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Dancing with the Stars Recap: A 'Jam'-Packed Night

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: A 'Jam'-Packed Night

Originally posted 03/23/2015 11:55PM

Here's a little behind-the-scenes Dancing with the Stars scoop to start off the recap: I understand our stars learned as early as Friday when they would be dancing during "My Jam Monday."

So, for example, Prince Farming Chris Soules knew before the weekend that he'd get to kick off tonight's show while Lady Marmalade herself (a.k.a. Patti LaBelle ) was rewarded the last dance of the evening well in advance of tonight's performance.

Now put the shoe on the other foot: What could be more disheartening than knowing that you aren't strong enough to open or close the night – and realizing how your middle-of-the-show positioning brings you closer to the ol' heave-ho?

So, which dancers proved they might be worthy of prime placement next week? And what about the contestants whose so-so performance last week put them at risk of elimination? Read on for the night's highlights and to see who came close to leaving DWTS first.

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Which Celebrity Brought Down the House – and Attracted Big Stars? | Julianne Hough

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Which Celebrity Brought Down the House – and Attracted Big Stars?

Originally posted 03/16/2015 11:00PM

It was a big night in the ballroom – and not just because John McClane and GI Jane were in the house! Monday's installment of Dancing with the Stars kicked off the first of what the network promised would include lots of action-packed tributes to the show's 10th anniversary.

The premiere episode didn't disappoint. There were lots of contemporary tunes ("Uptown Funk," "Take Me to Church"), plenty of showstopping choreography (Derek Hough, so glad you stuck around this season!) and even quadruple hanky moments (welcome to the ballroom, Army vet and amputee Noah Galloway!).

No 9s or 10s were awarded just yet, but a couple of celebrities sure came close to earning some high scores. Here's how the new contenders fared on night one:

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Dancing with the Stars: And the New Celebrities Are ...

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Dancing with the Stars: And the New Celebrities Are ...

Originally posted 02/24/2015 09:00AM

A rapper, an openly gay pro football player, an amputee veteran and, um, Lady Marmalade will help Dancing with the Stars celebrate its 10th anniversary.

And great news for fans of Derek Hough – the five-time mirror ball winner will participate after all! Hough was cast to play the male lead in New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall this spring, but he will split his time between New York and Los Angeles. (It's nice to be so young and nimble!)

Eleven celebrities and their pro partners were revealed Tuesday on Good Morning America. The show still needs to find one more male star to pair with Witney Carson, the reigning champion.

Here are the stars:

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Dancing with the Stars Announces Season 20 Pros: Karina Smirnoff Out (for Now)

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Dancing with the Stars Announces Season 20 Pros: Karina Smirnoff Out (for Now)

Originally posted 02/11/2015 09:20AM

Dancing with the Stars announced which pros will return for season 20 on Wednesday – and one who notably will not.

Last season's champion Witney Carson returns alongside fan favorite (and two-time champion) Mark Ballas. Seasoned pros and fellow mirrorball winners Tony Dovolani, Peta Murgatroyd and Kym Johnson are back in the mix. Newer pros including Val Chmerkovskiy, Sharna Burgess, Allison Holker, Emma Slater and Artem Chigvintsev were also confirmed to return.

Noticeably absent, Karina Smirnoff – a pro since season 3 and the season 12 champion – posted on Instagram Tuesday night that she would not be returning for season 20: "I've decided to focus my energies on some other exciting endeavors."

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Who Blamed a Lack of Rehearsal Time for His DWTS Ouster?

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Who Blamed a Lack of Rehearsal Time for His DWTS Ouster?

Originally posted 09/23/2014 10:45PM

Tavis Smiley has a bone to pick with the producers of Dancing with the Stars.

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Charlie White Wanted the 'Perfect' Proposal, Says DWTS' Sharna Burgess

Charlie White Wanted the 'Perfect' Proposal, Says Dancing with the Stars Partner Sharna Burgess

Originally posted 06/17/2014 10:00AM

She showed him a thing or two on the dance floor, but Sharna Burgess had no words of wisdom for Charlie White when he prepared to propose to his longtime love.

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Charlie White Gets a Bitter Boot in the DWTS Semifinals | Sharna Burgess

Dancing with the Stars Recap: Charlie White Is Eliminated in Semifinals

Originally posted 05/12/2014 10:30PM

American icons night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars brought Kenny Ortega to the judges' table, Jackson family music to the ballroom – and heavy drama for two competitors.

The semi-finals came down to a pair of couples who easily could have vied for the mirror ball against each other, only to result in a bitter departure. Read on for more.

After a beautiful night of dancing by the five remaining couples it was between ice skating partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis.

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UpdatePosted 04/22/2014 06:30AM

Dancing with the Stars: James Maslow, Meryl Davis Get the Party Going & Drew Carey Goes Home

Originally posted 04/21/2014 10:25PM

Get ready to par-TAY!

Monday night's Dancing with the Stars showcased party anthems, with guest judge Redfoo from LMFAO helping to weed out the ho-hum from the fun.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd entered as the charmed couple after getting a perfect score on Disney week, while Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas were just holding on and Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke hoped that audience scores would prop them up for another week.

Except, that didn't happen.

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Who Went Home During Dancing's Unexpected Double Elimination? | Diana Nyad

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UpdatePosted 03/25/2014 07:00AM

Dancing with the Stars Double Elimination: Who Went Home?

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:

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Andy Dick: DWTS Brought Me Closer to My Daughter

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UpdatePosted 05/01/2013 02:30PM

Andy Dick: Being on Dancing with the Stars Made Me Closer to My Daughter

Originally posted 05/01/2013 10:00AM

It was an especially sad goodbye on Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars elimination episode.

"I'm clenching my jaw because if [the tears] start going, they won't stop," Andy Dick, 47, told PEOPLE backstage after he and partner Sharna Burgess bid adieu to the dance floor. "We wanted one more week."

But before receiving big hugs from the reporters who were sad to see the pair go home, Dick reflected positively on his time as a competitor.

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