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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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Who Shined and Who Bombed at Dancing Premiere?

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Dancing with the Stars: Zendaya Shines, D.L. Hughley Bombs at Premiere

Originally posted 03/18/2013 10:45PM

Will the youngest competitor ever on Dancing with the Stars end up being the best?

The show returned for season 16 Monday night, and there were some thrilling surprises, relieved celebrations and disappointing scores handed out during the two-hour premiere.

Keep reading for a full report. Spoilers ahead!

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DWTS Returns: What You and the Stars Said About the Premiere

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Dancing with the Stars Returns! Tweets From Season 16 Premiere

Originally posted 03/18/2013 08:00PM

Dancing with the Stars is back!

As season 16 kicked off Monday night with a live premiere, we brought you the best from the ballroom ... and beyond.

Be sure to follow @peoplemag for the latest during an entire season of ballroom competition, what 12 stars and their pro partners are up to between shows and on elimination night.

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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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Dancing with the Stars Season 16 Promo Boasts: 'The Sexy Is Back!'

Originally posted 03/04/2013 03:20PM



It's almost time for Dancing with the Stars!

Season 16 of ABC's ballroom dance competition doesn't kick off until March 18, but while you wait for the 11 new cast members to begin the battle for the mirror-ball trophy, you can watch a sneak peek of the pros' moves in a new promo starring Pitbull.

"The sexy is back," the clip boasts.

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Dancing with the Stars: Meet the New Cast! | Kellie Pickler, Lisa Vanderpump

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UpdatePosted 02/26/2013 10:55AM

Dancing with the Stars Season 16 Cast Revealed

Originally posted 02/26/2013 08:30AM

Get ready to rumba!

With season 16 of Dancing With the Stars just weeks away, 11 new cast members – including former Olympic champs Dorothy Hamill and Aly Raisman, as well as Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Lisa Vanderpump – were announced on Good Morning America Tuesday. There may also be a country music rivalry in the ballroom: two singers, Wynonna Judd and Kellie Pickler, will dance this season. Check out the full list of competitors below.

The pro pairings were also announced on the live telecast – and there are a few familiar faces missing from the list. Outspoken pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy will not be on this season; neither will Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower or Louis Van Amstel. However, viewers will get to see new pros Gleb Savchenko, Lindsay Arnold and former dance troupe member Sharna Burgess in action when the season premieres March 18 on ABC.

Here's a full list of the season 16 pairs announced Tuesday:

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