05:41 PM EDT 11/29/2013
Originally posted 05/14/2013 01:35PM
Alexandra Raisman has come out of her shell.
The once shy Olympic gymnast, 18, was ever the giddy competitor backstage after Monday night's Dancing with the Stars.
"I've just been having so much fun that I don't think I'm being interviewed right now or I'm on TV," Raisman – who admitted she was previously nervous to interact with reporters – told PEOPLE. "It's just been such an amazing experience. I just feel like a new person. I know I keep saying this, but I've never had this much fun in my life, so it's been really awesome."
Originally posted 04/29/2013 10:30PM
The ballroom heated up on Monday night's Latin-themed Dancing with the Stars.
Seven weeks into the competition, almost all of the remaining couples came up with impressive routines. But it was Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas who landed their first 10s of the season, with a salsa that Len Goodman – who gave the pair a nine – called, "tasty and refreshing."
The pair got 10s from the other two judges, which put them at a total of 29 points out of 30. They also received an additional three points for winning a dance-off against Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess.
Raisman and Ballas tied with regular high-scoring duo, Derek Hough and Kellie Pickler, who wowed judges with their samba to Ricky Martin's "Shake Your Bon Bon."
Originally posted 04/23/2013 10:15PM
It was another week of low scores for Andy Dick and Victor Ortiz, who performed on Monday's Stevie Wonder-themed episode of Dancing with the Stars.
Dick and partner Sharna Burgess struggled through an 18-point samba and earned 25 additional points for their group dance as part of Team Samba. And Ortiz and partner Lindsay Arnold failed to impress the judges with their rumba, which earned 18 points. They later added 22-points as part of Team Paso.
Did Dick or Ortiz get the boot at the end of Tuesday's elimination episode? Or was there a surprise dismissal? Read on to find out ...
Originally posted 04/23/2013 02:00PM
The work is exhausting and all-consuming. But it takes you places you never thought you could go.
The contestants on this season's Dancing with the Stars are united on what makes competing on the show so difficult – but at the same time, so amazing.
It comes down to a simple maxim: No pain, no gain.
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
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."
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