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Did Katherine Jenkins Survive Her Ballroom Blunder?

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Dancing with the Stars Reveals Finalists

Originally posted 05/15/2012 10:10PM

Unstoppable all season on Dancing with the Stars, British opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas hadn't flubbed a single dance – until the very end of their salsa on Monday night's semi-finals.

With a total of 56 points out of 60 for the night after their two performances, Jenkins was left with a mild back injury and in last place on the leaderboard. But did the ballroom blunder keep her from making it to the show's finale? Or did voters save the singer and send another frontrunner home? Read on to find out ...

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Katherine Jenkins's Injury a Disappointment, Says DWTS Partner Mark Ballas

Originally posted 05/15/2012 02:45PM



After an emotional night in the ballroom, Katherine Jenkins, who injured her back during a salsa routine, is getting support from her Dancing with the Stars partner Mark Ballas as well as her competitors.

"She just put her back out," Ballas told PEOPLE after the show. "She can walk so I know there's no bone damage."

In fact, Jenkins, who still managed to score 27 points for the routine, Tweeted later about the injury: "I'm with the Doctor, he says it was a reflectorical spasm in my lower back," she wrote.

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Dancing Drama! An Emotional Meltdown & Perfect Scores

UpdatePosted 05/15/2012 09:30AM

Dancing with the Stars Drama: An Emotional Meltdown & Perfect Scores

Originally posted 05/14/2012 09:55PM

With the competition down its fierce final days, and perfect 10s flying in the ballroom, the pressure at Dancing with the Stars finally took its toll on one leading contender.

A seemingly minor misstep at the end of a solid-scoring routine left Katherine Jenkins in tears Monday night in one of the most dramatic moments of the season.

At the end of a glorious salsa – their second routine – Jenkins seemed to stumble, a mistake that barely troubled judges, who awarded a trio of nines to the singer and dancing pro Mark Ballas.

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Derek Hough Dances with His Mom for Mother's Day

Originally posted 05/11/2012 02:00PM



Maria Menounos is Derek Hough's leading lady in the ballroom on Dancing with the Stars, but outside of the competition, his mom Marianne is forever his favorite dance partner.

"My mother is an incredibly gifted artist with a creative mind," Hough, 26, says on his website with a link to a video in a post titled, "Dancing with My Mom for Mother's Day!"

"She introduced me to the arts and was always so encouraging," Hough continues. "Even if I did something terrible, she would praise it and boost my confidence when I was a kid. She drove me to drum lessons, karate and dragged me to dance."

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Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan Booted in Dancing's Double Elimination | Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan

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Dancing with the Stars: Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan Booted in Double Elimination

Originally posted 05/08/2012 10:10PM

There were some serious shakeups on the Dancing with the Stars leader board after the remaining six couples in the competition each completed two dances on Monday night.

One week after scoring a perfect 30, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough made a surprising appearance in second-to-last place. Meanwhile, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower – who danced for their lives last week – climbed to second. But with only six points separating William Levy and Cheryl Burke in first place and Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in last, it's really anyone's game.

At the end of Tuesday night's double elimination episode, which two couples were sent packing and which four will go on to next week's semi-finals? Read on to find out ...

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Deserves to Go?

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Deserves to Go?

Originally posted 05/08/2012 06:00PM

There are six couples remaining on Dancing with the Stars – but not for long!

After Tuesday's elimination show (9 p.m. ET), only four semi-finalists will remain. Those odds aren't great but high-scoring couples like William Levy and Cheryl Burke, who delivered a perfect foxtrot on Monday, have a better chance.

Then again, low scores aren't necessarily an indication of elimination. Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were at the bottom of the leaderboard last week but escaped the bottom two and the dreaded dance duel.

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Dancing's William Levy, Cheryl Burke Earn a Perfect Score | Cheryl Burke, William Levy

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Dancing with the Stars: William Levy, Cheryl Burke Perform Perfect Foxtrot

Originally posted 05/07/2012 10:45PM

The semi-finals are just a week away on Dancing with the Stars. But to get there, the six remaining couples had to perform two dances each on Monday night – and will have to survive a double elimination on Tuesday. (Spoilers ahead!)

In the first round of competition, William Levy and Cheryl Burke landed atop the leader board with a high-energy foxtrot that earned a perfect score. "You bring these performances to life," Carrie Ann Inaba told the couple. "There was care in technique and flare in the movement," added Len Goodman.

In a close second were Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, who barely survived last week's dance duel. Their foxtrot earned 29 points and had Bruno Tonioli gushing. "The sweetest of sweethearts," he called them. "What you've done in a week is incredible."

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Maria Menounos Is a 'Violent' Sports Fan | Maria Menounos

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Maria Menounos Is a 'Violent' Sports Fan

Originally posted 05/07/2012 08:50AM

When it comes to basketball, it's not just a game for Maria Menounos.

"I'm such a die-hard fan," the Dancing with the Stars contestant, who recently earned a perfect score, told PEOPLE. "I get violent when I watch Celtics games."

The Boston-area native's love of her hometown sports teams is well-documented, having recently donned a bikini in New York Giants colors after losing a Super Bowl bet on her beloved New England Patriots.

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UpdatePosted 05/01/2012 05:15PM

Maria Menounos Calls Perfect Dancing Score 'Most Incredible Feeling'

Originally posted 05/01/2012 11:55AM



For Maria Menounos and pro partner Derek Hough, it's a tooth (more like fang) and nail fight for the mirror-ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars.

But after their perfect-30 point finish Monday night, the Extra host, who started the season off injured, wasn't talking about winning.

"It's one of those moments in life you're going to be like, 'Wow, where I came from and where I've gotten to and everything I've gone through to get here,' " she told PEOPLE after the pair's victorious vampire-themed paso doble. "It's the most incredible feeling in the world."

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Wow! Dancing's First Perfect 30 This Season

Dancing with the Stars Delivers Season's First Perfect 30

Originally posted 04/30/2012 09:55PM

With the competition so fierce, it was bound to happen.

One couple scored a perfect 30 on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night for a paso doble that Bruno Tonioli called "spellbinding." Read on for more.

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