02:14 PM EDT 08/13/2015
Originally posted 03/23/2015 11:55PM
Here's a little behind-the-scenes Dancing with the Stars scoop to start off the recap: I understand our stars learned as early as Friday when they would be dancing during "My Jam Monday."
So, for example, Prince Farming Chris Soules knew before the weekend that he'd get to kick off tonight's show while Lady Marmalade herself (a.k.a. Patti LaBelle ) was rewarded the last dance of the evening well in advance of tonight's performance.
Now put the shoe on the other foot: What could be more disheartening than knowing that you aren't strong enough to open or close the night – and realizing how your middle-of-the-show positioning brings you closer to the ol' heave-ho?
So, which dancers proved they might be worthy of prime placement next week? And what about the contestants whose so-so performance last week put them at risk of elimination? Read on for the night's highlights and to see who came close to leaving DWTS first.
Originally posted 03/16/2015 11:00PM
It was a big night in the ballroom – and not just because John McClane and GI Jane were in the house! Monday's installment of Dancing with the Stars kicked off the first of what the network promised would include lots of action-packed tributes to the show's 10th anniversary.
The premiere episode didn't disappoint. There were lots of contemporary tunes ("Uptown Funk," "Take Me to Church"), plenty of showstopping choreography (Derek Hough, so glad you stuck around this season!) and even quadruple hanky moments (welcome to the ballroom, Army vet and amputee Noah Galloway!).
No 9s or 10s were awarded just yet, but a couple of celebrities sure came close to earning some high scores. Here's how the new contenders fared on night one:
Originally posted 03/16/2015 08:00AM
The 10th anniversary cast of Dancing with the Stars boasts plenty of recognizable names, but how well do you really know the 12 stars who will be facing off for this year's mirror ball trophy?
Here are 13 surprising facts about the cast – plus some bonus trivia about the returning judges and hosts.
Originally posted 02/24/2015 09:00AM
A rapper, an openly gay pro football player, an amputee veteran and, um, Lady Marmalade will help Dancing with the Stars celebrate its 10th anniversary.
And great news for fans of Derek Hough – the five-time mirror ball winner will participate after all! Hough was cast to play the male lead in New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall this spring, but he will split his time between New York and Los Angeles. (It's nice to be so young and nimble!)
Eleven celebrities and their pro partners were revealed Tuesday on Good Morning America. The show still needs to find one more male star to pair with Witney Carson, the reigning champion.
Here are the stars:
Originally posted 02/03/2015 12:00PM
The 10th anniversary of Dancing with the Stars will have two serious absentees, but the show can and must go on.
Executive Producer Rob Wade told PEOPLE that the departure of Cheryl Burke to NBC and Derek Hough's show at New York's Radio City Music Hall shouldn't change the dynamic of show that will return to ABC for a 20th season in March.
"There is still a huge amount of fan favorites we can bring back," said Wade, who's reached out to Anna Trebunskaya, Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus and Louis van Amstel, among others, about returning this season.
Originally posted 01/13/2015 09:00AM
Dancing with the Stars won't have as much spring in its step when it returns for its 20th anniversary in March.
Five-time winner Derek Hough has to bow out of the next installment of the ABC show because he'll play the male lead in New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall this spring.
Debuting in March, the limited, seven-week engagement will feature Hough as Jack, a man with a special mission who will receive an eternal reward if he's able to help a man named Bernie keep his position as a New York City tour guide. Bernie's job is in jeopardy when Jenna (Nashville's Laura Benanti) reveals her plan to take the tour company "virtual."
Originally posted 12/10/2014 03:00PM
[BRIGHTCOVE "3932983291001" "" "" "auto"] In her upcoming memoir On My Own Two Feet, double amputee and Dancing with the Stars alum Amy Purdy opens up for the first time about her near-death experience in 1999.
Originally posted 11/28/2014 11:00AM
The Hough family has created a Thanksgiving tradition that will actually help you burn calories!
Originally posted 11/25/2014 01:00PM
Hough, 29, was paired with YouTube star Bethany Mota this season. And they reached the end of the road Monday, falling just short of the three-team finale despite some brilliant dancing.
But in a way, Hough was okay with that.
Originally posted 11/17/2014 10:15PM
The final five couples took to the stage for this week's Dancing with the Stars semifinals, and while each duo had impressive performances, one couple had to be sent home. This week Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd took their final bows on the dance floor after performing two dances to different types of music – one plugged and the other unplugged – for this week's theme.
"I've just showed that old stoners can perform when they need to!" joked Chong during his final send-off.
Here's how the couples fared:
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