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Originally posted 11/21/2011 05:00PM
Week after week, waltz after waltz, they've vied for the mirror ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars.
But now that the competition is down to the final three couples – Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke, J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff and Ricki Lake and Derek Hough – ballroom results are just a quickstep away.
Last week's show, which saw the departure of Hope Solo and her partner Maksim Chmerkovksiy, was a night of a highs and lows.
Originally posted 11/16/2011 02:00PM
After just one week of performing on Dancing with the Stars with partner Derek Hough, it was difficult to doubt Ricki Lake's fancy footwork abilities – but as one of the season's consistent frontrunners, the shrinking contestant admits she wasn't a likely favorite.
"I'm sort of in shock," Lake, 43, told PEOPLE after making it through semi-finals elimination on Tuesday night. "I was never the [original] frontrunner. I know everybody will say, 'Oh, I picked her.' No they didnt. My odds were 10 to 1. I know because I checked it out on [bet-placing website] Bodog.com."
Now that she's on her way to next week's finals against Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke, and J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff, the engaged former talk show host says, "It's sort of a miracle that I'm still here. I'm really working hard. I'm really proud of myself."
Originally posted 11/15/2011 10:15PM
After performing three dances each the night before, one of Dancing's four semi-finalists was booted from the competition on Tuesday, a week shy of the show's season finale.
Ricki Lake and Rob Kardashian were awarded by the judges for their nearly flawless routines on Monday. Meanwhile, an injured J.R. Martinez experienced his worst week yet but still scored higher than Hope Solo.
Now that the votes are in, keep reading to find out who will compete in next week's finale – and who kissed the ballroom goodbye:
Originally posted 11/14/2011 10:05PM
It was another night of perfection in the ballroom.
A week after J.R. Martinez scored back-to-back 30s on Dancing with the Stars, a contestant did it again as the final four celebrities battled in the semi-finals.
Keep reading to find out more ...
Originally posted 11/14/2011 06:45PM
It's down to four on Dancing with the Stars – J.R. Martinez, Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian, and Hope Solo. And Brooke Burke Charvet believes they all have a legitimate shot at the mirror-ball trophy.
"I've always thought that J.R. was a frontrunner. I think Ricki has a shot at it as well. I think it's going to be one of those finales where we don't know what's going to happen," the co-host of the ABC show told PEOPLE Saturday at the Harajuku Mini for Target launch at Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood.
But don't count out Kardashian and Solo, either.
Originally posted 11/08/2011 10:05PM
Nancy Grace has been dancing on borrowed time, dodging elimination despite poor marks from the judges.
But now, she was up against literal perfection – J.R. Martinez and partner Karina Smirnoff scored a pair of 30s on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars.
And the rest of the competitors delivered strong performances. Is this the end for the dancer whom Carrie Ann Inaba called "the friskiest girl I've ever met?" Read on to find out.
Originally posted 11/07/2011 10:15PM
On a night of strong performances, one duo stood tall above the rest on Dancing with the Stars Monday, receiving the best scores the judges could hand out and standing ovations in the ballroom.
The stellar display overshadowed what would have been impressive dances by the competition – except for one pair who are at risk of elimination. Read on to find out who's impressing and who's at risk.
Originally posted 10/29/2011 10:20AM
Ricki Lake says she's always felt sexy around her fiancé Christian Evans.
"Oh, my god, my love is pretty spicy," the TV personality, 43, recently told PEOPLE.
With a long chuckle, Lake says that she now incorporates her hard work for Dancing with the Stars into her private life.
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 10/17/2011 01:00PM
Ricki Lake started dropping inches from the get-go while training for Dancing with the Stars, and now her progress continues.
"I've lost a lot of inches all over," the actress and TV host, 43, tells PEOPLE. "Definitely in my arms, and my arms were particularly one of the things I hated most about my body, so it's nice to see them slimming down."
She also says she doesn't expect to be Hollywood thin – and names Chynna Phillips and Jennifer Grey as examples – but aims to do what she can.
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