04:57 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 04/01/2014 04:05PM
Was Sean Avery's Dancing with the Stars elimination a question of votes – or vengeance?
After last week's shocking double elimination, which sent the former hockey pro and partner Karina Smirnoff packing, Avery says it was a disagreement with producer Conrad Green – not his dance technique – that caused his early exit.
"I will tell everyone on #GMA tomorrow why i was voted off ... my partner @Karina_Smirnoff is AMAZING," he Tweeted March 24, after the duo was eliminated.
The following morning Avery, 33, appeared on Good Morning America with Smirnoff, 36, and hinted that a dispute with a producer may have been the real reason for his departure from the show in only its second week of competition.
Originally posted 03/31/2014 06:50AM
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.
Rehearsals have been so good, but James is so tired right now. Oh, my god, the jive is kicking his butt. But I'm still relishing in the success of last week's performance. He had great technique and he mastered all the lifts. I just thought he put on a great show, so I was very, very happy.
Originally posted 03/24/2014 10:25PM
Monday night's Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a selection of surprises.
Not only did contestants learn right at the beginning that there was a double elimination to take place during the show, but the leader board's lowest scorer Billy Dee Williams – whose face expressed fear of being sent home – was saved almost immediately, and went on to dance a 15-point tango with Emma Slater that judge Len Goodman said "didn't have enough attack."
Before getting to the unfortunate two who were forced to bid adieu, here's a recap of how the night went overall:
Originally posted 03/04/2014 08:25AM
From former child stars to young musicians, the 18th season of Dancing with the Stars is filled with an eclectic mix of competitors. But the most interesting may be the casting of Meryl Davis and Charlie White.
Davis, 27, and White, 26, ruled the rink at last month's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, winning the gold medal in ice dancing. Now they'll battle in the ballroom – but against each other for the mirror ball trophy. White will dance with Sharna Burgess, while Davis will shimmy with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Valentin's brother, who is back after taking last season off.
The 12 new contestants on ABC's hit show were announced Tuesday morning on Good Morning America.
See the rest of the competitors below:
Originally posted 11/14/2013 08:35AM
Now that's how you celebrate an engagement.
Hours after announcing their plans to tie the knot on Wednesday, former NHL star Sean Avery and model Hilary Rhoda made a photogenic pair at the after party for the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show at TAO Downtown.
Rhoda, 26, who was one of the top models walking the runway earlier in the night, looked stunning in a floral silk dress with leather accents. She was also wearing her latest accessory – a sparkling diamond ring!
Avery, 33, who played for the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, the Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers during his 12-year NHL career (and is also a former intern at Vogue) complimented his bride-to-be perfectly, wearing a dark navy shirt that matched the flowers on her dress.
Originally posted 11/13/2013 01:00PM
Sorry ladies, Sean Avery is off the market!
The former NHL star and his model girlfriend of three years, Hilary Rhoda, "are very happy to announce our engagement," the couple tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"We are excited to plan the most beautiful and fun wedding that we could ever imagine," they also said.
Avery and Rhoda began dating in 2010 and were reportedly on and off before becoming more serious about their romance in the spring of 2013.
Originally posted 08/05/2011 10:30AM
New York Rangers star Sean Avery was arrested at his Hollywood home early Friday and charged with battery on a police officer, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman tells PEOPLE.
The arrest took place at 1 a.m, said the rep. A spokesperson for the Los Angeles Police Department's Hollywood division also confirmed the arrest, and said on Friday morning, "He is in jail and still here – he will be bailing out shortly. He battered one of our officers."
Police were responding to noise complaints when Avery, 31, was arrested. "He didn't want to turn down the music at his home," said the Hollywood Police rep.
The hockey star's bail reportedly was set at $20,000.
– Lorenzo Benet and Liz Raftery
Originally posted 12/03/2008 08:15PM
Hockey star Sean Avery, suspended by the NHL for making an offensive statement apparently referring to ex-girlfriend Elisha Cuthbert, apologized Wednesday.
"I should not have made those comments and I recognize that they were inappropriate," he says in a statement to PEOPLE. "It was a bad attempt to build excitement for the game, but I am now acutely aware of how hurtful my actions were."
The hockey league's commissioner summoned Avery, 28, who plays for the Dallas Stars, for a hearing Thursday on his indefinite suspension for making what the commissioner called "inappropriate public comments, not pertaining to the game."
Originally posted 06/18/2008 01:30PM
NHL bad-boy-turned-fashion-intern Sean Avery says he hopes Vogue editor Anna Wintour will be asking him back next summer now that he's "made it out alive" from his last couple months at the magazine.
"I learned a ton," the New York Rangers left wing, 28, told PEOPLE Tuesday night at the Whitney Contemporaries Art Party presented by BCBG Max Azria. "I was surrounded by some of the greatest minds in American fashion and in the world."
Self-confessed clotheshorse Avery, whose on-ice antics have inspired an official NHL rule named after him, fulfilled a lifelong dream when he started at the fashion mag only a week after he was hospitalized for a lacerated spleen during a game in May.
Originally posted 05/05/2008 03:30PM
New York Rangers hockey star Sean Avery was released from the hospital Sunday after lacerating his spleen during a game Tuesday night, his rep tells PEOPLE.
"He still needs a lot of rest," his rep says, "and will be going for checkups with his doctors over the next few days."
But bedrest isn't the only thing on his agenda: Avery is keeping his prior commitment to attend one of New York City's most exclusive social engagements of the year: Monday night's Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala. Avery, who is set to begin an editorial internship with Vogue in a week, will be attending the gala as a guest of the magazine, donning an Alexander McQueen suit.
Avery's injury has sidelined him for the remainder of the hockey season.
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