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DWTS's Chris Soules Didn't Know He Made Witney Carson Cry

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DWTS's Chris Soules Didn't Know He Made Witney Carson Cry

Originally posted 04/14/2015 12:45AM

Chris Soules can certainly attest to how Dancing with the Stars can take a toll both physically and emotionally on the contestants – especially him.

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DWTS's Len Goodman: I Got It Right Monday (Even Though the Audience Booed!)

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DWTS's Len Goodman: I Got It Right Monday (Even Though the Audience Booed!)

Originally posted 04/07/2015 01:20AM

If you think Len Goodman's comments had a particularly harsh "get off my lawn" quality to them on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, it's because something's been eating at the show's elder statesman.

Years of watching old-school dances like the waltz get watered down by young and hip pros have taken a toll on the judge, who's about to turn 71 later this month.

"The show is becoming performance-driven. It's all about the performance," Goodman told PEOPLE exclusively after the show. "For me, that's not what ballroom dancing is about. The waltz, next to the Viennese waltz, is the oldest dance of all. There is a tradition. When you think of the waltz, you think of elegance, sophistication, fluidity of movement. Sometimes I look at a dance and I have to check what dance it is, because it doesn't look like what I think it should be."

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DWTS Cast-Off Charlotte McKinney: What I Eat in a Day

DWTS Cast-Off Charlotte McKinney: What I Eat in a Day

Originally posted 04/03/2015 10:25AM

For Charlotte McKinney, staying fit is not a chore – it's a hobby

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DWTS: Charlotte McKinney Says Her Dyslexia Made It Hard to Learn the Steps

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DWTS: Charlotte McKinney Says Her Dyslexia Made It Hard to Learn the Steps

Originally posted 03/31/2015 01:00AM

Charlotte McKinney didn't seem too surprised to learn that she was the second dancer to leave Dancing with the Stars on Monday – but she seemed to indicate that her struggles with dyslexia could have been at the root of her poor performance.

In the rehearsal clips from Monday's episode, McKinney can be seen struggling to learn the dance steps from her partner Keo Motsepe. "This stuff with the left instead of the right really throws me off," she said.

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DWTS Recap: Who Went Home After a Nasty Comment from Bruno Tonioli?

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DWTS Recap: Who Went Home After a Nasty Comment from Bruno Tonioli?

Originally posted 03/30/2015 11:20PM

An interesting development occurred before everyone laced up their Danskins on Monday's Dancing with the Stars – Noah Galloway was fixing to dance with a prosthetic arm!

The Alabama native picked up a space-age prosthetic limb that "works through sensors in the sockets that touch what's remaining of my tricep and bicep," he told PEOPLE. Ultimately, the motivational speaker-cum-Kenneth Cole cologne pitch man left the prosthetic at home since the Argentine tango was no dance to try out a fancy new artificial limb.

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VIDEO: Tommy Chong Explains His Suggestive Remark on Dancing with the Stars

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VIDEO: Tommy Chong Explains His Suggestive Remark on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 11/11/2014 02:30PM

After wrapping up his suggestive dance with Sharna Burgess and Peta Murgatroyd on Monday night's episode of Dancing with the Stars, Tommy Chong capped things off with a suggestive remark to the judges – which had the audience roaring with laughter but left Burgess and Murgatroyd looking mortified.

What was he thinking?!

PEOPLE caught up with the Cheech & Chong star, 76, backstage after the show to ask him just that. And it turns out he's been reining himself in this whole season – acting out in rehearsals but holding back on the show in the interest of decorum.

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

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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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Cheryl Burke Responds to Body Critics: 'My Curves Are Never Going Away'

Cheryl Burke Responds to Body Critics: 'My Curves Are Never Going Away'

Originally posted 07/17/2014 06:45PM

Cheryl Burke has found the sweet spot between embracing her curves and working to stay fit.

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What's Up with the Chemistry Between DWTS Champs Maks and Meryl? | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

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What's Up with the Chemistry Between DWTS Champs Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis?

Originally posted 05/21/2014 06:55PM



There's no denying that Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Olympic gold medal ice dancer Meryl Davis have chemistry on the dance floor. All season long the Dancing With the Stars duo wowed the show's judges and viewers with one stellar performance after another.

As in-step as they are on the dance floor, it's their off-the-dance-floor connection that has folks wondering, "Are they or aren't they?" Or, in the case of DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who declared after the couple's emotional and soulful freestyle routine Monday night, "I think the two of you should get married."

That seems to be the general consensus among fans and colleagues, who experienced a gentler, kinder and more playful Chmerkovskiy this season. And humbler.

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Meryl Davis on Maksim Chmerkovskiy: He Pushes Me to Stand Up for Myself | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

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UpdatePosted 05/19/2014 03:35PM

Meryl Davis on Maksim Chmerkovskiy: He Pushes Me to Stand Up for Myself

Originally posted 05/18/2014 11:55AM



Their chemistry on the dance floor is undeniable – and led to rumors that they are an item – but there's something even more special that bonds Dancing with the Stars frontrunners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

They bring out the best in each other.

"I feel that I can really be myself with Maks," the Olympic ice skater, 27, tells PEOPLE. "He pushes me to stand up for myself, whether it's in real life or on the dance floor. It's cool."

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