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DWTS: Peta & James Knew from Day One They Could Make It to the Finals

DWTS: Peta & James Knew from Day One They Could Make It to the Finals

Originally posted 05/19/2014 01:35PM

It's crunch time on Dancing with the Stars, and Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow are one of four couples heading into next week's fight for the mirror ball trophy after surviving elimination during Monday night's semifinals.

"I knew we could do it," Murgatroyd, 27, told PEOPLE backstage after the show, reflecting on her and Maslow's first rehearsals at the beginning of the season.

Added Maslow, 23: "We couldn't have predicted the path of who would have been voted off each week. I think because it's been so strange and seemingly random, we were confident in what we could do, but you can never be too confident in staying. So we've got to keep that humility, and we've got to do better than we've done each week and that's all we can do."

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How Donald Driver Stays Sexy: His Top 5 Workout Moves

Donald Driver Shares 5 Workout Moves for Staying Sexy

Originally posted 02/01/2014 12:00PM

His football days might be behind him, but for his 39th birthday, which happens to fall on Super Bowl Sunday, Donald Driver has one thing to prove: that his physique will still be sexy as ever.

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Gilles Marini Clueless at Helping Son Prep for School Football Team

Gilles Marini Clueless at Helping Son Prep for School Football Team

Originally posted 08/22/2013 02:05PM

Helping a son prepare for his high school sports team is a proud moment for any father. But when Gilles Marini's teenage son decided to join the football team, there was just one problem: His father had "no clue" how the game was played.

"I have no idea about [American] football, no clue!" Marini, 37, told PEOPLE with a laugh while attending Wednesday's Los Angeles premiere of The World's End with son Georges.

"For me, I'm like, 'I want to play 45 minutes straight like soccer,' but it doesn't work that way, and I'm learning a little bit more, but he would beat me, big time."

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Donald Driver's Son: My Daddy Deserved to Win Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 05/23/2012 02:05PM

When he first joined the season 14 cast of Dancing with the Stars, Donald Driver had two goals in mind.

"I was determined to win, and not get voted off first," Driver told PEOPLE shortly after he accomplished the first goal on Tuesday's big finale.

Though Driver, 37, is thrilled about taking home the mirror-ball trophy, making his family proud makes success even sweeter.

"When you win these things, you want to win for your family," Driver said of wife Betina, son Christian, 8, and daughters Christina, 6, and Charity, 8 months. "I wanted to let my kids know and my family know that you can follow your dreams. Whatever your dreams are, follow them, because it's truly special."

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Donald Driver: Dancing Win Feels Like Winning Super Bowl

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Donald Driver: Dancing Win Feels the 'Same' as Winning Super Bowl

Originally posted 05/23/2012 07:55AM

When Donald Driver walked away with the coveted mirror-ball trophy on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars finale, it wasn't the first time he'd won a big competition. But he says it felt just as good.

"I think it's the same," the football pro told PEOPLE backstage after DWTS, comparing his most recent feat to when his Green Bay Packers team won the Super Bowl in 2011.

"You have great moments [throughout both experiences]."

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Dancing Crowns Donald Driver As Its Winner! | Donald Driver

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Donald Driver Crowned Dancing with the Stars Winner

Originally posted 05/22/2012 11:10PM

This season of Dancing with the Stars – deemed the most competitive yet – has come to an end.

After seemingly endless weeks of grueling rehearsals and memorable performances three couples – Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas; Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd; and William Levy and Cheryl Burke – were left vying for the coveted mirror-ball trophy during two nights of competition.

The couples had 24 hours to put together a final routine for the judges. Those scores, combined with the ones from the night before as well as America's votes (which count for half of the combined score), would determine the winners of Dancing with the Stars. Read on to find out who was crowned the king and queen of the ballroom this season ...

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Dancing with the Stars: Donald Driver Says His Freestyle Was the Best

Originally posted 05/22/2012 05:30PM

After landing his first perfect score on Monday night for a high-flying, boot-scooting freestyle, Dancing with the Stars finalist Donald Driver is feeling highly confident going into Tuesday's results show.

"I felt great. I feel like I've reached the goal that we tried to reach for nine weeks. It took week 10 to get a 10, and I'm okay with that," he told PEOPLE after the show. "They say freestyle normally wins this competition. We nailed our freestyle. And we felt like we had the best freestyle out of anybody that was up in this competition."

Driver's partner Peta Murgatroyd says they worked hard to earn that perfection.

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Sizzling Performances Mark Dancing's Breathless Finals

Dancing with the Stars Sizzles in Spectacular Finals

Originally posted 05/21/2012 09:40PM


William Levy, Donald Driver and Katherine Jenkins brought their best stuff for the fierce final week of Dancing with the Stars, with the judges lavishing one big score after another.

Only one will win the mirror-ball trophy after Tuesday night's results show. See how they fared Monday night.

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INSIDE STORY: Donald Driver's Past of Homelessness and Drugs

Donald Driver Opens Up About Homeless, Drug-Dealing Past

Originally posted 05/19/2012 10:00AM

Donald Driver remembers that night when he was a second-grader lying in bed with his older brother Marvin. Their family was gripped by poverty and homelessness, sometimes sleeping in a U-Haul trailer.

"I told my brother, 'This is it. I'm gonna take my family outta this,' " he tells PEOPLE. "I didn't know what it was going to be or how I was going to do it, but that's what I told him. He just laughed and told me to go to sleep."

Three decades later, Driver, 37, is a star wide receiver who played in a Super Bowl for the Green Bay Packers and now competes as a finalist on Dancing with the Stars. He's written children books and has his own foundation.

How did he turn it around?

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Did Katherine Jenkins Survive Her Ballroom Blunder?

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Dancing with the Stars Reveals Finalists

Originally posted 05/15/2012 10:10PM

Unstoppable all season on Dancing with the Stars, British opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas hadn't flubbed a single dance – until the very end of their salsa on Monday night's semi-finals.

With a total of 56 points out of 60 for the night after their two performances, Jenkins was left with a mild back injury and in last place on the leaderboard. But did the ballroom blunder keep her from making it to the show's finale? Or did voters save the singer and send another frontrunner home? Read on to find out ...

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