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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.

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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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Cheryl Burke: The DWTS Judges Were 'Too Harsh' on D.L. Hughley | D.L. Hughley

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Cheryl Burke Blogs: Dancing's Judges Were 'Too Harsh' on D.L. Hughley

Originally posted 03/25/2013 10:15AM

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.

Being at the bottom of the leaderboard last week was a hard hit for the both of us – especially for my partner D.L. Hughley – but that is just fuel for us to work harder this week!

I thought the fours we got from the judges for our cha cha were a little too harsh. I felt like the judges were a little mean to D.L. and didn't really give him constructive criticism to come back this second week and improve.

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Dancing's Cheryl Burke Blogs: D.L. Hughley Needs to 'Loosen Up' | D.L. Hughley

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Cheryl Burke Blogs: D.L. Hughley Needs to 'Loosen Up' for Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 03/18/2013 03:00PM

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.

My partner D.L. Hughley is still on his comedy tour and performing every weekend. He is still working at his job, as well as doing Dancing with the Stars, so it has been a little bit challenging to get a lot of rehearsal time before Monday's season 16 premiere.

But it's always a struggle in the beginning. D.L. has more room for improvement, but he's learned his routine. We had a big breakthrough when we were actually able to get through the whole routine to music. He just needs to loosen up a little and have a good time. At the end of the day, even if he's not going to be the best technical dancer, at least he has personality and can show people that he's having fun.

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Rob Kardashian: I Want to Lose 40 Lbs. by Summer | Rob Kardashian

Rob Kardashian: I Want to Lose 40 Lbs. by Summer

Originally posted 03/17/2013 07:00PM

After revealing on social media that he's put on weight over the last year, Rob Kardashian has been working hard to shed the pounds.

"I'm trying to lose 40," the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star told PEOPLE at his birthday party Friday at 1 OAK Las Vegas. "It's a little journey."

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Apolo Ohno & Emmitt Smith Eliminated on Dancing with the Stars

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UpdatePosted 11/21/2012 07:05AM

Dancing with the Stars Season 15 Finalists Revealed

Originally posted 11/20/2012 08:30PM

They were so close!

After five couples performed mixed-up routines and a tribute to Michael Jackson on Dancing with the Stars the night before, two contestants were sent packing Tuesday night, just one week short of season 15's all-star finale. And that's got to hurt.

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