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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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Tony Dovolani: The Secret to My DWTS Success Is 'My Wife' | Tony Dovolani

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Tony Dovolani: The Secret to My DWTS Success Is 'My Wife'

Originally posted 02/27/2015 06:30AM

Tony Dovolani gives credit where credit is due – to his wife, Lina.

"My wife is my rock," Dovolani, the longest-running dance pro on Dancing with the Stars, tells PEOPLE.

"She is the most amazing person I have ever met in my life. She takes care of the kids. She takes care of the house. She makes sure that I am successful. If I didn't have her, I don't think I would be where I am today," he says. "Marrying her is probably one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life."

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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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Tony Dovolani Is as Shocked as You Are by His Old DWTS Audition Tape (VIDEO)

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Tony Dovolani Is as Shocked as You Are by His Old DWTS Audition Tape (VIDEO)

Originally posted 10/14/2014 10:30AM

Tony Dovolani and his partner, Betsey Johnson, were eliminated a week ago from Dancing with the Stars.

Little did Dovolani know, this week would be even more humbling.

On Monday night's episode, producers mischievously aired part of the pro dancer's 2005 audition tape for the ABC show. And let's just say some of his fashion choices were … interesting.

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Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani Explain Boa Malfunction on DWTS (VIDEO)

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Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani Explain Boa Malfunction on DWTS

Originally posted 09/16/2014 09:30AM

Oh, feathers!

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani were having a grand old time in the Dancing with the Stars ballroom on Monday's season premiere, until the fashion queen had a tussle with a fashion prop – and lost!

"That was her and the boa having a fight. And the boa won," Dovolani said of his dance partner, who tried to grab a feather boa from a clothes rack during their cha-cha, only to find it was stuck.

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