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Dancing with the Stars Recap: And the Winner Is ...

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: And the Winner Is ...

Originally posted 05/20/2015 01:25AM

After 10 weeks, 13 episodes and a two-hour finale highlighting them all, Dancing with the Stars season 20 is officially in the books, dance fans. And as usual, it was a season filled with countless incredible dances and a handful of painful ones, stars that made us roll our eyes and stars that made us cry, rewarding victories and astonishing exits, medical miracles and plenty of gratuitous Chmerkovskiy chest.

Before we get to the final fusion dances and the last, agonizing three minutes, let's take a look at that jam-packed first hour.

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DWTS Recap: The Finals

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: The Finals

Originally posted 05/18/2015 11:35PM

It's finals night, Dancing with the Stars fans, and after the shocking elimination last week where one of the best remaining dancers was cut, many of you seemed to think tonight would be just a two couple race. But after watching each of them perform their two dances tonight, did any of you change your minds?

Let's hit the dance floor and break down each couple's repeated favorite dance and their final Freestyles; dances that I'm betting are going to get a lot of people in trouble on Tuesday for watching – over and over again – instead of working. (That's right, I’m looking at you.)

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DWTS Recap: Judges' Choice Results | Julianne Hough

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Judges' Choice Results

Originally posted 05/12/2015 11:35PM

After Monday night's impressive and emotional semifinal performances, would it be such a terrible idea to just hand out four Mirrorballs and call everyone a winner? I don't think so. But unlike kindergarten soccer, someone has to win, and someone has to lose in this glittery game.

On Tuesday, one of the couples who earned some of the season's highest scores from the judges was cut, which I'm sure created an uproar from many armchair dance "experts" watching. But, to be fair, this show is as much about the popular vote as it is about dance skill, and, like it or not, sometimes it's not all about the dance. Unjust? I'll let you debate it in the comments, but for now, let's discuss what happened and find out which couples are left to battle it out for the season 20 golden Mirrorball Trophy next week.

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DWTS Recap: Judges' Choice Night

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Judges' Choice Night

Originally posted 05/12/2015 12:40AM

It's semifinals week, Dancing with the Stars fans, which this season means more than the usual ramped up chest exposure and ramped up Hough exposure; season 20 means ramped up judge exposure! But really, why has it taken 20 seasons to integrate the judges into the dance to make them prove they're worthy?

I've spent 10 years Googling Carrie Ann Inaba each season to remember what it is that qualifies her to critique ballroom dancing – or any dancing – and 10 years discovering that being a fly girl is apparently all it takes. (That's 20 seasons of face palms for those of you keeping score.)

Tonight's semifinals was about more than technique, skill, and judges stepping on toes (metaphoric and literal) however, it was a show full of surprises, emotion, and a lot of tissues ...

To keep reading, visit EW.com.

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Dancing with the Stars: Derek Hough Channels Len Goodman for Judge's Choice Night

Originally posted 05/11/2015 11:35AM

Monday's Dancing with the Stars Judge's Choice Night might just be the most emotional selection Len Goodman has ever made.

Goodman, 71, has tapped five-time Mirrorball Trophy winner Derek Hough to embody him in a routine with Nastia Liukin. And, in a real treat for loyal DWTS fans, Goodman will also cameo at the end, taking a few turns around the ballroom with Liukin, 25.

In an exclusive clip from Monday's episode, Goodman – who struggles with arthritis – address the emotional motivation for the dance: "For everyone, there comes a time when you can no longer do something. But you always think back to how it was and what it was like."

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DWTS Recap: America's Choice Results Revealed

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: America's Choice Results Are Revealed

Originally posted 05/05/2015 10:20PM

Eight weeks into Dancing with the Stars, six stars remained. But while they turned up the heat Monday night, two were sent home in tonight's double elimination.

But who would it be? As we learned with last week's shocker of a send-off that found Willow Shields packing, high scores from the table can only do so much and at-home voters can make all the difference.

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DWTS Recap: America's Choice

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: America's Choice Night

Originally posted 05/05/2015 01:20PM

Our apologies for the delayed Dancing with the Stars recap – hopefully it's just given you, America, more time to think of suggestions for your favorite dancing duos such as "lots of candles" and "y'all gonna be kissing?" That's not to discredit America's suggestions for hairstyles, costumes, music and dance style, which shaped the first of each couple's two dances tonight; giving the people what they wanted on Monday pulled out some of the best dances of the season, resulting in one perfect score, one near-perfect score and a finally happy (and still bare-chested) Bachelor.

And on top of making these beautiful people dance like the waltzing Barbies you never had, the second dances of the evening were trios! Sure, for Nastia Liukin that's just another day in partner Derek Hough's neighborhood – if you're going to bogart Nastia's post-dance hugs, Derek, please at least bring precious Sasha Farber into your loving embrace, as well – but I think Sharna Burgess said it best for the rest of the night's trios: "With all those extra limbs around, there're just more possibilities."

It was double the dances in preparation for a double elimination on Tuesday night. So hopefully America served its valued stars and pros well …

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DWTS Holds a Spectacular 10th Anniversary Special

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: 10th Anniversary Special

Originally posted 04/28/2015 10:55PM

Ten years and 20 seasons of Dancing with the Stars culminated in Tuesday's special, an anniversary spectacular filled with as many sequins and skin-baring outfits as a fan would expect.

Stars and pros past and present were on hand to mark the occasion on the dance floor. Aside from its hardcore nostalgia factor, the special featured an insane opening number (including almost 50 stars, judges, hosts and pros … and pregnant Welsh chanteuse Katherine Jenkins!) and some visits from former fan favorites.

Kicking off our top moments of the night ...

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DWTS: Which Partners Realized the Eras of Their Ways in Week 7?

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Eras Night

Originally posted 04/28/2015 12:20AM

A staple in the Dancing with the Stars franchise, "Eras Night," returned Monday, and the stars danced routines inspired by a specific decade. The favorites (Nastia Liukin, Rumer Willis, Riker Lynch and Willow Shields) continued to please the judges, but who won immunity this week – and who was (shockingly!) sent home?

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DWTS: Who Was in Limbo on Spring Break Night?

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Spring Break Night

Originally posted 04/21/2015 12:35AM

While Dancing with the Stars' "Spring Break Night" had some skin-baring outfits, unlike many coeds' wild getaways, it was memorable.

Front-runners like Riker Lynch, Nastia Liukin and Rumer Willis continued to pull ahead, but not all of the competition did so hot individually. Lucky for the underdogs, there's strength in numbers, and this week's group performances gave everyone a boost.

To keep reading, visit EW.com.

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