04:53 PM EDT 05/23/2013
Originally posted 04/11/2013 06:00AM
They're pals even off the parquet!
After performing together on Dancing with the Stars this week, Kellie Pickler and pro Derek Hough enjoyed a night out with fellow DWTS pals (and Picker's husband Kyle Jacobs) at the Sayers Club in L.A.
The country star, in skinny black pants and a black sweater, spent most of her time with her hubby and a brunette friend – but then she was front and center as Mark Ballas took the stage (at 12:35 a.m.) for a seven-song concert. Pickler was spotted cheering and clapping along to the music, though by the fourth song or so, she seemed to be a bit tired and headed over to the tables where her dance partner Hough was watching the show.
Pickler caught the rest of the show at the table, sipping water from a bottle, before heading out with her hubby.
Originally posted 04/09/2013 11:00AM
For much of her competitive life, Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman was trained to maintain a stoic demeanor in competition. But now that she's on Dancing with the Stars, the two-time gold medalist is learning to shed the seriousness, have fun and play to the audience.
"It's hard when you're on national television to show your real self, but I'm trying to just be myself," a smiling Raisman told PEOPLE after wowing the crowd and the judges with a stellar contemporary routine with partner Mark Ballas on Monday's performance show.
"We have fun all day," Raisman said of dance rehearsals with Ballas, a two-time Dancing champ. "This past week was a really great week."
Originally posted 04/08/2013 10:30PM
The 10 remaining contestants on Dancing with the Stars hit the ballroom again on Monday, performing routines that told the story of the best year of their lives.
There were waltzes, foxtrots and paso dobles but one couple's contemporary earned a high score for the season.
Keep reading for all the details ...
Originally posted 04/01/2013 10:45PM
There can only be one king and queen of any prom – and Dancing's prom-themed show was no exception. So, which couple made magical memories in the ballroom Monday night?
Derek Hough and partner Kellie Pickler reigned once again this week, according to tough judge Len Goodman, who declared the singer "queen" for their "Footloose" jive. Carrie Ann Inaba called the performance "ridiculously amazing." They earned the top score of 25 points.
Hot on their heels were early frontrunners Zendaya and partner Val Chmerkovskiy, who earned 24 points for a Viennese waltz that Bruno Tonioli called as "enchanting and charming as Venice in the moonlight."
NFL star Jacoby Jones was sexy and shirtless for an impressive, 24-point rumba with partner Karina Smirnoff. "This had a refinement," Len said. "It had quality of movement."
Originally posted 03/04/2013 03:20PM
It's almost time for Dancing with the Stars!
Season 16 of ABC's ballroom dance competition doesn't kick off until March 18, but while you wait for the 11 new cast members to begin the battle for the mirror-ball trophy, you can watch a sneak peek of the pros' moves in a new promo starring Pitbull.
"The sexy is back," the clip boasts.
Originally posted 01/02/2013 04:45PM
When Julianne Hough was 10 years old, she lived in London, away from her parents in Utah, studying dance.
That's when the abuse began, she says.
"I was abused, mentally, physically, everything," she says in Cosmopolitan's February issue, on newsstands Jan. 8.
While attending the prestigious Italia Conti Academy of Arts, she says the adults around her took advantage of her being without parental supervision: "I was 10 years old looking like I was 28, being a very sensual dancer."
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 11/06/2012 10:30AM
Switching from one dance to the next, week to week, is tough enough. Switching partners, too? That's all but impossible.
Yet Shawn Johnson made it look easy Monday on Dancing with the Stars, scoring a perfect 30 for her fusion dance (a seamless blend of tango and the paso doble to one song) with Mark Ballas while her All-Stars partner Derek Hough took the week off with a neck injury.
"They have similar styles and ideas, but when they're actually dancing with me, it's completely different," the former gold-medal gymnast, 20, told PEOPLE after the show, which also included a swing dance marathon. "Getting used to each one, back and forth, was kind of a lot to handle.
Originally posted 11/05/2012 10:35PM
It was a busy night on Dancing with the Stars Monday – but not for an injured Derek Hough.
The pro sat out this week's competition, in which the seven remaining couples performed a dance fusion and competed in a swing dance marathon. But Hough's partner Shawn Johnson was in good hands with her season 8 partner, Mark Ballas.
Keep reading to find out how they did in the dance fusion, which required the couples to blend two different styles during one song, and the four-minute swing marathon.
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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