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Suzanne Somers's DWTS Exit Interview: 'I Had a Very Strong Feeling' It Was Time to Go

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Suzanne Somers's Dancing with the Stars Exit Interview: 'I Had a Very Strong Feeling I Would Be Leaving'

Originally posted 04/15/2015 12:45AM

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

Going into to Disney Night, I did not try to anticipate anything. Every single minute on that show was the best I could possibly do, and, in doing so, I feel very good about my participation. My experience had nothing to do with whether I won or not; it had to do with me breaking out of my comfort zone and being challenged in an arena that is totally alien to me. I am an entertainer who dances rather than a professional dancer, and I love how much I took on and accomplished.

I'm really my own person when it comes to being competitive. I compete with only myself. When they announced I was in jeopardy, it just surprised me since I have been improving every single week that I've been on the show. However, it did not change how I would approach my performance – that was really locked in big-time.

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DWTS: Who Dazzled on Disney Night?

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Who Dazzled on Disney Night?

Originally posted 04/14/2015 12:55AM

While an obvious plug to the show's parent company, Disney Night made for some of the most inventive routines yet – not to mention some of the most creative costumes yet (Prince Farming in a skirt! Rumer Willis in full-on purple body paint!).

Paying homage to Disney favorites both new and old, the stars channeled their favorite characters while animated support "joined them," appearing on-screen at home. A cute idea in theory, it usually just took attention away from the performance or was so fleeting it was easy to be forgotten.

The night got a slow start, but the final three stars of the night – Rumer, Riker Lynch and Nastia Liukin – hit the ballroom floor with sets to remember. Elsewhere, opener Suzanne Somers and Robert Herjavec, uh, Floundered.

Read on for the highlights of Dancing with the Stars' Disney Night.

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Suzanne Somers' DWTS Blog: The Judges' Scores Were Discouraging

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Suzanne Somers' Dancing with the Stars Blog: The Judges' Scores Were Discouraging

Originally posted 04/07/2015 05:00PM

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.

The show asked what was my most memorable year. Relative to my career, it had to be the year I was cast as Chrissy Snow in Three's Company. There's no getting around people (only remembering her for) the character. She's iconic. I realized that last year when I turned on Saturday Night Live and I saw Lady Gaga playing me as Chrissy Snow and Justin Timberlake as Jack Tripper. Very few actors get the opportunity to play such a complete and full character that it is remembered for decades. It was a wonderful moment in my career.

In order to make sense of Chrissy Snow dancing, we almost had to do the skit at the beginning to establish the character and the times. It was a lot of fun.

Wearing the ponytails put me back in that space and time. I found it interesting that the moment the ponytails went in, I morphed back into that character. My body language changed and allowed me to enter a fantasy that Chrissy Snow must've taken dancing lessons and she thought she was Cyd Charisse!

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: The Stars Share Their Most Memorable Year

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: The Stars Share Their Most Memorable Year

Originally posted 04/06/2015 11:00PM

Routines themed around the Stars' most memorable years made for good video packages but not-so-inspired dances. I mean, how do you adequately pay homage to an IED attack?

Judge Len Goodman certainly wasn't in the mood for sob stories: the ol' boy was grumpy all night and didn't seem to like anybody, least of all Rumer Willis, who performed a brilliant waltz as a snub to all her early haters.

Then again, anybody can have a bad night in the ballroom. Witness: Michael Sam and Riker Lynch, who both found themselves in jeopardy by the end of Monday's episode.

Before you learn the guys' fate, check out a sampling of the performances from a night of memories (as well as a few moments we'd love to forget).

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Suzanne Somers's DWTS Blog: I Was Worried I'd Get a Banana Caught in Tony's Crotch

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Suzanne Somers's DWTS Blog: I Was Worried I'd Get a Banana Caught in Tony's Crotch

Originally posted 03/31/2015 02:00PM

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.

I loved my Carmen Miranda-style costume. What girl wouldn't want to wear it? Tony designed it for movement. I thought it was fantastic. The hat was heavy, but I was most worried being thrown through Tony's legs that I'd get a banana in his crotch.

Competitions are fierce. I had that dance nailed, performed perfectly in rehearsal, but all that counts is performance, and I did miss a step. I actually appreciate the judges' comments. Compliments are hard-won, and I don't need any special coddling.

I feel very proud that I'm out there on that dance floor. My objective is to do my best each week, and I look forward to next week for another shot. We have a big surprise for next week. Really fun!

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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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