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Karina Reteams with Ralph Macchio for Laughter-Filled Dinner | Karina Smirnoff, Ralph Macchio

Karina Smirnoff Reteams with Ralph Macchio for Laughter-Filled Dinner

Originally posted 12/14/2011 05:55AM

Karina Smirnoff may have called off her engagement recently, but the DWTS pro is lucky to have good friends like former partner Ralph Macchio. The duo stepped out to dinner at Tao Asian Bistro in New York. The pals had a quiet meal, enjoying spicy tuna tartar, Chilean sea bass and XO shrimp and lots of laughter together without being disturbed by fellow diners. – Lesley Messer

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Audrina Patridge Too Sick to Attend DWTS Finale

Audrina Patridge Too Sick to Attend DWTS Finale

Originally posted 11/23/2010 02:30PM

She was one of season 11's most talented dancers, but Audrina Patridge is too ill to take a final bow on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars finale.

"I'm miserable at home in bed today, and super bummed that I can't be there for the finale or wrap party tonight," Patridge told PEOPLE from her Los Angeles home Tuesday morning. "I was excited to see everyone and looking forward to one last dance with Tony – he's been the best partner ever!"

On Monday night a downtrodden Dovolani was saddened to hear the news that his celebrity partner, who fell ill Sunday with the flu, might not be able to pull through in time for the finale.

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Dancing Producer Responds to Voting Controversy | Bristol Palin, Mark Ballas

Dancing Producer Responds to Voting Controversy

Originally posted 11/19/2010 05:25PM

The million-dollar question among Dancing with the Stars fans these days? How did Bristol Palin make it into the season 11 finals?

"She deserves it," DWTS executive producer Conrad Green tells PEOPLE. "And a significant portion of our viewing audience believes that, too."

Palin, 20, has consistently received the lowest scores from the judges this season. Yet she's survived nine weeks of eliminations, beating out this season's more accomplished contestants like Audrina Patridge, Rick Fox, and Brandy.

Some are questioning her staying power, saying that the show's voting system needs to be examined, but Green insists, "There's nothing in the voting system that looks at all strange."

Speculation has arisen about whether members of the Tea Party, many of whom strongly support Bristol's mom Sarah Palin, are involved in an organized effort to promote Bristol.

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Audrina: 'I Wasn't Ready' to Leave DWTS Yet

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Audrina Patridge's DWTS Blog: 'I Wasn't Ready to Go Yet'

Originally posted 11/01/2010 10:30AM

When Tony Dovolani and I were sent home from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night, we were both in shock. We didn't think we were going to be sent home so soon.

Even though Tony and I received high scores and were in second place, we still got voted off! It's just so baffling. I think a lot of people don't understand why it happened either. Even the judges were in shock.

After Kyle Massey and his partner Lacey Schwimmer were declared safe, it was us and Jennifer Grey and her partner Derek Hough in the bottom two. When the heartbeat music started playing in the ballroom, I felt like my heart was going to pop out of my chest! Then I heard Tony behind me saying, "It's us. It's us."

But when the announcer called our names, I didn't really know what to think. I honestly was in shock. Tony and I just kind of stood there like, "Is this really happening?" I was so bummed and upset because I wasn't ready to go yet.

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Bristol Palin Promises to Get 'Sexy' for DWTS Next Week

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Bristol Palin Promises to Get 'Sexy' for DWTS Next Week

Originally posted 10/07/2010 10:30AM

Bristol Palin may have said she plans to wear "the most modest outfits for sure" on Dancing With the Stars, but as of next week, the teen mom, 19, will be stepping out of her comfort zone.

"I'm definitely nervous for next week, because I have to be sexy in the dance and I have to find the sexy in me," she told PEOPLE backstage Tuesday night after the DWTS elimination show.

The Alaska native, who says she doesn't weigh herself and doesn't notice any changes in her body except for toned legs since joining DWTS, will sacrifice any physical insecurities for the sake of staying on the show.

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Audrina and Tony Take Top Spot Monday Night

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Audrina and Tony Take Top Spot Monday Night

Originally posted 10/05/2010 09:00AM

It was story night at Dancing With the Stars Monday and viewers saw a new tale unfold. Jennifer Grey, whose high marks garnered her the leader board's top spot two weeks in a row, was bested by Audrina Patridge in week three. Patridge and pro partner Tony Dovolani earned the evening's top score of 26 for their moving soldier coming home-themed waltz, which Len Goodman called "the most touching dance."

That's not to say Grey and partner Derek Hough were completely knocked out of the picture. Their schoolboy fantasy-themed samba landed them in second place, tied with Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy's Bodyguard themed samba and Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke's dejected ballplayer-themed samba, which Carrie Ann called "hot and sexy."

It's regarded as bad luck to open an umbrella indoors, but Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya's lovers in the park-themed Fox Trot, which landed them in third place for the night with 23 points, had the judges showering them with praise. "So charming," Carrie Ann gushed. Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer also received a 23 for their waltz, which told the story of finding love in a coffee shop.

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