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Originally posted 10/31/2011 10:15PM
On Halloween night, Maksim Chmerkovskiy dressed as a werewolf – but was as gentle as a lamb – in his first competitive performance on Dancing with the Stars since his ballroom outburst.
Dancing a samba with soccer star Hope Solo to "Werewolves of London," the outspoken pro let his feet do the talking this time, and it paid off: the pair collected a solid 24 points – and a kudo from recent detractor Len Goodman.
"It's such a demanding dance, but I must say, Hope, well done," said Goodman, whom Chmerkovskiy had derided last week as over-the-hill.
Originally posted 10/28/2011 05:00PM
Broadway Week on Dancing with the Stars was such a thrill! Everything had to be as big as possible, while also relating our dance to our song, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" from Monty Python's Spamalot. Our foxtrot needed to be cheeky with lots of turns and kicks and flicks and skips – all of which we delivered, thanks to Sir Lancelot, a.k.a. my partner Tristan MacManus.
When Carrie Ann said our dance was a "show-stopper," I think I blacked out. I took her comments very seriously last week and I am so glad I gave her the personality and dance content that she wanted.
For me, this week was all about progress. I mean, HELLO PEOPLE, I did a handstand into Tristan's face! (He actually had the hard part because he had to catch my feet and turn it into a stunt!) First try in rehearsals, he dropped me on my head and pulled my pants off. Good times! I am still speechless that we pulled it off and got our first 9 of the season all in the same night!
Originally posted 10/24/2011 10:20PM
He danced the rumba on Broadway night – then orchestrated a show-stopping fight.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy melted down Monday on Dancing with the Stars, railing against the judges – specifically Len Goodman – after receiving 20 out of 30 points for his routine with partner Hope Solo.
"Hope, I've never lost faith in you," Len said, after the dance to "Seasons of Love" from the musical Rent. "I always feel like there is so much there, and for some reason it hasn't come out."
Continued Goodman: "This is your worst dance of the season in my opinion."
But Maksim disagreed – and he didn't mince words.
Originally posted 10/21/2011 05:45PM
When I first heard about Dancing's '80s week, I thought, "Big hair, loud colors, dance music ... Madonna, Madonna, Michael Jackson and Madonna!"
The rumba is not an easy dance. I wanted it to be entertaining – and classy! Tristan spent a great deal of time re-training my hips. My days as a cheerleader helped.
However, despite returning to the '80s, it was probably the most rewarding week of this competition. I thought our rumba was our best dance yet – and it was well received by the judges! We had so much fun putting together our '80s week routine.
Originally posted 10/20/2011 07:00PM
Ricki Lake has been outspoken about her desire to lose weight like Kirstie Alley on Dancing with the Stars – but her fellow season 13 competitor Nancy Grace is shy when it comes to discussing her shrinking figure.
Grace, 51 – who told PEOPLE last month that she'd dropped 10 lbs. since participating on the show – jokingly switched the focus to her partner Tristan McManus on Monday night when asked about her body.
"I've noticed Tristan has lost a lot of weight," she told PEOPLE with a laugh backstage after the show. "He really needed to. He was carrying way too many pounds around."
Originally posted 10/18/2011 10:05PM
As the last two elimination episodes of Dancing with the Stars have proven, being at the top of the leaderboard doesn't necessarily equal safety from dismissal.
Monday night's lowest scoring couples – Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya, Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer and Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus – have consistently been placed in the bottom by judges, but have been saved each week by voters.
Did Tuesday night's episode send another unexpected couple home? Or were one of the three bottom-scoring couples given the boot?
Originally posted 10/17/2011 10:20PM
It was '80s night Monday on Dancing with the Stars, but did any of this season's contestants score a much-coveted perfect score: 30?
Not quite – but J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff came quite close, dancing their way to 28 points (and the top of the leader board) thanks to a sultry samba.
"You are like a shattering sex machine," Bruno Tonioli, who awarded the couple a perfect 10, told Martinez. "You're like a volcano!"
Last week's top-scorer, Ricki Lake, fell down a few notches this week, earning a total of 24 points for her foxtrot. "It didn't jell," Tonioli told her. And Len Goodman scolded, "Your footwork was a little hit and miss. Having said that, it wasn't your best dance, but it wasn't your worst."
Originally posted 10/14/2011 08:00PM
The last 48 hours have been a blur!
This past Monday was the most physically demanding of the entire competition so far. The paso doble was grueling and intense. I pulled my hamstring doing multiple splits in rehearsal on Friday night.
And remember the part of the Paso where I fall down "dead?" We worked on that sequence endlessly, and I believe I was dragged on the ground at least 150 times in the process ... my whole left side is black and blue!
My dance partner, Tristan, wanted me to bring fire, aggression and passion to our paso, and I think we delivered! To be honest, I was extremely disappointed with our scores, even though I value what all three judges have to say. I was thrilled that they acknowledged that I nailed the technique but had hoped for higher scores. The lower score, however, only drives me to work harder to give an even better performance!
Originally posted 10/11/2011 10:05PM
Carson Kressley charmed the crowd and judges on Dancing with the Stars, but his lack of technique has hurt him.
On Monday night, he and partner Anna Trebunskaya came in last place with 20 points, following their Pirates of the Caribbean-themed Viennese Waltz.
Did the high-energy dancing duo get the boot? Or did one of the other low-scoring pairs – Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani; Nancy Grace and Tristan McManus; Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer – hang up their dancing shoes?
Originally posted 10/10/2011 11:00AM
This week on Dancing with the Stars, we performed a slow waltz to 1961's "Moon River," which played a big part in the most memorable year of my life, 2007. That same year, I walked down the aisle to "Moon River" and then, on Sunday morning, I was rushed to the ER where I was told one of my twins, Lucy, and I were dying. In an emergency C-section, the twins were cut out of me. I was so weak I couldn't sit up or even hold them. I could only kiss my left index finger twice and place it on their foreheads before we were raced to separate ICUs. The first lullaby I ever sang to them, later in intensive care, as I sat in a hospital wheelchair? "Moon River."
When we finished the dance, I knew we had executed a near-perfect waltz, and I looked straight at the twins in the audience. My knees buckled; I saw their faces and the rush of emotion from remembering that year, almost losing Lucy, being in intensive care, waiting and praying they would live ... it was overwhelming.
The buildup to Tuesday's results show was unbearable. I remember saying to Tristan, "If this is it, at least I know I danced my heart out. You choreographed a beautiful waltz to honor my twins ... the rest is up to America!" Turns out, those were good hands because we made it! Even now, I think I'm still in shock. Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas, who were sent home last week, gave quite a performance – they were great.
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