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Dancing Drama! An Emotional Meltdown & Perfect Scores

UpdatePosted 05/15/2012 09:30AM

Dancing with the Stars Drama: An Emotional Meltdown & Perfect Scores

Originally posted 05/14/2012 09:55PM

With the competition down its fierce final days, and perfect 10s flying in the ballroom, the pressure at Dancing with the Stars finally took its toll on one leading contender.

A seemingly minor misstep at the end of a solid-scoring routine left Katherine Jenkins in tears Monday night in one of the most dramatic moments of the season.

At the end of a glorious salsa – their second routine – Jenkins seemed to stumble, a mistake that barely troubled judges, who awarded a trio of nines to the singer and dancing pro Mark Ballas.

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Deserves to Go?

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Dancing with the Stars: Who Deserves to Go?

Originally posted 05/08/2012 06:00PM

There are six couples remaining on Dancing with the Stars – but not for long!

After Tuesday's elimination show (9 p.m. ET), only four semi-finalists will remain. Those odds aren't great but high-scoring couples like William Levy and Cheryl Burke, who delivered a perfect foxtrot on Monday, have a better chance.

Then again, low scores aren't necessarily an indication of elimination. Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were at the bottom of the leaderboard last week but escaped the bottom two and the dreaded dance duel.

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How William Levy Cools Down after Dancing with the Stars

Originally posted 05/08/2012 02:45PM



William Levy brings the heat week after week on Dancing with the Stars – just look at him! – but when it comes to keeping his cool outside the ballroom, he knows just the trick: a frosty snack.

"I stay up late at home watching sports, eating and not thinking about anything," he told PEOPLE after Monday's show, in which he performed a perfect foxtrot with partner Cheryl Burke. "I stay by myself watching TV, reading a book, eating ice cream."

But when it comes to de-stressing from the competition, Katherine Jenkins and pro Mark Ballas take a more physical approach.

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Dancing's William Levy, Cheryl Burke Earn a Perfect Score | Cheryl Burke, William Levy

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Dancing with the Stars: William Levy, Cheryl Burke Perform Perfect Foxtrot

Originally posted 05/07/2012 10:45PM

The semi-finals are just a week away on Dancing with the Stars. But to get there, the six remaining couples had to perform two dances each on Monday night – and will have to survive a double elimination on Tuesday. (Spoilers ahead!)

In the first round of competition, William Levy and Cheryl Burke landed atop the leader board with a high-energy foxtrot that earned a perfect score. "You bring these performances to life," Carrie Ann Inaba told the couple. "There was care in technique and flare in the movement," added Len Goodman.

In a close second were Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower, who barely survived last week's dance duel. Their foxtrot earned 29 points and had Bruno Tonioli gushing. "The sweetest of sweethearts," he called them. "What you've done in a week is incredible."

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Wow! Dancing's First Perfect 30 This Season

Dancing with the Stars Delivers Season's First Perfect 30

Originally posted 04/30/2012 09:55PM

With the competition so fierce, it was bound to happen.

One couple scored a perfect 30 on Dancing with the Stars on Monday night for a paso doble that Bruno Tonioli called "spellbinding." Read on for more.

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Melissa Gilbert Blogs: Injured Maksim Has to Rely on Me | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Melissa Gilbert

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Melissa Gilbert: Injured Maksim Has to Rely on Me

Originally posted 04/30/2012 10:00AM

Hi all! I'm hoping everyone had a nice, productive week sprinkled with fun, family and quiet time.

My personal rollercoaster ride on Dancing with the Stars continued this week. Though now, it seems I am riding a rollercoaster that is suspended from up above with loops and twists and turns that I simply cannot see coming. So, I am just along for the ride abandoning all semblance of control.

This last week saw Maks's injury become a real problem for "Team MGMC." It is a situation that is constantly fluid and constantly changing. We have back-up plans for our back-up plans (an ocean of thank yous to Val Chmerkovskiy). In that way, we do have a modicum of control.

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Roshon Fegan: I'm an 'Ant' Next to 'Giant, Sexy' DWTS Costars | Chelsie Hightower, Roshon Fegan

Roshon Fegan: I'm an 'Ant' Next to 'Giant, Sexy' DWTS Costars

Originally posted 04/29/2012 01:00PM

Roshon Fegan's attempt to spice up his rumba with sexy moves and stares left the judges a little cold this week.

The cuddly contestant on Dancing with the Stars acknowledged afterward feeling a little intimidated by some of the competition.

"It's like [being] an ant – an ant in a big world," Fegan, 20, tells PEOPLE. "[I'm] just trying to hang out in the picnic basket. Everybody's oh, so giant. I'm just a little ant trying to just stick around."

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Dancing with the Stars: William Levy & Cheryl Burke Perform Steamy Rumba

Originally posted 04/24/2012 01:50PM



Judge Bruno Tonioli called their performance "absolute and utter filth." But he "loved every minute of it."

Still, William Levy and Cheryl Burke's red-hot rumba to Smokey Robinson's "Being with You" on Monday's Motown-themed Dancing with the Stars received a hot-and-cold reaction from the panel.

"I don't think that was your best dance," Carrie Ann Inaba said of the touchy-feely performance, which had audience members practically melting in the ballroom and the judges talking about "hip action," "Viagra" and "ecstasy."

"I'd like to see more content," Carrie Ann added, "because you're not just a pretty face, you are a beautiful dancer, and I'd like to see more dancing."

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Jaleel White Gets His Groove Back on Dancing | Jaleel White, Kym Johnson

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Dancing with the Stars: Jaleel White Gets His Groove Back

Originally posted 04/23/2012 10:45PM

Jaleel White saved himself from elimination by beating Gavin DeGraw in a dance duel last week on Dancing with the Stars. (Spoilers ahead!)

On Monday's Motown-themed show, the actor stormed back, earning 29 points for a snappy cha cha with partner Kym Johnson to "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."

"You're back!" Len Goodman declared.

"That was the biggest sizzler of the season," said Bruno Tonioli.

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Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff  Eliminated on Dancing with the Stars | Gavin DeGraw, Karina Smirnoff

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Dancing with the Stars: Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff Eliminated

Originally posted 04/17/2012 10:15PM

Just as Dancing with the Stars's competition was starting to look up last week for Karina Smirnoff and partner Gavin DeGraw, they once again sunk to the bottom of the leaderboard after Monday night's 19-point samba.

They've been saved in prior weeks after low scores, but will fans' votes once again be enough to keep the pair on the show? The second lowest scores of the night went to Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his recovering partner Melissa Gilbert, who earned 21 points for their samba. Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus were one point above them with a score of 22 for their samba.

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