Sophia Pippen is heading home.
After a strong performance to The Little Mermaid‘s “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” the 9-year-old, along with her partner Jake Monreal and mentor Sasha Farber, was eliminated from Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
Sophia, the daughter of NBA legend Scottie Pippen and Kardashian West’s best friend Larsa Pippen, had some reservations.
“It’s going to be hard to play a villain in this dance because I’m really shy,” she said.
But Kardashian West, 37, was able to calm the tiny dancer’s nerves.
“I came here today to encourage Sophia,” the KKW Beauty maven said. “I’ve known her since she was a baby.”
As Kardashian West reminisced about her own DWTS experience (she was eliminated in the third round with partner Mark Ballas), she was able to give Sophia some advice.
“I wasn’t on for very long,” she said. “The rumba did me under.”
“I think my shyness really hurt me, so I really want you to be confident,” she added. “You just have to let it go!”
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors airs Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
It was another night of shocking results on Dancing with the Stars: Juniors.
During Sunday’s episode, Hudson West, along with partner Kameron Couch and mentor Haley Erbert, were eliminated following a second week of strong performances.
This week, the tiny stars and their partners got to choose a song from the year they were born. General Hospital star Hudson, 11, and his team chose to perform the Paso Doble to Madonna and Justin Timberlake’s “Four Minutes.”
“I’m so impressed,” judge and season 26 winner Adam Rippon told the couple. “You guys look like a really great partnership. It’s so fun to watch, and you know what, the next step for you is to just loosen up. Enjoy! If you can loosen up just a little bit more, you can take the performance to an even higher level.”
Unfortunately, with a total score of 22 out of 30, the pair did not have the votes to make it through to the next round.
Last week, Tripp Palin Johnston — along with partner Hailey Bills and mentor Jenna Johnson — and MasterChef Junior champ Addison Osta Smith— along with partner Lev Khmelev and mentor Keo Motsepe — were eliminated following a full night of epic performances.
“I wanted to do Dancing with the Stars: Juniors because my mom was on the show, and it looked like fun,” Tripp, 9, told PEOPLE exclusively. “I was nervous when my mom showed me clips of young dancers. I have never danced before. I worked past the nerves by just remembering to have fun.”ith — along with partner Lev Khmelev and mentor Keo Motsepe — were eliminated following a full night of epic performances.
DWTS Season 25’s Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz are hosting this season, with Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, longtime DWTS pro and two-time Mirror Ball champ Val Chmerkovskiy and La La Land choreographer Mandy Moore as judges.
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
More than a decade ago, Lynch, now 27, was cast in the Harry Potter films as Luna Lovegood — a character that helped change her life for the better.
“My most memorable year would be 2006, which is when I booked the role in Harry Potter, because I was the biggest fan,” Lynch said of the most memorable year of her life on Monday’s Dancing with the Stars. “It was just my great love at that time. So then suddenly I was in the world, living the dream.”
“I just adored the Harry Potter franchise and Luna Lovegood was my favorite character, so it was just like a lot of things to process at once,” explained Lynch, who booked a January 2006 open casting call for Luna.
But beyond playing her favorite character, Lynch shared that Luna “helped me through a really difficult time.” The actress revealed that in her adolescence, she battled an eating disorder.
“When I was like 11, 12, I was battling an eating disorder. Anyone who’s had an eating disorder knows it completely takes over your life,” she said.
During that difficult time, the Harry Potter book series served as a positive outlet for the actress. “And the only thing that could actually take my attention apart from that was the Harry Potter series,” shared Lynch, who began writing to Rowling, the author and creator.
“I started writing to J.K. Rowling and she wrote back and we became pen friends after that,” said Lynch. “I was in and out of hospital and I would be getting these letters.”
Reflecting on the dark period of her life, Lynch said that Rowling’s “books and her kindness really made me want to live again.”
“I love the feeling of creating and acting more than I love the feeling of being skinny or of being perfect,” said Lynch.
For her DWTS performance, Lynch and pro partner Keo Motsepe danced a Viennese Waltz to the Harry Potter theme song, and earned a 27/30 for the magical number.
“Being in Harry Potter changed my life because it proved to me that I could do something, that I had something to offer the world,” said Lynch, who clarified that Rowling had no part in her casting.
“We were pen pals. We were writing to each other for years, but then when the open audition happened, it happened within two weeks from the audition to getting the part and I didn’t have a chance to tell her,” she shared. “That letter that you saw was her reaction to when she found out.”
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors is off to a dramatic start!
During Sunday’s premiere, Tripp Palin Johnston — along with partner Hailey Bills and mentor Jenna Johnson — and MasterChef Junior champ Addison Osta Smith — along with partner Lev Khmelev and mentor Keo Motsepe — were eliminated following a full night of epic performances.
“I wanted to do Dancing with the Stars: Juniors because my mom was on the show, and it looked like fun,” Palin Johnston, 9, told PEOPLE exclusively. “I was nervous when my mom showed me clips of young dancers. I have never danced before. I worked past the nerves by just remembering to have fun.”
And while his time on the competition show was short-lived, he walked away with another lesson learned.
“I learned that even if I’m not the best, that I can still try my hardest and have fun,” he added.
Johnson said, “The biggest challenge I faced coaching the Juniors was accepting that I wouldn’t be able to go out on the stage and perform with them and/or help them through the routine if something went wrong. Usually, during the regular season, I am able to help my partner during the live show and count him through the routine! I had to put a lot of trust in my niece, Hailey, to guide Tripp through the live performance.
“I’m so incredibly proud of Tripp and Hailey,” she continued. “Tripp had never performed or danced before and so it was a great accomplishment for him to get the courage to perform in front of millions of people.”
During his time on the show, a shy and more reserved Palin Johnston got plenty of support from his mom, Bristol Palin, and grandmother, Sarah Palin.
“My mom said to try my hardest, and to have fun, my grandma said the same thing,” he said.
And while Osta Smith, the first girl and youngest contestant ever to win MasterChef Junior at the age of 10, didn’t make it through to the next round, the 13-year-old will remain busy as she continues to work on her first cookbook while inspiring kids and adults to do what they love.
DWTS Season 25’s Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz are hosting this season, with Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, longtime DWTS pro and two-time Mirror Ball champ Val Chmerkovskiy and Emmy winner and La La Land choreographer Mandy Moore as judges.
“I’ve worked with a lot of young kids for a few years now and I think that I’ve realized that I always get the most when I’m honest, but I can poke fun but in a way where they feel like they’re letting their guard down because then I tell them something serious,” Rippon previously told PEOPLE.
“I’m the kind of judge I am as a coach, where I try to be funny and break the tension but I’m serious,” he added. “Because it’s serious, it doesn’t mean it needs to feel like life and death.”
Dancing with the Stars: Juniors airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
The Dukes of Hazzard alum, who played Bo Duke on the comedy series from 1979-85, made his debut on the reality dancing competition series on Monday evening, when season 27 premiered. Schneider, 58, and his pro partner, Emma Slater, performed a foxtrot on night one and earned an 18/30 from judges.
On the second evening of a two night premiere, Schneider, 58, discussed his inaugural dance while standing alongside Slater, who advised him on Monday to not watch the introductory video package that aired before their performance.
“When people watch the package before they dance, they’re watching themselves and then all of a sudden they’re like, ‘Oh no, I’ve got to dance!’ And then like things fly out their head,” Slater, 29, explained to co-host Erin Andrews. “So I’m like, ‘Focus. Don’t listen.’ ”
Schneider added with a laugh, “I just wanted to get over the car,” referencing the red Dukes of Hazzard General Lee replica car that he slid across.
Going into night two, the star, who was safe from elimination and progressed to the second week, added, “I feel good. I’m so excited to be here” before revealing that he and his children are not on speaking terms.
“I’m hoping that I will do my family proud, I’ll do my love over there proud,” said Schneider, referencing his girlfriend, Alicia, and added, “and maybe my children will speak to me again.”
After 21 years of marriage, Schneider’s estranged wife Elvira “Elly” Schneider filed for divorce in Los Angeles county on Nov. 14, 2014. She cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for their split, according to court documents.
In September 2016, Schneider — he shares adult children Leah, Chasen, and Karis with Elvira — was ordered to pay his ex $18,911 every month, TMZ reported.
But three months ago, Schneider was sentenced to three days behind bars in the Los Angeles County Jail in June for failure to pay more than $150,000 in owed alimony payments to Elvira. The actor was released on the same day as his initial booking because of California’s overcrowded prison system, but his legal woes were not done with that.
Schneider was also ordered to serve an additional 120 hours behind bars for contempt, but that sentence was suspended by the court on the condition that he fulfill a four-part list of conditions, including filing back taxes to help clear title to their property in Apple Valley so that it could be transferred to her, paying his ex half of his owed earnings from Maven Entertainment, and offering certain financial disclosures before the end of the year.
Rather than complying with the court’s full list of conditions, however, Schneider asked the court to restore his jail sentence following his early release.
In a July 6 letter to the judge in his case, obtained by PEOPLE, Schneider wrote that he had “regret and embarrassment” about declining the opportunity to comply with the court’s conditions but that “I am leveraged to the max” with various loans while trying to do “what I believe is ‘right’ throughout this whole process.” He went on to reveal that Maven, an independent entity, had already made several financial advances on his behalf and his earnings have thus been diminished by his indebtedness to it.
Schneider said it was “unlikely” he would be able to comply with the conditions set forth by the court to have the charge dropped, and thus avoid his three-day jail sentence, so he instead effectively asked the court to simply lock him up for the entirety of that sentence.
“I am willing and able to accept the punishment for my actions/inactions as to this matter and I request this court to impose such sentence without further delay,” he wrote.
However, we may not see Schneider fitted with cuffs again just yet. On July 17, Elvira’s attorneys filed a motion to strike the letter from the record as an unlawful ex parte communication until a hearing could be arranged and the attorneys could have the opportunity to cross-examine Schneider as to his claimed financial woes.
Schneider is expected to complete 240 hours of community service as part of his sentencing structure, whether he returns to jail or not.
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.
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Dancing with the Stars treated viewers to quite a treat the night before Halloween, as two contestants were sent packing on Monday night.
Indeed, the ABC competition scared up a stunner when both Nikki Bella and Vanessa Lachey were eliminated.
The results were announced not long after Bella and partner Artem Chigvintsev earned 24 points for their Jive and after Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned the same score for their Paso Doble.
Not great tallies.
But not terrible ones, either.
(This special Halloween installment also featured the first team dances of Season 25.
Team Monster Mash - including Jordan, Lindsey, Terrell and Nikki - scored 24 out of 30; and Team Phantom of the Ballroom - comprised of Victoria, Frankie, Drew and Vanessa - earned 30 out of 30.)
At the end of the episode, some viewers were left shocked that two stars got the boot - while others were left shocked over which two got the boot.
Specifically, a contingent of the Internet believes the gender of these stars played a key role in their elimination.
Yes, Dancing with the Stars is now facing accusations of sexism.
“An extremely sexist show!!!” someone with the handle @Mieczyslaw wrote after witnessing a pair of early-season favorites go home, adding:
“This protection with male artists must end!”
We had no idea such a protection existed.
Has Dancing with the Stars been under a sexism microscope in the past?
“I’m sorry but the two eliminated teams from #DWTS got screwed,” @kmf409 Tweeted. “I think there are two male stars who should have gone before either.”
It appears as if a number of fans think Terrell Owns and/or Drew Scott should have been eliminated long before either Lachey or Bella.
Especially when you consider that Scott took a tumble on stage last night.
“#DWTS really there is no way Terrell and Drew should of stayed over Nikki and Vanessa,” exclaimed @tylllah92, who believed the results to be “straight BS."
The user @reneesbellas agrees:
“PLEASE do not try to come for me and tell me Drew Scott & [Terrell] deserved to stay over Nikki Bella & Vanessa Lachey That’s a damn lie."
And while not every critic believes sexism was to blame for this outcome, some pointed to long-standing chatter that Dancing with the Stars is rigged.
“Never believed in the rumours of #DWTS being rigged until this season & I’m not just being petty…,” one Twitter user wrote of the latest elimination, while another chimed in as follows:
“Rigged. Nikki Bella was cheated. We know her fan base and scores.”
Who would rig the show?
Why would he or she rig it against Vanessa and Nikki? It's unclear.
Are you buying any of these claims?
Do you think there was anything legitimately fishy about these eliminations? Sound off now!
Amidst rumors that he and Dancing with the Stars partner Vanessa Lachey don't exactly get along, Maksim Chmerkovskiy has come out and attempted to quiet all such chatter.
He's issued a direct apology to the television personality.
"As you are all aware, I had to leave the show last week to take care of some personal issues," Chmerkovskiy Tweeted on Wednesday, adding:
"I take full responsibility for my actions and want to apologize to my partner Vanessa.
"We are both looking forward to dancing for our fans next week!"
To open the ABC broadcast on Monday night, co-host Erin Andrews told viewers that the international stud muffin was absent due to "personal issues" and Lachey would be dancing with Alan Bersten instead.
No other information was given at the time.
But the timing was questionable because Chmerkovskiy essentially no-showed an episode just as the Internet was blowing up with rumors of a rivalry between himself and his partner.
"There is a lot of fighting going on behind the scenes," a source told Us Weekly this week, explaining a bit more in detail:
"Their personalities are very similar so they disagree about everything. They refuse to give into one another...
"They’re playing nice for the cameras, but both are miserable paired with each other."
This alleged dispute hasn't affected the tandem on screen, however.
If there is a beef, it's been put aside during the actual program, as Chmerkovskiy and Lachey have sat atop the leaderboard all season long.
And they'll be back at it again in just a few days.
"New week! VEEEEERY excited for @DancingABC new dance studio and new dance with @Vanessa Lachey! Can't wait to be back at the Ballroom!" Chmerkovskiy also Tweeted yesterday.
Fellow professional Lindsay Arnold, meanwhile, has confirmed to People Magazine that she saw Maks and Vanessa in the studio this week.
Elsewhere, actress Sasha Pieterse (who is competing on Season 25) also spoke to People and basically said if there's tension between Chmerkovskiy and Lachey... well... she hasn't seen it.
With Vanessa's husband (Nick Lachey) and Maksim's wife (Peta Murgatroyd) also paired up this fall, the former Pretty Little Liars star says everyone is having a blast.
“Honestly, they’re awesome, I love them. Nick and Vanessa are awesome so are Peta and Maks. They’re such a fun partnership,” said Pieterse, who is still alive with partner Gleb Savchenko.
In the end, of course, does it really matter if Chmerkovskiy and Lachey get along?
If anything, it's almost more interesting that they may detest each other personally, yet are still able to perform well professionally.
All we know for sure is that we'll be tuning in next week to see if we can spot any issues at all between these two while they once again try to impress the judges and the viewers at home.
The first Dancing With the Stars results show of the fall is in the books, and the first celebrity of the Season 25 cast has been ousted.
Who lived to tango another day, and who exited stage left?
Following last Monday's Dancing With the Stars premiere, Shark Tank star Barbara Corcoran seemed like a likely candidate for elimination.
Frankie Muniz was also at risk, while other stars such as Derek Fisher were likely sweating bullets as well following their initial scores.
Let's break down the routines and scores briefly ...
Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten - Quickstep - “This Is My Time” by Amy Stroup
Debbie knew she needed to adapt pretty quickly if she had any hope of staying in the competition, and it worked. The judges immediately noticed an improvement in her performance with Alan.
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev - Waltz - “Come Away With Me” by Norah Jones
Nikki and Artem's performance was not the best of the night, but it was also not the worst. They do play off each other very well, but the dance number could have been a bit more exciting.
It came off very disjointed in the end, and that's probably not going to bode well down the line. It's time to become pros at dancing.
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas - Quickstep - “Swing Step” by Jurassic 5
Let's just say if this were a competition for the best costumes per couple, we would definitely be handing Lindsey and Mark the win. The overall performance was decent, but breaking hold was detrimental to their performance.
Barbara Corcoran and Keo Motsepe - Tango - “Whatever Lola Wants” by Sarah Vaughan
Barbara was livid about the rough time she had last week with the judges and opted to find a way to stay in the competition. Despite a much better performance, it was not enough to separate this duo from the pack.
Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd - Foxtrot “Mandy” by Barry Manilow
Okay, so Nick finally started to dance, but he continued to seem very wooden. We know he's not someone who gets embarrassed very easily because he stuck with Jessica Simpson throughout her big tuna incident.
The judges agree that the duo show improvement, but will that be enough to save them?
Drew Scott and Emma Slater - Quickstep - “Sing, Sing, Sing” by Louis Prima
The judges were not ready to give Drew a free pass quite yet, so they were very critical of his performance. One of the biggest complaints was about his limbs flying about.
Emma, however, continued to get good praise, which makes sense because she's a dancing pro.
Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Foxtrot - “Hit Me With a Hot Note” by Tami Tappan Damiano
Nick's wife, Vanessa continued to flourish under the influence of Maks. Vanessa knows what is expected of her and that's why her first two performances with Maks have been such a hit.
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson - Tango - “Whatever It Takes” by Imagine Dragons
Could Frankie Muniz be a surprising winner at the end of the season? You can tell he is loving what he's doing and that's a good thing because viewers are also enjoying it. Everything about it was perfect, and the duo has a lot of chemistry.
Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke - Foxtrot - “Pillow Talk” by ZAYN
With the middling comments last week, Cheryl knew it was time to make some changes to right the ship. It was a much better performance, and Carrie Ann even pointed out that Terrell seems more into it this week.
That's what happens when Cheryl Burke puts her foot down. Good for her.
Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko - Viennese Waltz - “I’m Going Down” by Rose Royce
Who would have thought that Sasha would be the surprise 180 of the season? After an extremely wooden performance last week, she made her way to the floor and absolutely killed it. Carrie Ann was firmly on Team Sasha, while Len had some complaints.
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy - Tango - “Look What You Made Me Do” by Taylor Swift
Victoria continued to defy the odds and even got to dance along to a Taylor Swift song. Out of everyone, Victoria has the most heartbreaking story, and it's clear she wants to be in the competition. The judges liked how on point the performance was.
Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess- Foxtrot - “Hallelujah, I Love Her So” by Ray Charles
This duo continued to be a problem, and everyone seemed to agree that Derek was the issue. He needed to learn to move around the ballroom and stop relying on Sharna for everything.
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold - Viennese Waltz - “Count on Me” by Judah Kelly
Jordan already emerged as a frontrunner last week with Lindsay, and thankfully, they continued to prove it was not just luck that they got to the top of the board.
They are definitely ones to watch as the season progresses.
Terrell and Cheryl and Barbara and Keo were the two unlucky couples who sat at the bottom of the leaderboard. In the end, Barbara and Keo were sent packing.
What do you think of the elimination?
Sound off below.
Dancing with the Stars continues on Monday on ABC!
Season 25 of Dancing with the Stars is officially underway as a new crop of celebrities (term used loosely) vies for ballroom immortality.
Or at least a shiny Mirrorball trophy. Close enough.
It feels like just weeks ago we crowned the previous winner, but that's expected with shows that air two cycles per year.
Let's handicap the performances and establish who the early frontrunners are.
First up was Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke, who went with the Cha-Cha to "Aint Too Proud to Beg" by The Temptations. It was a fun enough routine to start off the new season, but it was not all that.
Len noted that it was a good one, but he thought Terrell needed to bring it in the coming weeks if he wanted to remain in the competition.
The duo scored 15/30.
Next up was Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten who danced along to "Lost in Your Eyes" by Debbie Gibson. Debbie was using Dancing with the Stars as her big comeback, and the first dance certainly made it seem like she could be on to a winner.
Working with Alan should help her go from strength to strength and become a force to be reckoned with. They scored 17/30.
Pretty Little Liars grad, Sasha Pieterse, joined forces with Gleb Savchenko and they danced along to "Like That" by Fleur East. It was a bit all over the place, and that was primarily down to Sasha's nerves.
We get it, it's difficult to perform live on TV, but Pieterse will need to adapt quickly if she wants to make it far. A little confidence boost will go a long way in her case.
Len picked up on the nerves and pointed it out, so it will be interesting to see how she performs down the line. They scored 18/30.
Drew Scott and Emma Slater went with "Our House" by Madness. There was a lot riding on the performance: Drew promised Emma that he would remodel her kitchen if they won the competition.
The dance was not a great start, and it was evident there was a lot of work to do in order to become a force. They scored 16/30.
Barbara Corcoran and Keo Motsepe went with "Money Make" by Ludacris feat. Pharrell. Their routine was not a good one, and it was evident Barbara preferred to flirt with Keo as opposed to practicing.
That's not a good thing to do, especially when America's watchful eye is on you during a big performance. To the surprise of nobody, they scored 14/30.
Jordan Fisher being paired up with Lindsay Arnold was always going to be a good thing. They danced to "There's Nothing Holding Me Back" by Shawn Mendes.
It confirmed what we all thought: Jordan's experience was going to work in his favor. He danced with confidence and knew exactly what was expected of him.
They scored 22/30.
Nick Lachey revealed in the past that he would never do Dancing with the Stars. What a difference a few years make. He joined forces with Peta Murgatroyd, and they performed to "Come Get It Bae" by Pharrell Williams.
Considering how the odds were stacked against them, Nick performed well, and the judges awarded them with 18/30.
When it came to Nick's wife, Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy, the big question was who got the most points.
Vanessa and Maks danced along to "Woman" by Kesha fear. The Dap-Kings Horns. It was a resounding success. Vanessa knew what was expected of her and delivered in a big way.
The judges enjoyed the performance and awarded them 21/30, so that was a great start.
Frankie Muniz made his big return to the spotlight after several years away, and we did not expect the big event to take place during Dancing with the Stars.
He partnered up with Witney Carson, and they danced to "Sign of the Times" by Harry Styles. It was another solid performance and proved that Frankie was talented.
They scored 19/30.
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev turned in an energetic performance of "So What!" by Pink. Nikki was confident throughout the whole performance.
They scored 20/30.
NBA legend Derek Fisher joined forces with Sharna Burgess to perform "Basketball" by Kurtis Blow. Being partnered with Sharna was always going to be a positive.
Even with some missteps, they still managed to turn in a score of 18/30, which is a solid result for a first performance.
Victoria Arlen partnered up with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, and they went with “Born Ready” by Disco Fries feat. Hope Murphy.
It was evident Victoria was having a GREAT time, and that helped the performance. They scored 19/30.
The final performance of the night was Lindsay Stirling and Mark Ballas. They performed "Don't Worry" by Madcon. The pair had a lot of chemistry.
Lindsay worked very well with Mark, and it became apparent that these two could be ones to watch. They scored 22/30.
Who will be eliminated? Find out next Monday at 8/7c on ABC!
Heather Morris channeled Britney Spears last night on Week 3 of Dancing With the Stars, a familiar role for the one-time Glee cast member.
She did a fair amount of that impersonation back in the day.
Morris spent six seasons channeling Britney Spears on Glee, so getting into the spirit of her former namesake character was very familiar.
Still, the former Beyonce backup dancer was nervous to bring her back to this new show for a live, high-stakes performance.
Performing a tango to the pop star's “Toxic” Monday, she made sure of her survival as the Dancing with the Stars results were announced.
Heather described the experience as such:
“I’m here to show my fans - and the rest of the world - more about who Heather really is and, to me, this seems like a step back in time."
That doesn't mean it was easy, though.
Morris was admittedly anxious, but “I think once we got on stage and did it, it felt so much more powerful and specific to what we were doing."
There was also the Maks factor involved.
Pro Alan Bernsten was forced to become Morris’ temporary partner for the week as Maksim Chmerkovskiy recovers from a calf injury.
“The key was really just focusing on each other," Bernsten said, "as opposed to everything that was happening in the ballroom."
While the Spears influence on the routine is obvious, they tried to really harness the power of the tango as opposed to Britney.”
“Yeah, we used Britney’s essence, but it was all about the dancing and making Heather shine,” he said, and there's no doubt he succeeded.
Heather, who is rumored to be feuding with Nancy Kerrigan, another top contender this season, earned her place near the top of the scoreboard.
Making Morris feel even more confident?
Former Glee co-star Naya Rivera supporting her in the audience, where Morris says she was more excited about the routine than anyone.
“She was, like, so fangirling before this whole thing."
"She was, like, ‘Oh my God! I’m obsessed!"
"This is my favorite! I love it!'” said Morris.
“We come from a completely different world with Naya and Kevin [McHale] and all of them, but they are so supportive," she went on.
Kevin, also a former Glee co-star, "is so stoked to come watch the show. It’s fun to bring them into this world.”
While some believe Morris on Dancing with the Stars is unfair, given her background, she certainly keeps you glued to the screen:
Damn, some people taking Dancing with the Stars a bit too seriously. Charo, the ageless Latin star, squeaked by with a 25 out of 40 score this past week. In her mind, she’s a 50 out of 40.
An E! News source says that “Charo was super upset this week about her scoring and she feels like she’s being treated and scored very unfairly” and also that she is “seriously upset.”
I watched her recent performance on DWTS.
The evidence is in. She’s weak. Clapping off beat, messing up her ending, seems like her score is right where it should be. Half the time her partner, Keo Motsepe, leads her. The rest of the time Charo stomps her feet when not clapping. That’s it, no real dancing evident at all.
E! News also writes:
“She was telling producers that she doesn’t like how they’re underscoring her and she feels like she’s been treated so badly so she was threatening to quit,” our source continued. The producers were ultimately able to walk her back off the ledge, but we hear the threat still stands “unless they started scoring her performances more fairly.”
Here’s a clip of her seven years ago during the Jerry Lewis Telethon.
She’s basically doing the same thing here as she was doing on her most recent DWTS performance.
Let Charo quit. Her scoring’s gonna be so low anyway that she’ll be axed pretty soon. Cuchi cuchi indeed.
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess performed the Cha Cha on Monday night to help kick off Dancing with the Stars Season 24.
The professional bull rider and his partner displayed obvious chemistry on the dance floor, despite earning a a combined score of only 22 points from the judges...
... but it was an incident backstage that has everyone talking.
As Erin Andrews waited to talk to Nick Viall and the other contestants sat around behind the scenes, cameras caught Bolton pretty clearly pulling a Donald Trump:
He grabbed Burgess by the crotch!
Sharna proceeded to place Bolton's hand on her leg instead, but the awkward damage had already been done.
At least on the Internet.
This photo, for example, will live forever in infamy.
“I was telling her before we started tonight, ‘I can’t look at you for too long. I might get distracted. That’s why I might miss some of my steps,'” Bolton told People Magazine after the show, not helping matters and adding:
“She’s obviously beautiful.”
Burgess also acknowledged the "really obvious chemistry" between the partners, but said she is trying to remain "professional."
That could be challenging if Bolton keeps making unwanted advances.
We say that in jest. We assume this was a simple mistake.
But you can watch the clip and decide for yourself:
You go, girl!!
Peta Murgatroyd may have just given birth, like, eleven days ago, but that doesn't mean the new mom isn't ready to get real about the unrealistic post-baby body expectations thrown on to so many women!
The Dancing With The Stars star -- who welcomed the baby with her love Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- posted the pic you can see (above) to her Instagram account on Sunday, calling out body expectations and getting real about body goals!
Oh, and she also delivered a message about we can expect to see pics of the beautiful new baby, too!!
Here's what she had to say in a caption accompanying that pic (below):
Real life: I took this photo 8 days post birth. I left the hospital looking 5 months pregnant. Many people think a woman should shrink right back to her pre-birth weight immediately. That is just not the truth for most. The female body is incredible and resilient, but healing and strengthening take time. Now it's time for patience and hard work. Lots of love to all the new mamas out there on the journey. 💪🏼💪🏼 #yesihaveascrunchieinmyhair #shaiiswortheverypound
Preach, girl, PREACH!!!She looks AH-Mazing in her post-baby body, five-month pregnant look be damned! And she should conform to no one BUT the best moves she personally needs to make for her own health!
[Image via Peta Murgatroyd/Instagram.]
Over the course of 23 seasons of Dancing with the Stars, over 40 professional dancers have lent their skills to teach celebrity partners and compete for the Mirror Ball trophy.
We've chosen the top 30 of all of those pros, and ranked them from worst (or you know, just not well-known) to the very best. See where your favorite landed on our list below!
30. Jenna Johnson
29. Ashly Costa
28. Gleb Savchenko
27. Keo Motsepe
26. Corky Ballas
25. Sasha Farber
It's been a rough few weeks for the swimming world's most lovable dumbass, Ryan Lochte.
Shortly after he was caught lying about being robbed at gunpoint at the Rio Olympics, Lochte made an unexpected career choice that's done little to help mend his battered reputation.
When rumors first began to circulate that Lochte would join the cast of Dancing With the Stars for the show's 23rd season, many took it as a joke.
Then the cast was officially announced, and Lochte confirmed that yet again, what seemed to ridiculous to be true was in fact a serious life decision that he made, presumably after careful consideration.
Now, Lochte is proving his critics right and demonstrating that like the Little Mermaid and so many millions of hooked fish before him, Ryan was really better off in the water.
On his very first episode, Lochte was rushed by protesters, who are now facing jail time.
That's hardly Lochte's fault, but it's the kind of idiocy you invite when you decide to weather the storm of an international scandal by doing competitive cha-cha's on ABC.
Anyway, it turns out Lochte is only slightly better at dancing than he is at lying his way out of tight spots.
On tonight's elimination show, he and Cheryl Burke are on the chopping block along with several other couples who all failed to earn immunity during last night's competition.
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough, Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Allison Holker, or Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber could all be sent packing.
Of course, a bad attitude is often a deal-breaker on DWTS and thus far, two stars have allegedly been caught speaking ill about their show and their experiences in the race for the Mirrored Ball.
Last week, sources claimed that Amber Rose griped that the show is "rigged."
Now, it seems Lochte is echoing her complaint.
According to Radar Online, the Olympian is not happy about facing elimination, and he feels that the judges knew he would never win the competition before he ever set foot on the floor.
“Ryan and Cheryl are pretty sure that they are going to be eliminated tonight," a source tells the website.
“Ryan was actually telling people that he thought the show was rigged and that everyone was out to sabotage him."
The 32-year-old also took issue with last night's unorthodox head-to-head format:
“He also said that it was unfair of them to put him and Cheryl up against James Hinchcliffe and his partner Sharna Burgess, because he said that they are both ‘really strong dancers.'”
The insider adds that Lochte was visibly upset after Hinchcliffe and Burgess emerged victorious:
“After they lost last night, Ryan was not even trying to hide his emotions," the source says.
"He was super upset and Cheryl was trying to console him, but he was not having any of it.”
So could Lochte be facing yet another public humiliation?
Based on these rumors, we'd have to answer that question with a resounding, "Jeah!"
Watch Dancing With the Stars online at TV Fanatic to get caught up in time for tonight's results show.
Dancing with the Stars just got a whole lot better looking.
According to E! News, both Julianne Hough and Derek Hough will make their returns to the ABC competition this fall, ensuring an uptick of drool on living room floors around the nation.
Because both are really attractive, that's our point.
Derek Hough will be the partner of one very lucky contestant on Season 23, while Julianne Hough will once again serve as a judge.
This sadly means she'll have less time this fall to head out on to the water with friends and show fans her naked butt.
We're not being crass. We're just explaining something that happened last week.
ABC does not comment on casting for the show, but E! News insists it has this information from a reliable source.
We'll know for absolute certain on August 30 when Good Morning America comes out with the full cast list for Season 23.
"It's kind of fun," Derek told E! of Dancing with the Stars, adding:
"Broadway's one of my plans, it's in my cards, it's happening, but right now it's leaving me open. Plans change a little bit, so now I have some time to create some fun opportunities, some fun things, including Hairspray."
Indeed, Hough will also be starring in NBC's Hairspray Live! as Corny Collins this year.
With this decision, Hough joins fellow professional movers and shakers Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy, Gleb Savchenko, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess, Lindsay Arnold and Sasha Farber on Season 23.
Derek is a six-time program champion who last conquered all comes with Bindi Irwin as his partner on Season 21.
As for his gorgeous sister?
Julianne is returning for her third season as Dancing with the Stars panelist after sitting out Season 22.
After she left last year, producer Rob Wade made it very clear that she could return at any time.
"Julianne will always be a part of the Dancing with the Stars family and we hope to see her back in the ballroom in the future," he told People Magazine.
As for the sort of famous dancers who Julianne will be judging and Derek either teaming with or trying to take down?
Thus far, Amber Rose, Ryan Lochte, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Terra Jole, Jake T. Austin and JoJo Fletcher have been rumored for the competition.
Simone Biles, who would clearly have won if she entered, said her schedule won't permit her to participate on Season 23.
But it sounds as if she may very well take part on Season 24 this spring, meaning no other star should bother showing up. She's going to win.
Tell us: are you psyched to have both Hough siblings back where they belong?
Fresh off his first place win earlier this week on Dancing With the Stars, Nyle DiMarco is already considering another turn in the spotlight.
It would appear that reality TV really is his bag, as the former America's Next Top Model winner is already contemplating joining The Bachelor.
"I mean, I don't know. Let's see if they reach out to me and see what happens," the star, who is deaf, told Us Weekly.
"We'll see what happens," he added. "I think it's funny because it would be kind of awkward to have an interpreter involved during the whole thing."
Aww, that could be cute to see the contestants try to learn sign language, like that scene in Four Weddings and a Funeral when the cute deaf guy asked the girl to dance and she signed, "That would be mice."
But DiMarco makes a good point:
"[The fantasy suite] would be a triangle," he joked.
Oof. Yeah, that could get awkward.
However, DiMarco is single, and his identification as sexually fluid could really spice things up on the dating show, which has been running for 20 seasons.
The Bachelor franchise has come under fire for lack of diversity in the past.
Earlier this year, ABC addressed the possibility of casting a black bachelor in the role, but no confirmation was made.
Could DiMarco be the first deaf, sexually fluid Bachelor?
Prior to his mirror ball trophy win, the handsome star dedicated his final DWTS performance to the deaf community, particularly hearing impaired children.
"There's about 70 million deaf people in the world and only two percent have access to education and 75 percent of parents don't sign to their deaf kids," he said.
"The show has made me realize how I can impact other lives," he continued. "It's not really about me. It's about the millions of deaf people that live."
I bet there'd be tons of ladies willing to accept a rose from that charmer.
Oh hell, there goes her top.
On last night's episode of Dancing With The Stars, eight teams continued to fight for the mirror ball trophy and avoid double-elimination.
The night's theme was "Icons," where each team performed routines to songs by legendary American artists.
Sharna Burgess and NFL star Antonio Brown danced to The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black," and all was going well until one of the girls tried to sneak out of Burgess' costume.
As judge Len Goodman was listing off Brown's mistakes during the dance, host Tom Bergeron interrupted during the east coast live broadcast to let everyone know that Burgess was in the middle of a wardrobe malfunction.
It was terribly awkward, the way Bergeron handled the situation.
"They said to me, 'Look at Sharna's top,'" Bergeron announced.
Burgess was a great sport, and laughed when Bergeron told her about the nip slip.
"I'm only doing the producer's bidding.
"Pull it up, just a touch, just for the family," Bergeron told Burgess as he blocked her so that she could readjust.
After the girls were back in place, Burgess joked that she deserved a score of 10.
The pro dancer continued to joke about the malfunction on Twitter, tweeting with others and laughing about what had happened.
Hey, you had a nip slip. It happens.
It's like that time on Friends when Rachel Green's boob fell out of her Bloomingdale's chemise during dinner with Joshua and his parents.
"it's alright. I've got nice boobs," Rachel said.
Watch the video below of last night's competition...and the malfunction.
At least Kim Zolciack isn't giving up!
On Monday, the reality star opened up about her disappointing first performance on Dancing With the Stars season 21 premiere. The poor momma of six scored a terrible score of 12, the lowest score of the night.
While trying to fight back tears, the Real Housewives star explained:
"I am really proud of me. I put the time in. To get out there on the dance floor is a lot. It's one thing to film a reality show, be yourself and get paid for it! It's a different thing to walk out on stage, in front of millions of viewers and shake your bum bum."
Well, at least the 37-year-old tried! Not to mention dancing is a little less, uh...scripted than reality TV. Ha!
Responding to rumors that she might quit, Zolciak responded:
"Where can I go from here? Only up!"
Sounds like a good attitude, even if Kim did break down in tears!
Luckily for the Atlanta resident, her daughter, Brielle was there for support. The mom gushed:
"My oldest daughter is here tonight. She is my biggest fan. She started crying when I cried!"
Aw! Better luck next time, Kim!
[Image via ABC.]
When Kim Zolciak was chosen for Dancing With the Stars, most of us were excited. Sure, we love to hate her, but she definitely knows how to go over the top and put on a show.
However, apparently, that isn’t true if it involves dancing…
Kim bombed her “Egyptian Tango” routine on the Season 21 premiere of the hit reality competition show. Now, after her treacherous performance with her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani, Kim might be quitting the show!
Reportedly, the former Real Housewives of Atlanta star had a major meltdown at Delta Airlines after the DWTS performance. TMZ reported that the meltdown started with a boarding pass snafu.
The airline allegedly tried to put half of Kim’s (really large) family and entourage on a different flight. Supposedly, Kim took out her disappointment and frustration with her DWTS sh*t show and flipped out at the Delta employee.
After her meltdown, sources disclosed that Kim might be leaving DWTS. She is bound by a contract, but she doesn’t want to perform again.
We aren’t sure if this is true or not. But Kim did quit The Real Housewives mid-season, so we wouldn’t put it past her.
An insider close to Zolciak stated, “Kim isn’t exactly used to not excelling. She doesn’t know how to handle not being the best at something.”
The source added, “She has already threatened to quit Dancing With The Stars, and has asked her agent if there was any way to get her out of the contract.”
“She was in tears after her embarrassing performance during the premiere – it’ll be a miracle if they get her back up on stage for night two.”
Bindi Irwin currently sits in first place on Dancing with the Stars Season 21.
Granted, this isn't saying much. A very disappointing Dancing with the Stars premiere yielded a top score of 24 points (for Bindi and also for Nick Carter).
But still. Irwin showed up some impressive moves while performing for the first time with Derek Hough.
They did the Jive to, naturally, Elton John's "Crocodile Rock," with Bindi giving her late father a shout-out prior to hitting the floor.
"Mom always says that any time dad would watch me dance around the zoo he would cry,” she said on camera prior to her routine.
“I think the real reason I am doing this is to make him proud and everyone back at home in Australia proud. I think that everyone back home in Australia is going to see a whole new side of Bindi."
Bruno Tonioli went on to refer to Irwin as “the wonder from down under,” while Carrie Ann Inaba gushed: "You are a superstar!"
Check out Bindi Irwin's Jive now!
This is the worst news ever!!!
It turns out that Peta Murgatroyd won't be one of the pros this season after all after injuring her ankle during practice.
The Season 14 winner broke the news to her ABC Reality TV show fans on Monday, saying:
"The past three days have been really tough to say the least... I learned that my ankle injury is at a stage that needs surgery immediately. I'm so sorry but I have to step out of Season 21 of DWTS. This is obviously one of the toughest decisions I've ever made and I seriously struggled with the idea of not being able to dance, but I know my health does come first, and the sooner I get this done, the sooner I can be back in the ballroom for all of you! Six-Eight weeks is nothing in the grand scheme of things and I hope to be back before the season ends, doing group numbers and of course cheering on Andy and my friends in audience.
Plus, this also confirmed that Peta's partner was supposed to be singer Andy Grammer, so now we don't know who he'll be teamed up with.
While Peta is confident she'll be back to dance as soon as possible, we're mostly bummed because Andy would have been her first competent dancing partner since winning with Donald Driver and placing fourth with James Maslow.
get well soon, Peta!
[Image via Peta Murgartoyd/Instagram.]
Each day, more and more names are revealed for the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars.
So far, ABC has stuck to its tried and true casting formula: reality TV stars, aging pop singers, and headline makers.
This year's DWTS twist? A married celebrity couple are competing against each other. And ABC is courting younger viewers by including a Vine superstar.
All we're missing is an Olympian, NFL player, and Bachelor star. Maybe two-time Bachelorette reject Nick Viall will make an appearance?
See which other stars will be putting on their dancing shoes and sequins! Who will U be rooting for?
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The next cast of Dancing with the Stars is less than a month away from being unveiled. When it is, will Scott Disick be among its members?
According to reports, ABC has reached out to Kourtney Kardashian’s former partner to vie for the Mirror Ball in an obvious ratings grab.
Disick, of course, has been spiraling out of control for about a year now, and just had his rear end kicked to the curb by Kardashian.
Insiders say he hopes to repair his tarnished image on Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars - and win back Kourtney in the process!
With both Kim Kardashian and Rob Kardashian having participated on the show, it's not hard to see the producers reaching out to Scott.
Taking a gamble on someone whose behavior is unpredictable would be a huge risk ... but also generate huge buzz for the same reason.
He’s a liability, a loose cannon and a total mess, but we're 21 seasons in, and let's face it, recent casts haven't been all that enthralling.
We don't actually see this happening - too many possible hurdles and issues - but it's not as crazy a rumor as you might think at first.
As for winning Kardashian back ... Kourtney seems happy these days, not like someone who's regretting a breakup. So good luck, Lawd.
Justin Timberlake Gets Alfonso Ribeiro To Do The ‘Carlton Dance’ At A Celebrity Golf Tournament! Watch Here!
Justin Timberlake can start a dance party anywhere!
This week Alfonso Ribeiro shared a nostalgic moment with the TKO singer during the American Century Celebrity Golf Tournament!
During the Lake Tahoe tournament on Friday, the America's Funniest Home Videos host didn't have the best start when he whiffed his drive on the tee box.
JT tried to cheer Ribeiro up by coercing him to perform his iconic "Carlton Dance" from his days on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air!
Not only did the Dancing with The Stars winner perform the arm swinging dance moves, but he got Justin to join!
Check out the mini dance-off (below)!
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[Image via FayesVision/Ivan Nikolov/WENN.]
What A FABULOUS Idea! Val Chmerkovskiy Wants Caitlyn Jenner As His Next Dancing With The Stars Partner!
How amazing would this be?!
In a recent interview, Dancing With the Stars star Val Chmerkovskiy opened up about his dream dancing partner for the next season. While Val once said that Oprah was his ideal choice, it looks like the times have changed!!
According to the dancer, he wants to sashay with none other than the gorgeous Caitlyn Jenner!
"I'll be Cait's partner for sure. I've proven I can win the show, and I would love to have an opportunity to win it with somebody that no one else believes can do it. As long as you have the right energy, I am in it to win it."
So PERFECT. While we're not sure if Caitlyn would be interested, we bet she'd give it 100%! The 65-year-old did win a gold medal, after all!
So, would you like to see Jenner on the show?!
Demi Moore was a huge supporter of her daughter, Rumer Willis, while she competed on the hit competition show Dancing With the Stars.
Since winning the Mirrorball Trophy in a photo finish over Riker Lynch, life has been good for Demi and Bruce Willis' daughter.
Not so much for Demi in the last decade or so.
Sure, the 52-year-old Moore is a household name after she starred in classic 90s films such as Ghost, A Few Good Men, and Striptease.
But she hasn’t had a hit in a long time. This is just a fact. So could Dancing With the Stars be the answer to her comeback???
Maybe! According to Star, Demi Moore might be on Dancing With the Stars!!
Demi reportedly “thinks DWTS will reinvigorate her lagging career.”
The source claims Rumer isn’t super thrilled about it though: “Rumer doesn’t get why her mom, already an A-list star, needs to try to outshine her.”
According to the insider, Demi also wants to pair up with Val Chmerkovskiy, Rumer’s pro-dance partner from the show. That would be interesting.
This wouldn't be the first time Demi and Rumer mirrored each other.
Just two weeks ago, Rumer and Demi were photographed together showing an uncanny resemblance. Like mother like daughter...or vice versa.
Winning the Mirrorball Trophy on Dancing With the Stars left a mark on Rumer Willis.
The eldest daughter of Demi Moore and Bruce Willis got a new tattoo in honor of her win on DWTS.
“Thank you @dr_woo_ssc for this beautiful art. I got this as a reminder that what we are searching for can only be found within yourself…not from your job, how much money you make, who you’re dating, how many followers you have,” she captioned an Instagram photo of the tattoo.
She continued, “The value and love you have for yourself can only come from within and I am so grateful to have had such an incredible experience to help me understand that."
Rumer’s run on the show isn’t quite over. She has signed on for the show’s Dancing With the Stars: Live! Perfect Ten tour. She will be joining the show with her pro-dancing partner, Val Chmerkovskiy.
“Val and I were lucky enough to have incredible fans that supported us throughout the entire show, and they are the reason we won,” she stated.
“I can't wait to meet the fans and perform for them live."
Tuesday marked the final Dancing With the Stars results show of the season, which meant not only a champion crowned, but a long list of guest artists.
Among them? Sia, who stopped by to give another unexpected and powerhouse performance with the help of some of the DWTS cast members.
Before Rumer Willis was crowned the winner, Sia appeared with her face disguised as siblings Derek and Julianne Hough provided the theatrics.
Derek, a staple of the show's professional cast, and Julianne, his sister and former cast member/current judge, combined for quite the spectacle.
The interpretive dance was very "Sia," as the artist crooned in the back of the stage, narrating the on-stage struggles of the Hough mini-mes.
You can watch the emotional and powerful performance above.