09:35 AM EDT 12/04/2013
Originally posted 11/26/2013 11:00PM
Twelve weeks of sweat – and a lot of tears – have led up to Tuesday night's season 17 finale of Dancing with the Stars.
Finalists Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu were the season's regular leader board frontrunners, while Jack Osbourne improved tremendously since he began, and touched people with his life story.
But it was Amber who won the mirror ball.
Originally posted 11/26/2013 04:30PM
Dancing with the Stars is a marathon. And for those dancers who make it to the final weeks, it's an endurance test for the heart as much as the body.
Behind the smiles, often, there are tears – of exhaustion, frustration, relief and every other emotion you can experience.
"I had a cry in my car at one point. I had to pull over because I was just so worn out and tired," Jack Osbourne told PEOPLE backstage after Monday's show.
Originally posted 11/25/2013 10:30PM
With Dancing with the Stars contestants in the final stretch of season 17, Monday night saw another couple sent home.
Just before a newly crowned champion will be named on Tuesday, Jack Osbourne, Bill Engvall, Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu battled it out for a shot at winning the coveted mirror ball trophy.
At the end of Monday's episode, Engvall and partner Emma Slater ended up with the lowest score – and were sent packing.
Originally posted 11/18/2013 10:30PM
It was another exciting night in the ballroom on Monday's Dancing with the Stars.
There was laughter, tears and even an unexpected smooch during the show's semi-finals, which featured former cast member Maksim Chmerkovskiy as a guest judge.
As usual, Bill Engvall and partner Emma Slater ended up with the lowest overall score for their two routines – a cha cha and an Argentine tango both set to LMFAO's "Sexy and I Know It." Their goofy cha cha that got them 28 points out of 40 was poorly received by judges, but they left them impressed with a serious 32-point Argentine tango that Chmerkovskiy raved was "exactly what an Argentine tango is supposed to be like."
Was the fan favorite able to make it through another week and land a spot in next week's finals?
Originally posted 11/04/2013 12:35PM
Here's hoping Jack Osbourne and Brant Daugherty don't meet in a dark alley and have to jive to survive.
In this behind-the-scenes look at weekend Dancing with the Stars rehearsals, the two competitors joke about their friendly rivalry with their partners Cheryl Burke and Peta Murgatroyd.
"I don't know if it's a friendly rivalry with Brant," jokes Osbourne, 27. "It's an all-out war."
He continues: "We were exchanging fisticuffs in the parking lot the other day … he'll say something about my mother, I'll say something his mother … it's just ugly."
Originally posted 10/29/2013 08:00AM
As hard as it was to accept, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi tried to look on the bright side after her surprising elimination Monday from Dancing with the Stars.
"I'm happy and I'm grateful," she told PEOPLE backstage. "The show showed a different side of me, the mother side of me. And this whole experience has been so amazing. Everybody on the show is so amazing. I love them."
But the disappointment was evident, as she began to get choked up.
"I'm really sad to say goodbye to everybody," the Jersey Shore star, 25, admitted. "I just wasn't ready to go yet."
Originally posted 10/28/2013 04:00PM
Jack Osbourne has been inspiring Dancing with the Stars viewers each week.
Osbourne competes wholeheartedly despite his struggle with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis (RRMS), a disease that can affect the faculties needed for dancing, including balance and coordination.
Luckily, he says that aside from feeling tired, he has not had to confront the more acute symptoms of the disease while performing on DWTS.
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.
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