/21/2013 10:30PM
First, the pairs had to perform in an improvisational switch-up challenge, which required them to show off their ability to transition seamlessly while dancing to music that suddenly changed.
Then, at elimination time, there was an even bigger twist that one no one – not even producers – had seen coming.
Keep reading to find out who will dance again next week ...
Originally posted 10/08/2013 12:30AM
She came to inspire and enjoy the party.
And into week four of Dancing with the Stars Valerie Harper did just that and much more, sending a message of hope by savoring life after she was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year.
But on Monday night, sentiment finally yielded to the cold criteria of judging. After another low-scoring performance – this time an 18-point waltz – the 74-year-old star of TV's Rhoda was voted off the show.
Originally posted 09/24/2013 09:00AM
As any Glee fan knows, Amber Riley has talent. But the actress has taken her skills to a whole new level on Dancing with the Stars.
"This has taught me that I can do a lot more than I thought I could," a choked-up Riley, 27, told PEOPLE after scoring 24 points for her jive with Derek Hough on Monday night's show.
"Tonight was – I'm not even on camera and I'm crying like a dork. But it really has taught me that I can do more than I thought I could."
Originally posted 09/23/2013 10:15PM
Bill Nye the Science Guy is definitely a fan favorite on Dancing with the Stars, but did people's votes save the low-scoring star from being the first eliminated contestant of season 17?
Following last week's 14 out of 30-point cha cha, Nye, 57, and partner Tyne Stecklein showed a little improvement on Monday night with a 17-point Paso Doble, but it wasn't enough to keep them from the bottom of the leader board, with judge Carrie Ann Inaba critiquing his footwork.
Trailing close to the scientist was Keyshawn Johnson with an 18-point samba that Inaba said was "rough around the edges" – and Valerie Harper, who seemed like she "forgot a third of" her 19-point Paso Doble, according to Inaba.
So who ended up going home?
Originally posted 09/23/2013 03:00PM
Corbin Bleu is a former High School Musical star who is competing on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with season 13 champion Karina Smirnoff. The Disney alum will blog for PEOPLE about his experience on ABC's hit show.
For me, the dance on Monday wasn't flawless. I always think it could have been better than it was. I wanted our lift to be slightly more stable. The big lift when I pull Karina [Smirnoff] over my head – we did it, but I wanted it to be a little more of a punch. I think with something like contemporary, it was very beautiful and very touching, but with something like [Amber Riley's dance] the cha cha, you get a chance to engage the audience a bit more, so you get people a little more excited and you get people's heart rates going a bit more.
So I'm excited about the Latin dances coming up. With our contemporary, it was all about the storyline between Karina and I, and I didn't even realize much of the audience that entire performance. Whereas, with our jive coming up, I'm going to be able to really engage the audience. But I do think for a first-week dance, our contemporary was fantastic.
Originally posted 09/16/2013 10:00PM
Dancing with the Stars brought out some unexpected stunners – and a standing ovation that drew tears – on Monday night's season 17 premiere.
Although early favorite Corbin Bleu wowed the crowd as predicted with a 24-point contemporary dance with partner Karina Smirnoff, it was Amber Riley, 27, who landed the near-perfect score.
Earning three nines, Riley's dance with Derek Hough had Bruno Tolioni calling the Glee actress the "tigress of season 17." Fellow judge Len Goodman said excitedly, "I'm palpitating, perspirating and flatulating."
Originally posted 09/16/2013 06:00PM
It sounds like Corbin Bleu is the frontrunner on Dancing with the Stars this season – at least according to one of his competitors.
"I'm really watching out for Corbin," Brant Daugherty, 28, recently told PEOPLE mid-rehearsal. "I think he's going to give us a definite run for our money this season."
The Pretty Little Liars actor's partner Peta Murgatroyd noted that Bleu has a lot of previous dancing experience, but she's got her eye on Amber Riley.
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