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Jef Holm Challenges DWTS Star Karina Smirnoff to a Dance Off in Hollywood | Jef Holm, Karina Smirnoff

UpdatePosted 10/05/2012 06:00AM

Jef Holm Challenges DWTS Star Karina Smirnoff to a Dance Off in Hollywood

Originally posted 10/05/2012 06:00AM

Dancing – and gaming? – with the stars?

Bristol Palin, Gilles Marini, Karina Smirnoff, Jef Holm, Holly Madison and more celebrated the launch of Ubisoft's Just Dance 4 at Lexington Social House in Hollywood on Tuesday.

Fresh off the set of Dancing with the Stars , Marini challenged fellow all-stars contestant Palin to a dance off, but she refused.

"No! He'll beat me! Gilles has the best moves!" she said.

Bachelorette winner Holm was more than up for a challenge! He took on both DWTS' Karina Smirnoff and Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson.

Although he attended the event without fiancé Emily Maynard, he assured everyone their relationship remains strong despite breakup rumors.

"Jef said he and Emily are extremely happy and the rumors are false," an onlooker said.

A pregnant Madison also got in on the fun and was overheard talking about possible baby names.

"The names she and boyfriend Pasquale Rotella are debating are definitely unconventional," a source says. "But they're straying away from anything trendy or common most people would choose."
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Peta Murgatroyd: We Leave the Competition in the Ballroom

Originally posted 10/02/2012 12:55PM



They've been dating for months. But in the ballroom, Dancing with the Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd are rivals who have a job to do – and that means putting personal feelings aside and trying their best to win.

"It's great. It's healthy competition," Murgatroyd, 26, tells PEOPLE of squaring off against Chmerkovskiy in the current all-stars season, with her partner Gilles Marini. "I want to win again. He wants to win. But you know, I don't care about that. He doesn't care that I want to win. We all want to win!"

The key, she adds, is not to let the rivalry affect their downtime together.

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Sabrina Bryan Scores the First 9 of DWTS's New Season

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Dancing with the Stars: Sabrina Bryan Scores the First 9 This Season

Originally posted 10/01/2012 10:15PM

With 12 celebrity contestants and their professional partners still remaining on the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars All-Stars, Monday night made jive come alive – with decidedly mixed results.

Emmy-winning emcee Tom Bergeron and co-host Brooke Burke Charvet kept the suspense building until the judges rendered their scores – including the season's first 9 – while the audience audibly jeered those times that lower numbers were delivered.

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Dancing with the Stars All-Stars Delivers Butt-Shaking, More Sex Appeal

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Dancing with the Stars All-Stars Delivers Butt-Shaking, More Sex Appeal

Originally posted 09/24/2012 10:30PM

When Shawn Johnson announced her retirement from gymnastics over the summer, it was bittersweet for the gold medalist – and all of her fans who were hoping to cheer her on at the 2012 Olympic Games.

But the 20-year-old reclaimed some of that glory Monday night as she returned to the ballroom for the all-stars season of Dancing with the Stars.

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba easily summarized the former champ's 22-point foxtrot to Owl City's "Good Time" with pro Derek Hough: "This is what all-star season is all about!"

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Gilles's Performance Is 'Proof There Is a God' & More of Your Tweets About DWTS | Gilles Marini

UpdatePosted 09/24/2012 09:50PM

Kirstie Alley, Gilles Marini & More Kick Off Sexy All-Star DWTS Season

Originally posted 09/24/2012 08:45PM

No matter who you'll vote for on Dancing with the Stars all-stars, viewers can all agree on one thing: season 15 is full of heartthrobs!

From Gilles Marini to Apolo Anton Ohno to Joey Fatone, competitors had viewers swooning on social media Monday night. And once Kirstie Alley planted a surprise kiss on Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron, the Twitterverse went wild!

We asked you to sound off on the sexiest dancers by Tweeting @peoplemag your thoughts during the East Coast broadcast – and here's the best of what you had to share!

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Gilles Marini: Any Bone Is Worth Breaking to Win Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 09/21/2012 06:10PM



A fractured shoulder during Gilles Marini's 2009 stint on Dancing with the Stars isn't keeping the actor away from the ballroom.

Competing on the hit show's all-star season, premiering Sept. 24, Marini, 36, says he'll do whatever it takes to win the coveted mirror ball trophy this time around.

"The first time over, I fractured my shoulder and I ended up having surgery," he tells PEOPLE. "If I have to fracture something else and have to have surgery, I'll do it again. If I break anything, it will probably be fingers, an elbow, my shoulder again."

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Drew Lachey Predicts He & Joey Fatone Will Be Rivals on Dancing | Drew Lachey, Joey Fatone

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Dancing with the Stars: Drew Lachey Predicts He & Joey Fatone Will Be Rivals

Originally posted 08/17/2012 09:30AM

The all-star season of Dancing with the Stars doesn't start until Sept. 24, but contestant Drew Lachey is wasting no time in sizing up the competition.

"Everyone on the show is very competitive," he tells PEOPLE. "Everyone's laughing and like, 'Oh, haha, this is going to be fun,' but I guarantee once the show starts up, you're going to see everybody's true colors come out."

One of the people the 98 Degrees band mate, 36, sees as a direct rival – on the dance floor, that is – is former 'NSYNC singer Joey Fatone, 35.

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Together Again! Maksim & Kirstie Among Couples Reuniting for DWTS

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Dancing with the Stars: Pairs Revealed for All-Stars Season

Originally posted 08/13/2012 09:25AM

Some celebrities will be reunited with their pro partners while others will get a chance to boogie with someone new on the all-star season of Dancing with the Stars.

The pairings for the upcoming season, which premieres Sept. 24, were revealed Monday on Good Morning America. The classic partnerships to get an encore include Kristie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson; Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas; Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke; and Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani.

Among the new teams: Apolo Anton Ohno will dance with Karina Smirnoff, while Shawn Johnson is partnered with Derek Hough.

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Karina Smirnoff Will Be 'Very Surprised' If Bristol Palin Wins DWTS | Karina Smirnoff

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Karina Smirnoff Weighs In on All-Star Cast of Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 08/04/2012 02:45PM

Since the all-star cast of the fall season of Dancing with the Stars was revealed, it's become clear that all bets are off regarding the show's next winner. After all, the cast includes returning champions like former NFL player Emmitt Smith and Olympians Apolo Anton Ohno and Shawn Johnson, as well as beloved fan-favorites like Melissa Rycroft, Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini.

But Dancing pro (and season 13 winner) Karina Smirnoff isn't afraid to share her thoughts on who might emerge victorious in the show's new season, which premieres Sept. 24 on ABC.

"The women are very strong, but the male celebrity guests are a little bit stronger overall," Smirnoff told PEOPLE at an event sponsored by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. "I mean, we have an Olympian male guest – Apolo Anton Ohno. I'm sure he'll go very far."

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