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Karina Smirnoff's DWTS Blog: 'This Season Will Be Very Surprising' | Karina Smirnoff

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Karina Smirnoff is a former Dancing with the Stars champion, having won the coveted mirror-ball trophy in season 13 with J.R. Martinez. The pro dancer is now in her 16th season on the show, and will be blogging for PEOPLE about competing with actor and retired mixed martial arts fighter Randy Couture for season 19.

Preparations for this week have been going amazingly. I've been a fan of my partner, Randy Couture, for years. My dog, Randy Smirnoff, is named after Randy Couture! When I saw he was my partner, I was like, "Oh my gosh, my dad will be so excited." Randy's his favorite fighter, too.

Being an Olympic wrestler as well as an ex-soldier, Randy has discipline and dedication that are unbeatable. For a man of Randy's stature – he's tall, very muscular, very built – it's not the easiest thing to be light on the feet and to be a "twinkle toes." He's been working so hard and has made progress, and how much he's done since Day One is amazing. I'm very proud of him.

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Outlander Recap: Claire Gets Engaged!

Originally posted 09/14/2014 08:15 AM

Outlander Recap: Claire Gets Engaged! | Outlander

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"Are you here by your own choice?" a redcoat asks Claire (Caitriona Balfe) at the start of this week's episode of Outlander.

It's a vital question for Claire – she waits to respond and everyone looks shifty while waiting for her to answer. "I am a guest of the Clan MacKenzie," she says at last, surprising Dougal (Graham McTavish).

The British decide to take her back to their general anyways, and Dougal insists on accompanying her. Once they reach the garrison, however, he's relentlessly mocked by the British. Claire defends Dougal, coming dangerously close to outing herself as a Scottish sympathizer. The British are so charmed by the English rose that Claire's words don't initially raise any suspicion – until Capt. Jack Randall (Tobias Menzies) shows up.

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Miss Ohio Wants to Be First Ventriloquist in 50 Years to Win Miss America

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Miss Ohio is no dummy. But her performance partner, Roxy? That's an entirely different story.

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See the First Official Photo of The View Hosts

Originally posted 09/12/2014 09:15 AM

First Official Photo of The View Hosts Revealed | Rosie O'Donnell, Rosie Perez, Whoopi Goldberg

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They're already doing group hugs on The View.

The talk show released the first official photo of its new hosting panel to PEOPLE in anticipation of its Sept. 15 return to ABC.

Veteran panelist Whoopi Goldberg will be joined by three personalities – the returning Rosie O'Donnell, actress Rosie Perez and former MSNBC analyst Nicolle Wallace – for the show's 18th season debut.

Expect lots of getting-to-know-you talk among the newest fearsome foursome as they prepare for life without Barbara Walters, one of the show's founders in 1997. Walters left the show in May.

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Bachelor Winner Nikki: Juan Pablo Still Hasn't Said He Loves Me

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Just one episode into VH1's Couples Therapy, things have already gotten raw between The Bachelor's Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell.

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Warning: Don't Ever Give Channing Tatum One of These (VIDEO)

Originally posted 09/11/2014 11:30 AM

Ellen DeGeneres Torments Channing Tatum with Porcelain Dolls (VIDEO) | Channing Tatum

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There is one gift Channing Tatum's daughter, Everly, should already accept she will never, ever receive from her doting dad: a porcelain doll.


It turns out her hunky father is terrified of them.

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Real Housewives of Atlanta's Apollo Nida Turns Himself in After First Skipping Out on Jail

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Apollo, no he didn't.

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George Clooney to Visit Downton Abbey

Originally posted 09/11/2014 09:25 AM

George Clooney to Visit Downton Abbey | George Clooney

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Not only is George Clooney about to marry a Brit, he's also set to visit the ultimate British period drama – Downton Abbey.

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Jillian Michaels Surprises Former Biggest Loser Contestant on Say Yes to the Dress

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Make sure there's a box of tissues handy!

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VIDEO: Where on Earth is Olivia Pope?

Originally posted 09/09/2014 06:15 PM

Kerry Washington Sips Wine on the Beach in Scandal Teaser

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She's missing the popcorn, but even on a mysterious island, Olivia Pope has her red wine in hand.

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