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Suzanne Somers' DWTS Blog: I Knew the Camera Would Start on My Butt!

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Suzanne Somers' DWTS Blog: I Knew the Camera Would Start on My Butt!

Originally posted 03/24/2015 04:45PM

Actor and best-selling author Suzanne Somers, best known for her role as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company, has been paired with pro Tony Dovolani for season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. She'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

It was good feeling before the show started to know that you are on top of the dance rather than fighting to remember the steps. I was dancing. And I loved it. I think our first dance on premiere night was very playful, but I gathered from Julianne Hough's comments that people expect sexiness from Suzanne Somers!

Tony clearly amped up the dance routine. The hardest part of the routine was getting over my fear of being thrown through his legs, flipped over and then being pulled back up. It took me over a day to trust that I could let go and allow that to happen. Once I trusted that my body would not get damaged, I begin to enjoy it. It was a very free feeling.

Once I learned the footwork, I ceased to count and began to dance. It was the first moment since I began this experience that I felt the thrill of really dancing.

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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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Suzanne Somers's DWTS Blog: I Feel Like Lucy Ricardo When I Blow a Step

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Suzanne Somers's DWTS Blog: I Feel Like Lucy Ricardo When I Blow a Step

Originally posted 03/17/2015 12:40PM

Actor and best-selling author Suzanne Somers, best known for her role as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company, has been paired with pro Tony Dovolani for season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. She'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

For the first time in 25 years, we introduced a brand-new ThighMaster, called the ThighMaster Vibrato. It vibrates! One of the producers came up with the idea of choreographing my first number around the ThighMaster. I believe it was the producers who chose "Physical." Perfect!

The ThighMaster is a big part of my exercise routine. I use it for my upper body workout, as well, and I always have one when I travel. Charities I support auction off autographed ThighMasters (that I have used), so I have likely owned 100 or more.

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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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Season 20 Dancing with the Stars Cast: Did You Know ...?

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20 Fun Facts About the Cast, Judges and Hosts of Dancing with the Stars Season 20

Originally posted 03/16/2015 08:00AM

The 10th anniversary cast of Dancing with the Stars boasts plenty of recognizable names, but how well do you really know the 12 stars who will be facing off for this year's mirror ball trophy?

Here are 13 surprising facts about the cast – plus some bonus trivia about the returning judges and hosts.

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Dancing with the Stars: Will Suzanne Somers Incorporate the Thighmaster into Her Cha Cha?

Originally posted 03/13/2015 05:10PM

Who says Thighmasters and ballroom dancing can't mix?

Certainly not Suzanne Somers, one of the 12 celebrities who will participate in the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars. PEOPLE has learned that Somers, 68, will incorporate the exercise tool that she made famous in the '90s into her opening night performance.

The plan is to somehow feature the device that's supposed to exercise the hip adductors into her cha cha with partner Tony Dovolani. They'll do it while dancing to Olivia Newton-John's "Physical."

In this video, Somers – who will also blog exclusively for PEOPLE this season – demonstrates to her partner how to properly utilize the device.

"I happen to be an expert in this," Somers tells Dovolani. "I think we are going to have a lot of fun."

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Suzanne Somers's DWTS Blog: Blisters & Breakthroughs

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UpdatePosted 03/10/2015 04:05PM

Suzanne Somers Blogs Dancing with the Stars Rehearsals: 'I Have Never Had a Dance Lesson in My Life'

Originally posted 03/10/2015 12:35PM

Actor and best-selling author Suzanne Somers, best known for her role as Chrissy Snow on Three's Company, has been paired with pro Tony Dovolani for season 20 of Dancing with the Stars. She'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

Dancing with the Stars has called in the past, and I had to say no because I was too busy. When they called this year, I said yes because the time is perfect!

I am opening my stage show, which I will do for the next year, and what better way to get in shape than to rehearse for 20 hours a week with Tony, a world-champion dancer? I had hoped my partner would be Tony, and it happened – the power of positive thinking.

I have never had a dance lesson in my life. Then again, I never had a comedy class before I did Three's Company. So far, it's only been one week, and I am already feeling my body responding and getting stronger.

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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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Suzanne Somers Reveals: My Husband and I Have Sex Twice a Day

Suzanne Somers Reveals: My Husband and I Have Sex Twice a Day

Originally posted 10/08/2013 08:00PM

Suzanne Somers has a perfectly active sex life after 40, thank you very much!

Following Miley Cyrus's controversial comments on Monday about middle-aged people no longer getting intimate, Somers, 66, announced on Tuesday's episode of The Talk that she has sex "a couple times a day" with her husband of 36 years, Alan Hamel.

"He's on hormones and I'm on hormones," Somers said bashfully, to the sound of laughter and applause. "I'm going to be so sorry I said that. What is it about men at four in the morning? And then I'm really awake around eight or so. We have busy mornings."

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Suzanne Somers Talks Sex with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

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Suzanne Somers Talks Sex with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills

Originally posted 01/28/2013 03:30PM

Four's company!

Suzanne Somers is lunching with The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills stars Kyle Richards, Lisa Vanderpump and newbie Yolanda Foster in a sneak peek at Monday's episode.

"I just wanted you guys all to meet and I thought it would be fun," Yolanda tells her guests as they dine on her favorite chicken salad at her Malibu home.

And Kyle is impressed. "I'm actually a very big fan of Suzanne Somers's books," she says. "I'm interested in the topics she talks about. She says basically that if you eat the right food and take the right vitamins, you can live forever."

But Lisa isn't as interested in following the 66-year-old Three's Company star's plan for living to the age of 110.

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