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Watch DWTS Pros Battle in Epic Thanksgiving Dance Wars

Hough Family, Amber Riley & More DWTS Pros Battle in Epic Thanksgiving Dance Wars

Originally posted 11/29/2013 10:45AM

One way to keep the drowsiness at bay on Thanksgiving? Just keep dancing!

A hilarious impromptu dance war erupted Thursday on Instagram among several Dancing with the Stars veterans, beginning with a throwdown between Derek Hough and his season 14 partner, Maria Menounos.

Early in the day, Hough, 28, posted a video of himself and his family, including sister Julianne, boogying down to will.i.am's "That Power" while preparing dinner. "The key to a great meal?? Dance while you cook!" he wrote.

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DWTS Champ Amber: I'm in Much Better Shape Since Starting the Show (VIDEO)

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DWTS Champ Amber Riley: I'm in Much Better Shape Since Starting the Show (VIDEO)

Originally posted 11/27/2013 09:20AM

To the average viewer, from the very first episode there was no question that Amber Riley was a clear contender in Dancing with the Stars's 17th season.

But Tuesday's newly named mirror ball champ didn't see things potentially heading in that direction until closer to the end of the competition.

"There was a point where I realized I really wanted to win," Riley, 27, standing alongside partner Derek Hough, told PEOPLE inside the ballroom right after landing the show's highest honor.

"And that point was maybe the last time [I had to put needles in my knees]. The last time I got the knees lubed up was the time that I was like, 'Hey, you know, I feel like I really want to win this, so let's go hard' … It was America's vote and they voted for me and I really appreciate it."

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Dancing Crowns New Winner: Amber Riley (VIDEO) | Amber Riley

UpdatePosted 11/27/2013 07:00AM

Amber Riley Crowned New Dancing with the Stars Winner

Originally posted 11/26/2013 11:00PM

Twelve weeks of sweat – and a lot of tears – have led up to Tuesday night's season 17 finale of Dancing with the Stars.

Finalists Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu were the season's regular leader board frontrunners, while Jack Osbourne improved tremendously since he began, and touched people with his life story.

But it was Amber who won the mirror ball.

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Bill Engvall Booted on Monday's Dancing with the Stars | Bill Engvall

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Bill Engvall Booted on Monday's Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 11/25/2013 10:30PM



With Dancing with the Stars contestants in the final stretch of season 17, Monday night saw another couple sent home.

Just before a newly crowned champion will be named on Tuesday, Jack Osbourne, Bill Engvall, Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu battled it out for a shot at winning the coveted mirror ball trophy.

At the end of Monday's episode, Engvall and partner Emma Slater ended up with the lowest score – and were sent packing.

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Who Went Home on the Dancing with the Stars Semi-Final?

Who Went Home on the Dancing with the Stars Semi-Final?

Originally posted 11/18/2013 10:30PM

It was another exciting night in the ballroom on Monday's Dancing with the Stars.

There was laughter, tears and even an unexpected smooch during the show's semi-finals, which featured former cast member Maksim Chmerkovskiy as a guest judge.

As usual, Bill Engvall and partner Emma Slater ended up with the lowest overall score for their two routines – a cha cha and an Argentine tango both set to LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It." Their goofy cha cha that got them 28 points out of 40 was poorly received by judges, but they left them impressed with a serious 32-point Argentine tango that Chmerkovskiy raved was "exactly what an Argentine tango is supposed to be like."

Was the fan favorite able to make it through another week and land a spot in next week's finals?

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Amber Riley: I'm Shocked I'm Doing So Well on DWTS | Amber Riley

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UpdatePosted 11/03/2013 04:00PM

Amber Riley: I'm Shocked I'm Doing So Well on Dancing With the Stars

Originally posted 10/30/2013 11:50AM

Amber Riley may have danced and sang weekly for years on Glee, but still she was unprepared for the intense rehearsal schedule required for Dancing with the Stars.

"In the beginning – like when we did the jive – there were times we would run through the dance and after we were done I would literally just lay on the ground," Riley tells PEOPLE about her six-hour rehearsals with dance pro Derek Hough.

Riley entered the ABC dance show unsure of how she would stack up against the competition, but she has soared through the first half of season 17, often with near-perfect scores from the judges.

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WATCH: Dancing's Pairs Team Up to Compete Tonight

Dancing with the Stars: Pairs Team Up to Compete in Week 7

Originally posted 10/28/2013 01:10PM



It's time to put their teamwork to the test!

The eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars will perform as two teams, each comprised of four pairs, on the dance floor Monday night.

Watch the clip above to see the teams and to find out the song they'll dance to.

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Technical Problems Cause Very Unexpected Results on DWTS

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Dancing with the Stars: Technical Problems Skew Results

Originally posted 10/21/2013 10:30PM

It was a night of exciting performances, positive reviews from the judges and a pair of big twists for the eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars Monday night.

First, the pairs had to perform in an improvisational switch-up challenge, which required them to show off their ability to transition seamlessly while dancing to music that suddenly changed.

Then, at elimination time, there was an even bigger twist that one no one – not even producers – had seen coming.

Keep reading to find out who will dance again next week ...

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Valerie Harper Ends Inspirational Run on Dancing with the Stars

Dancing with the Stars: Valerie Harper Ends Inspirational Run

Originally posted 10/08/2013 12:30AM



She came to inspire and enjoy the party.

And into week four of Dancing with the Stars Valerie Harper did just that and much more, sending a message of hope by savoring life after she was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year.

But on Monday night, sentiment finally yielded to the cold criteria of judging. After another low-scoring performance – this time an 18-point waltz – the 74-year-old star of TV's Rhoda was voted off the show.

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Teary-Eyed Amber Riley: DWTS Has Taught Me to Push My Limits | Amber Riley

Dancing With the Stars

UpdatePosted 09/24/2013 10:50AM

Amber Riley: DWTS Has Taught Me to Push My Limits

Originally posted 09/24/2013 09:00AM

As any Glee fan knows, Amber Riley has talent. But the actress has taken her skills to a whole new level on Dancing with the Stars.

"This has taught me that I can do a lot more than I thought I could," a choked-up Riley, 27, told PEOPLE after scoring 24 points for her jive with Derek Hough on Monday night's show.

"Tonight was – I'm not even on camera and I'm crying like a dork. But it really has taught me that I can do more than I thought I could."

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