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Originally posted 04/24/2012 12:30PM
Jaleel White got his mojo from Motown.
Battered by the tabloids and nearly bounced by bad scores, the actor sent a resounding message this week on Dancing with the Stars.
"The message I have is, I'm not a quitter," he tells PEOPLE. "And I wasn't going to let down my partner. Nobody wants to go home, but if I am going to get sent packing, I'm not going to get sent packing doing my worst."
Originally posted 04/23/2012 10:45PM
Jaleel White saved himself from elimination by beating Gavin DeGraw in a dance duel last week on Dancing with the Stars. (Spoilers ahead!)
On Monday's Motown-themed show, the actor stormed back, earning 29 points for a snappy cha cha with partner Kym Johnson to "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."
"You're back!" Len Goodman declared.
"That was the biggest sizzler of the season," said Bruno Tonioli.
Originally posted 04/17/2012 10:15PM
Just as Dancing with the Stars's competition was starting to look up last week for Karina Smirnoff and partner Gavin DeGraw, they once again sunk to the bottom of the leaderboard after Monday night's 19-point samba.
They've been saved in prior weeks after low scores, but will fans' votes once again be enough to keep the pair on the show? The second lowest scores of the night went to Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his recovering partner Melissa Gilbert, who earned 21 points for their samba. Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus were one point above them with a score of 22 for their samba.
Originally posted 04/06/2012 03:00PM
Jaleel White hopes fans will judge him by his tango – not the recent tabloid headlines.
Once again speaking out against reports he erupted into a tirade against his Dancing with the Stars partner Kym Johnson during rehearsals, White says the two are "having a ball."
"My relationship with Kym should speak for itself in [terms of] ... what's going on on the dance floor," the former Family Matters star, 35, tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 04/03/2012 06:00PM
Tension is running high this week on Dancing with the Stars – because of the pressure to perform routines about life-changing moments, according to contestant Sherri Shepherd.
Speaking about Jaleel White's recent outburst during a rehearsal with partner Kym Johnson, Shepherd downplayed the incident.
"These dances were emotional for everyone," Shepherd said of the performances, which they had less time to learn. "Everybody wants to do well. We all want to be here."
Originally posted 04/03/2012 09:20AM
Jaleel White knew Dancing with the Stars would put him back in the spotlight. But he didn't know that he and pro partner Kym Johnson would be the focus of behind-the-scenes drama.
"It was completely exaggerated," White, 35, said backstage following Monday night's performances, after reports surfaced that he had erupted into a tirade against his partner on Friday.
The former Family Matters star reportedly stepped on Johnson's foot during a rehearsal, and then yelled at her when he thought she overreacted to the pain it caused.
"Jaleel definitely was out of line," a source tells PEOPLE. "It basically didn't have anything to do with Kym or her foot – he was just stressed out and ready to snap."
Originally posted 04/03/2012 08:25AM
On Monday's Dancing with the Stars, the contestants performed routines that represented the most memorable years in their lives.
There were a lot of tears, some very moving moments and the first 10s of the season.
Keep reading for a full take on Dancing's most emotional night so far ...
Originally posted 03/20/2012 10:45AM
It's anybody's mirror-ball trophy this season on Dancing with the Stars.
"This is the highest level of dancing I think we've had," pro Kym Johnson, partnered with Family Matters star Jaleel White, tells PEOPLE. The pair tied with Katherine Jenkins and pro Mark Ballas with the high scores of the premiere night, 26 points.
Adds her partner, White: "The competition is going to be so real, I just don't want to think about that for a while."
Originally posted 03/06/2012 11:50AM
The season 14 cast members of Dancing with the Stars are set to hit the parquet in fewer than two weeks. But the new crop of contestants have already suited up in their sparkling best to pose for official portraits.
Sherri Shepherd, who will dance with Val Chmerkovskiy, calls her stint on the ballroom dance competition a "dream come true."
She'll face off against soap star-turned-singer Jack Wagner, who will partner with Anna Trebunskaya. Tennis icon Martina Navratilova will also hit the floor with Tony Dovolani. And Family Matters star Jaleel White will compete alongside former champ Kym Johnson.
Originally posted 02/28/2012 08:20AM
Spring is just around the corner – and so is season 14 of Dancing with the Stars! Twelve new cast members, including Sherri Shepherd, and their professional dance partners were announced on Good Morning America Tuesday.
"It's a dream come true," The View co-host told PEOPLE about training with returning pro Val Chmerkovskiy. "He is one of the best frickin' dancers in the world. He's hot!"
And here's who else is preparing to take the ballroom by storm when the show's new season premieres March 19 on ABC:
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