03:44 PM EDT 04/16/2014
Originally posted 03/17/2014 03:20PM
Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will blog for PEOPLE about competing with Big Time Rush band member James Maslow during the show's 18th season.
This has been the most work I've ever had in the off-season. I didn't stop working. I was touring and making appearances and attending charity events. I didn't get any break or holiday or anything like that, but that's how I like it. I love being busy. It felt like this season crept up so quickly. The premiere is right around the corner and I feel like I just met James.
I think there's a very eclectic bunch of people this season and, so far, everybody has such a nice personality and demeanor. There's not one of them who isn't really, really lovely to work with. I think having three Olympians will be amazing for the competition. They're going to make everyone work a little bit harder to catch up to them.
Originally posted 11/05/2013 09:00AM
It was an emotional farewell for Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, who fought back tears backstage after being dismissed from Monday night's Cher-themed Dancing with the Stars.
"I just really learned a lot about myself," the Pretty Little Liars actor, 28, said, with his partner by his side. "I had to push myself in how far I'd go. I can learn new things. I can always keep going."
Daugherty believes being on the show helped him in the long run with his career.
Originally posted 11/04/2013 10:25PM
The ballroom was full of positive energy on Monday night, as Cher took over judging duties for Len Goodman on Dancing with the Stars.
At the end of the night, which was themed around the Burlesque star, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater ended up with the lowest score of 24 points out of 30 for their fun-filled disco to "Strong Enough."
So did the funny man and his partner end up getting the boot? Read on to find out.
Originally posted 10/28/2013 01:10PM
It's time to put their teamwork to the test!
The eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars will perform as two teams, each comprised of four pairs, on the dance floor Monday night.
Watch the clip above to see the teams and to find out the song they'll dance to.
Originally posted 10/21/2013 10:30PM
It was a night of exciting performances, positive reviews from the judges and a pair of big twists for the eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars Monday night.
First, the pairs had to perform in an improvisational switch-up challenge, which required them to show off their ability to transition seamlessly while dancing to music that suddenly changed.
Then, at elimination time, there was an even bigger twist that one no one – not even producers – had seen coming.
Keep reading to find out who will dance again next week ...
Originally posted 10/01/2013 11:55AM
Brant Daugherty returned home Sept. 23 feeling victorious after a successful night on the dance floor. But moments later his Dancing with the Stars triumph turned to terror as a man approached him with a gun and demanded he hand over his possessions.
"After the show I got dropped off and was walking up to my apartment building and a man followed me up with a gun and told me to give him my stuff," Daugherty told PEOPLE backstage at DWTS Monday.
"It was a complete random occurrence of events and it led up to one of the worst nights of my life – after having such a great night last week on the dance floor," he also said, adding that police said they never received a report like his in his "very safe neighborhood."
Originally posted 09/16/2013 06:00PM
It sounds like Corbin Bleu is the frontrunner on Dancing with the Stars this season – at least according to one of his competitors.
"I'm really watching out for Corbin," Brant Daugherty, 28, recently told PEOPLE mid-rehearsal. "I think he's going to give us a definite run for our money this season."
The Pretty Little Liars actor's partner Peta Murgatroyd noted that Bleu has a lot of previous dancing experience, but she's got her eye on Amber Riley.
Originally posted 05/07/2013 10:10PM
Were Sean Lowe's fans able to save him from being eliminated on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars?
On Monday, the former Bachelor star failed to impress the judges with a pair of foot-fumbling routines that put him at the very bottom of the leader board with 42 points out of 60.
Soap star Ingo Rademacher trailed not too far behind with 48 points for the night.
Read on to find out if one of these handsome men were forced to say goodbye to the ballroom.
Originally posted 05/06/2013 02:55PM
There's no dirty dancing going on between Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd.
The Dancing with the Stars pro tells PEOPLE that despite rumors, she and her partner Lowe, 29, are "just good friends like brother and sister."
The season 14 champ says gossip is to be expected given Lowe's sexy (and sometimes shirtless) routines but that it's tough for the former Bachelor star and his new fiancée, Catherine Giudici. "[The rumors are] something that [have] gotten a little out of hand with Sean and Catherine because they had just gotten engaged and it's just so crazy to think that people are making up all these stories," she says in an interview with PEOPLE. "They have to have something to talk about and it's ridiculous. There's nothing going on."
Originally posted 04/17/2013 06:00AM
After taping Dancing with the Stars on Monday, Sean Lowe and his fiancé Catherine Giudici hung out at The Sayers Club in Hollywood.
Arriving around 11:30 p.m., Lowe wore a black leather jacket over a white shirt, while Giudici opted for a little black dress. Although Lowe's DWTS partner Peta Murgatroyd was also in attendance, the couple didn't spend much time with her.
As the night continued, Lowe and Giudici were "very affectionate with each other," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "At one point around midnight, Sean rubbed Catherine's neck. Later, Catherine grabbed Sean's face and gave him a peck on the lips."
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