04:58 PM EDT 05/23/2013
Originally posted 04/16/2013 01:30PM
It appears Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have buried the hatchet.
The formerly engaged pair, who didn't have much interaction after calling it quits in September 2009, shocked viewers on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars when they not only shared a routine together but looked happy about it.
"It was so fun," Smirnoff, 35, told PEOPLE backstage after the show. "It was drama-less and so refreshing. I enjoyed it. I really did."
Smirnoff – who says she was shocked when she opened an envelope and found out that Chmerkovskiy, 33, would be joining her and partner Jacoby Jones – admitted, "It was a little awkward in the beginning, but once we started, it was great."
Originally posted 04/15/2013 10:00PM
"Our thoughts are with everyone in Boston tonight," host Tom Bergeron said at the start of Monday's Dancing with the Stars. "My heart is with you."
After opening the show with those somber words of support for those affected by the tragedy in Boston, Dancing's hosts, judges, celebrities and professional dancers went ahead with the performance show, which featured Len Goodman's side-by-side challenge.
They remaining couples had to perform routines simultaneously with another pair of professionals – a tough task for all the dancers. But one pair managed to pull off the first 10s of season 16.
Originally posted 02/26/2013 11:10AM
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.
Originally posted 11/15/2012 10:30AM
Dancing with the Stars fans know better than to doubt Maksim Chmerkovskiy's desire to win the coveted mirror-ball trophy.
But while the Ukrainian-born dancer has made it to the final round of the immensely popular dance show four times in his 13 seasons, his elimination from the all-star competition came with an almost welcome whimper.
"There's no sting, no sting at all," Chmerkovskiy, attending the launch event for Kimberly Snyder's juice bar Glow Bio in West Hollywood, tells PEOPLE about Wednesday's elimination, which sent him and partner Kirstie Alley home.
Originally posted 11/14/2012 02:10PM
Peta Murgatroyd is looking at the glass half full.
Although the ballroom pro was wiping away tears backstage after she and partner Gilles Marini were eliminated on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars, Murgatroyd, 26, is excited to spend time with boyfriend Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who was also eliminated alongside his partner, Kirstie Alley.
"We get to sleep in tomorrow morning probably, and go have breakfast, which we have not done for months," Murgatroyd told PEOPLE. "So, there's a plus side."
Originally posted 11/14/2012 09:00AM
Another era of Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy has come to an end.
Arguably the goofiest duo on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars, Alley, 61, and Chmerkovskiy, 32, kept the jokes coming, even after being sent home during Tuesday night's double-elimination.
When asked how she managed to tame her bad-boy partner, Alley told PEOPLE with a laugh, "Tranquilizers. Horse tranquilizers because human ones didn't work."
Originally posted 11/13/2012 09:05PM
It was another week of double trouble on Dancing with the Stars.
Two all-star couples got the boot on Tuesday night, following Monday's Veteran's Day tribute.
Combining their scores from Monday and the previous elimination-free week, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were again in the bottom spot, just below Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff.
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd were uncharacteristically in the bottom three.
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 ...
Originally posted 10/30/2012 09:00PM
Country week on Dancing with the Stars has featured more emotions than, well, a country song.
But neither the first perfect 30s for Apolo Ohno and Sabrina Bryan, nor the injury-rebound performances by Shawn Johnson and Melissa Rycroft on Monday night could compare to Tuesday's surprises, including a shocking elimination. Read on for more.
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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