Dancing with the Stars
Derek Hough and Amy Purdy Aren't Letting 'Pressure' Get to Them on DWTS | Amy Purdy, Derek Hough

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With only a few weeks left of Dancing with the Stars, the stress is on for the contestants, but at least one pair isn't letting it get to them.

"The important thing now is not to put any pressure," Derek Hough told reporters backstage after Monday night's show, of him and partner Amy Purdy.

"Now we're at the top of the leader board, which is great, but those are the moments when you start to see [partners] break down because they say, 'Oh, my gosh, oh my gosh, I can do this. I can win.' Let's go back to week one when we were loving this and we were just happy to be here. Now we have a week one attitude with a week nine skill set."

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DWTS Delivers Two Perfect Scores – and One Tough Elimination

Update 05/06/2014 06:00 AM Originally posted 05/05/2014 10:25 PM

Dance Moms star Abby Lee Miller sat at the judge's table Monday and before it was all over one couple was going to need a little motherly love.

Dance-duel night at Dancing with the Stars delivered a trio of surprises – two perfect scores and one tough elimination. Read on for more.

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Candace Cameron Bure's Blog: I'm Performing a Duel Dance with Charlie White | 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.

I can't believe we're going into week eight and I'm still here! Whoo hoo! My personal goal was to make it to week six, so anything after this is just a cherry on top.

After this week's show, we're in the home stretch with only the semi-finals and finale left. I'm giving it my all and am proud of my efforts no matter what the outcome and again want to thank you all for you support. It's been tremendous!

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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: 'This Week Is a Lot for James'

Originally posted 05/05/2014 08:20 AM

Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: 'This Week Is a Lot for James' | 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.

We've got two dances this week, so it's kind of crazy. The first one is the Viennese Waltz, and I am absolutely loving this. It's so beautiful and romantic, and it's such a nice change from that sexy samba last week. Fans wanted fun and sexy, and they definitely got that.

I think that dance is about as sexy as it's going to get for us this season. It's nothing that has never been done before. Shirt rips happen all the time on Dancing with the Stars, and garter belts get worn all the time.

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Candace Cameron Bure: 'I'm the Dark Horse in the DWTS Race'

Originally posted 05/04/2014 02:30 PM

Candace Cameron Bure: 'I'm the Dark Horse in the Dancing with the Stars Race'

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Candace Cameron Bure hasn't just picked up some new moves while competing on Dancing with the Stars, she's also learned a lot about herself in the process.

"Apparently I'm a perfectionist, which I didn't know before," she told PEOPLE Friday at the Race to Erase MS Gala in L.A. "I guess I have some perfectionistic qualities when it comes to my own performance. I'm learning to lower my own expectations as far as having unrealistic expectations of myself."

But the former Full House star, whose partner is Mark Ballas, said that she's exceeded her own expectations about how far she'd make it in the competition.

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Amy Purdy: 'I'm Trying to Heal Quickly' | Amy Purdy, Derek Hough

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Amy Purdy wowed the audience during Monday's Latin-themed Dancing with the Stars with a high-scoring rumba. But something went awry shortly after she and partner Derek Hough finished their routine, making it painful for her to breathe.

"I really overworked the right side of my back in this dance all week," the double amputee Paralympic snowboarder, 34, told PEOPLE on Tuesday, following a night of receiving emergency treatment. "The hospital took X-rays and everything looks good, but a rib is out of place and the muscles are in spasm."

Purdy says the rumba was a challenging dance because the movements required her to hold her shoulders down and use her right side for stability and twisting.

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Candace Cameron Bure: How I Balance Being a Mom and DWTS Competitor | 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.

It was Latin week on DWTS last night and it was one exciting show! I'm still catching my breath and playing catch up since it was such a busy week. Not only did I have to learn the Argentine tango, but we also learned a group dance that included a solo. So, two dances in two-and-a-half days was crazy!

I traveled to New York in the middle of the week, co-hosting The View and dropping by ABC News, VH1 and Hannity for interviews. Because of my trip to the East Coast, Mark and I went into double rehearsal shifts to make up the time and man it was exhausting!

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NeNe Leakes Opens Up About Leaving Dancing with the Stars

Update 04/29/2014 08:00 AM Originally posted 04/28/2014 10:40 PM

Latin was the theme of Monday night's Dancing with the Stars, and even guest judge Ricky Martin brought the heat.

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough were declared safe right away and kicked off the night with a 36-out-of-40-point rumba to a slowed-down rendition of "Light My Fire" by the Doors.

"You lit my fire! ... First out, first class," head judge Len Goodman told the pair, while Martin gushed, "You were stunning. You made me feel a lot of things."

But the night wasn't entirely a win for Purdy, who was sent to the hospital shortly after her performance with a shoulder injury. She was unable to perform the group dance with her team at the end of the evening, and the dress rehearsal dance was used to judge the routine (more on that later).

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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: Our Dance This Week Is a 'Very Sexy Samba' | 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 is blogging for PEOPLE about competing with Big Time Rush band member James Maslow during the show's 18th season.

I think James did an amazing job last week. The quickstep is really hard, and we had the added pressure of coming off a perfect score the week before. It's difficult to get 10s every week, so we were aiming for eights and nines, and we got all nines and one eight so I was happy with him. He did the best that he's ever done.

Coming off the perfect score added pressure during the week, but it's only because you're learning a completely different style the next week. I've been teaching him all these contemporary moves, and then the next week you throw them out the window. That's what's frustrating, because there's really nothing that he can take with him that I've taught him, so it’s like starting fresh again each week.

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Katherine Jenkins of DWTS Is Engaged

Originally posted 04/25/2014 06:00 PM

Katherine Jenkins Engaged to Andrew Levitas

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Katherine Jenkins is getting married.

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