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Originally posted 04/18/2012 07:00PM
Gavin DeGraw didn't end up at the bottom of the Dancing with the Stars leader board more than once because he couldn't handle the demands of the show.
In fact, the high-intensity schedule of rehearsing in front of cameras and performing live in the ballroom is what helped him come as far as he did.
"I'll miss the whole pressure element of the show," DeGraw, 35, told PEOPLE backstage after he and partner Karina Smirnoff were booted from the ballroom Tuesday. "I enjoy the pressure. I don't necessarily enjoy it all the time, but pressure is good frequently."
Tanning, on the other hand, is another matter.
Originally posted 04/17/2012 10:15PM
Just as Dancing with the Stars's competition was starting to look up last week for Karina Smirnoff and partner Gavin DeGraw, they once again sunk to the bottom of the leaderboard after Monday night's 19-point samba.
They've been saved in prior weeks after low scores, but will fans' votes once again be enough to keep the pair on the show? The second lowest scores of the night went to Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his recovering partner Melissa Gilbert, who earned 21 points for their samba. Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus were one point above them with a score of 22 for their samba.
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."
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.
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.
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!"
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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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