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Did Maksim's Tirade Get Him and Hope Sent Home? | Brooke Burke, Tom Bergeron

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Dancing with the Stars: Another Contestant Goes Home

Originally posted 10/25/2011 10:05PM

Monday night was rough for Dancing with the Stars partners Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Hope Solo.

Aside from earning a score of 20 and being ridiculed for performing their "worst dance of the season," Chmerkovskiy, 31, didn't exactly charm viewers with his negative outburst in response to the judges' criticism.

But even though the duo had a less than stellar night, they still performed one point higher than fellow competitors Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer, who ended up at the very bottom of the leaderboard.

Were voters turned off by Chmerkovskiy's meltdown? Or did consistent low scorers Schwimmer and Bono bid the ballroom adieu?

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Chaz Bono: Dancing Judges' Animal Comments Are 'Disrespectful'

Originally posted 10/25/2011 03:00PM



Maksim Chmerkovskiy isn't the only one upset with the judges on Dancing with the Stars.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer, who once again scored the lowest (with only 19 points) for their Phantom of the Opera tango, feel particularly wounded by the judges' use of animal comparisons in critiquing the couple.

Bruno Tonioli offered this reaction to their routine: "It was like watching a cute little penguin try to be a big, menacing bird of prey. "It has to be menacing, dark, dangerous, hypnotic ... like a panther stalking."

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Maks Melts Down on Dancing! | Len Goodman, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Attacks the Judges on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 10/24/2011 10:20PM

He danced the rumba on Broadway night – then orchestrated a show-stopping fight.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy melted down Monday on Dancing with the Stars, railing against the judges – specifically Len Goodman – after receiving 20 out of 30 points for his routine with partner Hope Solo.

"Hope, I've never lost faith in you," Len said, after the dance to "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent. "I always feel like there is so much there, and for some reason it hasn't come out."

Continued Goodman: "This is your worst dance of the season in my opinion."

But Maksim disagreed – and he didn't mince words.

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Cheryl Burke Parties (and Dances) with Her DWTS Costars | Cheryl Burke

Cheryl Burke Parties (and Dances) with Her DWTS Costars

Originally posted 10/20/2011 05:55AM

The Dancing with the Stars crew enjoyed a night out together at Trousdale Lounge in L.A. Cheryl Burke arrived around 1 a.m., and took over a table with her girlfriends. She wasn't in the mood to dance much, though she did perk up after dance pro Kym Johnson showed up along with Chaz Bono. Chaz seemed really happy, and got down on the dance floor to songs like Chaka Kahn's "I Feel for You." – Jennifer Garcia

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Who Went Home on Dancing? | Brooke Burke, Tom Bergeron

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Dancing with the Stars: Another Contestant Is Eliminated

Originally posted 10/18/2011 10:05PM

As the last two elimination episodes of Dancing with the Stars have proven, being at the top of the leaderboard doesn't necessarily equal safety from dismissal.

Monday night's lowest scoring couples – Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya, Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer and Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus – have consistently been placed in the bottom by judges, but have been saved each week by voters.

Did Tuesday night's episode send another unexpected couple home? Or were one of the three bottom-scoring couples given the boot?

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Who Had the Highest Score on Dancing with the Stars? | Brooke Burke, Tom Bergeron

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Had the Highest Score?

Originally posted 10/17/2011 10:20PM

It was '80s night Monday on Dancing with the Stars, but did any of this season's contestants score a much-coveted perfect score: 30?

Not quite – but J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff came quite close, dancing their way to 28 points (and the top of the leader board) thanks to a sultry samba.

"You are like a shattering sex machine," Bruno Tonioli, who awarded the couple a perfect 10, told Martinez. "You're like a volcano!"

Last week's top-scorer, Ricki Lake, fell down a few notches this week, earning a total of 24 points for her foxtrot. "It didn't jell," Tonioli told her. And Len Goodman scolded, "Your footwork was a little hit and miss. Having said that, it wasn't your best dance, but it wasn't your worst."

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Chaz Bono Dines with His Stepmom in L.A. | Chaz Bono

Chaz Bono Dines with His Stepmom in L.A.

Originally posted 10/17/2011 05:55AM

Buzzed-about DWTS contestant Chaz Bono enjoyed some time away from the dance floor during a family meal with stepmom Mary Bono Mack at Ago in West Hollywood. The two shared an assortment of antipasto dishes, served family style. At the restaurant the following night: Michelle Trachtenberg, who was celebrating her birthday. – Jennifer Garcia

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Did Carson Kressley Walk the Plank on Dancing with the Stars?

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Dancing with the Stars Eliminates Another Contestant

Originally posted 10/11/2011 10:05PM

Carson Kressley charmed the crowd and judges on Dancing with the Stars, but his lack of technique has hurt him.

On Monday night, he and partner Anna Trebunskaya came in last place with 20 points, following their Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Viennese Waltz.

Did the high-energy dancing duo get the boot? Or did one of the other low-scoring pairs – Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani; Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus; Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer – hang up their dancing shoes?

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Chynna Phillips: Cher's 'Gonna Bring the House Down'

Originally posted 10/10/2011 04:30PM



While Chynna Phillips's mom, singer Michelle Phillips, won't be able to attend next week's Dancing with the Stars, another famous mother will be in the crowd.

"When Cher shows up, it's gonna bring the house down, everyone's going to go crazy," Phillips tells PEOPLE of the superstar's upcoming visit to the show to support son Chaz Bono.

What does Phillips's own mother think about her dancing?

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Chaz Bono: I'm 'Excited' to Have Cher Watch Me Dance | Chaz Bono, Cher

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Dancing with the Stars: Cher to Cheer on Chaz Bono

Originally posted 10/10/2011 08:40AM

When you're the child of one of the most famous celebrities in the world, it's glaringly obvious when your mother – in Chaz Bono's case, Cher – is not present when you are hoofing your heart out on Dancing with the Stars.

However, that's all about to change Monday night, Bono tells PEOPLE.

Last week, “she texted me right before Monday's show and said, 'I wanted people to be able to feel your presence and not take away from that and I think you’ve made your presence known now,' " Bono, 42, says.

"So I texted her back and I said, 'Okay, so if I make it through this week that means you'll come to Monday's show?' And she said, 'Yes.' "

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