04:03 PM EDT 04/15/2015
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.
Originally posted 04/07/2015 10:35AM
Often unfavorably compared to her "beautiful mom" Demi Moore and instead to her "masculine father" Bruce Willis, the actress was well aware of the things said about her in the press as she was growing up, as she revealed in a pre-taped segment.
"When you grow up with parents that are known worldwide and having so much attention from media and all of the tabloids magazines, it's really tough," said Willis, now 26. "When I was a teenager I was super awkward. I don't think I really felt comfortable in my body or with how I looked, and people were nasty."
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).
Originally posted 04/06/2015 12:55PM
On Monday's episode of Dancing with the Stars, the celebrities and their pros are told to choreograph a number inspired by their most memorial year.
"I've had the most personal growth I've ever had this year," says Willis, 26, in an exclusive clip of this week's rehearsal footage. "People are so ready to jump on anything you do and have an opinion on it."
Originally posted 03/25/2015 07:55PM
There's no doubt the Dancing with the Stars crew knows how to throw a party.
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.
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:
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."
Originally posted 11/25/2014 05:00PM
It was a year marred by painful injuries (bummer about your groin, Alfonso Ribeiro!) and awkward wardrobe malfunctions (pink boas will never mean the same again to Betsey Johnson), but the 19th season finale of Dancing with the Stars Tuesday was no less dramatic.
Ribeiro, who has said he waited 10 years for a moment like this, became the latest amateur to take home the mirror ball trophy. "I cannot believe this!" he told host Tom Bergeron. "I don't even know what to say! These are happy tears!"
"He deserves this so much," added his partner, Witney Carson. "He's one of the most hard-working people I know."
Originally posted 11/24/2014 10:30PM
It seemed wrong to send someone home on a night when everyone got a 10 or two, but there can only be three couples in Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars finale.
Even though she was partnered with repeat winner Derek Hough, YouTube star Bethany Mota was the latest hoofer to leave the ballroom.
"I discovered things about myself, things I thought I could never do," Mota said. "I never thought I'd be this far in the competition. To be in the finals was the best thing ever."
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