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Originally posted 04/30/2012 10:00AM
Hi all! I'm hoping everyone had a nice, productive week sprinkled with fun, family and quiet time.
My personal rollercoaster ride on Dancing with the Stars continued this week. Though now, it seems I am riding a rollercoaster that is suspended from up above with loops and twists and turns that I simply cannot see coming. So, I am just along for the ride abandoning all semblance of control.
This last week saw Maks's injury become a real problem for "Team MGMC." It is a situation that is constantly fluid and constantly changing. We have back-up plans for our back-up plans (an ocean of thank yous to Val Chmerkovskiy). In that way, we do have a modicum of control.
Originally posted 04/24/2012 10:15PM
Jaleel White and partner Kym Johnson got their groove back with a crowd-pleasing cha cha on Dancing with the Stars Monday – but some other contestants struggled to keep up with the competition.
Finding themselves in the bottom two once again, Roshon Fegan and partner Chelsie Hightower lacked sex appeal with their 23-point rumba. Meanwhile, Gladys Knight and partner Tristan MacManus scored an underwhelming 21 points for their rumba.
Keep reading to find out which pair bid adieu to the dance floor Tuesday night ...
Originally posted 04/23/2012 10:45PM
Jaleel White saved himself from elimination by beating Gavin DeGraw in a dance duel last week on Dancing with the Stars. (Spoilers ahead!)
On Monday's Motown-themed show, the actor stormed back, earning 29 points for a snappy cha cha with partner Kym Johnson to "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."
"You're back!" Len Goodman declared.
"That was the biggest sizzler of the season," said Bruno Tonioli.
Originally posted 04/23/2012 01:30PM
Well, we've made to the halfway point. I don't know whether to jump up and down or just curl up in a ball and weep. I cannot remember if I've ever been this tired in my life. The closest I've ever come to this kind of physical exhaustion is when my kids were newborns.
My friends who had done Dancing with the Stars before me told me this would be hard. They told me that it was a long arduous process. So did the producers. So did Maks. I was as ready as I could possibly be.
What I was not ready for is the emotional toll this experience is taking. I've always believed that we grow the most from the biggest challenges in our lives. The good times are our chance to breathe and appreciate our lives but the hard stuff is, in many ways, more important.
Originally posted 04/17/2012 10:15PM
Just as Dancing with the Stars's competition was starting to look up last week for Karina Smirnoff and partner Gavin DeGraw, they once again sunk to the bottom of the leaderboard after Monday night's 19-point samba.
They've been saved in prior weeks after low scores, but will fans' votes once again be enough to keep the pair on the show? The second lowest scores of the night went to Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his recovering partner Melissa Gilbert, who earned 21 points for their samba. Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus were one point above them with a score of 22 for their samba.
Originally posted 04/16/2012 10:30PM
After Sherri Shepherd's shocking elimination on Dancing with the Stars last week, the remaining contestants felt the pressure and turned up the heat for Latin Night in the ballroom on Monday.
Taking on the salsa, samba and the Argentine tango, nine couples performed hip-shaking routines that were in some cases downright steamy.
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough performed one of the night's sexiest routines, sealing their salsa with a controversial kiss. "That was hot," Carrie Ann Inaba said, but "I don't think you needed the kiss ... Dance is about the illusion of passion."
Originally posted 04/16/2012 12:05PM
Things that go bump ...
This week has been the most challenging for me so far this season of Dancing with the Stars. As you know, Maks and I had a bit of an accident Monday night. The moment it happened, I had no idea what had gone wrong. I just knew Maks fell. My head hurt a lot and I assumed I'd hit it on the dance floor.
Things were spinning a bit for me when the judges gave their critiques. In fact, by the time I got up to the skybox I had no idea what they'd said.
Originally posted 04/12/2012 01:15PM
Still aching from whiplash and a concussion, Melissa Gilbert had her first Dancing with the Stars rehearsal after leaving the hospital.
"Nobody puts Halfpint in the corner!" she Tweeted to actor pal Craig Bierko, using her character's nickname from Little House on the Prairie.
Gilbert, 47, had to be helped down the ballroom stairs by fellow competitor Gavin DeGraw after injuring herself during a paso doble Monday night with pro partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Originally posted 04/11/2012 03:45PM
The show may very well go on for Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his Dancing with the Stars partner Melissa Gilbert, who suffered a head injury following Monday night's paso doble.
The actress, 47, alarmed viewers when she was absent from Tuesday night's elimination episode, but Chmerkovskiy, 32, says she's just taking it easy at home.
"She's in pain," he told PEOPLE backstage after the show. "She's got a big headache. The doctors said she has a minor concussion, and I know that's really unpleasant."
Originally posted 04/10/2012 09:25PM
On Monday, when Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron announced that Melissa Gilbert had been injured and rushed to the hospital, he promised an update on her condition.
On Tuesday's results show, Gilbert was still not well enough to be in the ballroom.
"Melissa is not here. She did suffer a mild concussion," Bergeron said. "On her doctor's advice she is taking a rest day and if they get through tonight she'll be able to compete going forward."
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