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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!"
Originally posted 09/20/2012 05:00PM
Still a teenager when she first appeared on Dancing with the Stars, Bristol Palin acquitted herself well – and raced to a third-place finish back in 2010. Now she's back for the all-star season, and feels even more prepared for the spotlight.
"I've grown up a lot since last time," she tells PEOPLE. "I was 19 when I started Dancing with the Stars the first time. And this time I'm 21, going on 22. I've matured a lot in those few years."
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.
Originally posted 08/06/2012 04:00PM
While some celebrities are known for shedding pounds while participating on Dancing with the Stars, Bristol Palin did not consider herself one of them.
The Alaska native, 21, said during her time on ABC's hit series that she didn't notice any changes in her body except for toned legs. But this time around, on season 15's all-star edition, which premieres Sept. 24, Palin is hoping for a different outcome.
"My goal [is] not to gain any weight," the young mom recently told PEOPLE during the Television Critics Association summer tour in Beverly Hills. "I think it's hurtful for any girl when someone's criticizing their weight on a national level. It's an awkward position."
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."
Originally posted 07/27/2012 08:25PM
Sarah Palin is known for being a politician, but her daughter Bristol is okay with being simply a reality TV personality.
"You're going to talk about me if I'm in my little life in Alaska or if I'm in L.A., so I might as well just have fun with it," Bristol, 21, told reporters on Friday during the Television Critics Association summer tour in Beverly Hills, right after it was announced that she'd be on the all-star season of Dancing with the Stars.
"I just think that God provides opportunities like this, and you can either go out and do them or not do them."
Originally posted 07/27/2012 01:40PM
It's the question that's been on the minds of Dancing with the Stars fans since May: Who will compete on the show's all-star season?
On Friday, during the Television Critics Association summer tour in Beverly Hills, fans of ABC's long-running hit series finally got their answer.
Joey Fatone, Gilles Marini and Bristol Palin are among the returning contestants.
Originally posted 06/13/2012 07:00PM
Being a single mom is hard work under normal circumstances, but when your family is the subject of constant media scrutiny, it's even more difficult.
Bristol Palin, the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, is learning that lesson all too well, as her struggles raising her 3-year-old son, Tripp are documented on her new reality show, Life's a Tripp.
Palin, 21, moves from Wasilla, Alaska, to Los Angeles in the show's premiere, bringing her sister, Willow, with her to babysit Tripp during the day while Bristol works for a charity.
"You guys have to read to Tripp every night," mom Sarah tells her daughters as they prepare to leave. "That's part of the deal. ... It's a lot of work taking care of him."
Originally posted 05/03/2012 02:30PM
Ready. Aim. Baby name!
Levi Johnston, an avid hunter whose girlfriend Sunny Oglesby is five months' pregnant with their daughter, plans to name the baby "Breeze Beretta" after the Italian handgun, the couple tell Inside Edition.
Johnston, 21, who also has 3-year-old son Tripp with ex- fiancé Bristol Palin, hopes to be a better father for Breeze, saying his relationship with Oblesby, 20, is stronger than the one he had with Sarah Palin's daughter.
"I'm actually in love," he says, "not doing it just because we had a kid together."
Originally posted 03/16/2012 01:55PM
Meghan McCain keeps her clothes on in the latest issue of Playboy, but she doesn't hold back when it comes to baring her personal life.
Making it clear she's "not a lesbian," McCain – the 27-year-old daughter of Republican Sen. John McCain – tells the magazine, "I'm not private about anything. I can't help it. I love sex and I love men."
The Arizona native may deny she likes women, but that's not keeping her away from surrounding herself with people who date the same sex.
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