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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: Val Gave Me Tough Love

Dancing With the Stars

Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: Val Was Tough on Me, But Those 9s and 8s Made It Worthwhile

Originally posted 09/29/2014 12:30PM

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.

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Survivor Returns with a Shocker

Survivor

Stephen Fishbach's Survivor Blog: A Surprise Exit on the Very First Night

Originally posted 09/25/2014 10:50AM

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.

"Your ability to connect with idiots who can't process things properly is a large part of what this comes down to."
– John Fincher, Survivor: Samoa

On Wednesday's season premiere of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur, a long-standing debate was settled once and for all. Which reality show is harder, The Amazing Race or Survivor? When Jeff Probst snuffed the torch of Nadiya, you could see the entire story on her face: This game of strategy, endurance, and social skill had bested a former all-star player from the Race – aka, Who Can Find the Best Cab?

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Harley Pasternak: Don't Be Afraid of the Barbell – Here's How to Use It!

Harley Pasternak: Don't Be Afraid of the Barbell – Here's How to Use It!

Originally posted 09/24/2014 01:00PM

You'll be toned in no time with these easy-to-follow exercises

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: Our Cha-Cha This Week Is 'Playful, Flirtatious and Sexy'

Dancing With the Stars

Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: Our Cha-Cha This Week Is 'Playful, Flirtatious and Sexy'

Originally posted 09/22/2014 12:15PM

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.

It was a very interesting premiere night. I think a lot of couples were amazing, and you saw different characters and different personalities shine through.

Our performance went perfectly. We couldn't have asked for a better response. There's a certain side of Randy that I wanted to showcase in the dance and it came through, and the judges and the audiences recognized that. I couldn't have been happier.

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Julianne Hough's DWTS Photo Diary: The Star Goes Ultra-Sexy for Week One

Julianne Hough's DWTS Photo Diary: The Star Goes Ultra-Sexy for Week One

Originally posted 09/16/2014 11:30AM

The star shares some backstage photos with us (and includes a cameo from her adorable puppy!)

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'This Season Will Be Very Surprising' | Karina Smirnoff

Dancing with the Stars

Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'This Season Will Be Very Surprising'

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.

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: 'A Reality Show Makes You Feel Like You're Naked'

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: 'A Reality Show Makes You Feel Like You're Naked'

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.

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Touchdown! Get Moving with Harley Pasternak’s Football-Inspired Workouts

Touchdown! Get Moving with Harley Pasternak’s Football-Inspired Workouts

Originally posted 09/03/2014 02:00PM

You'll be red-zone-ready after following along with his simple Vine videos

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Harley Pasternak: Exercises to Banish Your Love Handles

Harley Pasternak: Exercises to Banish Your Love Handles

Originally posted 08/20/2014 05:15PM

Try these three moves to get rid of that extra padding at your waist

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Harley Pasternak: What You Should Know About Whey

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Harley Pasternak: What You Should Know About Whey

Originally posted 08/14/2014 12:50PM

Curious about what whey is – and what it can do for you? Pasternak 'wheys' in with info and a recipe

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