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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: Tonight's Dance Is One Big Party | James Maslow

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UpdatePosted 05/19/2014 06:15PM

Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: Tonight's Dance Is One Big Party

Originally posted 05/19/2014 04:00PM

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.

Last week was rather stressful for both of us. In our Michael Jackson number, everything was sort of coming together, but then on the day we were doing our walkthrough with the band and our dress rehearsal, they took our stage away.

We had a catwalk and a round stage and they took that away because they realized they couldn't get it up in time. So all week long, we were practicing and had marked out the floor and width and depth and stuff and used choreography that would fit the catwalk.

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Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: It's the Finale – and I Hope Mark Can Dance | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

Dancing With the Stars

UpdatePosted 05/19/2014 04:00PM

Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: It's the Finale – and I Hope Mark Ballas Can Dance

Originally posted 05/19/2014 02:00PM

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's the finale!!

We've had so much drama the last few weeks, I haven't been able to keep up with my blog. I'm writing this Monday morning and I still have no idea what is going to happen tonight.

Mark's shoulder popped out during rehearsal on Sunday and he was taken to the hospital. They couldn't see exactly what happened from the x-ray, and Mark is getting an MRI this morning. It's still unclear at this point as to whether or not he'll be able to dance with me in the finale tonight.

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Survivor Blog: Tony Votes Out His Closest Ally

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Votes Out His Closest Ally

Originally posted 05/15/2014 10:55AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"You have to weigh out your options at the end, and things aren't always as clear as they seem."
– Kim Spradlin, winner, Survivor: One World

Did Tony just make a brilliant move or a terrible one? I truly have no idea.

Just when you thought he was going to whip out an idol and save Trish, Tony instead turned on his top ally and voted her out. It happened so fast, you might have missed it. I did when I first watched the episode.

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Survivor Blog: Kass Creates Chaos

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Kass Creates Chaos, Chooses a Side

Originally posted 05/08/2014 01:30PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

You have to check yourself out, emotionally, or you're not gonna make it in this game. – Chelsea Meissner, Survivor: One World

In the war between reason and emotion, which wins?

We all fall somewhere on the scale from cerebral Spencer to erratic J'Tia. What's made this season of Survivor so compelling is that we have a cast of smart, strategic players – many of whom are also out-of-control hotheads.

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Candace Cameron Bure & Charlie White Will Team Up for Tonight's DWTS | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

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Candace Cameron Bure's Blog: I'm Performing a Duel Dance with Charlie White

Originally posted 05/05/2014 11:00AM

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.

I can't believe we're going into week eight and I'm still here! Whoo hoo! My personal goal was to make it to week six, so anything after this is just a cherry on top.

After this week's show, we're in the home stretch with only the semi-finals and finale left. I'm giving it my all and am proud of my efforts no matter what the outcome and again want to thank you all for you support. It's been tremendous!

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Survivor Blog: Tony Vlachos Flips the Game on Its Head

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Tony Vlachos Flips the Game on Its Head

Originally posted 05/01/2014 06:50PM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"You plant that little seed in their head, in their little brain. And then it grows, and it's called a Russell seed. It takes over their whole mind."
– Russell Hantz, Survivor: Samoa

Tony Vlachos's initials aren't TV for nothing.

The crazed cop has made Survivor: Cagayan one of the best seasons of all time. On Wednesday night, he once again turned on his alliance and flipped the game on its head.

Tony decided that a women's alliance was brewing, and voted out benign Jefra. That left fan favorite Spencer still in the hunt for a million dollars.

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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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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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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Trish Puts On a Show

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Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: Trish Puts On a Show

Originally posted 04/24/2014 09:40AM

Stephen Fishbach was the runner-up on Survivor: Tocantins and has been blogging about Survivor strategy for PEOPLE since 2009. Follow him on Twitter @stephenfishbach. Erik Reichenbach is a Survivor fan-turned-favorite, a comic book author and artist. He placed fifth on both Survivor: Micronesia and Survivor: Caramoan. Follow him on Twitter @BloodyAmer1can.

"An alliance is easier said than done."
– Kelly Wigglesworth, Survivor: Borneo

We finally had a coming-out episode for the season's secret strategist on Wednesday night's Survivor. Oh sure, Tony found his super idol, Tasha won immunity, and Spencer pontificated grandiloquently.

But the real mastermind in a season filled with big players and giant reversals may be one of the least ostentatious and most overlooked. No, I don't mean Jefra – she's got the strategic chops of cardboard. I mean Trish: she of the annoying laugh and the uncomfortable jokes about her masculinity.

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Candace Cameron Bure Blogs: It's Hard to Be Confident | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

Dancing With the Stars

Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: I'm Working on My Confidence

Originally posted 04/21/2014 08:30AM

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.

This week was all about building my self-confidence on the dance floor. After last week's Little Mermaid dance, Carrie Ann said what Mark has been telling me since week two: I need to get my nerves and self-doubt out of my head! I've been dealing with nerves through this whole experience, and while I was hoping they'd get better each week, finding my comfort zone during camera-blocking day and the live show has had the opposite effect. I've found myself doubting more and more.

Week six is "party anthem" week, and it's all about having fun and letting go. This seems to be my inner stumbling block, which is actually the opposite of who I am with my family and friends! Mark and I practiced our cha-cha all week, but the real test will be when I get out on the dance floor in front of the lights, cameras and live audience.

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