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Carrie Ann Inaba: Why the Dancing Premiere Was Especially Emotional For Me

Carrie Ann Inaba: Why the Dancing Premiere Was Especially Emotional For Me

Originally posted 03/19/2013 02:00PM

The Dancing With the Stars judge dedicates the show's kickoff to her father, who passed away Thursday

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POLL: Does Melissa, Shawn or Kelly Deserve to Win Dancing? | Kelly Monaco, Melissa Rycroft, Shawn Johnson

Dancing With the Stars

Dancing with the Stars: Who Deserves to Win?

Originally posted 11/27/2012 10:15AM

That mirror-ball trophy is within reach!

Dancing's all-female top three performed two routines a piece on Monday night – and it's a tight race going into Tuesday's big finale.

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani were flawless and are in the lead with a perfect score of 60 points. They performed a sexy samba for their favorite dance and a high-flying contemporary routine for their super-size freestyle.

"Your technique is great but what is good to see is your confidence," judge Bruno Tonioli said after their first dance. "You've grown so much as a performer." After their contemporary number, fellow judge Len Goodman said he wished he had an 11-point paddle.

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Dancing's Pairs Perform Crazy Combination Routines in Semi-Finals | Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson

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Dancing with the Stars: Couples Perform Crazy Combinations in Semi-Finals

Originally posted 11/19/2012 11:05PM

It's the semi-finals!

The remaining five couples on Dancing with the Stars faced two rounds of competition on Monday. First, the pairs performed mixed-up routines, blending uncommon styles with unusual themes. Then, they celebrated the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's hit album Bad with more traditional ballroom numbers.

Keep reading for all the details and scores ...

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Which Couple Had a Perfect Night of Dancing?

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Dancing with the Stars: Which Couple Had a Perfect Night?

Originally posted 11/12/2012 11:15PM

After performing twice last week, the remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars had double duty again Monday night. Each pair performed a tribute to America's troops as well as a trio dance with an eliminated pro or member of the DWTS troupe.

And it was a night of big scores! But the pressure is on ahead of Tuesday's double elimination.

Keep reading for all the details ...

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Carrie Ann Inaba Finally Achieves Her Lifelong Dream | Carrie Ann Inaba

Carrie Ann Inaba Launches Animal Foundation

Originally posted 11/06/2012 03:20PM

Since she was a little girl, Carrie Ann Inaba has felt a closeness with animals. The Dancing with the Stars judge lived behind a wildlife preserve in Hawaii, and the environment gave her something priceless: respect for nature.

"It was always clear to me that I needed to give voice to those who couldn't speak out for themselves," Inaba, 44, tells PEOPLE. "To give them shelter through whatever storms they're going through."

Everything Inaba has pursued in her life since then, she says, has led to this very moment, and she is finally proud to announce that with the launch of The Carrie Ann Inaba Animal Project, she has achieved one of the things she has wanted her whole life.

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Tony & Melissa Hit Their Stride on Dancing | Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani

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Dancing with the Stars: Tony Dovolani & Melissa Rycroft's Big Night

Originally posted 11/05/2012 10:35PM

It was a busy night on Dancing with the Stars Monday – but not for an injured Derek Hough.

The pro sat out this week's competition, in which the seven remaining couples performed a dance fusion and competed in a swing dance marathon. But Hough's partner Shawn Johnson was in good hands with her season 8 partner, Mark Ballas.

Keep reading to find out how they did in the dance fusion, which required the couples to blend two different styles during one song, and the four-minute swing marathon.

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Carrie Ann Inaba: I'm Ready for a Baby | Carrie Ann Inaba

Carrie Ann Inaba: I'm Ready for a Baby

Originally posted 11/02/2012 05:20PM

Among the many things Carrie Ann Inaba has learned this year: She's ready to be a mom.

"I really do want to have a child," the Dancing with the Stars judge, 44, tells PEOPLE. "So I'm putting my energies toward that."

Since breaking off her engagement to accountant Jesse Sloan, Inaba has been to see a fertility doctor on a monthly basis and has been in "good shape" at every checkup. While in vitro fertilization is not currently in the works, Inaba is keeping her options open.

"I'm hoping that it happens the old-fashioned way," she says, "but I'm not opposed to trying new things."

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Carrie Ann Inaba's Blog: I Fell for My Dress!

Carrie Ann Inaba's Blog: I Fell for My Dress!

Originally posted 10/23/2012 05:35PM

The Dancing judge tells us about her sexy look – and that now-famous fall

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Dancing With the Stars

Gilles Marini Sends Swooning Carrie Ann Inaba Out Of Her Seat

Originally posted 10/23/2012 10:20AM



Hunk to the rescue.

Hottie Gilles Marini, 36, knocked a judge right out of her seat – literally – on Monday's Dancing with the Stars. But luckily he was there to catch her fall.

The DWTS contestant's moves overtook judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and as she praised the French actor's sexy moves – "Let the baby making begin," she said – the excited judge, 44, suddenly slipped from her perch at the judges' table.

Proving chivalry (even on the dance floor) is not dead, Marini, partnered this season with pro Peta Murgatroyd, quickly swooped in to scoop her up Inaba in his tanned and chiseled arms.

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Melissa Rycroft Returns to the Dancing Ballroom After Injury

Dancing With the Stars

Melissa Rycroft Returns to Dancing with the Stars After Injury

Originally posted 10/22/2012 09:45PM

She's back!

Despite injuring her neck during rehearsals and being rushed to the hospital on Sunday, Dancing with the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft returned to the ballroom to perform on Monday night.

And she danced a high-flying team freestyle routine despite having what she called a "herniated disc in my upper neck."

"I'm on a little medication right now," Rycroft said before the performance to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." "[But] I'm officially cleared to dance."

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