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UpdatePosted 04/17/2012 09:15AM

Dancing with the Stars Couples Light Up Latin Night

Originally posted 04/16/2012 10:30PM

After Sherri Shepherd's shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars last week, the remaining contestants felt the pressure and turned up the heat for Latin Night in the ballroom on Monday.

Taking on the salsa, samba and the Argentine tango, nine couples performed hip-shaking routines that were in some cases downright steamy.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough performed one of the night's sexiest routines, sealing their salsa with a controversial kiss. "That was hot," Carrie Ann Inaba said, but "I don't think you needed the kiss ... Dance is about the illusion of passion."

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UpdatePosted 04/16/2012 05:00PM

Karina Smirnoff & Gavin DeGraw Plan to Show Some Skin on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 04/16/2012 11:45AM

It was amazing to have not been in the bottom this week on Dancing with the Stars! When it was announced that Melissa and Maks were safe, we thought we were in the bottom two and we were okay with that. But then it was announced that we were safe and we thought, "We don't know what to do! This is awesome!"

I think it was our determination to not be in the bottom two this week that kept us safe. We worked our booties off and the judges saw our progress. It helped that the music and the movements of the tango were so powerful. I also have to give Gavin a lot of credit. He put in a lot of extra work to make sure that he nailed every step.

This week is Latin week, a very sexy week on the show. Gavin is definitely going to be wearing a little less clothing in this dance than normal. He won't be taking off his signature hat, but he is going to be minus the jacket – maybe minus the shirt? We definitely are going to show a little more skin.

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Melissa Gilbert Blogs: It's Hard to Be Sexy After Head Injury | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Melissa Gilbert

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Melissa Gilbert: It's Hard to Be Sexy After Head Injury

Originally posted 04/16/2012 12:05PM

Things that go bump ...

This week has been the most challenging for me so far this season of Dancing with the Stars. As you know, Maks and I had a bit of an accident Monday night. The moment it happened, I had no idea what had gone wrong. I just knew Maks fell. My head hurt a lot and I assumed I'd hit it on the dance floor.

Things were spinning a bit for me when the judges gave their critiques. In fact, by the time I got up to the skybox I had no idea what they'd said.

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UpdatePosted 04/10/2012 11:45AM

Melissa Gilbert Suffers Whiplash and Concussion

Originally posted 04/10/2012 09:05AM

Melissa Gilbert says she'll be fine.

The Dancing with the Stars contestant, who was rushed to the hospital on a stretcher Monday night after performing a paso doble with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tweeted a health update later.

"I'm alright," she wrote. "Mild concussion and whiplash. Very soon I will be safely home resting and being taken care of."

And it seems there are plenty of people watching out for the actress. "@Maksim you are my champion. I adore you," she wrote of her partner in a follow-up Tweet, before adding of her helpful competitor, "@GavinDeGraw bless your heart for carrying me down those stairs!"

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Jack Wagner Eliminated from Dancing with the Stars | Gladys Knight, Jack Wagner

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Dancing with the Stars: Top 10 Revealed

Originally posted 04/03/2012 10:15PM

There were plenty of tears on Dancing with the Stars Monday, as contestants performed routines that represented the most memorable year of their lives.

The emotion made for some big scores, with Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas and William Levy and Cheryl Burke earning the first 10s of the season.

Even the pairs with the lowest scores were in a five-way tie with 24 points a piece: Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya; Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus; Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy; and Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff.

So who stays and who goes? And were there more tears on Tuesday, when the remaining 11 stars faced the second elimination of the season? Keep reading to find out ...

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First 10s of the Season Handed Out on Dancing

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Dancing with the Stars Judges Hand Out First 10s of the Season

Originally posted 04/03/2012 08:25AM

On Monday's Dancing with the Stars, the contestants performed routines that represented the most memorable years in their lives.

There were a lot of tears, some very moving moments and the first 10s of the season.

Keep reading for a full take on Dancing's most emotional night so far ...

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Karina Smirnoff Says Gavin DeGraw Is Working on Being Romantic and Sexy

Originally posted 04/02/2012 01:30PM

It sucked to be in the bottom last week on Dancing with the Stars. That wasn't cool. We thought we could be in the bottom two because we were in the lower half of the leader board but our mantra is "hope dies less," and we were definitely hoping we weren't going to be.

After our jive on Monday, Gavin was a little upset. The judges' comments didn't bother him but he was hard on himself because he felt we did the routine better in rehearsal. I think performing second to last was bad for us. While we were waiting those almost two hours, we kept going over the dance and I think we over analyzed it. Gavin made a good point, when you do something like bungee jumping, it is not the event itself that freaks you out, but rather it's the anticipation of it. If we are going to go last again, we won't be practicing during the show.

This week is very important, it's our turn to share a personal story. We are doing the rumba – the dance of love – so we are working on being very romantic and sexy, but we also want to show the sentimental value of the personal story that Gavin is going to bring to this week's show.

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Gavin DeGraw Says He 'Deserved Lower Scores' On Dancing | Gavin DeGraw, Karina Smirnoff

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Dancing with the Stars: Gavin DeGraw Says He 'Deserved Lower Scores'

Originally posted 03/27/2012 09:00AM

Contestants have been known to strongly disagree with judges' scores on Dancing with the Stars – and Karina Smirnoff's partner Gavin DeGraw is now one of them.

But unlike other ballroom disputes, DeGraw, 35, believes his marks on Monday night were too high.

"We deserved lower scores," the singer-songwriter told PEOPLE backstage after he and Smirnoff scored 21 points out of 30 for their jive.

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Karina Smirnoff: Gavin & I 'Need to Step It Up' On DWTS

Originally posted 03/26/2012 06:45PM

This season on Dancing with the Stars, we have so many people who are able to dance, and it showed on week one. If they're already giving out nines in week one, I can't wait to see what the rest of the season has to bring.

We can only compare ourselves to ourselves pretty much, because we didn't see what the other couples were doing until the live show. So, based on what we've been doing and how Gavin and I have been dancing up until Monday night, I'm very proud of him. I think he did better in the live show than he did during rehearsals, which is a great sign. It means he works great under pressure.

Even though I think we did really well and I'm super proud of him, I think we need to step it up more. Our biggest hurdle in this whole situation is the schedule. I don't want to be happy based on someone else's problem, but Gavin needs to have vocal rest. I guess the travel and the show and multiple performances have taken a toll. So that will give us a little more rehearsal time in the next few days.

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Who's Fizzling First on Dancing?

UpdatePosted 03/26/2012 09:00AM

Dancing with the Stars Couples Take on the Jive & Quickstep

Originally posted 03/26/2012 09:40PM

Following what Len Goodman called "the best first show of any season," the celebrities and their partners returned to the ballroom to perform the quickstep or the jive on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night.

And the stakes are high: No one wants to be the first to go on Tuesday's elimination show, which will send home the star with the lowest combined scores and votes from two weeks of competition.

Keep reading to find out who was fabulous and who flopped in the ballroom ...

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