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Women Ruled PEOPLE.com This Week with Wonderful, Funny and Touching Stories | Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Davis, Pamela Anderson

Women Ruled PEOPLE.com This Week with Wonderful, Funny and Touching Stories

Originally posted 05/24/2014 09:35AM

A brilliant win on the dance floor. A sad story of abuse that led to an inspiring story of resilience. A hilarious anecdote from an Oscar winner about a mortifying moment at an afterparty.

It was ladies' week on PEOPLE.com, as Meryl Davis, Pamela Anderson and Jennifer Lawrence got readers talking, for quite different reasons. Their stories were among the five that got the strongest reactions on the site this week.

Check them out below, along with two other stories that provoked, respectively, warmth and outrage. And let us know what you think of every story by clicking on the icons at the bottom.

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DWTS' Maks & Meryl Bring Their Ballroom Heat to New York Club | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis Bring Their Ballroom Heat to New York Club

Originally posted 05/23/2014 12:45PM

The dance continues.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis brought their ballroom sizzle to Tao Downtown in New York on Thursday night, celebrating their Dancing with the Stars victory with dance pros Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Jenna Johnson.

With rumors swirling of a romance, the bad boy of dance and the Winter Olympics gold medal ice dancer commanded close scrutiny as they huddled in a booth and stood together in a skybox.

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What's Up with the Chemistry Between DWTS Champs Maks and Meryl? | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

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What's Up with the Chemistry Between DWTS Champs Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis?

Originally posted 05/21/2014 06:55PM



There's no denying that Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Olympic gold medal ice dancer Meryl Davis have chemistry on the dance floor. All season long the Dancing With the Stars duo wowed the show's judges and viewers with one stellar performance after another.

As in-step as they are on the dance floor, it's their off-the-dance-floor connection that has folks wondering, "Are they or aren't they?" Or, in the case of DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who declared after the couple's emotional and soulful freestyle routine Monday night, "I think the two of you should get married."

That seems to be the general consensus among fans and colleagues, who experienced a gentler, kinder and more playful Chmerkovskiy this season. And humbler.

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Meryl & Maks Win Dancing with the Stars! | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

UpdatePosted 05/21/2014 11:30AM

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Win Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 05/20/2014 11:05PM

After a night of big-name musical performances, a surprise announcement from a judge, and dances from every couple, it was time to name the winner of season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.

Up for the mirror ball trophy were season frontrunners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, along with Amy Purdy and Derek Hough and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas.

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DWTS: Peta Murgatroyd & James Maslow Open Up About Elimination | James Maslow

Dancing with the Stars Recap: One Couple Eliminated on First Night of Finals

Originally posted 05/19/2014 09:45PM



It was the first night of finals on Monday's two-part Dancing with the Stars – and the last night for one couple.

After weeks of participating in one of the most competitive seasons, three couples moved on to vie for the mirror ball trophy Tuesday night. Read on to find out who didn't make it.

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Meryl Davis on Maksim Chmerkovskiy: He Pushes Me to Stand Up for Myself | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

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UpdatePosted 05/19/2014 03:35PM

Meryl Davis on Maksim Chmerkovskiy: He Pushes Me to Stand Up for Myself

Originally posted 05/18/2014 11:55AM



Their chemistry on the dance floor is undeniable – and led to rumors that they are an item – but there's something even more special that bonds Dancing with the Stars frontrunners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

They bring out the best in each other.

"I feel that I can really be myself with Maks," the Olympic ice skater, 27, tells PEOPLE. "He pushes me to stand up for myself, whether it's in real life or on the dance floor. It's cool."

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Charlie White Gets a Bitter Boot in the DWTS Semifinals | Sharna Burgess

Dancing with the Stars Recap: Charlie White Is Eliminated in Semifinals

Originally posted 05/12/2014 10:30PM

American icons night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars brought Kenny Ortega to the judges' table, Jackson family music to the ballroom – and heavy drama for two competitors.

The semi-finals came down to a pair of couples who easily could have vied for the mirror ball against each other, only to result in a bitter departure. Read on for more.

After a beautiful night of dancing by the five remaining couples it was between ice skating partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis.

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UpdatePosted 05/06/2014 06:00AM

Dancing with the Stars Recap: Two Perfect Scores, One Tough Elimination

Originally posted 05/05/2014 10:25PM

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller sat at the judge's table Monday and before it was all over one couple was going to need a little motherly love.

Dance-duel night at Dancing with the Stars delivered a trio of surprises – two perfect scores and one tough elimination. Read on for more.

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Candace Cameron Bure: 'I'm the Dark Horse in the DWTS Race'

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Candace Cameron Bure: 'I'm the Dark Horse in the Dancing with the Stars Race'

Originally posted 05/04/2014 02:30PM

Candace Cameron Bure hasn't just picked up some new moves while competing on Dancing with the Stars, she's also learned a lot about herself in the process.

"Apparently I'm a perfectionist, which I didn't know before," she told PEOPLE Friday at the Race to Erase MS Gala in L.A. "I guess I have some perfectionistic qualities when it comes to my own performance. I'm learning to lower my own expectations as far as having unrealistic expectations of myself."

But the former Full House star, whose partner is Mark Ballas, said that she's exceeded her own expectations about how far she'd make it in the competition.

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UpdatePosted 04/22/2014 06:30AM

Dancing with the Stars: James Maslow, Meryl Davis Get the Party Going & Drew Carey Goes Home

Originally posted 04/21/2014 10:25PM

Get ready to par-TAY!

Monday night's Dancing with the Stars showcased party anthems, with guest judge Redfoo from LMFAO helping to weed out the ho-hum from the fun.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd entered as the charmed couple after getting a perfect score on Disney week, while Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas were just holding on and Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke hoped that audience scores would prop them up for another week.

Except, that didn't happen.

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