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Apolo Ohno & Karina Smirnoff Say Fighting Helped Them on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 10/30/2012 10:00AM



Maybe they should argue every week!

Karina Smirnoff and Apolo Ohno, who had a rough time in rehearsals before Monday's country music-themed Dancing with the Stars show, came out on top as one of two couples to score perfect 30s.

"We needed that," Smirnoff said of their spat, which was featured on the episode. "We got to the point where we didn't want to upset each other. We didn't want to be mean and we kept to ourselves and it just kept building up."

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Two Couples Get Country Lovin' on Dancing with Perfect 30s

Dancing with the Stars: Who Got the Love on Country Night?

Originally posted 10/29/2012 10:10PM

With performances by Little Big Town and Big & Rich, not to mention yards of denim and scores of cowboy hats, everybody was keeping it country on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night.

There was even a large fake cow on stage with a mirror ball hanging from its neck.

And for two couples, the range really did feel like home, with the judges handing out perfect scores twice during an emotional evening that left many competitors – and one judge – in tears.

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Apolo Ohno Blogs: Karina and I Had 'Some Issues'

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Apolo Ohno Blogs: Karina Smirnoff and I Had 'Some Issues'

Originally posted 10/28/2012 06:25PM

Apolo Ohno is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 4 with Julianne Hough. The ice-skating Olympian will now be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Karina Smirnoff in the all-star season.

Everything about this week's dance is new to me. It's a new dance, new style of dance, new music, everything. Country is new to me, too, and that's the theme.

We're doing the Viennese Waltz to "Skin" by Rascal Flatts. I feel a lot better going into this dance than last week. I think last week, we were going in the right direction, but Karina [Smirnoff] and I were going through some issues. We see each other every single day and it makes things difficult sometimes. At the end of the dance, I don't think we were as connected as we normally are. Technically, the dance was good, but it wasn't my best.

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Apolo Ohno Blogs: Karina's Slip Was a Blessing in Disguise

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Apolo Ohno's DWTS Blog: Karina Smirnoff's Slip Was a Blessing in Disguise

Originally posted 10/22/2012 08:45AM

Apolo Ohno is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 4 with Julianne Hough. The ice-skating Olympian will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Karina Smirnoff in the all-star season.

Karina loves hip-hop, but last week's dance was challenging for her because she just doesn't know that early '90s era we danced to. If you weren't in the United States at the time, it's very foreign to a lot of people. For me, I grew up in it, so it spoke naturally to me. Our song was kind of junior high-ish – 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th grade. It was a lot of fun.

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Dancing's Joey Fatone: At Least We Didn't Go Home First | Joey Fatone, Kym Johnson

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Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: We Performed Well on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 10/03/2012 10:30AM

Just as Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson were getting back into the swing of Dancing with the Stars, their time was cut short, as a result of Tuesday night's elimination.

"I was feeling a little more comfortable [this week]," Johnson, 36, told PEOPLE backstage following the show, just one week after wrongly convincing herself and Fatone they were going home for sure.

"If we had a bad dance, I would understand," Johnson told reporters of her elimination. "But I feel like we did a good dance [this week] ... Everyone seemed to like that dance. The judges even said it was the most entertaining."

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Sabrina Bryan Scores the First 9 of DWTS's New Season

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Dancing with the Stars: Sabrina Bryan Scores the First 9 This Season

Originally posted 10/01/2012 10:15PM

With 12 celebrity contestants and their professional partners still remaining on the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars All-Stars, Monday night made jive come alive – with decidedly mixed results.

Emmy-winning emcee Tom Bergeron and co-host Brooke Burke Charvet kept the suspense building until the judges rendered their scores – including the season's first 9 – while the audience audibly jeered those times that lower numbers were delivered.

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Dancing with the Stars All-Stars Delivers Butt-Shaking, More Sex Appeal

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Dancing with the Stars All-Stars Delivers Butt-Shaking, More Sex Appeal

Originally posted 09/24/2012 10:30PM

When Shawn Johnson announced her retirement from gymnastics over the summer, it was bittersweet for the gold medalist – and all of her fans who were hoping to cheer her on at the 2012 Olympic Games.

But the 20-year-old reclaimed some of that glory Monday night as she returned to the ballroom for the all-stars season of Dancing with the Stars.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba easily summarized the former champ's 22-point foxtrot to Owl City's "Good Time" with pro Derek Hough: "This is what all-star season is all about!"

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DWTS's Kym Johnson: Joey Fatone Needs to Focus, Focus, Focus | Joey Fatone, Kym Johnson

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Kym Johnson Blogs: Joey Fatone's To-Do List – Focus, Focus, Focus

Originally posted 09/24/2012 06:30PM

Kym Johnson is a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion, taking the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 9 with Donny Osmond and season 12 with Hines Ward. The Australia native will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Joey Fatone in the all-star season.

Dancing with the Stars rehearsals have been great. Obviously I danced with Joey in season 4, so it's really nice to be reunited with him. There's definitely a lot more pressure because it's the all-stars, but it's fun because we're all in the same rehearsal space. We have different rooms, but we see everyone there. It's like one big, happy family.

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Together Again! Maksim & Kirstie Among Couples Reuniting for DWTS

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Dancing with the Stars: Pairs Revealed for All-Stars Season

Originally posted 08/13/2012 09:25AM

Some celebrities will be reunited with their pro partners while others will get a chance to boogie with someone new on the all-star season of Dancing with the Stars.

The pairings for the upcoming season, which premieres Sept. 24, were revealed Monday on Good Morning America. The classic partnerships to get an encore include Kristie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson; Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas; Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke; and Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani.

Among the new teams: Apolo Anton Ohno will dance with Karina Smirnoff, while Shawn Johnson is partnered with Derek Hough.

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Karina Smirnoff Will Be 'Very Surprised' If Bristol Palin Wins DWTS | Karina Smirnoff

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Karina Smirnoff Weighs In on All-Star Cast of Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 08/04/2012 02:45PM

Since the all-star cast of the fall season of Dancing with the Stars was revealed, it's become clear that all bets are off regarding the show's next winner. After all, the cast includes returning champions like former NFL player Emmitt Smith and Olympians Apolo Anton Ohno and Shawn Johnson, as well as beloved fan-favorites like Melissa Rycroft, Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini.

But Dancing pro (and season 13 winner) Karina Smirnoff isn't afraid to share her thoughts on who might emerge victorious in the show's new season, which premieres Sept. 24 on ABC.

"The women are very strong, but the male celebrity guests are a little bit stronger overall," Smirnoff told PEOPLE at an event sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. "I mean, we have an Olympian male guest – Apolo Anton Ohno. I'm sure he'll go very far."

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