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Corbin Bleu: 'My Confidence Gets Lower and Lower' on DWTS

Dancing With the Stars

Corbin Bleu's DWTS Blog: 'My Confidence Gets Lower and Lower'

Originally posted 11/04/2013 01:45PM

Corbin Bleu is a former High School Musical star who is competing on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with season 13 champion Karina Smirnoff. The Disney alum will blog for PEOPLE about his experience on ABC's hit show.

I’m relieved last week is over! We were so excited about the Game of Thrones dance from the previous week and then we ended up with lower scores. This time we really honed in on all the technique and making sure there was no lift or semi-lift and we received high scores. We were excited.

Nicole's elimination was nuts! It goes to show you never know what's going to happen. It's all about the votes. Nicole has a very large fan base with all of her Jersey Shore people, so it was definitely a shocker. It reminds me you have to just enjoy the opportunity every week.

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Karina Smirnoff Says Dancing for Cher Is a 'Little Bit Intimidating'

Dancing With the Stars

Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'It's a Very Tough Season'

Originally posted 11/04/2013 07:00AM

Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The longtime competitor will blog for PEOPLE.com about competing with former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu in season 17.

It was such a shock to see Nicole get eliminated. She did such a fantastic job on the show. And you got to see Nicole as the mother. The way she loves her baby is awesome. She's so real, but at this point it would be really difficult to see anyone leave. You usually know who's leaving and who's staying by mid-season, but it's been so unpredictable. It's a very tough season.

Corbin and I were freaking out when we had bad scores and not the best dance. We were like,'That's it. We're going home.' It's like full-on panic. We take it so personal and so emotional and you start freaking out when the red like comes on. Corbin and I we're swaying from left to right because it’s so difficult to stand still.

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Cher Heading to DWTS: I'm Singing, Not Dancing | Cher

Dancing with the Stars

Cher Heading to DWTS: I'm Singing, Not Dancing

Originally posted 10/28/2013 08:15PM

No one was more stunned than Cher when she recently found out Dancing with the Stars will pay tribute to her decades-long music career on the Nov. 4 show.

"It's always strange when people do something like this. You're not thinking about those kinds of things," she tells PEOPLE. "It just always takes me by surprise. It just does."

Cher will sing her hit "Believe" and her new song "Closer To The Truth" on the show, as well as serve as a guest judge, but won't be dancing because of a foot injury she sustained years ago. "I am waiting to have an operation," she says. "The doctor got a little crankier and said I have to do it."

Even if she could dance today, you won't find Cher dancing on DWTS as a contestant. "Aren't I old enough now not to be a contestant anymore?" the singer, 67, says. "Haven't I got past the contestant part?"

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The Voice: Cee Lo Green Saves the Day on the Second Night of Battle Rounds | Cee Lo

The Voice: Cee Lo Green Saves the Day on the Second Night of Battle Rounds

Originally posted 10/16/2013 10:00AM

The Voice contestants brought their A-game to the second night of battle rounds Tuesday. Yet it was coach Cee Lo Green who provided the most drama of the night – thanks to a single button push.

Green firmly hit his button in the final moments of the show to save soul singer Monika Leigh, a Team Blake Shelton member who had just lost her battle against Louisiana father Ray Boudreaux.

The two delivered a powerful version of "Some Kind of Wonderful," but Shelton – who received some help from guest mentor Cher during rehearsals – ultimately chose Boudreaux, 25.

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The Voice: Teens Steal the Show on the First Night of Battle Rounds

The Voice: Teens Steal the Show on the First Night of Battle Rounds

Originally posted 10/15/2013 07:30AM

Call them Baby Beyoncés.

Two teenage vocalists tore up the stage diva-style Monday night on The Voice, delivering an impassioned and mature version of Beyoncé's ballad "Listen."

Their youth and sheer talent on the first night of the show's battle rounds brought coach Christina Aguilera to tears.

"If I was up and coming on the scene I would be scared of you guys right now," Aguilera told Houston's Amber Nicole, 17, and San Diego's Timyra-Joi, 15.

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PHOTO: A Never-Before-Seen Image of Diane Keaton at 29

Photographer Norman Seeff Unveils Images of Diane Keaton, Cher & More for the First Time at Public Auction

Originally posted 10/08/2013 04:00PM

Two years before Diane Keaton charmed audiences in Annie Hall, she posed for photographer Norman Seeff.

But Seeff says Keaton's off-camera persona matched up with what she portrayed on-screen.

"You know when you see Diane in a movie and there’s this kind of personality, this bright-eyed innocence? When I worked with her, there was this same feeling, but underneath the innocence was such a smart woman. She had the wonderful ability to just be herself. She flowed from one thing to the other, so I just kept pace with her. It was a jewel of a session," he told Vanity Fair of photographing the actress.

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Cher on Being a Pop Star at 67: 'I Think I'm Some Freak of Nature'

Cher Releases Her 26th Solo Album at 67

Originally posted 09/28/2013 04:30PM

How does Cher keep up with her demanding schedule and still manage to look so good at 67?

"I kill myself!" she told PEOPLE at a recent party to promote Closer to the Truth, her 26th solo album, at Tao Downtown, where she caught up with old friends and posed for pictures with some of the many drag queens in attendance.

The singer, who recently went blond, spent a whirlwind week promoting the album in New York City, including a stop by Late Night with David Letterman, and plans to embark on her 49-city Dressed to Kill tour in March, at the age of 67 years young.

"I think I'm some freak of nature," she joked. "I'm starting to believe it myself."

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Cher Goes Bleach Blonde (and Super Sexy!) on New Album Cover

Cher Shows Off Bleach Blonde Locks on New Album Cover

Originally posted 09/01/2013 11:00AM

She's blonde!

Cher, 67, revealed newly lightened locks on two different versions of the cover of her Closer to the Truth album, which is set for a Sept. 24 release.

Of the official version (above), she Tweeted, "Playboy Center -fold effects." Of another version (below), she wrote that it was too dark but a good image.

"Thought you'd find steps 2 Cover interesting," she added.

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Filed Under: Music, Music News, Cher
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Readers Love Jessica Simpson's New Baby, Angry at Alec Baldwin's Twitter Rants

Readers Love Jessica Simpson's New Baby, Angry at Alec Baldwin's Twitter Rants

Originally posted 07/06/2013 08:55AM

Motherhood got twice as sweet for Jessica Simpson and our readers responded with happiness after the singer and fashion designer delivered her second child.

But the Twitter rant of Alec Baldwin, in which he used homophobic slurs against a British journalist, drew outrage – even as the actor later apologized and deleted his account.

Here are the five stories that sparked strong reactions from readers this past week – the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, angry and even saying 'Wow'!

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Happy Pride! Celebrate with a Dance Party Playlist

Celebrate Pride with a Dance Party Playlist

Originally posted 06/30/2013 12:00PM

Baby, we were born this way!

It's Pride month, but in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent historic decisions regarding marriage equality this past week, this weekend's celebrations promise to be the biggest ever – and we've got the music to play!

Whether you're showing your support at a parade (like New York's annual Gay Pride Parade, where DOMA challenger Edith Windsor is a grand marshal) or hosting a party, we've got your go-to list of songs from Lady Gaga, Cher, Robyn, Beyoncé – for all those couples who want to "put a ring on it" – and more.

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