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Dancing with the Stars Finalists: What I Learned on the Show

Originally posted 11/22/2011 11:20AM



Aside from a mutual longing for the coveted mirror ball trophy, Dancing with the Stars finalists Rob Kardashian, J.R. Martinez and Ricki Lake can agree on one other thing: the competition has changed them for the better.

"It's inspiring, I think, for women out there to see I'm a regular person. I am the every woman who's struggled with my weight," Lake, partnered with pro Derek Hough, told PEOPLE after Monday night's show, which was filled with rock star performances from the final three. "I've dealt with hardships my whole life, but look what I've been able to do. Hard work can pay off."

It's a sentiment mirrored by Cheryl Burke's partner, Kardashian. "I have a very, very tough time getting up there in front of so many people," he says. "I got so much more confident as the season kept going and going and going."

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Rob Kardashian Rocks Dancing Finals | Cheryl Burke, Rob Kardashian

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UpdatePosted 11/22/2011 08:00AM

Rob Kardashian Rocks Dancing with the Stars Finals

Originally posted 11/21/2011 09:30PM

He's the Kardashian the competition is having trouble keeping up with.

Rob Kardashian saved his best moves for last on Dancing with the Stars, getting a perfect 30-point score at Monday night's finals and emerging as the unlikely frontrunner going into an anything-goes decision show Tuesday.

With sister Kim Kardashian cheering him on in the ballroom, Rob first delivered a classy waltz for 27 points, then electrified the audience with a daring freestyle that had him lifting and twirling partner Cheryl Burke above his head.

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POLL: Who Deserves to Win Dancing with the Stars? | Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, J.R. Martinez, Karina Smirnoff, Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Deserves to Win?

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 couplesRob 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.

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Ricki Lake: I Am the DWTS Underdog | Derek Hough, Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake: It's a 'Miracle' I'm Still on Dancing with the Stars

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."

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Dancing's Final Three Revealed!

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Dancing with the Stars Reveals Final Three

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:

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Ricki Lake and Rob Kardashian Take the Lead at Dancing's Semi-Finals | Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian

UpdatePosted 11/15/2011 09:15AM

Dancing with the Stars Semi-Finals: Another Perfect Score!

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 ...

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Brooke Burke Charvet on Dancing's Semi-Finalists: It's Anybody's Game | Brooke Burke, Tom Bergeron

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Brooke Burke Charvet on Dancing's Semi-Finalists: It's Anybody's Game

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.

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SPOILER: Did Low Scores Finally Sink Nancy Grace on Dancing? | Nancy Grace

Dancing with the Stars Eliminates Another Contestant

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.

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Wow! Competitor Gets Two Perfect Scores on Dancing | Brooke Burke, Tom Bergeron

UpdatePosted 11/07/2011 09:35PM

Dancing with the Stars Competitor Gets Perfect Scores – Twice!

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.

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Ricki Lake: Dancing Has Spiced Up My Sex Life | Ricki Lake

Ricki Lake: Dancing Has Spiced Up My Sex Life

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.

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