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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'This Season Will Be Very Surprising' | Karina Smirnoff

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'This Season Will Be Very Surprising'

Originally posted 09/15/2014 12:00PM

Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, having won the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The pro dancer is now in her 16th season on the show, and will be blogging for PEOPLE about competing with actor and retired mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture for season 19.

Preparations for this week have been going amazingly. I've been a fan of my partner, Randy Couture, for years. My dog, Randy Smirnoff, is named after Randy Couture! When I saw he was my partner, I was like, "Oh my gosh, my dad will be so excited." Randy's his favorite fighter, too.

Being an Olympic wrestler as well as an ex-soldier, Randy has discipline and dedication that are unbeatable. For a man of Randy's stature – he's tall, very muscular, very built – it's not the easiest thing to be light on the feet and to be a "twinkle toes." He's been working so hard and has made progress, and how much he's done since Day One is amazing. I'm very proud of him.

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Dancing with the Stars Cast Revealed!

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Dancing with the Stars Celebrities Are Revealed

Originally posted 09/04/2014 08:45AM

A member of Duck Dynasty's Robertson family and the latest murder victim on Pretty Little Liars will compete on the 19th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars.

Sadie Robertson, the granddaughter of Phil Robertson on the A&E reality show, will be paired with Mark Ballas.

Janel Parrish, whose character Mona Vanderwaal was killed off last week on ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars, will dance with Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

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Find Out Which Pros Are Returning to Dancing with the Stars

DWTS Reveals Season 19 Pros

Originally posted 08/13/2014 09:00AM

The reigning champ of Dancing with the Stars won't be back, but his brother will.

So will five-time champion Derek Hough and two-time winner Cheryl Burke, not to mention a few fresh faces and a winner from the U.K. version of the competition show.

All told, 12 pros were revealed this morning on ABC's Good Morning America in anticipation of the 19th season premiere of DWTS on Sept. 15.

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Was Sean Avery Forced Off Dancing with the Stars? | Karina Smirnoff, Sean Avery

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Dancing with the Stars: Was Sean Avery Forced Off the Show?

Originally posted 04/01/2014 04:05PM

Was Sean Avery's Dancing with the Stars elimination a question of votes – or vengeance?

After last week's shocking double elimination, which sent the former hockey pro and partner Karina Smirnoff packing, Avery says it was a disagreement with producer Conrad Green – not his dance technique – that caused his early exit.

"I will tell everyone on #GMA tomorrow why i was voted off ... my partner @Karina_Smirnoff is AMAZING," he Tweeted March 24, after the duo was eliminated.

The following morning Avery, 33, appeared on Good Morning America with Smirnoff, 36, and hinted that a dispute with a producer may have been the real reason for his departure from the show in only its second week of competition.

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Who Went Home During Dancing's Unexpected Double Elimination? | Diana Nyad

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UpdatePosted 03/25/2014 07:00AM

Dancing with the Stars Double Elimination: Who Went Home?

Originally posted 03/24/2014 10:25PM

Monday night's Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a selection of surprises.

Not only did contestants learn right at the beginning that there was a double elimination to take place during the show, but the leader board's lowest scorer Billy Dee Williams – whose face expressed fear of being sent home – was saved almost immediately, and went on to dance a 15-point tango with Emma Slater that judge Len Goodman said "didn't have enough attack."

Before getting to the unfortunate two who were forced to bid adieu, here's a recap of how the night went overall:

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What Pick-Up Line Did Orange Is the New Black's Pablo Schreiber Use on Karina Smirnoff?

Pablo Schreiber Uses The Bachelor Pick-Up Line on Karina Smirnoff – Did It Work?

Originally posted 01/11/2014 04:45PM

Has Karina Smirnoff found a new dancing partner?

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Dancing Crowns New Winner: Amber Riley (VIDEO) | Amber Riley

UpdatePosted 11/27/2013 07:00AM

Amber Riley Crowned New Dancing with the Stars Winner

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.

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Bill Engvall Booted on Monday's Dancing with the Stars | Bill Engvall

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Bill Engvall Booted on Monday's Dancing with the Stars

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.

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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: No Food, No Sleep – Just Practice

Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: No Food, No Sleep – Just Practice

Originally posted 11/25/2013 05:00PM

Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The longtime competitor has been blogging for PEOPLE about competing with former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu in season 17.

I'm just enjoying this whole process. At this point, you can't control what's going to happen from anyone's side. The only thing we know is that we're having a blast and we're trying to figure out how to fit in all these dances. The workload this season is ridiculous. We've had to pretty much learn more than one dance per day.

We get nervous about the quality. How do you manage to work, polish and give great quality with such little time? So it's like you don't eat, you don't sleep, you don't use the bathroom. They say sleep is overrated. I respectfully disagree.

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Corbin Bleu's DWTS Blog: 'I've Learned a Lot About Myself'

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Corbin Bleu's DWTS Blog: 'I've Learned a Lot About Myself'

Originally posted 11/25/2013 11:20AM

Corbin Bleu is a former High School Musical star, now competing on season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with season 13 champion Karina Smirnoff. This season, the Disney alum has been blogging for PEOPLE about his experience on ABC's hit show.

At the beginning of rehearsing for this week, I was about to pull my hair out. I had no idea how we were going to get through it. We have five dances to do. So there's so much press and everything, and the amount of interviews that I'm doing is cutting into rehearsal time. It's craziness. It's like finals in school. It's hell week.

I expected the season to be a lot of hard work. Everyone warned me that it's one of the most time consuming and physically and mentally draining processes to go through. But what you don't realize is how much goes into it with production. You're constantly debating back and forth with what song you're going to dance to. Sometimes you'll submit a song and they won't necessarily let you choose that song. Then you have to rework the entire dance concept. Then you have to figure out lighting and costumes.

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