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Why Won't Maks Be on This Season of DWTS? | Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Why Maksim Chmerkovskiy Won't Be on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 02/26/2013 11:10AM

Where's Maks?

The Dancing with the Stars season 16 contestants and their pro partners were announced at a live event Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. And when the dust settled, fans may have been left wondering why Maksim Chmerkovskiy wasn't among the pairs.

The outspoken pro, who has competed in 13 of the past 15 season but never won, released a statement about sitting out the current competition, which begins March 18.

"I just want to set the record straight to all of my amazing fans that I will unfortunately not be returning for this season of Dancing with the Stars," he said in the statement.

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Drew Lachey on Dancing Elimination: 'It Really Sucks!' | Anna Trebunskaya, Drew Lachey

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Drew Lachey on Dancing Elimination: 'It Really Sucks!'

Originally posted 10/10/2012 07:30AM

Tuesday night's double-elimination on Dancing with the Stars produced sighs of relief from saved bottom scorers Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas – but eliminated pair Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya were left with feelings of angst.

"Oh, my gosh, I was so robbed!" Trebunskaya, 31, told reporters backstage after she and Lachey, 36, learned their fate. "Are you kidding me? I have an amazing partner. We had so much fun together. I feel robbed of having the fun of working with this person."

Lachey supported his partner's sentiments.

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Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough Perform 'Best Dance' in 15 Seasons on DWTS | Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson

Dancing with the Stars: Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough Perform 'Best Dance' in 15 Seasons

Originally posted 10/08/2012 10:00PM

Having to recreate an iconic dance from past seasons of Dancing with the Stars proved difficult – but fun – for the All-Stars on Monday.

With creative direction left to the nonprofessionals, the third week of competition had many highs and a few lows for the contestants.

Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya kicked off the evening with a cha-cha to Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love." Determined to deliver a sexy rendition, the duo succeeded with a score of 24 and judge Bruno Tonioli compared the performance to Magic Mike. "If it's going to work for Channing Tatum, it's going to work for you!" he said.

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Helio Castroneves: 'Very Shocking' to Be in Dancing's Bottom Two | Chelsie Hightower, Helio Castroneves

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Helio Castroneves: Being in Dancing's Bottom Two Was 'Very Shocking'

Originally posted 10/08/2012 07:00AM

The last Dancing with the Stars elimination episode had Helio Castroneves stumped.

With Kym Johnson and Joey Fatone being the ones who got the boot in the end, the auto racing pro can't believe he and partner Chelsie Hightower were just one couple away from hanging up their dancing shoes.

"It was very shocking, actually, and surprising, to be honest, to be in the bottom two," Castroneves, 37, recently told PEOPLE during a rehearsal. "I was like, 'Whoa, what happened here?' "

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Julianne Hough Gives Gavin DeGraw a Lap Dance During a DWTS Night Out | Derek Hough, Gavin DeGraw

Julianne Hough Gives Gavin DeGraw a Lap Dance During a DWTS Night Out

Originally posted 08/21/2012 06:00AM

A handful of Dancing with the Stars alums and pros acted like one big, happy family on Sunday night.

Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower and Ricki Lake joined Karina Smirnoff to support her former partner Gavin DeGraw at his concert at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

"At @GavinDeGraw concert with the gang!" Smirnoff Tweeted, along with a photo of the group. "Woo hoo!"

Following the show, the gang made their way to the Living Room Lounge at the W Hollywood for the hotel's popular Sunday Jazz Series, where Kenny G, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Lucy Hale and fellow former DWTS contestant Michael Bolton were all on hand as well.

"Julianne gave Gavin a lap dance," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "It was in front of her brother and their whole DWTS crowd!"
– Michele Stueven

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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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Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan Booted in Dancing's Double Elimination | Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan

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Dancing with the Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan Booted in Double Elimination

Originally posted 05/08/2012 10:10PM

There were some serious shakeups on the Dancing with the Stars leader board after the remaining six couples in the competition each completed two dances on Monday night.

One week after scoring a perfect 30, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough made a surprising appearance in second-to-last place. Meanwhile, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower – who danced for their lives last week – climbed to second. But with only six points separating William Levy and Cheryl Burke in first place and Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in last, it's really anyone's game.

At the end of Tuesday night's double elimination episode, which two couples were sent packing and which four will go on to next week's semi-finals? Read on to find out ...

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Jaleel White Eliminated on Dancing with the Stars | Jaleel White, Kym Johnson

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Dancing with the Stars: Jaleel White Heads Home

Originally posted 05/01/2012 10:15PM

While Monday night's episode of Dancing with the Stars" had its highs – Maria Menounos and Derek Hough got the first perfect 30 of the season! – it also had its lows.

Melissa Gilbert and an injured Maksim Chmerkovskiy let the judges down with a 21-point tango that left the pair in last place, while Jaleel White and Kym Johnson were in second-to-last place with 24 points for their waltz. Meanwhile, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower improved from last week with a 25-point tango.

So, which of the night's low-scoring couples were sent packing after Tuesday night's results show? Keep reading to find out ...

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First 10s of the Season Handed Out on Dancing

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Dancing with the Stars Judges Hand Out First 10s of the Season

Originally posted 04/03/2012 08:25AM

On Monday's Dancing with the Stars, the contestants performed routines that represented the most memorable years in their lives.

There were a lot of tears, some very moving moments and the first 10s of the season.

Keep reading for a full take on Dancing's most emotional night so far ...

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Dancing Returns with a Vengeance | Jaleel White

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UpdatePosted 03/19/2012 10:25PM

Dancing with the Stars Returns with a Vengeance

Originally posted 03/20/2012 08:30AM

Dancing with the Stars is back on its toes!

A new round of ballroom competition began Monday night on ABC – and if the season premiere is any indication, it's going to be a hot one. "Without a doubt, this is the best first show of any season," head judge Len Goodman said after the night's final performance.

Keep reading to find out who took an early lead, but beware: spoilers ahead.

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