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Originally posted 02/11/2015 09:20AM
Dancing with the Stars announced which pros will return for season 20 on Wednesday – and one who notably will not.
Last season's champion Witney Carson returns alongside fan favorite (and two-time champion) Mark Ballas. Seasoned pros and fellow mirrorball winners Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd and Kym Johnson are back in the mix. Newer pros including Val Chmerkovskiy, Sharna Burgess, Allison Holker, Emma Slater and Artem Chigvintsev were also confirmed to return.
Noticeably absent, Karina Smirnoff – a pro since season 3 and the season 12 champion – posted on Instagram Tuesday night that she would not be returning for season 20: "I've decided to focus my energies on some other exciting endeavors."
Originally posted 05/15/2013 02:30PM
Ingo Rademacher wasn't wiping away any tears over his Dancing with the Stars semi-finals elimination on Tuesday night.
"I'm really happy that I don't have to learn two or three of those dances [next week]," the actor told PEOPLE just after his dismissal, while attending the show's 300th episode celebration at Boulevard 3 nightclub in Hollywood.
"I'm sore, I'm tired and this is it. We're going to have a party tonight while everyone else has to worry about choreographing. I'm really going to party."
Originally posted 05/14/2013 10:05PM
It was frontrunner Zendaya who had the surprise slip-up on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars semi-finals, but at the end of the evening, it was Ingo Rademacher who ended up at the bottom of the leader board.
With the three other remaining contestants ending the night with near perfect scores, Rademacher, whom judge Carrie Ann Inaba called "the underdog," was at a disadvantage with a mere 51 points out of 60 for his and partner Kym Johnson's samba and Charleston.
On Tuesday, during DWTS's 300th episode, did Rademacher get the boot? Or was there a surprise elimination?
Originally posted 05/09/2013 06:00AM
After Dancing with the Stars on Monday, Cheryl Burke celebrated her 29th birthday with the help of her fox-trotting friends.
Kelly Monaco, Karina Smirnoff and Kym Johnson were on hand for the celebration at Mixology 101 in Los Angeles, where they presented the birthday girl with a towering red velvet cake.
"Cheryl is one of my best friends," Johnson told PEOPLE. "I loved being at Mixology to help her celebrate alongside these gorgeous ladies!"
Reflecting on the occasion, Burke said, "I've spent my entire twenties on DWTS. It was incredible to be able to celebrate 29 with my show family and friends," adding, "I can't wait to see what this year brings."
– Michele Stueven
Originally posted 05/07/2013 10:10PM
Were Sean Lowe's fans able to save him from being eliminated on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars?
On Monday, the former Bachelor star failed to impress the judges with a pair of foot-fumbling routines that put him at the very bottom of the leader board with 42 points out of 60.
Soap star Ingo Rademacher trailed not too far behind with 48 points for the night.
Read on to find out if one of these handsome men were forced to say goodbye to the ballroom.
Originally posted 04/30/2013 10:10PM
Week after week of consistently low scores haven't spelled the end of the road for Dancing with the Stars competitors Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess. But is their time finally up?
The actor and his pro partner scored just 17 points for their rumba on Monday night's all-Latin show, putting them at the bottom of the leader board below soap star Ingo Rademacher and his partner, Kym Johnson. Burgess even spoke out in anger against the judges for their harsh critiques.
But their fans have saved Team Dick before. Did they do it again? Read on to find out who was sent home on Tuesday's elimination show ...
Originally posted 04/16/2013 10:15PM
On Monday's Dancing with the Stars, frontrunner Zendaya earned the first 10s of the season and Karina Smirnoff performed with ex-fiancé Maksim Chmerkovskiy for the first time since their split.
But for Andy Dick and D.L. Hughley the night was a repeat of hearing harsh critiques from the judges.
Dick made a statement with a Zoro-themed entrance during his paso doble with partner Sharna Burgess, but the rest of his dance was panned. Hughley, too, failed to impress the panel with his and Cheryl Burke's tango. Both couples finished the night at the bottom of the leader board with 18 points.
At the end of Tuesday's elimination, Andy and Sharna were declared safe but D.L. and Cheryl were in jeopardy, along with soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson and boxer Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold.
Originally posted 04/03/2013 02:20PM
Looks like Lola is taking after mommy!
When Dancing with the Stars pro Kym Johnson hits the studio to perfect her choreography, she brings her Bichon Frise-Pomeranian mix along for company.
"She's used to me dancing around. She actually sort of follows me," Johnson, 36, tells PEOPLE. "She prances around with the music, and then when it stops, she'll go and sit down."
A gift from her mother, Lola has been with Johnson for more than two years and first joined her when she was performing on Broadway.
Originally posted 10/08/2012 07:00PM
Drew Lachey is a member of 98 Degrees, starred on Broadway in Monty Python's Spamalot and Rent. He is the season 2 winner of Dancing with the Stars and a founder of Lachey Arts Music Theater Camp. Lachey will now be blogging for PEOPLE.com about his return to the ballroom with pro Anna Trebunskaya for the DWTS all-stars season.
Well, it has been an eventful week. It started off with Joey Fatone being eliminated from the competition. This came as a shock to all of us. With scores in the middle of the pack and a strong fan base, everybody thought he would be safe.
Joey was the person who was always cracking a joke and keeping it light when things would get stressful. It just once again shows you that this show is about so much more than just dancing. He will be missed.
Originally posted 10/08/2012 04:50PM
Kym Johnson is a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion, taking the coveted mirror ball trophy in season 9 with Donny Osmond and in season 12 with Hines Ward. The Australia native blogged for PEOPLE.com about competing with Joey Fatone in the all-star season. The pair was unfortunately sent home during the second week of competition. Johnson is sharing her final elimination post below.
I was surprised we were sent home.
We didn't have terrible scores. We were kind of in the middle of the pack. We just had so much more we wanted to do. I was so excited about Monday's dance, so I'm more upset that I didn't get to do that.
I'm disappointed. We were having a lot of fun. I knew it was going to be tough every week, but I wasn't expecting to be gone so soon.
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