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Technical Problems Cause Very Unexpected Results on DWTS

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Dancing with the Stars: Technical Problems Skew Results

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 ...

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PHOTO: Zac Efron Hits Haunted Hayride Post-Rehab with Famous Pals

Zac Efron Hits Haunted Hayride, Post-Rehab, with Brittany Snow and Julianne & Derek Hough

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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Teary-Eyed Amber Riley: DWTS Has Taught Me to Push My Limits | Amber Riley

Dancing With the Stars

UpdatePosted 09/24/2013 10:50AM

Amber Riley: DWTS Has Taught Me to Push My Limits

Originally posted 09/24/2013 09:00AM

As any Glee fan knows, Amber Riley has talent. But the actress has taken her skills to a whole new level on Dancing with the Stars.

"This has taught me that I can do a lot more than I thought I could," a choked-up Riley, 27, told PEOPLE after scoring 24 points for her jive with Derek Hough on Monday night's show.

"Tonight was – I'm not even on camera and I'm crying like a dork. But it really has taught me that I can do more than I thought I could."

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Selena Gomez's Unexpected Reunion with Justin Bieber | Selena Gomez

UpdatePosted 07/28/2013 04:50PM

Selena Gomez Reunites with Justin Bieber for 21st Birthday Bash

Originally posted 07/28/2013 01:00PM

Nearly a week after turning 21, Selena Gomez celebrated the milestone Saturday night with plenty of friends – and a surprising familiar face.

Gomez – who shares her July 22 birthday with the newborn Prince George of Cambridge – hosted a gypsy-themed bash at Malibu's Revolve Beach House. On the guest list: Julianne Hough and brother Derek, Nina Dobrev, Ashley Benson, Jaden Smith and celeb stylist Riawna Capri.

"When Selena's song 'Birthday' came on, all of the guests gathered on the dance floor and took shots of chilled VeeV," a source tells PEOPLE. The evening, which was filled with dancing, good friends, and plenty of drinks, got an unexpected visitor around midnight when the Spring Breakers actress's on-again, off-again beau Justin Bieber arrived. 

"Justin arrived at the party in his leopard-print Audi R8," a different source says. "He was casually dressed and carried a single rose."

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How Cute Is Julianne Hough's New 'Soulmate'?

Meet Julianne Hough's New 'Soulmate' … A Monkey!

Originally posted 06/10/2013 04:00PM

Take note, Ryan Seacrest: Julianne Hough has officially moved on.

"I found my soul mate last night," the recently single actress, 24, wrote alongside an Instagram shot of a monkey sitting on her shoulders. "Thanks @mariamenounos78 for throwing such a fun birthday party!"

The cuddly capuchin was just one of the wild guests at Maria Menounos's Saturday luau-themed 35th birthday bash, which came nearly three months after Hough and Seacrest announced their split. The Extra host rang in the milestone year at her L.A. home with a menagerie of animals, including a snake and a parrot, the New York Daily News reported.

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DWTS Champ Kellie Pickler Celebrates with Hero's Welcome in Nashville | Kellie Pickler

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Kellie Pickler Celebrates DWTS Win with Hero's Welcome in Nashville

Originally posted 06/05/2013 04:00PM

Two weeks after Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough were declared the winners of season 16 of Dancing with the Stars, the sassy blonde country singer brought her mirror-ball trophy home to Nashville, where she opened the Tuesday night show of the Grand Ole Opry – and got a hero's welcome.

After her torchy performance of "Stop Cheating on Me," members of the audience mimicked the DWTS panel by holding up paddles with the No. 10, prompting a delighted laugh from Pickler, who said, "I wish y'all could have been the judges!"

At a party backstage, she was presented with a caricature of her dancing on the Opry stage, a pair of Music City flip-flops, a mirror-ball cake, keys to the city and the surprisingly heavy trophy handed over to her by Hough, who was on hand for the celebration.

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Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart's Latest Split Strikes Readers As Funny | Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson

Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart's Latest Split Strikes Readers As Funny

Originally posted 05/25/2013 11:05AM

Perhaps you saw it coming, because the latest breakup of on-and-off pair Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart turned out to be a source of genuine amusement this week.

Readers also stepped up to the plate to express how they felt about Abercrombie & Fitch's "exclusionary" sizing policy – and happy they were not.

Here are the five stories that sparked the strongest reactions from readers over this past week – the news that made you happy, sad, laugh out loud, awestruck, even angry.

In the meantime, keep clicking on the emoticons at the bottom of every story – one way to tell us exactly what you think.

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Fellow Dancing with the Stars Contestants Thought Kellie Pickler Would Win

Originally posted 05/22/2013 10:45AM



While Kellie Pickler says she had no sense she would win the mirror-ball trophy Dancing With the Stars, her fellow contestants said there were clues all along the way that she would be a star on this season's show.

Country singer Pickler, 26, who rose to fame on the fifth season of American Idol, said her ballroom strategy was to focus on being in the moment each week, not on the long-term outcome.

"I just tried to take it one week at a time, one dance at a time," the North Carolina-born Pickler told PEOPLE after her victory, with her partner Derek Hough at her side.

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Alexandra Raisman Found Her Dancing Elimination 'Heartbreaking'

Dancing With the Stars

DWTS: Alexandra Raisman Found Her Elimination 'Heartbreaking'

Originally posted 05/22/2013 07:30AM

Being the first one eliminated on the last night of competition was rough for Dancing with the Stars contestant Alexandra Raisman.

"I'm sad it's over," Mark Ballas's partner, 18, told PEOPLE in the ballroom immediately after Tuesday's finale. "Right when they announced [our elimination], it was just heartbreaking. You work so hard and everyone wants to win."

Fortunately, after news of the fourth-place pair's dismissal sunk in, Raisman had a new outlook on the situation.

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Kellie Pickler Wins Dancing!

Dancing With the Stars

UpdatePosted 05/22/2013 06:30AM

Dancing with the Stars Season 16 Winner Is Kellie Pickler!

Originally posted 05/21/2013 09:30PM

On Tuesday, Dancing with the Stars named its season 16 champions.

At the end of Monday night's episode, Zendaya and an injured Val Chmerkovskiy received perfect 30s for both of their full-length routines, and then tacked on an additional five points to their score for winning the cha cha relay.

But only one point below the highest scoring pair were Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, who earned perfect 30s for their routines, which included a dramatic freestyle number that had viewers in tears. They came in second place during the cha cha relay, and scored four extra points.

Below them were Alexandra Raisman and partner Mark Ballas, followed by Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff.

And the winners are Kellie and Derek!

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