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Pulling a Britney? Bindi Irwin Rehearses for Dancing with the Stars with a Python

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Pulling a Britney? Bindi Irwin Rehearses for Dancing with the Stars with a Python

Originally posted 09/02/2015 05:35PM

Bindi Irwin's first performance on Dancing with the Stars is sure to be a wild ride.

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Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars Partner Bindi Irwin: 'She's a Breath of Fresh Air'

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Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars Partner Bindi Irwin: 'She's a Breath of Fresh Air'

Originally posted 09/02/2015 09:00AM

Bindi Irwin is going from Jungle Girl to dancing queen.

"We are gonna bust out with a kind of on-the-nose song the first week," her partner Derek Hough told PEOPLE of their Dancing with the Stars debut at the Television Academy Cocktail Reception for Outstanding Choreography at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, on Sunday.

"I'm in this space right now where I'm super pumped on life right now. I feel connected. I feel great. And then she walks in my life. You don't understand what positive energy she is," the pro added of late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's daughter.

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Paula Deen! Tamar Braxton! Kim Zolciak! Meet the Dancing With the Stars Cast

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Paula Deen! Tamar Braxton! Kim Zolciak! Meet the Dancing With the Stars Cast

Originally posted 09/02/2015 08:50AM

Break out your dancing shoes – Dancing with the Stars has unveiled the full roster of season 21 competitors on Wednesday's Good Morning America.

Paula Deen, Kim Zolciak, Tamar Braxton, and train hero Alek Skarlatos will join previously announced stars Gary Busey, Bindi Irwin, Chaka Khan, Andy Grammer, Nick Carter, Internet sensation Hayes Grier, jockey Victor Espinoza, and the series' first married contestants: Alexa and Carlos PenaVega.

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Julianne Hough and Fiancé Brooks Laich Make Red Carpet Debut After Engagement

Julianne Hough and Fiancé Brooks Laich Make Red Carpet Debut After Engagement

Originally posted 09/01/2015 09:35AM

Julianne Hough isn't camera-shy anymore.

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Derek Hough Hints About Sister Julianne's Wedding Plans: 'Something Outdoors, in Nature'

Derek Hough Hints About Sister Julianne's Wedding Plans: 'Something Outdoors, in Nature'

Originally posted 08/31/2015 08:50AM

Julianne Hough's fiancé Brooks Laich can rest easy – he officially has her big brother's stamp of approval.

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FROM EW: Derek Hough Wants to See The Rock on Dancing with the Stars

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FROM EW: Derek Hough Wants to See The Rock on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 08/21/2015 12:40AM

Hough also says departing judge Len Goodman is not entirely gone: "He'll be in and out"

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DWTS Star Derek Hough Shares His Unexpected (and Action-Filled) Fallback Plan

Derek Hough: If I Weren't a Dancer, I'd Be Indiana Jones

Originally posted 07/09/2015 03:30PM

If dancing ever fails for Derek and Julianne Hough, the siblings already have their backup plans in place.

Instead of making a living as a professional dancer, "I'd be Indiana Jones," Derek quipped to PEOPLE at a dance class sponsored by Proactiv+ that the duo led in New York City. "That's not even a joke answer. That's a real answer. … I would be traveling the world finding relics."

Julianne also has a foolproof career ready to go, too – it just involves a bit of luck. Julianne proclaimed, "I would win the lottery so I could travel the world and do seminars with young girls about self-esteem and encouragement and empowerment."

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Lip Sync Battle

Lip Sync Battle: The Ceiling Can't Hold Derek Hough (VIDEO)

Originally posted 05/13/2015 01:35PM

It's going to be a sibling showdown!

In a preview of this week's Lip Sync Battle against sister Julianne, Derek Hough does his best Macklemore impression as he lip syncs along to "Can't Hold Us."

Although Hough, 29, does an impressive job of rapping along to every word of the fast-moving song, he doesn't show off too many of the dance moves that have earned him five mirror ball trophies on Dancing With the Stars, opting instead for moves of the "run, jump, pose" variety.

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Derek Hough and Nastia Liukin Weren't Surprised by Their DWTS Elimination

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Derek Hough and Nastia Liukin Weren't Surprised by Their DWTS Elimination

Originally posted 05/13/2015 01:00AM

Dancing with the Stars contestant Nastia Liukin and partner Derek Hough no longer have a chance at the Mirrorball, but both of them agree it didn't come as too much of a surprise after Monday's episode.

"I feel like that when we finished the dance, it felt a little bit like a final dance, a final moment and a beautiful moment," Hough told PEOPLE backstage after the show. "So I think, for us, I'm not terribly surprised, but I'm very pleased. I can't believe what [Nastia's] accomplished."

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DWTS Recap: Judges' Choice Results | Julianne Hough

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Judges' Choice Results

Originally posted 05/12/2015 11:35PM

After Monday night's impressive and emotional semifinal performances, would it be such a terrible idea to just hand out four Mirrorballs and call everyone a winner? I don't think so. But unlike kindergarten soccer, someone has to win, and someone has to lose in this glittery game.

On Tuesday, one of the couples who earned some of the season's highest scores from the judges was cut, which I'm sure created an uproar from many armchair dance "experts" watching. But, to be fair, this show is as much about the popular vote as it is about dance skill, and, like it or not, sometimes it's not all about the dance. Unjust? I'll let you debate it in the comments, but for now, let's discuss what happened and find out which couples are left to battle it out for the season 20 golden Mirrorball Trophy next week.

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