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Originally posted 07/12/2012 08:05PM
No one knows exactly who will compete on the all-star season of Dancing with the Stars in the fall – not even the pros. But Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani have their wish lists when it comes to which celebrities should return.
"I would love to see winners, finalists and controversial characters come back," Burke, 28, told PEOPLE at Wednesday's ESPY Awards in Los Angeles.
"Every season there are those one or two contestants who really stand out," she said. "If we have a mixture of winners, people switching partners, maybe I would be with my original partner, or Karina [Smirnoff] would be with her original partner, but having it mixed and matched, would be really interesting."
Originally posted 05/01/2012 12:40PM
He was "destroyed" when his partner Martina Navratilova got the boot the first week of Dancing with the Stars, but Tony Dovolani rebounded quickly – thanks to a furry friend.
The dancing pro surprised his children – Luana, 6, and twins Adrian and Ariana, 3 – with a new dog when he returned home.
"When I came back from this season, I showed up with a puppy and they went nuts," Dovolani tells PEOPLE. "They've always wanted a puppy."
Originally posted 03/28/2012 09:00AM
Two weeks of low scores on a competitive season was too much to overcome for Martina Navratilova and her partner Tony Dovolani, who became the first couple to go on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.
"I'll miss Tony," Navratilova, 55, told reporters backstage after her elimination. "We had a lot of fun. I started feeling the dances better. And I really felt so much more confident yesterday than the first week. Go figure."
When asked if he had any regrets about leaving the show first, Dovolani told PEOPLE, "Absolutely not," adding, "Martina's probably one of the most wonderful people I've ever had the chance to work with. Not only is she a female icon, but she has probably the kindest heart I've ever met. So, I'm actually pretty destroyed right now."
Originally posted 03/27/2012 10:20PM
Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars premiered with what head judge Len Goodman considered the most impressive debut in the show's history. But it's a competition – and somebody had to go.
With two weeks of combined scores, Martina Navratilova, Melissa Gilbert, Gavin DeGraw and Gladys Knight ranked lowest among the 12 couples on the show. But which celebrity and their pro partner were in jeopardy of heading home once votes were added into the equation? And who was the first to leave the ballroom this season?
Keep reading to find out ...
Originally posted 03/06/2012 11:50AM
The season 14 cast members of Dancing with the Stars are set to hit the parquet in fewer than two weeks. But the new crop of contestants have already suited up in their sparkling best to pose for official portraits.
Sherri Shepherd, who will dance with Val Chmerkovskiy, calls her stint on the ballroom dance competition a "dream come true."
She'll face off against soap star-turned-singer Jack Wagner, who will partner with Anna Trebunskaya. Tennis icon Martina Navratilova will also hit the floor with Tony Dovolani. And Family Matters star Jaleel White will compete alongside former champ Kym Johnson.
Originally posted 02/28/2012 08:20AM
Spring is just around the corner – and so is season 14 of Dancing with the Stars! Twelve new cast members, including Sherri Shepherd, and their professional dance partners were announced on Good Morning America Tuesday.
"It's a dream come true," The View co-host told PEOPLE about training with returning pro Val Chmerkovskiy. "He is one of the best frickin' dancers in the world. He's hot!"
And here's who else is preparing to take the ballroom by storm when the show's new season premieres March 19 on ABC:
Originally posted 09/30/2011 11:25AM
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani are bringing sexy back.
After judge Carrie Ann Inaba told the former Wilson Phillips singer and her pro partner that they "played it a little safe" with their jive on Dancing with the Stars this week, the couple are ready to kick things up a notch for their next performance.
"We're going to make love on the dance floor," Dovolani, 38, tells PEOPLE. "There are going to be lots of hips moving and interesting things. We're going to light up the floor. We want everybody at home and in the seats to feel like they're actually living the story with us."
Originally posted 04/05/2011 10:10PM
It was a tough night on Dancing with the Stars!
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley took a tumble on Monday's show, but they weren't the only ones who had trouble with their footwork.
Kendra Wilkinson almost fell down some smoky steps at the beginning of her sexy routine with Louis Van Amstel and Kym Johnson told PEOPLE she nearly took a spill while dancing the samba with Hines Ward.
Despite all that, talk show host Wendy Williams earned the night's lowest scores – just 15 points out of 30 – for her stiff fox trot with Tony Dovolani. Judge Len Goodman said they performed "a dance more suited to the radio."
Was that the end of the road for Williams and Dovolani? Keep reading to find out what happened on Tuesday night's results show ...
Originally posted 10/27/2010 09:40AM
Jaws dropped inside the ballroom Tuesday night, when Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani were unexpectedly eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.
But fans of the Dancing duo can rest easy, because Patridge says she will reunite with her pro partner on TV once again.
"My new show with [realty TV producer] Mark Burnett just got picked up," Patridge told PEOPLE backstage after her elimination. "It's going to be on VH1 and we're going to start filming soon. I'm sure Tony will be on that."
Originally posted 10/25/2010 09:15AM
This week is rock-themed on Dancing with the Stars, and my partner Tony Dovolano and I are dancing to "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen. I love classic rock, so it's really fun! We're doing the paso doble, and Tony's starting to push the limits by making our choreography super challenging. So we've been working really, really hard in the studio.
We're actually doing two dances this week. I'm also learning a second dance for the marathon, where all seven couples take the dance floor at the same time to perform a minute-long routine over and over for four minutes. Whenever a couple starts to struggle or get tired, the judges tap them out of the competition. The last couple dancing gets ten points added to their score for the day.
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