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'Dancing With The Stars' Finale Crowns Hines Ward MVP Of The Ballroom

May 25th, 2011 8:09am EDT
Dancing With The Stars
Us audience members were officially cut off Tuesday morning. No more voting for "Dancing With The Stars." But the judges still had another set of scores to give on Tuesday’s finale, and we got three hours of show to sit through. Three hours. They had to make up for Monday’s show only being an hour long, I guess.

Luckily the first hour was a repeat, so I don’t have to write five million extra words for a third of the show. Then the opening sequence and voice over for the real show kicked in, and were especially dramatic. That is saying a lot when talking about this show. I a...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Ten: Stars Pull Out All The Stops For The Finals

May 24th, 2011 9:36am EDT
DWTS The Finals
Two more dances for our stars, and five more votes for us. Oh, who are we kidding, five? You know everyone votes with multiple email addresses and phone numbers to get in more votes. Regardless, two more dances and as many votes as you wish to sneak in (if you don’t have a life, like me), and the season is over. Tuesday we crown a winner, then go back to our regular lives where girls in barely-there sequins are not a weekly sight to see, and we have to figure out what to do with the gaping four hour chunk of the week that we suddenly have back. It’s bittersweet.

As usual, the...
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Kirstie Alley Threatens Lawsuit Against Twitter Imposter

May 19th, 2011 8:09am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Actress Kirstie Alley has threatened to launch legal action against a Twitter.com user who she's accused of "impersonating" her.

The former Cheers star is a regular blogger on the social networking website, and she recently became aware of another member with the username Kristie Alley.

And she's fired off an angry message to warn the mystery writer to stop "using my name" - vowing to "go after" the blogger for apparently passing herself off as the star online.

In a post on her Twitter page, Alley writes, "Hey @kristie_alley If u tweets paid Ads using my name... Imma (sic) sue u... Im...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Nine Results: Ralph Macchio, The Karate Kid Is Struck Down

May 18th, 2011 9:17am EDT
Ralph Macchio Eliminated on DWTS
One more week and we’ll be calling ‘Dancing With The Stars’ season 12 over, and I haven’t ever seen a season like this. Oh, I know that Tom’s announcer voice is always going on about “the most talked about cast” or “the tightest competition” or the “most mind-blowing thing on earth” (okay, maybe not that one, but he might as well), but they say that every single season. This season really is tight, and it’s getting tighter.

Before we jump into the elimination show, and all the extraneous things it entails, we take an hour for an extraneous freestyle special. It was just what i...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Nine Performances: Who's Good Enough For The Finals?

May 17th, 2011 9:21am EDT
Dancing With The Stars
I would say that it’s time to cue the dramatic music and suspenseful voiceovers because it’s time for the semi-finals... but ‘Dancing With The Stars’ is always dramatic. This week does get more difficult, though, as competitions tend to do. We get three dances, the last of which is a winner takes all Cha-Cha for a bonus 15 points. This bodes well for Kirstie, the Cha-Cha Queen.

Round One:

Ralph Macchio (Actor) and Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Argentine tango
Scores: 8, 9, 8
Len said it lacked some emotion, but he liked the set up and it was full of content. Bruno said Ralph was deta...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Eight Sees Romeo Fall Just Short Of The Semi-Finals

May 11th, 2011 9:37am EDT
CHELSIE HIGHTOWER & ROMEO
Monday night, Ralph took a tumble all the way down to the bottom of the leader board, falling a full six points behind his closest competitor. With the competition as tight as it is, it could have been his demise. The fans sometimes surprise us, though, and they did this week (or at least surprised me) in our last elimination before the semi-finals.

But first, before we got to the results show, we had an hour of a recap show. Because heaven forbid we actually watch something educational. I love this show, but that decision was frustrating. On top of that, this week wasn’t eve...
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Dancer Partner Says Kirstie Alley Needs To Eat More

May 11th, 2011 8:31am EDT
Kirstie Alley
Kirstie Alley has been reprimanded by her professional dance partner on hit show "Dancing With The Stars" for not eating enough in between rehearsals.

The larger-than-life former "Cheers" star, who has faced a constant battle with her weight over the past decade, fell from a stage during a rehearsal routine and collapsed in pre-taped footage.

Her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy blamed Alley's poor eating habits for her mis-steps, explaining she wasn't eating enough to keep her blood sugar levels up.

He asked, "How many calories are you on now?" to which the actress responded, "1,400." The da...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Eight Races To The Semi-Finals

May 10th, 2011 9:30am EDT
CHELSEA KANE & MARK BALLAS
This Monday determined which four couples would be moving on to the semi-finals next week, and I almost couldn’t believe that when they said it! The semi-finals? Already?! I haven’t even decided who I want to win yet!

My indecision aside, we got two dances this week. The first was just a straight up dance, no gimmicks, and then the second was the instant dance, brought back from last season. Instant dances almost never go as badly as we might imagine they could, but the anticipation is fun. On top of that, my favorite from last season, and instant dance stand out, Kyle Masse...
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An Injured Ralph Macchio Persevered Through 'Dancing'

May 10th, 2011 8:40am EDT
Ralph Macchio
Injured actor Ralph Macchio struggled through a performance on Dancing With The Stars on Monday night, but his painful knee left him slumped at the bottom of the leaders' board.

The Karate Kid star ruptured a cyst during training last week and he subsequently missed much of his rehearsal time with professional dance partner Karina Smirnoff.

Macchio refused to pull out of his planned appearance on the program and took to Twitter.com ahead of the show to warn fans his performance would be less than perfect.

He wrote, "Nothing's gonna ever keep me down... Will be rough around the edges w/...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Seven Gives Our Celebrities Double Duty

May 3rd, 2011 9:29am EDT
Romeo Miller Chelsie Hightower
Only 6 stars are left from the original 11 that started this season out, and this is the first week that we are throwing more than one dance at them. We get team dances, and individual dances, and we have a guest judge this week, Donnie Burns, a highly-decorated Latin dancer. This is a man who Karina called the “ballroom god” and Maks said was ballroom dancing’s Tiger Woods.

The team dances were the Cha-Cha-Cha, and the teams were chosen by the season’s highest scorers, Chelsea and Hines. Chelsea picked Ralph and Romeo, while Hines picked Kirstie and Kendra. Hine’s team seemed a bit... ...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Six Results: Chris Jerico Is Taken To The Mat

April 27th, 2011 9:22am EDT
DWTS Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke eliminated
Guilty Pleasures Week brought out some of the best performances so far this season, Romeo and Chelsea grabbing the top spots, and deservedly so. It’s still one of the tightest seasons I have seen, though, and I’m never sure who’s leaving each week. This was the first week, however, that if anyone in the judges’ bottom four except Kendra was going home, it was going to sting for me.

Before the results show, we got a “The Road To The Finals” one hour special sort of episode, which was mostly a time filler, but offered some insights to each of the stars still in the competition. S...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Six Performances See Another Tumble And Bring Out The '10' Paddles

April 26th, 2011 9:29am EDT
DWTS Guilty Pleasures Week
On the heels of Classical Week’s success, last week's American Week was a big mess. This Monday I was hoping we’d get a more coherent show with Guilty Pleasures Week, and maybe some good old nostalgia. I was really glad to get a little bit of both.

Right off the bat we got a performance of “MmmBop” from Hanson, our musical guest for the episode. Yes, Hanson. 1997’s Hanson. Yikes. But I say ‘yikes’ in an oddly affectionate way, even if I was well beyond teenybopper age when they hit. Speaking of which, when did those boys grow up?!

Moving on to the dancing...

Kirstie Alley (Actor) ...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Five Sends Petra Packing

April 20th, 2011 9:27am EDT
PETRA NEMCOVA
American Week performances were hit and miss, so I’m glad we’re putting that behind us, and I’m looking forward to next week’s “guilty pleasures” theme. But of course there is the business of who has to go home to deal with before we can move on. Let’s take a look at where Monday’s judges’ scores left us:

1. Hines and Kym - 27
2. Chris and Cheryl - 26
2. Chelsea and Mark - 26
2. Romeo and Chelsie - 26
3. Kirstie and Maks - 23
4. Ralph and Karina - 22
4. Petra and Dmitry - 22
4. Kendra and Louis - 22

We started out this results show with the fates of the top scorer, Hines, and Kirstie, w...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Five Salutes The Red, White And Blue

April 19th, 2011 10:00am EDT
DWTS American Week
It’s American Week on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, and Monday was a night of odd music choices mixed with dances that didn’t fit them. As a result, there were a lot of awkward performances, and mixed reviews. I think they may have started out with a good idea for a theme, but didn’t carry it out very well. After last week’s classical theme, it was a definite step down. But the show must go on, and ‘Dancing’ has always got to have a gimmick, right?

Ralph Macchio (Actor) and Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Samba
Scores: 8, 7, 7
Len said that he was disappointed in Ralph’s inconsistency. He said it w...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Four Elimination Is 'The Heart Of The Show' Sugar Ray

April 13th, 2011 9:28am EDT
SUGAR RAY LEONARD - ANNA TREBUNSKAYA
Classical Week performances are over and done, but ‘Dancing With The Stars’ still had last night’s results show to milk the orchestra. It wasn’t quite as effective with Jennifer Hudson taking Katherine Jenkins’ spot at center stage, but that wasn’t really what mattered. What mattered is who the heck was going to go home. This was one of those weeks that it seemed like it could have been anyone.

In fact, the first couple declared to be in jeopardy was sort of a shock based on judge scores, but even then I still wondered if it really could have been their time. I’m getting ahead of mys...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Four Gives Us Classics & Another Leader Board Shift

April 12th, 2011 9:20am EDT
DWTS Classical themed week
Tchaikovsky, Rota, Bocelli, Williams... It’s Classical Week on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, and the band has gone and multiplied into a 46 member orchestra. On top of that, we had some amazing guest stars, like violinist David Garrett and singer Katherine Jenkins. I’m not a huge fan of classical music, but I enjoy it enough, and this was one of the best theme nights I can remember in recent seasons.

The stage was really quite amazing to see, and it brought a whole new element to the show. Last season they did Acoustic Week, and that was uneventful in my eyes, but this was a game changer. ...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Review: Week Three Elimination... Wendy Williams

April 6th, 2011 9:18am EDT
DANCING WITH THE STARS THE RESULTS SHOW
Monday night we laughed and cried, and oohed and aahed, among other cliche reactions, over the emotional stories our stars told with their dances. We collectively cringed over Kirstie and Maks’ fall, then talked about it all day long. We discussed how the scores have been all over the place this season... and then talked about Kirstie and Maks some more.

Look, you fall down on ‘Dancing’, and you’re going to have to talk about it and hear about it until you have a nervous breakdown. It’s just the way it is.

Here’s a run down of where we stood after Monday’s performances:

1. Hines and K...
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Video: Kirstie Alley Falls On 'Dancing With The Stars' - Hear Her Reaction

April 5th, 2011 12:00pm EDT
Kirstie Alley Dancing With The Stars
Falling is the nightmare for every celebrity on Dancing With the Stars, and it unfortunately happened to Kirstie Alley and her professional partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy last night.

At the very beginning of their rumba, Maksim's leg gave out while he was holding Kirstie up and the two tumbled to the dance floor. Despite being in obvious pain, Maksim finished the dance. The judges noticed and gave him his due for not giving up, and the pair received a total score of 21 out of 30.

After the show, Kirstie Alley was interviewed by photographers. "I feel good... it's live TV!" she said in refe...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Three Performances Get Emotional

April 5th, 2011 9:20am EDT
CHRIS JERICHO CHERYL BURKE
With Mike and Lacey gone, we now have ten stars standing, some good, some bad, some ridiculous. Some of them are all of those things at the same time, and this week they get to tell us their personal stories. Each star picked a song that they had an emotional connection to, and had to express it in their dance.

It wasn’t as silly as I thought it was going to be.

The outcomes were a little surprising, most especially because they gave us a brand new pecking order at the end of the night. Again. This season is shaping up to be unpredictable. Don’t these people realize that they’re toyi...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Review: And The First Elimination Of Season Twelve Is...

March 30th, 2011 9:41am EDT
Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer
It's inevitable. One by one, all the contestants on 'Dancing With The Stars' will go home until there is only one left standing. It's no fun for anyone, but for the very first to go, it downright stinks.

Of course, before we kick someone off the dance floor crying (maybe), the first hour of 'Dancing' is the recap hour. I actually really like to rewatch the dances without all the extraneous stuff. And I have to admit that on second watch, yes, I was a little harsh in my criticism of Petra this week. Did I think she had any better a chance going into the elimination show after a rewatch...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Two Performances Review

March 29th, 2011 8:47am EDT
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
It's week two of 'Dancing With The Stars', and expectations are high. For some. Ralph Macchio and Kirstie Alley came out on fire last week, and we wanted to see if they can keep up the high standard. Was it luck? A product of the opening night high? I was especially interested in seeing Kirstie, considering I expected utter clumsiness last week. She shocked a lot of people. Can she do it again?

The rest of our stars are... not so heavily anticipated. In fact, Mike Catherwood couldn't get worse. Well, I shouldn't say that. He could fall down this week, or have a nervous bre...
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This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Kirstie Alley And Chris Brown

March 25th, 2011 10:15am EDT
Dancing With The Stars
Shining Star - Kirstie Alley: Who expected Kirstie Alley to be a dancing queen? The "Cheers" alum sure proved she can cha-cha.

Alley made her debut on "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday. The 60-year-old actress was affectionately(?) dubbed "G, for Grandma" by her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Not exactly a confidence-booster, right? Yet Alley wowed the crowd with moves befitting a high-stepper half her age. Judge Bruno Tonioli dubbed the dance "the best of the night".

Alley, who's aggressively marketed her struggles with her weight, also appeared light on her feet while she boogied. Despi...
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The Stars Pay Tribute To Elizabeth Taylor

March 23rd, 2011 1:08pm EDT
Elizabeth Taylor
Tributes are pouring in for Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor following her death on Wednesday. The movie icon passed away in Los Angeles after a long battle with congestive heart failure, and within minutes of the announcement, dozens of celebrities were paying their respects to the star.

Elton John said, "We have just lost a Hollywood giant; more importantly, we have lost an incredible human being", while other stars flooded microblogging website Twitter.com to pay tribute.

George Michael wrote, "Such a sad day, Elizabeth Taylor was the last of the Hollywood greats, and a fantasticall...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: The Karate Kid Sweeps This Leg Of The Competition

March 22nd, 2011 1:00pm EDT
Dancing with the Stars Ralph Macchio
On the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars, we were treated to a handful of surprises. Karate Kid Ralph Macchio started at the top of the competition, and right behind him was... Kirstie Alley!

Meanwhile, fan favorites Kendra Wilkinson and Wendy Williams were on the bottom half - lucky for them, radio personality Mike Catherwood had the worst performance of the night. But let's start at the top:

Ralph Macchio stunned the judges with his foxtrot with partner Karina Smirnoff, set to "Kick in the Head." Judge Len Goodman said the obvious: "You've got great potential... best foxtrot of ...
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Dancing With the Stars Backstage Report: How the Competitors Stay Injury Free

March 22nd, 2011 10:32am EDT
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy | Photo Credits: Adam Tayl
Dance expert Benji Schwimmer — he's the brother of pro Lacey and the winner of the second season of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance — has already picked his champion of the new season of Dancing With the Stars: 60-year-old Kirstie Alley.

"She just redeemed her career," he said after watching the Cheers veteran light up the ballroom with ...

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Other Links From TVGuide.com Conrad Green Benji Schwimmer Ralph Macchio Kirstie Alley The Karate Kid Dancing with the Stars So You Think You Can Dance Cheers Chelsea Kane
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 'No One Knows What To Expect From Kirstie Alley'

March 18th, 2011 1:33pm EDT
Maksim Chmerkovskiy | Photo Credits: Pulse Creative
Hi everyone!

Hope you had a great week!

Well, we're just a few days away. Everything's looking good. We are polishing up our cha-cha. Kirstie's improvement and progress grow in leaps and bounds every day. I'm so proud of her. It's important that she feels comfortable in her own skin. Her practice attire has changed. We've been rehearsing hard and long. It's been very interesting ...

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Dancing's Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 'Kirstie And I Will Be The Partnership To Be Remembered'

March 14th, 2011 12:59pm EDT
Maksim Chmerkovskiy | Photo Credits: Pulse Creative
Hi everyone! Hope you're all having a great 2011 so far. Are you ready for Season 12?

Everything is going great so far. As you now know, Kirstie Alley is my partner. We are having a blast. She is doing really well. What I like is that she's a lot better than I expected. I'll be honest: I came in and said to her, "You are out of shape." She said, "I am and I'm not hiding it. It's a great opportunity to get into shape. I don't want any limits. Do whatever needs to be done. It's a learning experience." I said, "Great!" And I came back with a routine and choreography like I would with anyone e...
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Police Back Romeo For 'Dancing With The Stars'

March 11th, 2011 8:51am EST
Romeo
Rapper/actor Romeo is learning his upcoming stint on TV hit "Dancing With The Stars" is a big deal - even the police are backing him to win the contest.

The young star was pulled over by cops on Wednesday as he and dance partner Chelsea Hightower were on their way to a party - just so the officers could let him know they were backing him for glory.

He says, "I'm like, 'What did I do...?' and the cop who pulled me over said, 'You're gonna win... Dancing with the Stars.' It's crazy that everybody watches this show - even the police.

"I didn't get no ticket (sic), so that's a good thing."

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'Dancing With The Stars' Is Melting The Pounds Off Kirstie Alley

March 10th, 2011 3:00pm EST
Kirstie Alley
We spotted Kirstie Alley at the opening of her Organic Drinks shop "Organic Liaison" in Los Angeles yesterday. The former "Cheers" star wore a tight black dress.

She tweeted earlier this week, "HERES a tip for any weightloss plan...DANCE 4 or 5 hours a day...sorta starts melting off .....but who has the time for that?...oh.... I do."

Kirstie, 60, is teamed up with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on the hit show. Prior to starting practice she dropped 60 pounds due to a strict diet, and she hopes to lose 30 to 40 more.

Kelly Osbourne also lost a tremendous amount of weight when she joined the dance ...
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Who Is Your Favorite 'Dancing With The Stars' Winner?

March 7th, 2011 5:00pm EST
DWTS
The twelfth season of "Dancing With The Stars" begins March 21, and reality TV star Kendra Wilkinson is an early favorite to win. She'll be competing against hip hop star Romeo, boxing great Sugar Ray Leonard, Disney star Chelsea Kane, "Karate Kid" Ralph Macchio, supermodel Petra Nemcova, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward, talk show hostess Wendy Williams, WWE wrestler Chris Jericho, former "Cheers" star Kirstie Alley, radio personality Mike Catherwood.

Take a look back at the previous 11 seasons and see who won the coveted mirror ball tropy. There were four athletes, six w...
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