09:35 AM EDT 12/04/2013
Originally posted 11/29/2013 10:45AM
One way to keep the drowsiness at bay on Thanksgiving? Just keep dancing!
A hilarious impromptu dance war erupted Thursday on Instagram among several Dancing with the Stars veterans, beginning with a throwdown between Derek Hough and his season 14 partner, Maria Menounos.
Early in the day, Hough, 28, posted a video of himself and his family, including sister Julianne, boogying down to will.i.am's "That Power" while preparing dinner. "The key to a great meal?? Dance while you cook!" he wrote.
Originally posted 11/27/2013 09:20AM
To the average viewer, from the very first episode there was no question that Amber Riley was a clear contender in Dancing with the Stars's 17th season.
But Tuesday's newly named mirror ball champ didn't see things potentially heading in that direction until closer to the end of the competition.
"There was a point where I realized I really wanted to win," Riley, 27, standing alongside partner Derek Hough, told PEOPLE inside the ballroom right after landing the show's highest honor.
"And that point was maybe the last time [I had to put needles in my knees]. The last time I got the knees lubed up was the time that I was like, 'Hey, you know, I feel like I really want to win this, so let's go hard' … It was America's vote and they voted for me and I really appreciate it."
Originally posted 11/26/2013 11:00PM
Twelve weeks of sweat – and a lot of tears – have led up to Tuesday night's season 17 finale of Dancing with the Stars.
Finalists Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu were the season's regular leader board frontrunners, while Jack Osbourne improved tremendously since he began, and touched people with his life story.
But it was Amber who won the mirror ball.
Originally posted 11/26/2013 04:30PM
Dancing with the Stars is a marathon. And for those dancers who make it to the final weeks, it's an endurance test for the heart as much as the body.
Behind the smiles, often, there are tears – of exhaustion, frustration, relief and every other emotion you can experience.
"I had a cry in my car at one point. I had to pull over because I was just so worn out and tired," Jack Osbourne told PEOPLE backstage after Monday's show.
Originally posted 11/25/2013 10:30PM
With Dancing with the Stars contestants in the final stretch of season 17, Monday night saw another couple sent home.
Just before a newly crowned champion will be named on Tuesday, Jack Osbourne, Bill Engvall, Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu battled it out for a shot at winning the coveted mirror ball trophy.
At the end of Monday's episode, Engvall and partner Emma Slater ended up with the lowest score – and were sent packing.
Originally posted 11/18/2013 10:30PM
It was another exciting night in the ballroom on Monday's Dancing with the Stars.
There was laughter, tears and even an unexpected smooch during the show's semi-finals, which featured former cast member Maksim Chmerkovskiy as a guest judge.
As usual, Bill Engvall and partner Emma Slater ended up with the lowest overall score for their two routines – a cha cha and an Argentine tango both set to LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It." Their goofy cha cha that got them 28 points out of 40 was poorly received by judges, but they left them impressed with a serious 32-point Argentine tango that Chmerkovskiy raved was "exactly what an Argentine tango is supposed to be like."
Was the fan favorite able to make it through another week and land a spot in next week's finals?
Originally posted 10/30/2013 11:50AM
Amber Riley may have danced and sang weekly for years on Glee, but still she was unprepared for the intense rehearsal schedule required for Dancing with the Stars.
"In the beginning – like when we did the jive – there were times we would run through the dance and after we were done I would literally just lay on the ground," Riley tells PEOPLE about her six-hour rehearsals with dance pro Derek Hough.
Riley entered the ABC dance show unsure of how she would stack up against the competition, but she has soared through the first half of season 17, often with near-perfect scores from the judges.
Originally posted 10/28/2013 01:10PM
It's time to put their teamwork to the test!
The eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars will perform as two teams, each comprised of four pairs, on the dance floor Monday night.
Watch the clip above to see the teams and to find out the song they'll dance to.
Originally posted 10/21/2013 10:30PM
It was a night of exciting performances, positive reviews from the judges and a pair of big twists for the eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars Monday night.
First, the pairs had to perform in an improvisational switch-up challenge, which required them to show off their ability to transition seamlessly while dancing to music that suddenly changed.
Then, at elimination time, there was an even bigger twist that one no one – not even producers – had seen coming.
Keep reading to find out who will dance again next week ...
Originally posted 10/11/2013 03:30PM
Boo from the zoo!
From the looks of this Instagram photo posted by Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough, however, no one looks terribly scared.
"Great time last night with friends," Hough wrote. "Love this time of year."
So does Zac Efron, who showed up at Thursday's 5th Annual Los Angeles Haunted Hayride premiere at Griffith Park to enjoy a night out with a group that included Hough and his sister, Julianne Hough, So You Think You Can Dance judge Adam Shankman and Pitch Perfect actress Brittany Snow.
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