Dancing with the Stars

Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: 'My Footwork Is Jumbled'

Update 03/24/2014 05:15 PM Originally posted 03/24/2014 08:50 AM

Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: 'My Footwork Is Jumbled' | Candace Cameron, Mark Ballas

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Candace Cameron Bure kicked off her career at age 10, starring on the popular series Full House. Since the show 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.

I can't believe Carrie Ann Inaba gave me a 9 on my first dance! Mark and I were ecstatic!

I guess the lights, the camera and the thrill of performing live gave me an extra boost that even Mark was surprised to see. I really did give it my all that night and was happy with my overall performance.

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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: 'It's Great Having Maks Back in the Ballroom'

Update 03/24/2014 02:30 PM Originally posted 03/24/2014 10:20 AM

Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: 'It's Great Having Maks Back in the Ballroom' | 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.

There have been so many changes on the show this season, but I'm happy with them.

I think Erin [Andrews] did an amazing job at the premiere. I think she adds like this girl-next-door vibe to the show. I think Dancing with the Stars wanted to create a new audience this season and really liven it up a little more. I think she's helping to do that. Her interviews are great and she's really down to earth. She's really conversational.

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Cody Simpson's Girlfriend Wants Him to Dial Down the Hip Action on DWTS | Cody Simpson

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Is Cody Simpson shying away from some of his potential moves on Dancing with the Stars?

Quite possibly, if his girlfriend has anything to say about it.

The Aussie pop star, 17, joked to PEOPLE backstage Monday that his supermodel girlfriend Gigi Hadid shared a few candid thoughts about his routine before he performed a 22-point cha-cha with partner Witney Carson, 20, on the show.

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DWTS' Amy Purdy: Having Prosthetic Legs Has Its Advantages

Originally posted 03/18/2014 06:00 PM

Losing her legs hasn't slowed down inspirational Dancing with the Stars season 18 contestant Amy Purdy, who amusingly points out the perks of competing for the mirror-ball trophy with prosthetic limbs.

"If [other contestants] break a leg they're out of the competition. But if I break a leg I'll just get a new one," she told PEOPLE Monday night at her DWTS debut.

The snowboarder, 34, who lost both legs below the knee at 19 following a life-threatening bout of bacterial meningitis, stunned the judges with her masterful cha-cha, which the jet-lagged athlete delivered just three days after winning the bronze medal at the Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

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Erin Andrews: Dry Mouth and Sweat Played into Hosting DWTS

Originally posted 03/18/2014 03:35 PM

Former contestant Erin Andrews is adjusting quickly to her new duties as Dancing with the Stars co-host.

Going off of a rave review from PEOPLE's TV critic – who says the sports broadcaster is right at home on ABC's hit competition show – Andrews, too, told PEOPLE, "It's crazy because it feels kind of like family and I'm back, you know, to where I kind of grew up."

But even so, Brooke Burke-Charvet's replacement is still getting the hang of things.

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Derek & Julianne Hough Will Soon Be Dancing in a City Near You

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Derek and Julianne Hough are on the move, and they want you to join them.

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James Maslow Is 'Flattered' by All the Peta Murgatroyd Dating Buzz | James Maslow

Another season of Dancing with the Stars, another set of dating rumors to set straight.

Season 18's token are-they-or-aren't-they duo are Peta Murgatroyd, 27, and James Maslow, 23, who admitted in a package during Monday's premiere that they did go on a date before they were ever partnered, but it never flourished into anything.

There's nothing more to it than that – at least right now – the pair insists, calling all of the buzz about it "funny."

Following their 21-point foxtrot, Maslow told PEOPLE backstage, "We'll be asked the same question rephrased 17 times, and yet they expect different answers. On occasion, like in that package [they showed tonight], they'll get [answers they want] because we're just bored and we want to go."

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Erin Andrews Is Right at Home on DWTS, Says PEOPLE's TV Critic | Erin Andrews

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How has NeNe Leakes not already done Dancing with the Stars?

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Dancing with the Stars Premiere: How Did Meryl Davis Fare Against Charlie White? | Sharna Burgess

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Another season of Dancing with the Stars kicked off on Monday night, with no shortage of fancy footwork to hit the ballroom.

Although the night consisted of many highs from a number of talented contestants, it was Olympic gold medalist ice skating partners-turned-DWTS-competitors Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who gained most of the buzz leading up to the show's 18th season.

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Peta Murgatroyd: My DWTS Partner James Maslow Is 'Great'-Looking and 'Charming' | 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.

This has been the most work I've ever had in the off-season. I didn't stop working. I was touring and making appearances and attending charity events. I didn't get any break or holiday or anything like that, but that's how I like it. I love being busy. It felt like this season crept up so quickly. The premiere is right around the corner and I feel like I just met James.

I think there's a very eclectic bunch of people this season and, so far, everybody has such a nice personality and demeanor. There's not one of them who isn't really, really lovely to work with. I think having three Olympians will be amazing for the competition. They're going to make everyone work a little bit harder to catch up to them.

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