04:27 PM EDT 12/19/2013
Originally posted 11/12/2013 10:00AM
In a Dancing with the Stars season known for its shocking eliminations, Elizabeth Berkley expressed distress on Monday night after becoming the latest contestant to get dismissed.
"I felt a little sucker punch because I was excited about next week," Berkley, 41, told PEOPLE backstage after bidding adieu to the ballroom. "I just feel, like, cut short a little bit – not that I feel entitled by any means. I just felt excited and grateful, that's all. Don't be sad that it's over, smile because it happened."
Lowest scoring contestant Bill Engvall was once again saved from jeopardy with partner Emma Slater.
Originally posted 11/11/2013 10:35PM
Monday was a night of change-ups on the leader board at the Dancing with the Stars quarterfinals. But at the end of the night, Bill Engvall had the lowest score with 42 points out of 60.
With Jack Osbourne landing two 10s for his Viennese waltz – and regular frontrunner Amber Riley scoring just 24 points for a quickstep that was critiqued for footwork and had "a few mess-ups," according to judge Carrie Ann Inaba – the competition was shaping up to be anyone's game.
So, at the end of the night, did Engvall and partner Emma Slater pack their bags? Or did the evening follow in the path of recent weeks with another surprise elimination? Read on to find out ...
Originally posted 11/11/2013 12:30PM
Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The longtime competitor is blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu in season 17.
I've been drinking four espressos in the morning and it's not working. I am literally dragging myself. Mentally, I'm awake to comprehend what's going on, but physically, my body is like, I don't think so. These days, once you power through, you feel better.
We didn't necessarily predict Amber [Riley] and Derek [Hough] would get a 10, but we kind of joked, "Oh, and now the last couple is dancing." We had a feeling the leader board was going to change. When the judges gave that 10, we all kind of started laughing because we knew that was going to happen.
Originally posted 11/04/2013 10:25PM
The ballroom was full of positive energy on Monday night, as Cher took over judging duties for Len Goodman on Dancing with the Stars.
At the end of the night, which was themed around the Burlesque star, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater ended up with the lowest score of 24 points out of 30 for their fun-filled disco to "Strong Enough."
So did the funny man and his partner end up getting the boot? Read on to find out.
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 10/08/2013 12:30AM
She came to inspire and enjoy the party.
And into week four of Dancing with the Stars Valerie Harper did just that and much more, sending a message of hope by savoring life after she was diagnosed with brain cancer earlier this year.
But on Monday night, sentiment finally yielded to the cold criteria of judging. After another low-scoring performance – this time an 18-point waltz – the 74-year-old star of TV's Rhoda was voted off the show.
Originally posted 10/01/2013 06:00PM
As Zack Attack sang on Saved by the Bell, Elizabeth Berkley and her former costars are indeed "friends forever."
"It's amazing," Berkley, 41, told PEOPLE backstage Monday at Dancing with the Stars. "I don't know if you have people from high school who you're still close with, [but] even if we don't see each other for a long time, it's a connection that we'll have forever."
"Luckily we do check in, and we always have each other's backs," she adds. "It's a really special thing."
Originally posted 09/23/2013 03:35PM
Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The longtime competitor will blog for PEOPLE about competing with former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu in season 17.
I feel great right now. I think we're in a great place. I thought our contemporary routine was pretty cool and I thought we nailed what Corbin [Bleu] and I wanted to do. It showed potential and it showed that there's room to grow. We wanted to take some risks with lifts and I think overall, it paid off. We were in the second position with Val [Chmerkovskiy] and Elizabeth [Berkley]. I think that's a great place to start.
I think, though, if we were able to do this dance later on in the season, we would have been able to a better job with it, because we would have been more used to each other and each other's timing and body weight. It's hard to gauge scoring. I wonder if they're judging us against other couples or against contemporary dances done in previous seasons? You can't control what the judges do, but you can control what you put out there.
Originally posted 09/23/2013 07:00PM
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