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Olympic Ice Dancers, Danica McKellar Join 18th Season Of 'Dancing With The Stars'

March 4th, 2014 4:00pm EST
Olympic Ice Dancers, Danica McKellar Join 18th Season Of 'Dancin
ABC has revealed the highly anticipated cast of the 18th season of "Dancing With The Stars."

Olympic ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who took home a gold for the United States last month, will square off against each other when the new season premieres on Monday, March 17. Will their experence give them a slight edge on the competition?

Former "The Wonder Years" star Danica McKellar has also joined the cast, along with fellow 90s actress Candace Cameron Bure from "Full House."

The new season also features reality star NeNe Leakes and teen singing heartthrobs James Maslow and C...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: Who Was Crowned Season 17 Champion?

November 27th, 2013 7:10am EST
DWTS Season 17 Champ
Tonight one of our favorite couples will be taking home that mirrorball to display on their mantle- will it be Amber and Derek, Jack and Cheryl or Corbin and Karina? After a performance by Enrique Iglesias and some fluff from the pros gushing about how their partners deserve to win, we are as anxious as you are for ABC to cut to the chase and announce the winner. But we all know that this is prime time television, which will be jam packed with ‘filling’ until the last minute when we find out who is crowned the Season 17 champion.

Amber and Derek’s freestyle routine was picked by the Twitte...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Cast Revealed For 17th Season -- We Pick The Winner

September 4th, 2013 3:07pm EDT
Dancing with the Stars 17th season cast
Would you believe that this is the 17th season of Dancing with the Stars? This season, ABC will be only airing one episode of the show per week instead of the usual two, due ratings slipping through the years. However, producers have pulled together a rather interesting cast of characters this season. Let's break down who we think will win it all:

Bill Engvall dancing with pro Emma Slater

We won't see much of Bill nor newcomer Emma. This is the prime suspect for first off the show. Verdict: 12th place.

Jack Osbourne dancing with pro Cheryl Burke

I'm a big fan of Jack, but it's n...
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Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough Take Home Mirrorball Trophy On 'Dancing With The Stars'

May 22nd, 2013 9:12am EDT
Dancing With The stars
After 13 weeks and 17 rounds of dancing, "Dancing with the Stars" crowned two new winners. It's been a long and arduous road for the contestants, and last night's finale truly showed who had the superior legwork. Without too much deliberation, the recap of the events of the night starts here...

The show opened with the cast members of season 16 performing to Pitbull's "Don't Stop the Party" in a dance choreographed by Lacey Schwimmer.

DWTS fans voted via Twitter on which of the Freestyle dances they wanted to see again. The winning encore dance was from Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough.

Be...
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Stars Bring Their 'A' Game To 'Dancing With The Stars' Finals

May 21st, 2013 11:46am EDT
Dancing with the Stars Finale
And then there were four... For the first time in the competition, "Dancing with the "Stars" has four couples in the finals.

Last week, teenage Disney sensation Zendaya Coleman and partner Val Chmerkovskiy slipped to 4th place but bounced back in spectacular fashion last night. Kelly Pickler shined brightly in her final dances and brought tears to one judge's eyes – while others defied expectations in the battle for the mirrorball trophy.

This week the couples must perform a total of four dances - three on performance night and a final dance during the grand finale.

The show began with a...
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Who Made It To The Finals On 'Dancing With The Stars'

May 15th, 2013 9:03am EDT
Who Made it to the Finals on DWTS
It's the last results show on "Dancing with the Stars" before a winner is crowned. As the show celebrated its 300th show, one couple would be eliminated from the competition just one week shy of the finals.

The show kicked off with a performance from the DWTS Troupe and the professional dancers - from this season and the past.

On performance night four of the five couples earned a perfect score of 30 points; one of those couples was the first to be advanced into the finals - after saying that mama will be happy, host Tom Bergeron announced that Jacoby and Karina were safe.

Head judge Len...
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MTV Movie Awards Winners & Fashion: 'The Avengers,' Emma Watson, Will Ferrell & More!

April 15th, 2013 8:56am EDT
Emma Watson
"The Avengers" dominated the 2013 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday night, taking home three trophies - Movie of the Year, Best Fight and Best Villain (Tom Hiddleston).

"Silver Linings Playbook" also performed well, with Bradley Cooper picking up Best Male Performance and  Best Kiss with his co-star Jennifer Lawrence.

Australian actress Rebel Wilson, who hosted the show, also picked up two awards for her role in "Pitch Perfect": Breakthrough Performance and Best Musical Moment.

Jamie Foxx won the Generation Award, Emma Watson was presented with the Trailblazer Award, and Will Fer...
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Celebrity Birthdays - January 2, 2013

January 2nd, 2013 3:00am EST
Karina Smirnoff
Happy Birthday to:

Dancing With The Stars pro Karina Smirnoff (1978)

Actress Shelley Hennig (1987)

Actress Kate Bosworth (1983)

Actress Paz Vega (1976)

Actor Dax Shepard (1975)

Actress Tricia Helfer (1974)

Actress Lucy Davis (1973)

Actor Taye Diggs (1972)

Model Christy Turlington (1969)

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. (1967)

Actress Tia Carrere (1967)

Director Todd Haynes (1963)

Actress Gabrielle Carteris (1961)

Actor Kim Coates (1959)

Singer Roger Miller (1936; d. 1992)

Director Howard Cain (1926; d. 1993)

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'End Of Watch' L.A. Premiere Pics: Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick, 50 Cent & More!

September 18th, 2012 11:00am EDT
Anna Kendrick
The "End Of Watch" premiere in Los Angeles on Monday was a star-studded event. Anna Kendrick looked lovely in a black and cream-colored gown, while Jake Gyllenhaal opted for a blue suit sans tie.

America Ferrera wore a bright turquoise gown, while Jennie Garth sizzled in a little black leather dress. Professional dancer Karina Smirnoff popped in a bright blue frock, and "True Blood" star Joe Manganiello was handsome in a black suit.

The film centers on two young police officers (Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena) who are targeted by a drug cartel after confiscating a small cache of money and fi...
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'Dancing With The Stars' All-Stars Professional Partners Announced

August 13th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
The professional pairs for the upcoming all-star edition of Dancing with the Stars have been announced, and not everyone has the chance to dance with their previous partner.

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke reunite, bringing together the couple that took the mirror ball trophy home in the third season and started a streak of four athletes winning the competition.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough pair up, although Johnson won season 8 with someone else: Mark Ballas (his partner is coming up).

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are back together, forming the duo that reached a surpri...
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Rihanna & Karina Smirnoff Show Off Their Bikini Bodies

July 23rd, 2012 10:30am EDT
Rihanna
We spotted Rihanna partying on a yacht in Saint Tropez over the weekend. The pop star hung out with some friends, had a few beers and played around on a jet ski.

The Bajan beauty wore a black, white and magenta strink bikini and tied her hair up in braids.

"Dancing With The Stars" celeb Karina Smirnoff also had fun in the sun over the weekend. We spotted the professional dancer paddleboarding in Miami.

Karina showed off her great abs in short athletic shorts and a bikini top.

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ESPY Awards Highlights: Pitcher Brian Wilson & His Sasquatch Date, Jessica Biel & More!

July 12th, 2012 9:07am EDT
Brian Wilson & Sasquatch
The ESPY Awards celebrate the year's best athletes and moments in sports. Last night's winners of the 2012 event included basketball stars LeBron James (Male Athlete of the Year) and Brittney Griner (Female Athlete of the Year) and snowboarder Shaun White (Male Action Sports Athlete).

Other winners were Jonathan Quick (Best NHL player), David Beckham (Best MLS Player), Josh Hamilton (Best MLB Player), and Mario Gutierrez (Best Jockey) - he rode I'll Have Another to victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson stole the red carpet by appearing wi...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week 5 Results: Gavin DeGraw Dumped After Dance Duel

April 18th, 2012 9:30am EDT
Gavin DeGraw Dancing With The Stars
With Sherri Shepherd’s shocking elimination last week on Dancing With The Stars, many of the stars were on edge going into this week’s result show. But, with a fiery encore performance by Maria and Derek, the evening seemed to get off to a spicier start than Monday night.

Some of the other performances of the night were from Train, Sheila E. and Selena Gomez, who all helped turn up the heat and ease some of the tension throughout the night. Last night was another hot and eventful one. Here were the judges scores going into the elimination:

1. Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas- 134
2. Will...
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Hot 'Avengers' Premiere Pics - Scarlett Johansson, Robert Downey Jr. & More!

April 12th, 2012 8:41am EDT
Scarlett Johansson
"The Avengers" Los Angeles premiere was a star-studded event yesterday. Scarlett Johansson, who plays Black Widow, opted for a simple strapless black dress, while Robert Downey Jr. popped in a purple suit.

In the film, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and the international agency S.H.I.E.L.D. bring together a team of super humans to form The Avengers. Their mission? To help save the Earth from Loki (Tom Hiddleston) & his army. "The Avengers" will be closing the Tribeca Film Festival with a special screening April 28, and then will hit theaters May 4.

Check out tons of photos from the prem...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week 4 Results: Ready For A Shocker

April 11th, 2012 9:18am EDT
SHERRI SHEPHERD Eliminated on DWTS
Are you ready for a shocker? That seemed to be the overall theme for last night’s results show. “This really is one of the nights where you look at the quality of the cast and have no choice but to be shocked,” said Tom Bergeron. And yes we were, and unfortunately another wonderful dancer was sent home. The judges scores going into elimination were the following in ranking order.

1. Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas- 105
2. Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower- 100
3. Maria Menounos & Derek Hough- 99
3. William Levy & Cheryl Burke- 99
5. Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd- 98
6. Jaleel White & Kym...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week 3: Jack Wagner Gets Undeserved Elimination

April 4th, 2012 9:26am EDT
JACK WAGNER Eliminated on DWTS
Coming into last night’s results show was a bit difficult, since all of the stars performances were so amazing for week three. Even Len, who is usually overly critical, spoke about how unbelievable the performances were; and tried to convince the producers that no one should be sent home.

But, the tears and emotions from Monday’s heartfelt night had to be pushed aside, and the time came when someone in the group would have to say goodbye. The judges scores going into elimination were as follows in ranking order.

1. Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas- 81
2. William Levy & Cheryl Burke- 77
3....
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week 3: Contestants Step It Up On Emotionally Charged Night

April 3rd, 2012 9:47am EDT
Katherine Jenkins' Third Dance
With emotions running wild, last night was an amazing and beautiful night for season fourteen of Dancing With The Stars. For week three the stars had to share personal stories about their most memorable year, which led to some impeccable performances. As for their choice of dance, the contestants had to choose one unlearned dance, which included the rumba, samba, salsa, waltz, foxtrot and jive for the evening.

Throughout the night contestants touched the hearts of viewers with their heartfelt stories, and moves that varied from graceful to extremely sexy. And, as each of the celebrities ...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Two Elimination Not A Surprise

March 28th, 2012 9:30am EDT
Martina Navratilova Eliminated on DWTS
After a killer kick off and week two’s struggles with the quickstep and jive, the stars gathered to find out who would be the first in the competition to go home. What a night! And I would say one of the most nerve-wracking. Especially since one of the contestants would be eliminated without having the opportunity to prove what they really could do on the dance floor.

However Sugarland helped ease the tension with their country tunes; and one by one contestants were told if they would be safe or placed in the bottom. The scores going into the elimination were the following in ranking orde...
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Karina Smirnoff & Owen Wilson Are Just Friends

March 15th, 2012 9:23am EDT
Karina Smirnoff
Karina Smirnoff and Owen Wilson are not Hollywood's newest and hottest couple, according to E! Online.

Rumors have been swirling that the "Dancing With The Stars" pro and the actor have been spending some quality time together recently.

But a source told E! News: "There is nothing there. They ran into each other once randomly. They are friends but not dating at all."

In December Karina and her baseballer boyfriend Brad Penny called off their engagement. Prior to that she was involved with her DWTS co-star Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Wilson split up with girlfriend Jade Duell back in June. The...
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Owen Wilson's Friends Dismiss Karina Smirnoff Dating Reports

March 14th, 2012 9:35pm EDT
Owen Wilson
Movie star Owen Wilson's friends are laughing off reports suggesting he's dating dancer Karina Smirnoff, insisting the pair has only met once - at a party.

New tabloid reports suggest the Dancing With The Stars regular and the Midnight in Paris star have become an item after splitting from their respective partners, baseball star Brad Penny and Jade Duell, who gave birth to Wilson's son, Ford, last year.

But sources insist the rumors are completely unfounded.

One insider tells WENN, "This is false. She (Smirnoff) was introduced to Owen at a party. I don't think that qualifies as dating."...
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Season 14 Cast Of 'Dancing With The Stars' Revealed

February 28th, 2012 11:00am EST
Dancing with the Stars Season 14 Cast
The new celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars has been released on Good Morning America, and we have the full list right here. The cast ranges from actresses to football players to musicians.

Jack Wagner is a soap opera star most known for his roles on General Hospital and Melrose Place. His pro partner is Anna Trebunskaya.

Melissa Gilbert is known for her child acting role on Little House on the Prairie, which she started when she was nine. Maksim Chmerkovskiy is her pro partner.

Donald Driver is wide receiver for the 2010 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers, who drafted him in 19...
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Prepping For Golden Globes With Maria Menounos & Karina Smirnoff

January 16th, 2012 5:00pm EST
Maria Menounos
We're full force into awards season and we know everyone's favorite part is the fashion! Starpulse decided to get red-carpet ready with two celebs, Maria Menounos and Karina Smirnoff, to see how they prep for the big night and get a sneak peek at their dresses!

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Christina Hendricks, Jennifer Love Hewitt & Karina Smirnoff Wear Sexy Holiday Fashion

December 5th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Sexy Holiday Celebrities
'Tis the season for celebrities to show their holiday flare. Christina Hendricks attended an event in Los Angeles on Sunday wearing a sexy sweater set. The red headed "Mad Men" star showed off her curves in a knee-length skirt and matching sequined top.

"Dancing With The Stars" pro Karina Smirnoff wore a see-through blouse at the First Annual Winter in Venice Celebration in Las Vegas on Saturday. She paired the look with jeans and a santa hat.

Jennifer Love Hewitt was the center of attention at KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2011 on Saturday. She stood out in a simple red frock.

Check out all th...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Finale Crowns J.R. Martinez The Hero Of The Ballroom

November 23rd, 2011 9:14am EST
JR Martinez Wins 'Dancing With The Stars'
So last night ‘Dancing With The Stars’ crowned a new champion for it’s thirteenth season, and it was an outcome that I wouldn’t have predicted. Then again, I feel like I’ve been swinging back and forth all season, so it’s nothing new.

After Monday night’s show, Rob held onto the top spot, and I really hoped he would hang onto it. Here’s where the leader board stood on Monday:

1. Rob and Cheryl - 57
2. Ricki and Derek - 54
2. J.R. and Karina - 54

As usual, all the fallen stars took the stage in the first number, and it never fails to be kind of nostalgic. Which is weird, consid...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Ten Finals Sends Rob To The Top

November 22nd, 2011 11:00am EST
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke perform
Monday night was the last night for the stars to perform for our votes, and time for the much anticipated freestyle dances, which can make or break someone’s chances of winning. We have Ricki, who started strong and just got better. She’s with Derek, who has gotten the trophy every time he’s made it to the finals (three times). Then we have Rob, who has skyrocketed to the top from humble beginnings. His amazing partner, Cheryl, won the first two seasons she was on, but hasn’t won since season three, and hasn’t been to the finals since season eight. Lastly, we have J.R., who stole every...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Soccer Star Hope Solo Falls Short Of The Goal

November 16th, 2011 9:25am EST
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovsky were eliminated on DWTS
Next week is the much anticipated finals of this season of ‘DWTS,' so of course last night was the much anticipated elimination to decide who was going to be in the final three. I was concerned for J.R. before I looked at the scores last night, but seeing that he actually fell eleven points behind the leader and nine points behind second place worried me more. Sure, Hope was still seven points behind him, but it surprised me. I knew he had a bad night, but didn’t realize quite how bad.

Here’s where the leader board stood Monday night:

1. Ricki and Derek - 67
2. Rob and Cheryl -...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Semi-Finals Push Stars To The Limits

November 15th, 2011 11:00am EST
Rob Kardashian  & Cheryl Burke
It’s the semi-finals, and the show is not going easy on our stars now. Last night they all had three dances to perform, with two individual rounds (the second with all of them doing the always fun Argentine tango, with it’s legal lifts), and then a relay dance. Unexpectedly, an injury hindered one of the front runners, giving one of the underdogs a chance to really shine.

Round One: Paso Dobles and Sambas

Hope Solo (goalie for U.S. women’s national soccer team) & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Paso Doble
Scores: 7, 7, 7
Len said he liked the attack, but because there was so much of it, she...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Eight Elimination Sends Nancy Packin'

November 9th, 2011 8:15am EST
Nancy Grace Eliminated from DWTS
Everyone always talks about how much it’s gotta hurt to be kicked off a show like ‘Dancing’ first, but I always think getting kicked off just before the end has got to hurt just as much. After eight weeks, last night’s results episode gave someone the boot right before the semi-finals.

Here’s how the leader board looked Monday night:

1. J.R. and Karina - 60
2. Hope and Maks - 52
2. Ricki and Derek - 52
3. Rob and Cheryl - 51
4. Nancy and Tristan - 44

There was no encore dance this week, so we went right into backstage clips and the first set of results. J.R. and Hope were both ...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Eight Sees An Unexpected Comeback And The Season's First Perfect Scores

November 8th, 2011 12:00pm EST
Dancing With The Stars Week Eight
This season of ‘Dancing’ seems like it’s just flying by. It’s already week eight, and last night was the last competition show before the semi-finals. It was also the week to bring back the instant dances, and to award the first perfect scores of the season. If there was ever a time to get a second wind, it’s now, and Hope jumped at the chance to revitalize her game this week when Maks decided to (gasp!) act like an adult for the first time in weeks.

As a result of that, I may have thought last week that I knew who I wanted to win, but now I’m back to only knowing who I want to go home ...
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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Seven's Surprising Elimination: David Arquette

November 2nd, 2011 10:00am EDT
DWTS David Arquette Eliminated
I feel sorry for parents with teenage daughters who watch this show, because last night the Biebs was in the house. And they hyped it up like crazy, as he was really the only “star power” they had last night. The stars who are dancing are old news by now, especially on a night that they’re, you know, not actually dancing..

The team dances on Monday night shook up the leader board, most notably putting Hope in third place, two points above J.R.. Here’s where they stood after the team scores were added in:

1. Ricki and Derek - 53
2. Rob and Cheryl - 51
3. Hope and Maks - 50
4. J.R. and ...
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