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Paula Deen Reacts to Being Called 'Sexy' on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 09/23/2015 10:45AM

Paula Deen may not have gotten the highest scores on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night, but she received one of the night's highest compliments.

"Paula, you are sexy. I'm kind of blown away," judge Carrie Ann Inaba told the celebrity chef after her tango with partner Louis Van Amstel. "I'm really impressed with your sex appeal."

Deen, 68, is honored by Inaba's comment.

"How about it, baby," she tells PEOPLE. "That's encouraging for every woman out there my age – that someone can look at us and think of us in that way. That's great."

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Snakes, Snacks and Fancy Footwork – How Dancing with the Stars' Season 21 Celebs Got into the Groove

Originally posted 09/14/2015 06:10PM

Though Dancing with the Stars fans are just hours from welcoming the newest batch of celebrities into the ballroom during Monday night's season 21 premiere, the competitors themselves took a few all-important first important steps weeks ago when they met their partners and began showing off their moves.

Luckily for this season's contestants, their initial encounters with the pros and with America's latest dance obsession were (mostly) stress-free. Sure, they might not have expected to hop straight into the splits or find themselves becoming the center of attention quite so quickly, but nobody said the quest for the Mirrorball Trophy would be easy.

Below, check out all 13 stars at the very beginning of their DWTS journey. Piece of advice: If you're smart, you'll follow Paula Deen's lead and rustle up some snacks before getting down to business.

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Season 20 Dancing with the Stars Cast: Did You Know ...?

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20 Fun Facts About the Cast, Judges and Hosts of Dancing with the Stars Season 20

Originally posted 03/16/2015 08:00AM

The 10th anniversary cast of Dancing with the Stars boasts plenty of recognizable names, but how well do you really know the 12 stars who will be facing off for this year's mirror ball trophy?

Here are 13 surprising facts about the cast – plus some bonus trivia about the returning judges and hosts.

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Why Won't Maks Be on This Season of DWTS? | Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Why Maksim Chmerkovskiy Won't Be on Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 02/26/2013 11:10AM

Where's Maks?

The Dancing with the Stars season 16 contestants and their pro partners were announced at a live event Tuesday morning in Los Angeles. And when the dust settled, fans may have been left wondering why Maksim Chmerkovskiy wasn't among the pairs.

The outspoken pro, who has competed in 13 of the past 15 season but never won, released a statement about sitting out the current competition, which begins March 18.

"I just want to set the record straight to all of my amazing fans that I will unfortunately not be returning for this season of Dancing with the Stars," he said in the statement.

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Sabrina Bryan Calls Dancing Elimination a 'Stinger'

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Sabrina Bryan Calls Dancing with the Stars Elimination a 'Stinger'

Originally posted 10/31/2012 04:00PM

Getting eliminated on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars during this particular week was all too familiar for Sabrina Bryan.

The former Cheetah Girl, 28, was sent home this same week when she competed during season 5 with Mark Ballas. The current dismissal came on the heels of scoring a perfect 30 for her routine the previous night.

"It just felt all too surreal," she told PEOPLE backstage after learning her fate. "It just felt like a flashback. I want to forget about that whole experience. Louis [Van Amstel] wanted to talk about it all week, but I just didn't want to. It didn't matter to me. It felt like the past is the past. We're here in the present."

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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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Mark Ballas: Bristol Palin Wouldn't 'Step Out of the Box' on DWTS | Bristol Palin, Mark Ballas

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Mark Ballas: Bristol Palin Wouldn't 'Step Out of the Box' on DWTS

Originally posted 10/17/2012 07:30AM

One night after Bristol Palin convinced partner Mark Ballas to forgo matching bunny costumes on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, the pair was eliminated.

Ballas, 26 – who after his dismissal told reporters backstage that he was "dead serious" about dressing up as an animal pair – doesn't regret Palin's decision to play it safe, but he also points out that taking a risk with what to wear could have possibly prolonged their time in the competition.

"Hey, you can guide a horse to water, but you can't make it drink," he says.

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VIDEO: Sabrina Bryan Joins Dancing with the Stars All-Stars

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Sabrina Bryan Joins Dancing with the Stars All-Stars

Originally posted 08/27/2012 09:00AM

Hey now, they're all all-stars!

It's nearly time for your favorite Dancing with the Stars contestants to compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy.

And on Monday's Good Morning America, host Robin Roberts revealed the viewers' choice to be the 13th contestant: a very excited Sabrina Bryan – who beat out Carson Kressley and Kyle Massey for the coveted spot.

Her partner will be Louis Van Amstel.

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SYTYCD: Titanic-Themed Routine Earns Standing Ovation

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So You Think You Can Dance's Top 20 Perform Live

Originally posted 07/12/2012 08:00AM

Fresh off the show's 200th episode, So You Think You Can Dance's season 9 had its first live show on Wednesday.

After a workplace-set group number by the top 20, judge Mary Murphy handed out a ticket on the "hot tamale train" to ballroom dancer Witney Carson, 18. But her ballet-dancer partner Chehon Wespi-Tschopp, 23, did not fare as well.

"When we pulled ballroom I wanted to die a little bit. I'm so new to this and I felt awkward," Wespi-Tschopp told PEOPLE of working with their choreographer, Dancing with the Stars pro Louis Van Amstel, who called him a "pretty boy with work to do" in rehearsal.

Receiving more positive feedback were jazz dancer Tiffany Maher, and contemporary dancer George Lawrence II, both 19, who left Murphy "breathless" after their Sonya Tayek contemporary routine.

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