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Originally posted 04/15/2013 10:00PM
"Our thoughts are with everyone in Boston tonight," host Tom Bergeron said at the start of Monday's Dancing with the Stars. "My heart is with you."
After opening the show with those somber words of support for those affected by the tragedy in Boston, Dancing's hosts, judges, celebrities and professional dancers went ahead with the performance show, which featured Len Goodman's side-by-side challenge.
They remaining couples had to perform routines simultaneously with another pair of professionals – a tough task for all the dancers. But one pair managed to pull off the first 10s of season 16.
Originally posted 04/02/2013 03:30PM
Karina Smirnoff and Jacoby Jones are getting to know each other's bodies very well.
The pair have spent hours clutching one another as they rehearse for Dancing with the Stars. And, in particular, they appear to have spent hours more analyzing Jones's torso – which he bared Monday during the couple's impressive 24-point rumba.
"He took the shirt off [in rehearsal], and I was like, 'Hello! Let's investigate! What are these?!' " Smirnoff told PEOPLE after Monday's show, as the Super Bowl champion stripped down once again to reveal the dozens of tattoos emblazoned on his body.
Originally posted 04/01/2013 10:45PM
There can only be one king and queen of any prom – and Dancing's prom-themed show was no exception. So, which couple made magical memories in the ballroom Monday night?
Derek Hough and partner Kellie Pickler reigned once again this week, according to tough judge Len Goodman, who declared the singer "queen" for their "Footloose" jive. Carrie Ann Inaba called the performance "ridiculously amazing." They earned the top score of 25 points.
Hot on their heels were early frontrunners Zendaya and partner Val Chmerkovskiy, who earned 24 points for a Viennese waltz that Bruno Tonioli called as "enchanting and charming as Venice in the moonlight."
NFL star Jacoby Jones was sexy and shirtless for an impressive, 24-point rumba with partner Karina Smirnoff. "This had a refinement," Len said. "It had quality of movement."
Originally posted 03/26/2013 10:00PM
Following a week safe from any elimination, one couple is heading home after Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars.
At the bottom of the leader board for two consecutive weeks were: D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke, Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani, Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold and Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko.
Read on to find out if one of these couples were the first to hang up their dancing shoes on season 16. Spoilers ahead ...
Originally posted 03/26/2013 09:30AM
Is it easier to do well on Dancing with the Stars if you're a teenager with boundless energy?
Not necessarily, says Zendaya, the 16-year-old Disney star who has dazzled so far this season – but who also ruffled some feathers Monday by saying age is "just a number."
"Using age is almost an excuse," Zendaya told PEOPLE after another brilliant performance. "Age doesn't mean anything. Age doesn't mean I can't work as hard. Age doesn't mean I can't do as well as everyone else. It's just a factor. It's just there."
Zendaya was mostly talking about herself, trying to explain why she's doing so well at such a young age. But some of her older competitors had to laugh at the suggestion that age doesn't mean anything.
Originally posted 03/19/2013 04:30PM
She's just 16. But Disney star Zendaya displayed confidence and grace well beyond her years at Monday's premiere of Dancing with the Stars, leaving her fellow dancers struggling to find enough superlatives to describe her high-scoring performance.
"I mean, oh my gosh," Dorothy Hamill told PEOPLE. "Doesn't matter if she's 16 or 12 or 100. It was just beautiful."
Added Karina Smirnoff, standing with her Super Bowl champ partner Jacoby Jones: "We probably won't be able to do what she did today after 10 weeks! Because that takes years of practice and training."
Originally posted 03/08/2013 06:30PM
With football players traditionally dominating Dancing with the Stars, Jacoby Jones has to be an early favorite.
But the NFL star has already fallen behind, getting a late start on rehearsals.
Following a minor knee surgery just before casting announcements, doctors did not clear Jones to dance for several days. The Baltimore Raven, 28, and pro partner Karina Smirnoff, 35, hit the studio for the first time on Thursday.
Originally posted 03/04/2013 03:20PM
It's almost time for Dancing with the Stars!
Season 16 of ABC's ballroom dance competition doesn't kick off until March 18, but while you wait for the 11 new cast members to begin the battle for the mirror-ball trophy, you can watch a sneak peek of the pros' moves in a new promo starring Pitbull.
"The sexy is back," the clip boasts.
Originally posted 12/10/2012 03:45PM
She's acting with the stars of Don't Trust the B–– in Apt. 23!
Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff, who recently made it to week nine with Apolo Ohno in the all-stars season, will appear an upcoming episode of the ABC sitcom.
On the show, James Van Der Beek is participating in Smirnoff's popular televised ballroom dance competition. And he's up against Smirnoff and her partner, Dean Cain, who's also guest starring on the episode, which will air Dec. 11.
Originally posted 11/26/2012 06:00PM
Apolo Ohno is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 4 with Julianne Hough. Finally ousted last week, the ice-skating Olympian has been blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Karina Smirnoff in the all-star season.
I feel good. I did my absolute best on the show. I feel like we did some amazing dances. It was a blast, it was a struggle, it was hard. I overcame all the obstacles. The fan base that was there was incredibly powerful and strong.
On one side, it was a little bit bittersweet. I felt like we should have been in the finals. We definitely were good enough to be there. But it's out of our control. With the combination of the judges' scores and the audience votes, we just did not have enough votes to go onto the finals.
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