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Originally posted 11/16/2010 03:45PM
Although she earned her first perfect score on Dancing With the Stars Monday night, the semi-finals episode wasn't an all-happy occasion for Brandy.
During the broadcast, the singer opened up about her involvement in a fatal car accident as part of a video presentation about the contestants' most difficult times.
"I was trying to hold back tears, of course, because I was onstage while they were playing [the footage]," Brandy told PEOPLE after Monday's show. "But I thought that it was put together well, and I got my story across."
The video showed Brandy, her family and friends like singers Monica, Whitney Houston and Kelly Rowland discussing the difficulty the singer faced after a four-car accident on a Los Angeles freeway in 2006 left another female driver dead.
Originally posted 11/16/2010 12:00PM
They're getting closer!
The final four contestants on Dancing with the Stars – Bristol Palin, Brandy, Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey – are a week away from season 11's big announcement. And although they still have to face an elimination Tuesday night, when one of them will go home, and another week of intense rehearsals, all they can think about is winning.
PEOPLE caught up with each of the contestants and their pro partners following Monday's performance show, where they all shined on the parquet and had visions of mirror ball trophies dancing in their heads.
Originally posted 11/16/2010 08:30AM
The final four contestants shimmied – and shined! – Monday night at the Dancing With the Stars semi-finals, where each couple danced two routines. The stars were in the spotlight during their first number, in which each performed a brief solo. And Jennifer Grey took a giant step closer to the mirror ball trophy when she picked up perfect scores for both routines and earned a combined total of 60 points.
The judges dished out straight tens for the Dirty Dancing star's cha cha to Duffy's "Mercy" with partner Derek Hough. Bruno Tonioli gushed that their "execution was flawless," while Len Goodman praised the duo for their mastery of both technique and performance.
During the second half of the show, the judges once again awarded all tens for Jennifer and Derek's waltz, which Bruno called "a gem of a performance."
Originally posted 11/09/2010 08:05AM
There was double the trouble in the ballroom on Dancing with the Stars, when the contestants faced off in two challenges, including an instant-dance. After trading top spots on the leader board over the course of the season, Brandy and Jennifer Grey tied for first place Monday with almost perfect scores.
And, once again, Bristol Palin found herself at the bottom of the leader board. Could this be the young mom's last dance? Her Argentine tango with Mark Ballas earned all eights but lacked intensity, according to Len Goodman. But the studio audience disagreed, erupting in boos following the judge's critique.
During their instant-dance challenge, which allowed each couple mere minutes to finalize a routine to a song randomly selected earlier in the show, Carrie Ann Inaba said Bristol wasn't "musically connected" to her samba. Mark claimed responsibility for the mistakes, and the duo earned the two eights and a seven, bringing them to a total of 47 points out of a possible 60.
Originally posted 11/02/2010 08:15AM
Dancing With the Stars celebrated its 200th episode Monday and as promised, the ballroom was crammed with more sequins and former celebrity contestants than ever to mark the momentous occasion. The excitement of the milestone anniversary only enhanced the performances of season 11's remaining six couples.
Each pair performed one solo dance and one cha cha as a team (the two teams were led by former champs Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Anton Ohno). Team Apolo's hip-hop inspired cha cha with Kurt Warner, Brandy and Jennifer Grey earned 27 out of 30 points, outdoing Bristol Palin, Rick Fox and Kyle Massey, who received 24 points as Team Kristi.
For the past two weeks, Brandy has found herself all alone at the top of the leader board. But former frontrunner Jennifer Grey bounced back Monday, tying the singer by earning 64 out of a possible 70 points for her tango and cha cha.
Originally posted 10/26/2010 03:30PM
She's in a sweet spot at the top of the leader board for the second week in a row, but Brandy, who rocked the tango on Dancing with the Stars Monday with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, isn't getting too comfortable in the premier position.
"I don't want to think about being the frontrunner," the singer said in an interview with PEOPLE after Monday's show. "It's so much pressure."
Instead, the singer wants to "focus on doing a good job" and put in "that extra hard work."
That means more than just learning the steps and choregraphy. "It's really about connecting to the actual feeling of the dance," she said.
Originally posted 10/26/2010 08:35AM
After losing her footing in a monkey suit and earning only 18 points – a score low enough to land her in final place – last week, Bristol Palin returned to Dancing with the Stars Monday and rocked the tango to Orianthi's "According to You" with partner Mark Ballas.
Carrie Ann Inaba said the routine was "ridiculously amazing," while Bruno Tonioli called it her "best performance" so far in the competition – and their score, a personal best with 23 points, reflected that sentiment.
Still, Mark and Bristol's best wasn't enough to put them in first place on Rock Week. Once again, Brandy rolled away at the top of the leader board after earning the night's highest score and dominating the dance marathon.
Originally posted 10/25/2010 07:00PM
She pleased the judges with her quickstep and is making partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy proud on Dancing with the Stars. But Brandy's biggest fan just might be her daughter, Sy'rai.
"She's amazed and very, very proud," Brandy told PEOPLE Saturday at the Carousel of Hope Ball in Los Angeles.
"She loves to see me all dressed up," the singer, 31, says of Sy'rai, 8. "For her to see me in all of these bright lights, the camera and the dancing ... it's just really amazing for her."
And what does Sy'rai think of her Mom's partner? "She loves Maks," Brandy says.
Originally posted 10/20/2010 01:00PM
Florence Henderson left Dancing with the Stars Tuesday on a positive note, telling host Tom Bergeron on her way out, "I hope I've inspired people to get off their behinds and move and dance and live and enjoy life."
But another contestant, who was saddened by her elimination, was singing a different tune.
"I'm trying not to cry," the week's leader, Brandy, said, walking up to kiss Henderson on the cheek as the actress was coincidentally speaking to reporters about their bond after the show.
Originally posted 10/19/2010 08:05AM
Reigning dancing queen Jennifer Grey was unseated for the second time this season, when Brandy earned top honors at Dancing with the Stars Monday night.
It was TV theme week, and Brandy's energetic quickstep with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy to the Friends theme mirrored the duo's growing bond. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba complimented the singer on finally being able to trust her partner and herself, and Len Goodman called their routine "without doubt your best performance." The judges dished out straight nines to the new friends.
Still, Grey and partner Derek Hough proved that, despite falling to the No. 2 spot in week five, they are nonetheless a force on the dance floor. The duo earned two eights and a nine after a week of rehearsals dogged by frustration and the pressure to stay on top. Bruno Tonioli called their foxtrot to "Love and Marriage" (from Married With Children) "pristine, elegant and beautifully danced." But Carrie Ann noted the routine simply wasn't their best.
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