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Wynonna Says Kirstie Alley Is Her Dancing with the Stars Weight Loss 'Mentor'

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Wynonna Says Kirstie Alley Is Her Dancing with the Stars Weight Loss 'Mentor'

Originally posted 02/27/2013 03:45PM

Country icon Wynonna's size is no laughing matter.

Despite playfully telling Tuesday's Good Morning America audience about signing on to Dancing with the Stars so that she can get down to her birth weight, the singer says her health has actually become a growing concern.

"This is a great diversion for me, because it will focus on self-care, which for women – especially working as hard as I do – we forget to put ourselves on the list," Wynonna, 48, told PEOPLE shortly after it was announced she'd be joining the cast of ABC's hit show. "This will force me to take care of myself."

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Wants His Brother Val to Win DWTS | Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Now Focusing on Brother Val's Success on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 11/15/2012 10:30AM

Dancing with the Stars fans know better than to doubt Maksim Chmerkovskiy's desire to win the coveted mirror-ball trophy.

But while the Ukrainian-born dancer has made it to the final round of the immensely popular dance show four times in his 13 seasons, his elimination from the all-star competition came with an almost welcome whimper.

"There's no sting, no sting at all," Chmerkovskiy, attending the launch event for Kimberly Snyder's juice bar Glow Bio in West Hollywood, tells PEOPLE about Wednesday's elimination, which sent him and partner Kirstie Alley home.

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Peta Hopes to Sleep In with Boyfriend Maks After DWTS Double Elimination | Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Peta Murgatroyd & Maksim Chmerkovskiy Will Sleep In After DWTS Elimination

Originally posted 11/14/2012 02:10PM

Peta Murgatroyd is looking at the glass half full.

Although the ballroom pro was wiping away tears backstage after she and partner Gilles Marini were eliminated on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars, Murgatroyd, 26, is excited to spend time with boyfriend Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who was also eliminated alongside his partner, Kirstie Alley.

"We get to sleep in tomorrow morning probably, and go have breakfast, which we have not done for months," Murgatroyd told PEOPLE. "So, there's a plus side."

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What Are Kirstie Alley's Post-Dancing Plans? | Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Kirstie Alley's Post-Dancing with the Stars Plans: Watching Law & Order in Bed

Originally posted 11/14/2012 09:00AM

Another era of Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy has come to an end.

Arguably the goofiest duo on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, Alley, 61, and Chmerkovskiy, 32, kept the jokes coming, even after being sent home during Tuesday night's double-elimination.

When asked how she managed to tame her bad-boy partner, Alley told PEOPLE with a laugh, "Tranquilizers. Horse tranquilizers because human ones didn't work."

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Kirstie Alley & Gilles Marini Eliminated on Dancing | Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Kirstie Alley & Gilles Marini Eliminated on Dancing

Originally posted 11/13/2012 09:05PM

It was another week of double trouble on Dancing with the Stars.

Two all-star couples got the boot on Tuesday night, following Monday's Veteran's Day tribute.

Combining their scores from Monday and the previous elimination-free week, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were again in the bottom spot, just below Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff.

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd were uncharacteristically in the bottom three.

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Which Couple Had a Perfect Night of Dancing?

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Dancing with the Stars: Which Couple Had a Perfect Night?

Originally posted 11/12/2012 11:15PM

After performing twice last week, the remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars had double duty again Monday night. Each pair performed a tribute to America's troops as well as a trio dance with an eliminated pro or member of the DWTS troupe.

And it was a night of big scores! But the pressure is on ahead of Tuesday's double elimination.

Keep reading for all the details ...

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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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