Dancing with the Stars

Which Network Stole Cheryl Burke from ABC?

Originally posted 12/09/2014 02:30 PM

Which Network Stole Cheryl Burke from ABC?

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Hold on to your sequins, Dancing with the Stars fans: two-time mirror ball trophy winner Cheryl Burke is quick-stepping over to a new network!

PEOPLE has learned exclusively that Burke, whose contract just expired on the ABC show, will star in a new project for NBC in 2015.

Burke, 30, will be one of several stars on a new variety show. The network isn't ready to reveal the title now, but insiders promise the show will have a competitive element and that Burke will perform.

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Which Judge Will Depart Dancing with the Stars?

Originally posted 12/08/2014 04:20 PM

Len Goodman to Leave Dancing with the Stars | Len Goodman

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Say it ain't so, Len Goodman!

The senior-most member of the Dancing with the Stars judging panel said he plans to leave the ABC series after the upcoming season.

Goodman told reporters that traveling back and forth to England has become too overwhelming. Goodman is also the head judge on Strictly Come Dancing, the original, U.K. version of DWTS.

"I've got my wife, I've got my son, my mother is still alive and she's in hospital – I've had virtually no time to go and visit her," Goodman said Monday. "So, I just need a bit of time off to get on with a normal life. And it was either Strictly went or the American one went or the tour went. ... I'm doing the spring one when I go out there ... and that's going to be my last one. Dancing with the Stars, next year is their 10th year ... so I think that's a nice place to stop."

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Dancing with the Stars Has a New Mirror Ball Champ!

Originally posted 11/25/2014 05:00 PM

Dancing with the Stars Finale: Alfonso Ribeiro Wins Season 19 | Alfonso Ribeiro

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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."

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Derek Hough has won Dancing with the Stars a record five times as a pro. But if he's not going to win, he'd rather not even make the finale.

Hough, 29, was paired with YouTube star Bethany Mota this season. And they reached the end of the road Monday, falling just short of the three-team finale despite some brilliant dancing.

But in a way, Hough was okay with that.

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DWTS: Who Got 10s but Still Went Home?

Originally posted 11/24/2014 10:30 PM

DWTS: Who Got 10s but Still Went Home?

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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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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: My Goal Now Is to Win

Originally posted 11/24/2014 10:00 AM

Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: My Goal Now Is to Win

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Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

It's honestly surreal to be going into the finals tonight. I don't know how it happened so quickly. I feel like just yesterday I was having my first rehearsal with Val! It's amazing, it's exciting, and I'm also really sad for this journey to end.

I'm kind of surprised I stuck around this long. Honestly, my goal was just to make it through each week, and now I have a new goal, which is to win. Now that it's actually here and it's in sight, I want to go all the way and I want to go all the way with Val and I want us to win.

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Danica McKellar Is Married!

Originally posted 11/20/2014 05:35 PM

Danica McKellar Is Married!

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Winnie Cooper found her Kevin Arnold – and married him!

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Lea Thompson on Life Post-Dancing: 'I Just Ate Everything'

Originally posted 11/18/2014 08:00 PM

Lea Thompson on Life Post-Dancing: 'I Just Ate Everything'

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Getting eliminated from Dancing with the Stars can be a disappointing experience. But Lea Thompson admits it does have its perks.

Specifically, a free pass to devour everything in sight.

"I just ate everything," she told PEOPLE at The Hunger Games premiere in Los Angeles on Monday. "It wasn't like I was trying not to eat [while on Dancing]. It was just so nerve-wrecking I couldn't eat. I was so scared – and you don't get a day off for two and a half months!"

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DWTS: Which Couple Didn't Make It to the Finals?

Originally posted 11/17/2014 10:15 PM

DWTS: Which Couple Didn't Make It to the Finals? | Julianne Hough

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The final five couples took to the stage for this week's Dancing with the Stars semifinals, and while each duo had impressive performances, one couple had to be sent home. This week Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd took their final bows on the dance floor after performing two dances to different types of music – one plugged and the other unplugged – for this week's theme.

"I've just showed that old stoners can perform when they need to!" joked Chong during his final send-off.

Here's how the couples fared:

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Janel Parrish's DWTS Blog: You Pour Your Heart Out on the Dance Floor Every Week

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Janel Parrish is best known for playing Mona Vanderwaal on the TV drama Pretty Little Liars. She's been paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy for season 19 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be blogging for PEOPLE about her experience on the hit ABC show.

The quickstep we performed last week was honestly one of my favorite dances we've done. I thought it was amazing. It was America's choice dance, so they chose everything down to our costumes and the song and the style, and at the end they wanted us to kiss, so we threw that in for America!

Even though Val had a little bit of a stumble during the dance, it didn’t throw us off at all. The poor thing, his patent leather shoes got stuck together, but we both just kept going and we were able to get back on track. I know Val felt really bad because of the slip, but I was like, "You're human! Sometimes humans slip. It's all good!"

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