07:30 PM EDT 12/16/2014
Originally posted 11/17/2014 10:15PM
The final five couples took to the stage for this week's Dancing with the Stars semifinals, and while each duo had impressive performances, one couple had to be sent home. This week Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd took their final bows on the dance floor after performing two dances to different types of music – one plugged and the other unplugged – for this week's theme.
"I've just showed that old stoners can perform when they need to!" joked Chong during his final send-off.
Here's how the couples fared:
Originally posted 11/10/2014 10:30PM
Going with great news – rather than just a great performance – is the best way to start off Dancing with the Stars. To that end, Monday's installment killed it with the bulletin that oldie but goodie Tommy Chong made it for another week!
But Chong getting to stay meant that a (high-scoring) celebrity had to go. So it was a surprise when Lea Thompson – who looked stunning while performing some of her best dances – was named as the next hoofer to leave the ballroom.
"I just feel really great. I feel strong and I'm anxious to get back to my day job on Switched at Birth," Thompson said. "I love this man [Artem Chigvintsev] and he's a new pro and I think he did a great job with me."
Originally posted 11/03/2014 10:30PM
It was a Dynamic Duos theme under the mirror ball on Dancing with the Stars Monday but the night's Tarzan – better known as Michael Waltrip – couldn’t swing enough votes to keep him and his Jane inside the fringe jungle.
The racecar driver became the latest celebrity to leave the ABC show.
"It was a chance to do something that was more emotional than it was physical, to get to experience the wonderful cast, to get to know Emma's heart and who she is as a person," Waltrip told host Tom Bergeron. "I'm happy I got to be here and sad I have to go."
"I'm so emotional," added his pro Emma Slater. "He's made me a better person. You meet these people and he has a big heart. I'll be a better person for the rest of my life."
Originally posted 10/27/2014 10:40PM
How's this for scary: Judge Len Goodman started the night in a casket!
It was an appropriate opening because the returning judge had to help sound the death knell for Antonio Sabato Jr.
No matter how many times the soap star went shirtless under the mirror ball this season, he and partner Cheryl Burke just couldn't keep the judges, or viewers, happy.
"I danced with one of the best in the world," Sabato Jr. said. "It's all about the fans and that's why I am here."
Originally posted 05/21/2014 06:55PM
There's no denying that Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Olympic gold medal ice dancer Meryl Davis have chemistry on the dance floor. All season long the Dancing With the Stars duo wowed the show's judges and viewers with one stellar performance after another.
As in-step as they are on the dance floor, it's their off-the-dance-floor connection that has folks wondering, "Are they or aren't they?" Or, in the case of DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who declared after the couple's emotional and soulful freestyle routine Monday night, "I think the two of you should get married."
That seems to be the general consensus among fans and colleagues, who experienced a gentler, kinder and more playful Chmerkovskiy this season. And humbler.
Originally posted 03/17/2014 10:25AM
There are apparently no hard feelings in the Dancing with the Stars hosting hot seat.
Since being shockingly replaced by Erin Andrews as the co-host of ABC's hit show for its 18th season (which kicks off on Monday), Brooke Burke-Charvet "has been very encouraging to Erin," fellow host Tom Bergeron, 58, told PEOPLE on Tuesday.
"She and Erin have exchanged phone calls and voicemail messages. Erin was very complimentary to Brooke. So, in the midst of a difficult situation, there's a whole lot of maturity going on."
Originally posted 03/06/2014 06:00PM
It sounds like Brooke Burke-Charvet has accepted the fact that she was replaced by Erin Andrews as Tom Bergeron's co-host on Dancing with the Stars for its 18th season.
Originally posted 02/21/2014 10:30PM
Brooke Burke-Charvet is leaving Dancing with the Stars.
The news that she won't return to the show comes as a shock to the former contestant, who was by Tom Bergeron's side as co-host since season 10 of the ballroom dancing competition.
"Weird day ... Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS …ME. Tom Bergeron didn't even read my name," Burke-Charvet, 42, Tweeted at midnight Saturday. "I won't be returning to the show this season."
ABC released a statement to PEOPLE on Saturday: "We can confirm that Brooke Burke-Charvet will not be joining us next season. She's been a wonderful part of the Dancing with the Stars family since her triumphant win in season seven and will unquestionably be missed by our entire team," the statement reads. "We'd like to thank Brooke for her years of great service."
Burke-Charvet wasn't the only one who was surprised by the news. "It was a shock they let Brooke go," a source tells PEOPLE. "The cast and crew loved her. It's very sad."
Originally posted 01/25/2014 11:00AM
Brooke Burke-Charvet wants people to know one thing: that hot figure she flaunted at the gas station did not come easy.
Originally posted 10/21/2013 10:30PM
First, the pairs had to perform in an improvisational switch-up challenge, which required them to show off their ability to transition seamlessly while dancing to music that suddenly changed.
Then, at elimination time, there was an even bigger twist that one no one – not even producers – had seen coming.
Keep reading to find out who will dance again next week ...
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