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Cheryl Burke: Being Eliminated This Early on DWTS Was a 'Different Experience' | D.L. Hughley

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Cheryl Burke: Being Eliminated This Early on DWTS Was a 'Different Experience'

Originally posted 04/17/2013 04:15PM

Following harsh criticism from judge Len Goodman and spending consecutive weeks at the bottom of the leader board, D.L. Hughley finally said goodbye to the ballroom on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars.

"I'm sad," the comedian, 50, told PEOPLE backstage after he and partner, Cheryl Burke, 28, were eliminated. "[My fans kept me] on life support. I'm going to continue dancing, but no one will care. I'm not dancing for scores. Now that I'm not intimidated anymore, I'm going to dance."

When Hughley agreed to be on the show, he hadn't expected the judges to be so critical.

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Andy Dick Still Dancing, D.L. Hughley Is Not | Andy Dick

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Dancing with the Stars: Andy Dick Stays Put, D.L. Hughley Goes Home

Originally posted 04/16/2013 10:15PM

On Monday's Dancing with the Stars, frontrunner Zendaya earned the first 10s of the season and Karina Smirnoff performed with ex-fiancé Maksim Chmerkovskiy for the first time since their split.

But for Andy Dick and D.L. Hughley the night was a repeat of hearing harsh critiques from the judges.

Dick made a statement with a Zoro-themed entrance during his paso doble with partner Sharna Burgess, but the rest of his dance was panned. Hughley, too, failed to impress the panel with his and Cheryl Burke's tango. Both couples finished the night at the bottom of the leader board with 18 points.

At the end of Tuesday's elimination, Andy and Sharna were declared safe but D.L. and Cheryl were in jeopardy, along with soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson and boxer Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold.

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Who Earned Dancing's First 10s of the Season? | Zendaya Coleman

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Earned the First 10s of the Season?

Originally posted 04/15/2013 10:00PM

"Our thoughts are with everyone in Boston tonight," host Tom Bergeron said at the start of Monday's Dancing with the Stars. "My heart is with you."

After opening the show with those somber words of support for those affected by the tragedy in Boston, Dancing's hosts, judges, celebrities and professional dancers went ahead with the performance show, which featured Len Goodman's side-by-side challenge.

They remaining couples had to perform routines simultaneously with another pair of professionals – a tough task for all the dancers. But one pair managed to pull off the first 10s of season 16.

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Cheryl Burke Blogs: D.L. Hughley's Attitude Has Changed | D.L. Hughley

Cheryl Burke Blogs: D.L. Hughley's Attitude Has Changed

Originally posted 04/15/2013 10:20AM

Cheryl Burke is a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy with Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith. The 15-season pro will blog for PEOPLE.com while competing on season 16 with her partner, D.L. Hughley.

I was surprised Lisa Vanderpump left last week because I thought people would be like, "She was really sick!" Normally when that happens on the show, people really want to keep you on, but I think that obviously this show is so tough and no one really knows what they're getting into.

It's seven days a week and it really takes a toll on your body. It's tough shooting doing this show and shooting the Housewives show at the same time. Even for D.L., he's on the road and he's doing his stand-up show somewhere new every weekend. It's tough doing two jobs at one time.

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Dancing Has a New Leader – and One Ailing Star

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Dancing with the Stars Has New Leader

Originally posted 04/08/2013 10:30PM

The 10 remaining contestants on Dancing with the Stars hit the ballroom again on Monday, performing routines that told the story of the best year of their lives.

There were waltzes, foxtrots and paso dobles but one couple's contemporary earned a high score for the season.

Keep reading for all the details ...

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Cheryl Burke Says the DWTS Judges Are 'Brutal' | D.L. Hughley

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Cheryl Burke Blogs: Dancing with the Stars Judges Are Too Tough on D.L. Hughley

Originally posted 04/08/2013 11:15AM

Cheryl Burke is a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy with Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith. The 15-season pro will blog for PEOPLE.com while competing on season 16 with her partner, D.L. Hughley.

The last two weeks on Dancing with the Stars have been shocking. Wynonna, who was sent home, has the country fan base. We were just one point ahead of Wynonna, but after the judges' remarks, D.L. and I thought we were leaving the competition. I guess people were really pulling for us.

We try not think about the judges' scores too much. Obviously, there's room for improvement for D.L., but lately, the criticism hasn't been constructive. They've been brutal to him. At the end of the day, we're dancing for our fans and family and for each other. That's all we can really do.

On Monday, Bruno [Tonioli] said D.L. needed a hip replacement, and Len [Goodman] said if D.L.'s a sex machine then he was America's Next Top Model. That was really rough, but then on the next night, Len had a chance to say something more encouraging and he didn't. It was a rough two nights in a row. Len, especially, is a ballroom judge. Give us something we can take back.

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Who Are King and Queen of Dancing's Prom Night?

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Were King and Queen of the Prom-Themed Episode?

Originally posted 04/01/2013 10:45PM

There can only be one king and queen of any prom – and Dancing's prom-themed show was no exception. So, which couple made magical memories in the ballroom Monday night?

Derek Hough and partner Kellie Pickler reigned once again this week, according to tough judge Len Goodman, who declared the singer "queen" for their "Footloose" jive. Carrie Ann Inaba called the performance "ridiculously amazing." They earned the top score of 25 points.

Hot on their heels were early frontrunners Zendaya and partner Val Chmerkovskiy, who earned 24 points for a Viennese waltz that Bruno Tonioli called as "enchanting and charming as Venice in the moonlight."

NFL star Jacoby Jones was sexy and shirtless for an impressive, 24-point rumba with partner Karina Smirnoff. "This had a refinement," Len said. "It had quality of movement."

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Cheryl Burke: 'I Thought for Sure' We Were Getting Eliminated from DWTS | D.L. Hughley

Cheryl Burke Blogs: 'I Thought for Sure' We Were Getting Eliminated Last Week

Originally posted 04/01/2013 11:05AM

Cheryl Burke is a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy with Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith. The 15-season pro will blog for PEOPLE.com while competing onseason 16 with her partner, D.L. Hughley.

We were in Charlotte, N.C. part of last week. It was a tough couple of days. Wednesday is always tiring because it's the day after the show. And then we had to take a red eye Wednesday night. We got in at 8:00 a.m. and then went straight to rehearsal. We were both a little bit exhausted.

Before Dorothy [Hamill] announced she was going home, I thought for sure we were the ones leaving. I didn't think there was any way we were staying. We were eight points behind the second to lowest couple. I know D.L. already packed his clothes for New York. I was practicing my farewell speech.

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Dancing Shocker! Dorothy Hamill Drops Out of Competition | Dorothy Hamill, Tristan MacManus

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UpdatePosted 03/27/2013 08:00AM

Dancing with the Stars: Who's Going Home First?

Originally posted 03/26/2013 10:00PM

Following a week safe from any elimination, one couple is heading home after Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars.

At the bottom of the leader board for two consecutive weeks were: D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke, Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani, Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold and Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko.

Read on to find out if one of these couples were the first to hang up their dancing shoes on season 16. Spoilers ahead ...

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Kellie Pickler Heats Up the DWTS Competition | Derek Hough, Kellie Pickler, Peta Murgatroyd, Sean Lowe

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Kellie Pickler Heats Up the Competition on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 03/25/2013 10:30PM

It's only the second week of competition but Monday's episode of Dancing with the Stars was tense and emotional. That's because season 16's 12 celebrities are just a day away from the first elimination.

But Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, the last couple to perform Monday, pulled out all the stops for their contemporary jazz routine, which earned 26 points.

"You are a dancer!" judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. "That was friggin' amazing!"

"Last week was a spark," Len Goodman added. "This week was a fire."

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