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Women Ruled PEOPLE.com This Week with Wonderful, Funny and Touching Stories | Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Davis, Pamela Anderson

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A brilliant win on the dance floor. A sad story of abuse that led to an inspiring story of resilience. A hilarious anecdote from an Oscar winner about a mortifying moment at an afterparty.

It was ladies' week on PEOPLE.com, as Meryl Davis, Pamela Anderson and Jennifer Lawrence got readers talking, for quite different reasons. Their stories were among the five that got the strongest reactions on the site this week.

Check them out below, along with two other stories that provoked, respectively, warmth and outrage. And let us know what you think of every story by clicking on the icons at the bottom.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis Bring Their Ballroom Heat to New York Club | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

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The dance continues.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Meryl Davis brought their ballroom sizzle to Tao Downtown in New York on Thursday night, celebrating their Dancing with the Stars victory with dance pros Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and Jenna Johnson.

With rumors swirling of a romance, the bad boy of dance and the Winter Olympics gold medal ice dancer commanded close scrutiny as they huddled in a booth and stood together in a skybox.

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How Cheryl Burke Dropped 15 Lbs. and Rocked a Bikini

Originally posted 05/22/2014 11:10 AM

Cheryl Burke Drops 15 Lbs. – and Poses in a Bikini to Prove It! | Cheryl Burke

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Last fall, when she started season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with partner Jack Osbourne, pro Cheryl Burke clocked in around 135 lbs.

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Meryl & Maks Win Dancing with the Stars!

Update 05/21/2014 11:30 AM Originally posted 05/20/2014 11:05 PM

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Win Dancing with the Stars | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

After a night of big-name musical performances, a surprise announcement from a judge, and dances from every couple, it was time to name the winner of season 18 of Dancing with the Stars.

Up for the mirror ball trophy were season frontrunners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, along with Amy Purdy and Derek Hough and Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas.

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Andy Dick Escorted from the DWTS Ballroom During Finale

Originally posted 05/21/2014 10:00 AM

Former DWTS Contestant Andy Dick Escorted from Ballroom During Finale | Andy Dick

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Long before one of the three finalists was eliminated during Tuesday night's finale of Dancing with the Stars, another celebrity found himself getting the boot from the ballroom.

Season 16 competitor Andy Dick, 48, arrived at the finale with a guest and seemed to be acting erratically, reeking of smoke and exhibiting eyebrow-raising behavior. He was running in and out of the ballroom every five minutes, saying, "I have to pee!" Within the hour, he had lunged at a production staffer's breast.

One observer tells PEOPLE that four security guards stepped in quickly and they "told him he had to go, and he said, 'Why? Because I'm drunk?' "

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Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: Tonight's Dance Is One Big Party

Update 05/19/2014 06:15 PM Originally posted 05/19/2014 04:00 PM

Peta Murgatroyd's DWTS Blog: Tonight's Dance Is One Big Party | 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 was rather stressful for both of us. In our Michael Jackson number, everything was sort of coming together, but then on the day we were doing our walkthrough with the band and our dress rehearsal, they took our stage away.

We had a catwalk and a round stage and they took that away because they realized they couldn't get it up in time. So all week long, we were practicing and had marked out the floor and width and depth and stuff and used choreography that would fit the catwalk.

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Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: It's the Finale – and I Hope Mark Can Dance

Update 05/19/2014 04:00 PM Originally posted 05/19/2014 02:00 PM

Candace Cameron Bure's DWTS Blog: It's the Finale – and I Hope Mark Ballas Can Dance | 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's the finale!!

We've had so much drama the last few weeks, I haven't been able to keep up with my blog. I'm writing this Monday morning and I still have no idea what is going to happen tonight.

Mark's shoulder popped out during rehearsal on Sunday and he was taken to the hospital. They couldn't see exactly what happened from the x-ray, and Mark is getting an MRI this morning. It's still unclear at this point as to whether or not he'll be able to dance with me in the finale tonight.

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Meryl Davis on Maksim Chmerkovskiy: He Pushes Me to Stand Up for Myself

Update 05/19/2014 03:35 PM Originally posted 05/18/2014 11:55 AM

Meryl Davis on Maksim Chmerkovskiy: He Pushes Me to Stand Up for Myself | Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

Their chemistry on the dance floor is undeniable – and led to rumors that they are an item – but there's something even more special that bonds Dancing with the Stars frontrunners Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

They bring out the best in each other.

"I feel that I can really be myself with Maks," the Olympic ice skater, 27, tells PEOPLE. "He pushes me to stand up for myself, whether it's in real life or on the dance floor. It's cool."

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DWTS: Peta & James Knew from Day One They Could Make It to the Finals

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It's crunch time on Dancing with the Stars, and Peta Murgatroyd and James Maslow are one of four couples heading into next week's fight for the mirror ball trophy after surviving elimination during Monday night's semifinals.

"I knew we could do it," Murgatroyd, 27, told PEOPLE backstage after the show, reflecting on her and Maslow's first rehearsals at the beginning of the season.

Added Maslow, 23: "We couldn't have predicted the path of who would have been voted off each week. I think because it's been so strange and seemingly random, we were confident in what we could do, but you can never be too confident in staying. So we've got to keep that humility, and we've got to do better than we've done each week and that's all we can do."

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