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Dancing with the Stars
Snakes, Snacks and Fancy Footwork – How Dancing with the Stars' Season 21 Celebs Got into the Groove
Originally posted 09/14/2015 06:10PM
Luckily for this season's contestants, their initial encounters with the pros and with America's latest dance obsession were (mostly) stress-free. Sure, they might not have expected to hop straight into the splits or find themselves becoming the center of attention quite so quickly, but nobody said the quest for the Mirrorball Trophy would be easy.
Below, check out all 13 stars at the very beginning of their DWTS journey. Piece of advice: If you're smart, you'll follow Paula Deen's lead and rustle up some snacks before getting down to business.
Originally posted 08/31/2015 12:10PM
It's official: "Honey, I'm Good" crooner Andy Grammer will compete on the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.
The exciting news was announced through the popular celebrity dancing competition's official Twitter account Monday.
"What's up guys, Andy Grammer here," the 31-year-old said in a video shared with the tweet. "The rumors are true – I'm doing Dancing With the Stars. Check me out on Sept. 14."
Originally posted 08/19/2015 01:40PM
Though some were holding out hope that Len Goodman would reverse last December's announcement that he won't be on Dancing with the Stars' judging panel for season 21, PEOPLE has confirmed that the ballroom aficionado is out due to scheduling and family commitments.
Originally posted 05/20/2015 02:15AM
Third place is the equivalent of winning for Noah Galloway.
Originally posted 05/12/2015 12:55AM
Noah Galloway's live marriage proposal on Monday's Dancing with the Stars may have surprised America – and most of the other semi-finalists – but one of his fellow contestants already knew it was coming.
"I actually knew it was going to happen beforehand," Riker Lynch told reporters backstage after the show. "I was so excited."
Galloway, 33, had told Lynch his plans after dress rehearsals, and the musician was worried he would ruin the surprise.
Originally posted 05/06/2015 08:30AM
Noah Galloway revels in the knowledge that his participation on Dancing with the Stars has served to inspire others. But he also hopes his personal journey can serve as a cautionary tale for anyone who loses hope in the wake of overwhelming odds.
When Galloway returned home to Alabama after losing his arm and leg when his Humvee triggered a roadside bomb, the 33-year-old vet tried to hide his true feelings.
Originally posted 04/22/2015 01:45AM
Chris Soules may have found love on The Bachelor, but that doesn't mean he's eager to watch two of his former potential brides search for their Prince Charming on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette.
"Honestly, right now I'm okay with that part of my life being behind me," Soules, 33, said at the Dancing with the Stars 10th Anniversary Party hosted by PEOPLE.
But his ties to the new Bachelorettes, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Britt Nilsson, may prove too enticing for Soules to stay away from his TV.
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.
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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