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Originally posted 11/06/2012 10:30AM
Switching from one dance to the next, week to week, is tough enough. Switching partners, too? That's all but impossible.
Yet Shawn Johnson made it look easy Monday on Dancing with the Stars, scoring a perfect 30 for her fusion dance (a seamless blend of tango and the paso doble to one song) with Mark Ballas while her All-Stars partner Derek Hough took the week off with a neck injury.
"They have similar styles and ideas, but when they're actually dancing with me, it's completely different," the former gold-medal gymnast, 20, told PEOPLE after the show, which also included a swing dance marathon. "Getting used to each one, back and forth, was kind of a lot to handle.
Originally posted 11/05/2012 10:35PM
It was a busy night on Dancing with the Stars Monday – but not for an injured Derek Hough.
The pro sat out this week's competition, in which the seven remaining couples performed a dance fusion and competed in a swing dance marathon. But Hough's partner Shawn Johnson was in good hands with her season 8 partner, Mark Ballas.
Keep reading to find out how they did in the dance fusion, which required the couples to blend two different styles during one song, and the four-minute swing marathon.
Originally posted 10/30/2012 09:00PM
Country week on Dancing with the Stars has featured more emotions than, well, a country song.
But neither the first perfect 30s for Apolo Ohno and Sabrina Bryan, nor the injury-rebound performances by Shawn Johnson and Melissa Rycroft on Monday night could compare to Tuesday's surprises, including a shocking elimination. Read on for more.
Originally posted 10/30/2012 06:30PM
The result of Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough's cha cha on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars wasn't anything to frown about – but it left the gymnast feeling blue.
Rehearsing for the country-themed night Johnson, 20, re-injured her knee, giving her a painful reminder of how her Olympic career ended.
"It took me back too much," she told PEOPLE backstage after the dance. "The first thought I had was the Olympics. I mean I lived two full years in training just constantly having to deal with pain, and push it out of my mind, being as that's what took me out of the Olympics. Feeling that again was devastating."
Originally posted 10/29/2012 10:10PM
With performances by Little Big Town and Big & Rich, not to mention yards of denim and scores of cowboy hats, everybody was keeping it country on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night.
There was even a large fake cow on stage with a mirror ball hanging from its neck.
And for two couples, the range really did feel like home, with the judges handing out perfect scores twice during an emotional evening that left many competitors – and one judge – in tears.
Originally posted 10/23/2012 09:00PM
Nobody's routine on Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars caused any judges to fall out of their chair this time, but there was certainly no lack of emotion during the second round of guilty pleasure night critiques.
The evening began with a tango from Tony Dovolani and his partner Melissa Rycroft, who was recovering from a herniated disk neck injury.
The pair, who danced to "Toxic," by Britney Spears, was given a 27 for their performance, which judge Bruno Tonioli called "intoxicating" and Len Goodman called "crisp" and "sharp."
Originally posted 10/17/2012 07:30AM
One night after Bristol Palin convinced partner Mark Ballas to forgo matching bunny costumes on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, the pair was eliminated.
Ballas, 26 – who after his dismissal told reporters backstage that he was "dead serious" about dressing up as an animal pair – doesn't regret Palin's decision to play it safe, but he also points out that taking a risk with what to wear could have possibly prolonged their time in the competition.
"Hey, you can guide a horse to water, but you can't make it drink," he says.
Originally posted 10/16/2012 07:10AM
Paula Abdul called Shawn Johnson a "sexy young lady," following her near-perfect mambo on Dancing with the Stars Monday night – and the athlete's partner Derek Hough could not agree more.
"My goal when I first got Shawn as a partner was to take her from a young girl, sweet and innocent, to a mature woman – sexy," Hough, 27, told reporters backstage after their performance. "And to get those comments from the judges … made me feel great."
Originally posted 10/15/2012 10:10PM
With last week's double-elimination behind them, the remaining nine couples on Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars were forced to perform a dance selected for them by one of their competitors.
And they had a famous face on board to assess them this week.
Paula Abdul joined the judges panel alongside Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba for the night. Naturally, she brought her characteristic good cheer to the ABC show – and she notably awarded one of the season's first perfect 10s to Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd for their Bollywood-themed routine.
The couple also received 10s from Bruno and Carrie Ann, who told them, "Aladdin has nothing on you, Gilles Marini." Only Len was a holdout, though he gave the pair an impressive 9.5.
Originally posted 10/09/2012 08:45AM
There are apparently no hard feelings between Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas.
The pair, who appeared all smiles and landed their highest score of the season on Monday night's Dancing with the Stars, have patched up their differences, following a recent rehearsal fight that left Palin, 21, in tears.
"We're fine," Ballas, 26, told reporters backstage after the show. "We've danced together before. This isn't our first season together. The last season we did together, we didn't argue once – nothing, we were just chill. So the fact that we've made it through a season and a quarter and this is now our first fight is amazing."
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