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Maksim Chmerkovskiy Wants His Brother Val to Win DWTS | Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Now Focusing on Brother Val's Success on Dancing with the Stars

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.

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Peta Hopes to Sleep In with Boyfriend Maks After DWTS Double Elimination | Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Peta Murgatroyd & Maksim Chmerkovskiy Will Sleep In After DWTS Elimination

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."

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What Are Kirstie Alley's Post-Dancing Plans? | Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

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Kirstie Alley's Post-Dancing with the Stars Plans: Watching Law & Order in Bed

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."

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Kirstie Alley & Gilles Marini Eliminated on Dancing | Kirstie Alley, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Kirstie Alley & Gilles Marini Eliminated on Dancing

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.

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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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Dancing Shocker: Sabrina Bryan Gets Country-Week Boot

Dancing with the Stars: Surprise Elimination in Country Week

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.

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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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Peta Murgatroyd Blogs: 'Maks and I Love Working Together!' | Gilles Marini

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Peta Murgatroyd Blogs: 'Maks and I Love Working Together!'

Originally posted 10/29/2012 05:00PM

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 be blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with Gilles Marini in the current all-star season.

Our group "Gangnam Style" dance was the highlight for all of us last week. It was ridiculous. Maks [Chmerkovskiy] was in charge of most of it. We had two big group rehearsals, and for the rest of it, we worked around our schedules on our own time. We had to come up with the concepts, but Maks gave us the towel theme.

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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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DWTS: Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas Go Home | Bristol Palin, Mark Ballas

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Dancing with the Stars: Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas Go Home

Originally posted 10/16/2012 09:15PM

On Monday night's Dancing with the Stars, Kelly Monaco cried tears of joy and relief after she completed a dramatic, high-scoring contemporary number with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. Meanwhile, Karina Smirnoff shed tears of a different kind following her hip-hop routine with Apolo Ohno.

Smirnoff, who began crying immediately after the dance, apologized for a mid-performance slip and fall. While the judges praised Ohno for going on with the routine like a "true professional," the pair only earned 34.5 out of 40 points, placing them third from the bottom on the leader board.

At the end of Tuesday night's elimination, did Smirnoff and Ohno kiss the ballroom goodbye, leaving perennial low scorers Kirstie Alley and Bristol Palin safe yet again?

Not the case. Bristol and Mark are heading home.

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