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Stars Bring Levity and Prayers During Sandy Disaster

Stars Bring Levity and Prayers During Sandy Disaster

Originally posted 10/30/2012 10:00AM

More than 7 million people were left without power as Superstorm Sandy drenched the East Coast overnight Monday.

Instead of waking up to updates via TV and radio, Twitter became the go-to for getting news as well as putting out personal statuses of storm survival.

Here are some of the reactions (as well as photo and video) as people survey the damage of the storm on Tuesday morning.

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Two Couples Get Country Lovin' on Dancing with Perfect 30s

Dancing with the Stars: Who Got the Love on Country Night?

Originally posted 10/29/2012 10:10PM

With performances by Little Big Town and Big & Rich, not to mention yards of denim and scores of cowboy hats, everybody was keeping it country on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night.

There was even a large fake cow on stage with a mirror ball hanging from its neck.

And for two couples, the range really did feel like home, with the judges handing out perfect scores twice during an emotional evening that left many competitors – and one judge – in tears.

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Peta Murgatroyd Blogs: 'Maks and I Love Working Together!' | Gilles Marini

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Peta Murgatroyd Blogs: 'Maks and I Love Working Together!'

Originally posted 10/29/2012 05:00PM

Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Gilles Marini in the current all-star season.

Our group "Gangnam Style" dance was the highlight for all of us last week. It was ridiculous. Maks [Chmerkovskiy] was in charge of most of it. We had two big group rehearsals, and for the rest of it, we worked around our schedules on our own time. We had to come up with the concepts, but Maks gave us the towel theme.

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Gilles Marini Sends Swooning Carrie Ann Inaba Out Of Her Seat

Originally posted 10/23/2012 10:20AM



Hunk to the rescue.

Hottie Gilles Marini, 36, knocked a judge right out of her seat – literally – on Monday's Dancing with the Stars. But luckily he was there to catch her fall.

The DWTS contestant's moves overtook judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and as she praised the French actor's sexy moves – "Let the baby making begin," she said – the excited judge, 44, suddenly slipped from her perch at the judges' table.

Proving chivalry (even on the dance floor) is not dead, Marini, partnered this season with pro Peta Murgatroyd, quickly swooped in to scoop her up Inaba in his tanned and chiseled arms.

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Peta Murgatroyd Blogs: Gilles Marini Is More Than a 'Sexy French Man' | Gilles Marini

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UpdatePosted 10/22/2012 02:00PM

Peta Murgatroyd's Dancing Blog: Gilles Marini Is More Than a 'Sexy French Man'

Originally posted 10/22/2012 09:40AM

Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Gilles Marini in the all-star season.

Gilles and I did unexpectedly well last week. It was such a stressful week for both of us that coming out with three 10s in the end was pretty amazing. When I heard the scores, I had my hands to my face and I was just like, "Oh, my gosh, I can't believe they whipped out those 10s." I didn't think they were going to give 10s until week six or seven. It was a huge surprise and a huge relief, because it meant all the hard work has paid off.

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Mark Ballas: Bristol Palin Wouldn't 'Step Out of the Box' on DWTS | Bristol Palin, Mark Ballas

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Mark Ballas: Bristol Palin Wouldn't 'Step Out of the Box' on DWTS

Originally posted 10/17/2012 07:30AM

One night after Bristol Palin convinced partner Mark Ballas to forgo matching bunny costumes on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, the pair was eliminated.

Ballas, 26 – who after his dismissal told reporters backstage that he was "dead serious" about dressing up as an animal pair – doesn't regret Palin's decision to play it safe, but he also points out that taking a risk with what to wear could have possibly prolonged their time in the competition.

"Hey, you can guide a horse to water, but you can't make it drink," he says.

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Paula Abdul Gives Out Perfect 10s as DWTS Judge

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Gilles Marini & Shawn Johnson Earn Perfect 10s on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 10/15/2012 10:10PM

With last week's double-elimination behind them, the remaining nine couples on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars were forced to perform a dance selected for them by one of their competitors.

And they had a famous face on board to assess them this week.

Paula Abdul joined the judges panel alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba for the night. Naturally, she brought her characteristic good cheer to the ABC show – and she notably awarded one of the season's first perfect 10s to Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd for their Bollywood-themed routine.

The couple also received 10s from Bruno and Carrie Ann, who told them, "Aladdin has nothing on you, Gilles Marini." Only Len was a holdout, though he gave the pair an impressive 9.5.

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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: Gilles Wants to Take Home the Trophy ... for His Daughter

Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: Gilles Marini Wants to Win the Mirror-Ball for His Daughter

Originally posted 10/15/2012 01:50PM

Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, taking the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Gilles Marini in the all-star season.

This all-star season is crazy competitive. There's a lot more pressure on the pro dancers to come up with amazing choreography each week. Every celebrity has been here before, so they know the ins and outs of the competition. I think Gilles has the talent to go all the way. He's an amazingly naturally talented dancer. I think it's going to be a great competition.

I feel like everyone's got something to offer. Everyone has got their own special thing about them, whether they've got a huge fan base or whether they're just amazing dancers, or they've just got this incredible personality and they're funny.

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Gilles Marini, Fearing Dancing Results, Drank $400 Bottle of Wine | Gilles Marini

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Gilles Marini, Fearing Dancing Results, Drank $400 Bottle of Wine

Originally posted 10/11/2012 12:35PM

Great looks, all the right moves, and he's still insecure?

Gilles Marini, a fan favorite and likely finalist on Dancing with the Stars, tells PEOPLE that he was so sure he'd be eliminated after Monday night's show that he needed to fortify himself.

"I opened a $400 bottle of wine," the handsome French-American actor, 36, said on Wednesday. "I didn't even pour it in a glass. I drank it right from the bottle!"

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Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough Perform 'Best Dance' in 15 Seasons on DWTS | Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson

Dancing with the Stars: Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough Perform 'Best Dance' in 15 Seasons

Originally posted 10/08/2012 10:00PM

Having to recreate an iconic dance from past seasons of Dancing with the Stars proved difficult – but fun – for the All-Stars on Monday.

With creative direction left to the nonprofessionals, the third week of competition had many highs and a few lows for the contestants.

Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya kicked off the evening with a cha-cha to Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love." Determined to deliver a sexy rendition, the duo succeeded with a score of 24 and judge Bruno Tonioli compared the performance to Magic Mike. "If it's going to work for Channing Tatum, it's going to work for you!" he said.

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