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Dancing With The Starsresident hottie Maksim Chmerkovskiy is speaking out about the current season of the show in a new interview with E! Online.

In the interview, Maksim touches on the topic of his ex-girlfriend former dancing partner Erin Andrews. Though Maksim refuses to reveal what exactly went down with Erin, it was reported weeks ago that the two briefly dated before eventually ending their relationship after a short period. Maksim also discusses his current dance partner, Brandy and why he is impressed with Bristol Palin.

Excerpts from Maksim’s interview below -

How happy are you about last night’s show? You came in second with 23 points.
Very happy! I’ve been always telling Brandy that you just have to get the first show out of the way. I think she did an amazing job for the first time, for the nerves, and anxiety and all that stuff. I really enjoyed our dance.

What’s up for you and Brandy next week?
We’re doing the jive. We’re still testing the waters out with Brandy to see what she’s comfortable with, what she’s going to be better at…She’s a very versatile person with so many looks. She can just smile and look adorable and innocent and all that, but she has a hot and sassy side as well.

Were you surprised at how well Bristol did?
Bristol did great! I think Bristol has a lot to prove and she certainly tries her best. She shouldn’t put pressure on herself. If there’s no pressure, there are no expectations and she can just walk out and do her thing. I applaud her bravery for even being on the show.

Will we ever see you and Erin dance again on the show?
I came back to dance with Mel for our 100th show. You never know, maybe they’ll bring us back. I would love to dance with Erin again for sure if she would like to but at the moment right now, this very second, my mind is on what Brandy and I are going to be doing next week.

Why is everyone so obsessed with you and Erin and trying to figure out what was going on between the two of you?
I think we showed partnership beyond just the show. I’ve apologized to our fans because romance or not, they will probably never know because I’m a private person. I put out as much as I can on Twitter, my website, and my YouTube channel, but just to an extent. What Erin and I had is between me and Erin.

It’s official! Fox is finally announcing what we’ve all known for weeks, which is that Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are the newest additions to the American Idol judging panel.

In a live press conference Wednesday afternoon hosted by Ryan Seacrest, the network introduced Steven and Jlo alongside Randy Jackson, the only judge remaining from the previous season, to a cheering audience.

“I’m looking for the next Michael Jackson,” said Jlo, 41. “We’re looking for the best American Idol ever.”

Steven Tyler, 62, also had some words to say.  “[It] feels like the perfect feathered nest,” he said. “It’s being a part of something much bigger than yourself. I want to bring some rock to this roller coaster.”

Jennifer, who is slated to earn $12 million for judging one season of the hit show addressed the Idol hopefuls in attendance at the press conference.  “I love you guys. I am so excited,” she told the crowd. “It is about concentrating in the moment, do the best you can. Just live! Just live, it’s your moment.”

The new season of American Idol will officially kick off in January, 2011.

Following his Tuesday morning arrest for domestic violence, RadarOnline is reporting that Simon Barney was released on bail on Tuesday afternoon.

The 46-year-old estranged husband of Tamra Barney, star of the Real Housewives of Orange County, was arrested at 12:30 am Tuesday morning after she claimed he threw and hit her with a retractable dog leash.

“Apparently Simon went to his ex-wife’s home to return the dog he was watching,” Orange County Sheriff’s spokesman Jim Amormino tells PEOPLE. “According to the victim, he threw a retractable dog leash at her, she lifted her arm in a defensive move, and it struck her wrist.”

Radar is also reporting this morning that Tamra is planning to get a restraining order against Simon.

According to Radar, Tamra showed up to the courthouse Tuesday afternoon, alongside boyfriend Eddie Judge and Bravo cameras, to inquire about filing a restraining order against Simon.

When asked to give a comment regarding the domestic dispute, Tamra said “I can’t talk about it right now, maybe later.”  Tamra however nodded yes when asked is she planned of filing a restraining order.

In addition to Tamra’s court appearance, a “source” tells RadarOnline she plans of filing the restraining order sometime this week.  Judging by the fact that Bravo cameras followed Tamra to the courthouse, it’s safe to assume we will be watching this drama unfold on the 6th season of the Real Housewives of OC.

According to a new report, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo is not happy that her deposition video has leaked online.

Just days after TMZ posted the video, which shows Caroline admitting she gave Bravo an ultimatum that she would not return to the show if Danielle Staub did, Zap2It is reporting today that Caroline is fighting to get the video taken off the net.  Wonder why?

Zap2It reports that sources close to Caroline tell them she’s working with Bravo to try and get the video pulled, though she’s uncertain TMZ will cooperate.

As for the reason Caroline wants the video off the web, a source says it’s not because she doesn’t stand by what she said or that she’s scared of Danielle, but rather because she wants the “Danielle Drama” over with and completely out of her life.

In other NJ news, days after Life&Style broke the story of Danielle Staub’s Range Rover getting repossessed, a rep for the fired Bravo housewife is now denying the story to HollywoodLife, claiming the story is “untrue.”

“As for false statement out there saying her truck was repossessed this weekend … the lease was up and she turned it in … plain and simple,” claims Danielle’s rep.  Riiiight.

TELL US – DO YOU THINK THE VIDEO SHOULD BE TAKEN DOWN? DO YOU BELIEVE DANIELLE’S STORY?

The first results show of the new season of Dancing With The Stars aired last night with David Hasselhoff ending up as the show’s first casualty.

The elimination came down to David, who earned 15 points for his stiff Cha Cha Cha, and Disney star Kyle Massey, who received an impressive 23 points for his first dance.

David’s elimination was a bit shocking considering he was one of the more popular “stars” on the show, but not so shocking when you take into consideration the fact that his many fans in Germany were unable to vote for him.

David however took his elimination in stride.  “It’s been a great ride,” he said following his elimination announcement. “I feel bad for Kym because she worked so hard to try and get me where I was going. I’m just so proud that my daughters are here and got to see me go this far. So, it’s great.”

TELL US: ARE YOU SHOCKED AT THE HOFF’S ELIMINATION?

The 11th season of Dancing With The Stars premiered last night on ABC. While the general consensus amongst critics seems to be that this cast is not as good as last season’s, E! Online is reporting today that with over 21 million viewers tuning in last night, the ratings are up 3.5 million viewers from last fall’s premiere.

Last night brought us some great surprises, Kyle Massey anyone? While some other stars failed to sizzle on the dance floor. Three of the stars tied for last place with a score of 15. Those stars are The Situation, Margaret Cho, and David Hasselhoff. In the case of The Situation, he had a bit of an excuse as he only had 6 days to practice before the premiere, compared to the 3 weeks his competitors had.

The belles of the ball last night would have to be Brandy and Jennifer Grey. Brandy received praises from the judges for her graceful Viennese Waltz to go along with her score of 23. Jennifer Grey also danced the waltz following her emotional practice session with partner Derek Hough. Jennifer scored the highest point of the night, receiving a 24. Trying for second place alongside Brandy was Kyle Massey, who shocked the audience with his great Cha Cha Cha performance.

Despite the comparisons to Kate Gosselin, Bristol Palin gave a solid performance, receiving a score of 16. The most talked about event of the night however came in the form of an absence from the show. Despite numerous reports from multiple media outlets confirming that Sarah Palin would be at the show last night, the former Governor of Alaska ended up being a no show. According to the Today Show, Sarah had a last minute change of heart and decided she did not want to steal the spotlight away from daughter Bristol. Sarah will reportedly attend next week’s show.

Unlike last season, one of the dancing couples will be eliminated during the first week of competition. The results show airs tonight on ABC at 9/8c.

TELL US – WHO DO YOU THINK DESERVES TO GO HOME TONIGHT?

Is The Bachelor franchise ready to do something it has never done before?

According to Star magazine, that answer is yes! Star is reporting that Brad Womack, who starred on 11th season of the Bachelor in 2007, has been chosen to once again star on the upcoming season. Brad is infamous for not picking anyone during his season, dumping his final two women, Deanna Pappas and Jenni Croft.

“All signs are pointing to Brad being the next Bachelor,” Bachelor insider Steve Carbone tells Star. “And it’s not that far fetched because apparently they asked him last year before asking Jake Pavelka.”

This comes as a huge surprise as ABC had been privately and publicly courting Chris Lambton to be the next Bachelor, but as reported back in August, Chris refused ABC’s offer citing that he wanted to step away from the spotlight and return to his “normal life.”

Star magazine adds that ABC will be making the announcement any day now. PEOPLE magazine is also reporting that the next season of the Bachelor is scheduled to begin filming next month.

RadarOnline is reporting today that Simon Barney was arrested for domestic violence early Tuesday morning. The victim? His estranged wife Tamra Barney.

According to Radar, the Real Housewives of Orange County star was arrested by the Orange County, California Sheriff’s department at 12:30 am and taken into custody on $10,000 bail.

As for what led to the violent altercation, Radar reveals the argument had to do with Tamra planning a birthday party for one of their kids at her house. Despite inviting Simon to the party, he apparently felt she should have chosen a more neutral location.

The altercation took place Monday night as Simon was returning their small dog back to Tamra’s house (the two share custody of the dog). A source tells Radar that Simon “was angry and threw the leash at her and hit her with it.” The source adds that “their kids were in the house and started crying. It was a bad scene.”

Tamra, who has been dating Eddie Judge for months now, felt that Simon went too far. “The leash hit Tamra. She wasn’t sure what to do,” says the source. “But she knew she couldn’t tolerate the violence. She called the cops.”

Simon is scheduled to be arraigned today. He is expected to enter a plea to the charge. TMZ is also reporting that Simon is still in police custody. His mugshot is below. The sixth season of the Real Housewives of OC is currently filming, though Simon will no longer be a part of the show.

TELL US – ARE YOU SHOCKED BY THIS NEWS OF SIMON’S ARREST?

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