Dancing with the Stars
Candace Cameron Bure: I Know People Don't Agree with My Beliefs

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Not everyone is going to agree with Candace Cameron Bure's evangelical Christian beliefs – and she's okay with that.

"As much as you want to try and explain your position to people, sometimes at the end of the day it is not worth it," the former Full House star tells PEOPLE. "I need to invest my time in my family and not trying to please everybody or getting them to see my own point of view."

As a contestant on this season of Dancing with the Stars, Bure, 38, has garnered praise and criticism for her conservative beliefs and her "boundaries" that have left her modestly clothed and with fully-dressed partners (even when pro dancer Mark Ballas wanted to show off his abs).

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DWTS: Drew Carey Makes a Very Gracious Exit

Update 04/22/2014 06:30 AM Originally posted 04/21/2014 10:25 PM

Get ready to par-TAY!

Monday night's Dancing with the Stars showcased party anthems, with guest judge Redfoo from LMFAO helping to weed out the ho-hum from the fun.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd entered as the charmed couple after getting a perfect score on Disney week, while Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas were just holding on and Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke hoped that audience scores would prop them up for another week.

Except, that didn't happen.

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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: 'I Absolutely Believe' We Can Make It to the Finals | James Maslow

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Peta Murgatroyd is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, winning the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 14 – only her second season on the series – with Donald Driver. The Australia native will blog for PEOPLE about competing with Big Time Rush band member James Maslow during the show's 18th season.

Last week's perfect score was totally awesome. I couldn't have been prouder of James. Everything just worked out. The lifts weren't working out during the day at dress rehearsal and I really pushed him to the limit that week and stepped up the choreography. We nailed that dance. It was so much fun.

I think James is really talented and I need to keep working him really hard and can't have him sit back with easy choreography. I feel like we kind of had a breakthrough last week with combining the emotion and the technique. I think James was great at contemporary, but we really need to focus on the ballroom dances.

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Candace Cameron Bure Blogs: It's Hard to Be Confident

Originally posted 04/21/2014 08:30 AM

Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: I'm Working on My Confidence | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

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Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring in the popular series Full House. Since the series wrapped in '95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She's been paired with two-time mirror ball winning champ Mark Ballas for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars, and she'll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.

This week was all about building my self-confidence on the dance floor. After last week's Little Mermaid dance, Carrie Ann said what Mark has been telling me since week two: I need to get my nerves and self-doubt out of my head! I've been dealing with nerves through this whole experience, and while I was hoping they'd get better each week, finding my comfort zone during camera-blocking day and the live show has had the opposite effect. I've found myself doubting more and more.

Week six is "party anthem" week, and it's all about having fun and letting go. This seems to be my inner stumbling block, which is actually the opposite of who I am with my family and friends! Mark and I practiced our cha-cha all week, but the real test will be when I get out on the dance floor in front of the lights, cameras and live audience.

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Dancing's James Maslow Talks Taking Mega-Fan to Disneyland

Originally posted 04/15/2014 10:20 AM

DWTS' James Maslow Talks Taking Fan to Disneyland: It a 'Blessing'

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Monday's Disney-themed episode of Dancing with the Stars was quite magical – but the fairy tales didn't only take place for the dance partners.

One lucky James Maslow fan had her wish granted: to meet the handsome DWTS contestant.

Hannah Wackernagle, a 18-year-old Ohio high school senior with Down syndrome, invited her famous crush to her school prom – but because of scheduling conflicts, she received the ultimate surprise treat instead.

"It was the perfect week, because I knew she was [not only] a big Big Time Rush fan, but also a big Disney fan," Maslow, with Wackernagle at his side, told reporters backstage after scoring the first perfect 40 out of 40 for the season (more on that in a bit).

"So Peta [Murgatroyd] and I got together and got her tickets and we went on a bunch of rides and we got Mickey Mouse ears."

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DWTS: Who Earned the First Perfect Score of the Season?

Originally posted 04/14/2014 10:45 PM

Dancing with the Stars: Who Received Season 18's First Perfect Score? | Dancing With the Stars, Danica McKellar

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It was a Disney-themed night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars – and it sure was magical.

The night, with guest judge Donny Osmond, produced a majority of high scores, including the first perfect 40 out of 40 of the season. But unlike during last week's partner switch-up night, this time one more couple was sent packing.

Keep reading for all the results ...

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Drew Carey Rates His 'Talent and Confidence' a 6 on DWTS

Originally posted 04/14/2014 05:00 PM

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After a breakout performance by Drew Carey on Dancing with the Stars, the host of The Price Is Right now says Disney week is going to be "really extra tough."

He's dancing the quickstep Monday with partner Cheryl Burke, and despite an encouraging 33-point score in partner-switchup week, he worries about his footwork – and everything else.

"I'm a 6 on a confidence and talent level," he told PEOPLE jokingly during a break in rehearsals Thursday.

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Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: I Hope to Rebound on Disney Night | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

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Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring in the popular series Full House. Since the series wrapped in '95, the actress got married, had three kids and wrote two books. She's been paired with two-time mirror ball winning champ for season 18 of Dancing with the Stars and she'll be sharing her experience with PEOPLE readers.

I'm so looking forward to tonight's show for many reasons.

Last week was the switch-up, where Tony [Dovolani] and I danced the quickstep. I have so many thoughts regarding the week in its entirety, but most importantly, I loved getting to know Tony. We had a blast together. The punk rock costume, hair and makeup was one of my favorites and overall I just felt great about our dance.

I will say that I was very disappointed in our scores. I felt like the dance went really well and I hit everything Tony was teaching me. I do understand that one of the connection points in my frame wasn't tight enough, but it wasn't something we focused on, so I was a bit confused. Now standing at the bottom of the leader board, I really hope my fans have pushed me through to another week. I really don't want to go home tonight!

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Peta Murgatroyd Blogs: Cheryl Burke Returned James Maslow 'in Fine Form' | James Maslow

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Former Dancing with the Stars champion Peta Murgatroyd performed with Charlie White in partner-switch week, but is now back with James Maslow of Big Time Rush after his stint with Cheryl Burke. In her PEOPLE bog, Murgatroyd looks back on the partner shakeup, and ahead to Disney week.

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Drew Carey 'Felt All Along' That Monday's DWTS Routine Would Be His 'Breakout'

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There's no dancing around it – Drew Carey is an improved ballroom performer.

The comedian, 55, who danced a 33-points-out-of-40 routine with Witney Carson during partner change-ups week on Monday's Dancing with the Stars, had a hunch this would be the one where he'd show how he's improved.

"I felt all along throughout rehearsal that this could be a breakout performance," Carey told PEOPLE backstage after his number, which earned him three points higher than the previous week's dance with regular partner Cheryl Burke. "I think a lot of time comics get a short shift on the show. They don't think comics can dance, and I want to disprove all that."

So, just what was it that made Carey so certain he'd wow the judges this week?

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