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Cheryl Burke Says the DWTS Judges Are 'Brutal' | D.L. Hughley

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Cheryl Burke Blogs: Dancing with the Stars Judges Are Too Tough on D.L. Hughley

Originally posted 04/08/2013 11:15AM

Cheryl Burke is a two-time Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy with Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith. The 15-season pro will blog for PEOPLE.com while competing on season 16 with her partner, D.L. Hughley.

The last two weeks on Dancing with the Stars have been shocking. Wynonna, who was sent home, has the country fan base. We were just one point ahead of Wynonna, but after the judges' remarks, D.L. and I thought we were leaving the competition. I guess people were really pulling for us.

We try not think about the judges' scores too much. Obviously, there's room for improvement for D.L., but lately, the criticism hasn't been constructive. They've been brutal to him. At the end of the day, we're dancing for our fans and family and for each other. That's all we can really do.

On Monday, Bruno [Tonioli] said D.L. needed a hip replacement, and Len [Goodman] said if D.L.'s a sex machine then he was America's Next Top Model. That was really rough, but then on the next night, Len had a chance to say something more encouraging and he didn't. It was a rough two nights in a row. Len, especially, is a ballroom judge. Give us something we can take back.

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Kellie Pickler Heats Up the DWTS Competition | Derek Hough, Kellie Pickler, Peta Murgatroyd, Sean Lowe

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Kellie Pickler Heats Up the Competition on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 03/25/2013 10:30PM

It's only the second week of competition but Monday's episode of Dancing with the Stars was tense and emotional. That's because season 16's 12 celebrities are just a day away from the first elimination.

But Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, the last couple to perform Monday, pulled out all the stops for their contemporary jazz routine, which earned 26 points.

"You are a dancer!" judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. "That was friggin' amazing!"

"Last week was a spark," Len Goodman added. "This week was a fire."

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DWTS Judge Len Goodman Is Married!

Len Goodman Marries Longtime Girlfriend

Originally posted 01/01/2013 02:15PM

From the judges' table to the altar!

Len Goodman of Dancing with the Stars tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend Sue Barrett on Sunday in London.

The couple exchanged vows during a surprise ceremony in front of 30 family members and friends.

Goodman, 68, and Barrett, 47, have been together for more than 10 years.

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POLL: Does Melissa, Shawn or Kelly Deserve to Win Dancing? | Kelly Monaco, Melissa Rycroft, Shawn Johnson

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Deserves to Win?

Originally posted 11/27/2012 10:15AM

That mirror-ball trophy is within reach!

Dancing's all-female top three performed two routines a piece on Monday night – and it's a tight race going into Tuesday's big finale.

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani were flawless and are in the lead with a perfect score of 60 points. They performed a sexy samba for their favorite dance and a high-flying contemporary routine for their super-size freestyle.

"Your technique is great but what is good to see is your confidence," judge Bruno Tonioli said after their first dance. "You've grown so much as a performer." After their contemporary number, fellow judge Len Goodman said he wished he had an 11-point paddle.

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Dancing's Pairs Perform Crazy Combination Routines in Semi-Finals | Derek Hough, Shawn Johnson

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Dancing with the Stars: Couples Perform Crazy Combinations in Semi-Finals

Originally posted 11/19/2012 11:05PM

It's the semi-finals!

The remaining five couples on Dancing with the Stars faced two rounds of competition on Monday. First, the pairs performed mixed-up routines, blending uncommon styles with unusual themes. Then, they celebrated the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's hit album Bad with more traditional ballroom numbers.

Keep reading for all the details and scores ...

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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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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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Sabrina Bryan Scores the First 9 of DWTS's New Season

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Dancing with the Stars: Sabrina Bryan Scores the First 9 This Season

Originally posted 10/01/2012 10:15PM

With 12 celebrity contestants and their professional partners still remaining on the 15th season of Dancing with the Stars All-Stars, Monday night made jive come alive – with decidedly mixed results.

Emmy-winning emcee Tom Bergeron and co-host Brooke Burke Charvet kept the suspense building until the judges rendered their scores – including the season's first 9 – while the audience audibly jeered those times that lower numbers were delivered.

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William Levy Can Take Len's Criticism During DWTS Finals | Cheryl Burke, William Levy

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Dancing Finals: William Levy Can Take Len's Criticism

Originally posted 05/22/2012 07:50AM

When it came to William Levy and Cheryl Burke's cha cha on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars finals, head judge Len Goodman told the couple that the number was "as good as I've seen in 14 seasons." But when they performed their freestyle, he was less impressed.

Calling the booty-shaking routine, "predictable," Goodman kept the duo from getting a perfect 60 points out of 60 for the night.

But Levy and Burke wouldn't change a thing if they had to do the dance all over again.

"It [was] the freestyle," the Cuban star told PEOPLE backstage after the show. "It's free. We can do whatever we want. It wasn't supposed to be something that Len was looking for. You don't have to do whatever he says. We picked samba, who cares?"

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