10:50 AM EDT 12/17/2014
Originally posted 06/02/2014 02:45PM
Trying to break out of the shadow of a successful sibling is no easy task.
Originally posted 04/28/2014 10:40PM
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough were declared safe right away and kicked off the night with a 36-out-of-40-point rumba to a slowed-down rendition of "Light My Fire" by the Doors.
"You lit my fire! ... First out, first class," head judge Len Goodman told the pair, while Martin gushed, "You were stunning. You made me feel a lot of things."
But the night wasn't entirely a win for Purdy, who was sent to the hospital shortly after her performance with a shoulder injury. She was unable to perform the group dance with her team at the end of the evening, and the dress rehearsal dance was used to judge the routine (more on that later).
Originally posted 03/31/2014 10:35PM
There's been no lack of excitement during season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.
Following an unexpected double elimination last week, this week's show – which featured Robin Roberts as a guest judge – had one couple backing out of the competition due to injury, and the rest of the couples digging into their most personal moments and sharing them with a teary-eyed audience during a most memorable year-themed episode.
Originally posted 03/24/2014 10:25PM
Monday night's Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a selection of surprises.
Not only did contestants learn right at the beginning that there was a double elimination to take place during the show, but the leader board's lowest scorer Billy Dee Williams – whose face expressed fear of being sent home – was saved almost immediately, and went on to dance a 15-point tango with Emma Slater that judge Len Goodman said "didn't have enough attack."
Before getting to the unfortunate two who were forced to bid adieu, here's a recap of how the night went overall:
Originally posted 03/24/2014 10:20AM
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will blog for PEOPLE about competing with Big Time Rush band member James Maslow during the show's 18th season.
There have been so many changes on the show this season, but I'm happy with them.
I think Erin [Andrews] did an amazing job at the premiere. I think she adds like this girl-next-door vibe to the show. I think Dancing with the Stars wanted to create a new audience this season and really liven it up a little more. I think she's helping to do that. Her interviews are great and she's really down to earth. She's really conversational.
Originally posted 03/18/2014 03:35PM
Former contestant Erin Andrews is adjusting quickly to her new duties as Dancing with the Stars co-host.
Going off of a rave review from PEOPLE's TV critic – who says the sports broadcaster is right at home on ABC's hit competition show – Andrews, too, told PEOPLE, "It's crazy because it feels kind of like family and I'm back, you know, to where I kind of grew up."
But even so, Brooke Burke-Charvet's replacement is still getting the hang of things.
Originally posted 03/17/2014 10:35PM
Another season of Dancing with the Stars kicked off on Monday night, with no shortage of fancy footwork to hit the ballroom.
Although the night consisted of many highs from a number of talented contestants, it was Olympic gold medalist ice skating partners-turned-DWTS-competitors Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who gained most of the buzz leading up to the show's 18th season.
Originally posted 03/16/2014 11:30AM
Maks Chmerkovskiy is returning to Dancing with the Stars a changed man.
The talented yet hot-blooded dance pro, who's famous for challenging the show's judges and pushing his celebrity partners to the limit, says viewers will see his calmer, more relaxed side when he returns to the show on Monday, after being away for almost a year.
"Listen, I'm a sweet guy. I'm just intense at work. I have nothing but the end result in mind. My entire career has been like that," the 34-year-old tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Originally posted 12/20/2013 05:05PM
Kate Upton, 21, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, 33 – who were said to be "very serious" as recently as the end of September when they were photographed holding hands – have called it quits.
"They've been done for a while," a source tells PEOPLE, of the hot-bodied pair, who met through a mutual friend at the beginning of this year.
Originally posted 11/19/2013 07:55AM
It sounds like Maksim Chmerkovskiy has found his calling.
The once hot-tempered Dancing with the Stars professional, 33, showed off an entirely new side when he acted as guest judge during the show's semi-finals on Monday night. His much more relaxed demeanor received praise from many, including his ex-fiancée, Karina Smirnoff and her partner Corbin Bleu.
"He did a superb job," Smirnoff, 35, raved to PEOPLE at an after party for the show at Mixology 101 in L.A., right after learning she'd be in next week's finals. "He's been on our side as a dancer. He knows how much work we put in and how many hours of rehearsals it takes. I was looking forward to him being the Maks that we all know who doesn't have a lot of filter, but he was actually very nice. I don't know [why he was being nice], but I liked it. I'll take that Maks over the other Maks any day."
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