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Tony & Melissa Hit Their Stride on Dancing | Melissa Rycroft, Tony Dovolani

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Dancing with the Stars: Tony Dovolani & Melissa Rycroft's Big Night

Originally posted 11/05/2012 10:35PM

It was a busy night on Dancing with the Stars Monday – but not for an injured Derek Hough.

The pro sat out this week's competition, in which the seven remaining couples performed a dance fusion and competed in a swing dance marathon. But Hough's partner Shawn Johnson was in good hands with her season 8 partner, Mark Ballas.

Keep reading to find out how they did in the dance fusion, which required the couples to blend two different styles during one song, and the four-minute swing marathon.

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Dancing Shocker: Sabrina Bryan Gets Country-Week Boot

Dancing with the Stars: Surprise Elimination in Country Week

Originally posted 10/30/2012 09:00PM

Country week on Dancing with the Stars has featured more emotions than, well, a country song.

But neither the first perfect 30s for Apolo Ohno and Sabrina Bryan, nor the injury-rebound performances by Shawn Johnson and Melissa Rycroft on Monday night could compare to Tuesday's surprises, including a shocking elimination. Read on for more.

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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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Melissa Rycroft Returns to the Dancing Ballroom After Injury

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Melissa Rycroft Returns to Dancing with the Stars After Injury

Originally posted 10/22/2012 09:45PM

She's back!

Despite injuring her neck during rehearsals and being rushed to the hospital on Sunday, Dancing with the Stars contestant Melissa Rycroft returned to the ballroom to perform on Monday night.

And she danced a high-flying team freestyle routine despite having what she called a "herniated disc in my upper neck."

"I'm on a little medication right now," Rycroft said before the performance to Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." "[But] I'm officially cleared to dance."

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At Age 50, Kelly Preston Says, 'I Feel Like I'm 25!'

Kelly Preston at 50: 'I Feel Like I'm 25!'

Originally posted 10/22/2012 02:00PM

Hitting the half-century mark can be daunting, but for Kelly Preston, who turned 50 on Oct. 13, the milestone birthday is reason to celebrate.

"I feel incredible. It floored me for a bit, but now I love it and I feel better than I have in years," the actress tells PEOPLE. "You are as old as you feel and I feel like I'm 25!"

It doesn't hurt that Preston, who lost 42 pounds over the first 14 months after giving birth to son Benjamin on Nov. 23, 2010, has shed an additional 7 lbs. in recent months. "I go up and down one or two pounds without worrying about it," she says. "I think I'd like to stay at this weight. I feel really healthy and I have tons of energy."

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Kirstie Alley's Dog Recovering from Surgery

UpdatePosted 10/17/2012 12:00PM

Kirstie Alley's Dog Recovering from Surgery

Originally posted 10/17/2012 10:50AM

She avoided elimination on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night, but Kirstie Alley isn't all smiles.

The actress's adored Corgi May has undergone a risky surgery and is beginning the slow process of recovery.

"Thank you all for your votes and working so hard on our behalf!!!! May I ask one more favor? My dog May needs your prayers," she Tweeted on Tuesday. "She just came out of a difficult surgery 20 minutes ago … She is my beloved."

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DWTS: Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas Go Home | Bristol Palin, Mark Ballas

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Dancing with the Stars: Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas Go Home

Originally posted 10/16/2012 09:15PM

On Monday night's Dancing with the Stars, Kelly Monaco cried tears of joy and relief after she completed a dramatic, high-scoring contemporary number with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. Meanwhile, Karina Smirnoff shed tears of a different kind following her hip-hop routine with Apolo Ohno.

Smirnoff, who began crying immediately after the dance, apologized for a mid-performance slip and fall. While the judges praised Ohno for going on with the routine like a "true professional," the pair only earned 34.5 out of 40 points, placing them third from the bottom on the leader board.

At the end of Tuesday night's elimination, did Smirnoff and Ohno kiss the ballroom goodbye, leaving perennial low scorers Kirstie Alley and Bristol Palin safe yet again?

Not the case. Bristol and Mark are heading home.

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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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