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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'The Whole Season Is Bittersweet'

Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'The Whole Season Is Bittersweet'

Originally posted 11/11/2013 12:30PM

Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The longtime competitor is blogging for PEOPLE.com about competing with former High School Musical star Corbin Bleu in season 17.

I've been drinking four espressos in the morning and it's not working. I am literally dragging myself. Mentally, I'm awake to comprehend what's going on, but physically, my body is like, I don't think so. These days, once you power through, you feel better.

We didn't necessarily predict Amber [Riley] and Derek [Hough] would get a 10, but we kind of joked, "Oh, and now the last couple is dancing." We had a feeling the leader board was going to change. When the judges gave that 10, we all kind of started laughing because we knew that was going to happen.

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Who Went Home on a Cher-Themed Night of Dancing with the Stars?

UpdatePosted 11/04/2013 11:05PM

Brant Daugherty Leaves Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 11/04/2013 10:25PM

The ballroom was full of positive energy on Monday night, as Cher took over judging duties for Len Goodman on Dancing with the Stars.

At the end of the night, which was themed around the Burlesque star, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater ended up with the lowest score of 24 points out of 30 for their fun-filled disco to "Strong Enough."

So did the funny man and his partner end up getting the boot? Read on to find out.

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WATCH: Dancing's Pairs Team Up to Compete Tonight

Dancing with the Stars: Pairs Team Up to Compete in Week 7

Originally posted 10/28/2013 01:10PM

It's time to put their teamwork to the test!

The eight remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars will perform as two teams, each comprised of four pairs, on the dance floor Monday night.

Watch the clip above to see the teams and to find out the song they'll dance to.

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