Dancing With The Stars

Could Dancing With The Stars pro Derek Hough be gearing up for yet another win this year?

It’s a definite possibility with his celeb partner Ricki Lake! Just two weeks into the new season, Ricki, who has lost over 12 inches from her waist since rehearsals started, led the leader-board with the high score of 23! Ricki received praises from the judges for her energetic jive. Carrie Ann Inaba called it the best dance of the night while Len Goodman called it “an improvement from last week.”

Tying for second place were J.R. Martinez and Kristin Cavallari, each with a score of 22! JR’s score for his high energy jive ties his score from last week. The Hills’ alum Kristin shined with her quickstep despite receiving some criticism from Len. “It was not as good as you look,” he told Kristin.

Also showing improvement this week was Rob Kardashian! Following his jive performance, Carrie Ann called him the best dancer!… in the Kardashian family. “It’s official: Rob Kardashian is a better dancer than Kim Kardashian,” said Carrie Ann. “No offense to Kim, [but] you have the dancing gene, honey.”

Despite suffering a nip slip/wardrobe malfunction, Nancy Grace showed vast improvement in her dancing! After landing in the bottom two last week, the 51-year-old news anchor came back strong, earning a score of 21 for her quickstep.

Chaz Bono didn’t fare so well as he ended up in the bottom of the pack after receiving praises from the judges last week. With a score of 17 points for a quickstep routine that judges deemed too slow, Chaz finds himself in last place. “I’ve moved faster through the car wash,” said Len.

Below are the full scores from last night –

Ricky Lake & Derek Hough: 23
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 22
Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas: 22
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21
Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 21
Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 19
Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 18
David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 18
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 17

A second celebrity will be eliminated from the results show tonight.


News anchor Nancy Grace is experiencing one of the great benefits of appearing on Dancing With The Stars, which the unavoidable weight loss!

Nancy, 51, reveals she has already shed over 10 pounds in just a few weeks of dancing! “I’ve inadvertently lost 10 lbs. on the I’m-too-tired-to-eat diet,” Nancy told PEOPLE on Friday. “By the time I get the children [3-year-old twins Lucy and John David] ready for school, then practice and then come home, I’m like exhausted.”

Unlike some other controversial figures who have danced before her and shall remain nameless, coughs – Kate Gosselin, Nancy surprisingly reveals she is enjoying her time on the show despite the grueling schedule. “If you would have told me five to seven hours of dance practice was fun, I would have never believed you,” she said, “but it is.”

Nancy, who is partnered with DWTS newbie Tristan MacManus, however admits she sometimes gets nervous and we’re guessing finding herself in the bottom two on Tuesday night did not help matters. “My nerves are much, much worse,” she said. “I’m a fish out of water on the dance floor. It’s a lot more nerve wracking than trying a murder case.”

In other news, the first DWTS dating rumors have finally emerged! In what we have come to expect every season, Star magazine is reporting that things are beginning to get hot and heavy between dancing partners Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas. Kristin was dumped by her NFL fiance Jay Cutler back in July, while Mark and American Idol alum Pia Toscano ended their 5-month relationship just two weeks ago.

Star reports the two share an “obvious attraction” that recently had “tongues wagging” during a recent outing. “She was sitting on his lap, and he nuzzled her neck,” an eyewitness tells the mag. “They were having dinner with Derek Hough but didn’t pay him any attention because they were too wrapped up in each other.”

And in usual DWTS fashion, Kristin and Mark issued a non-denial denial! Aka even though they might not really be dating, they would prefer fans to think they are so they can keep voting for them!

PEOPLE magazine caught up with the dancing couple to ask about the dating rumors. “That s––t’s already started,” Mark, 25, so eloquently stated. “She is a sweetheart. We have a lot of fun. We laugh a lot. We’re getting along great.”

Kristin also chimed in with her non-denial. “I kind of expect [the dating rumors], to be honest,” she says. “But that’s what happens when you put two people together.”

As for what led to the Mark and Pia break-up, the two officially stated they were simply too busy to keep seeing each other, though sources close to Mark reveal Pia became too clingy and jealous of his relationship with Kristin. Sources close to Pia however deny that stating Mark wanted to end things to make way for his showmance with Kristin.

A new episode of DWTS airs tonight on ABC at 8/7c.

One thing I can say about the Kardashian siblings is they definitely stick together! Sometimes to a fault…

In the latest controversy to plague America’s least favorite fame-crazed family, the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stars took to Twitter to trash brother Rob Kardashian‘s Dancing With The Stars competition, Elisabetta Canalis! Keep it Klassy!

After Rob and his partner Cheryl Burke were placed in the bottom three Tuesday night, an outraged Kourtney Tweeted: “There is NO way Rob Kardashian was trending worldwide last night and in the bottom 3. Impossible!” Kourtney, then demanded to know: “HOW IS ELISABETTA SAFE?!??! HOW?! Seriously!!!” And sister Khloe chimed in with “Agreed! So odd!”

Apparently Kourtney and Khloe believed Elisabetta should be in the bottom three instead of their younger brother, Rob, you know, because Rob’s 16 points score was much better from Elisabetta’s 15. Perhaps there is some merit to the rumors that Rob has been slacking off something major during dance practice!

When a fan Tweeted Khloe: “Rob did much better then Elisabetta Canalis, just my opinion…Shouldnt b in the bottom 3,” Khloe responded with: “Shows are rigged all the time.” Um… you mean reality TV isn’t 100% true all of the time; they never “manufacture” drama?!

Kim also got in on the action, Tweeting: “This just can’t be! Rob in the bottom 3! This is impossible! He did soooo good!!!!”

The Kardashians implored their fans (and surprisingly they have many) to vote for Rob and after it was announced that he was safe, Khloe suddenly started singing a different tune, Tweeting: “Honestly I didn’t think anyone of those people should have been in the bottom 3 🙁 sucks…..” Hopefully Rob will redeem himself next week so we are spared another bout of the Kardashian Mafia.

Sadly, for Elisabetta none of the Kardashians issued her an apology after they snarked on her dancing! Good thing as the HollywoodLife blog is reporting today that Elisabetta could care less about the harsh comments by the Kardashians!

“Elisabetta couldn’t care less about what the Kardashian sisters said about her. She is refusing to go down to their level. She is taking the show as a fun experience to build off of and get more opportunities in her career. She wants to have fun, not scandal and cattiness,” said a source.

The insider also goes on to diss Rob: “Rob is a bit of a diva, and he should know that he is on the show only because of his sisters, the producers are really only interested in having them in the audience for the potential ratings they bring to the show.” Ouch!

In other Dancing With The Stars news the list of Bravo reality stars desperate to dance is growing as Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s NeNe Leakes revealed she is itching to strap on her dancing shoes!

In a recent interview with Access Hollywood, NeNe commented: “I think would be good on ‘Dancing with The Stars.’ If nothing else I would be entertaining. They wouldn’t take their eyes off me, girl!” She then jumped up and gave hostess Kit Hoover a demonstration of her dancing skills – which left much to be desired! One would think NeNe’s past as an exotic dancer would have given her a few more moves!

Are you shocked that Kourtney and Khloe would call out Elisabetta’s dancing on Twitter? Do you think they owe Elisabetta an apology for their comments? Would you watch NeNe on DWTS?

Peta Murgatroyd

Following Monday night’s premiere of Dancing With The Stars season 13, four celebs found themselves at risk of being eliminated, after all earning 16 points or less.

Fortunately for Rob Kardashian and Elisabetta Canalis, they were declared safe during the results show leaving NBA player Ron Artest and news anchor Nancy Grace in the bottom two.

Ultimately fans of the show didn’t give Metta World Peace a chance as Ron became the first star to be eliminated this season. Ron and his partner/newbie Peta Murgatroyd received the lowest scores on Monday, earning a mere 14 points out of a possible 30.

Ron, 31, however took his elimination in stride. “All I want to know is who’s coming with me?” he joyfully stated after his dismissal.

He then went on to thank his partner. “Peta was great! She was awesome,” said Ron. “I want to say thank you to ABC, Dancing With the Stars and Peta. I had a great time!”

The 11 remaining celebs have less than a week to learn their new dances for Monday, Sept. 26.


The widely anticipated 13th season of Dancing With The Stars premiered last night, and it did not disappoint!

There were some surprises and a few let downs when it came to this new group of 12 celebrities. We’ll start off with the show’s most controversial contestant ever Chaz Bono, who has been receiving some backlash due to the fact that he is transgendered.

So how did Chaz, 42, measure up? Not too shabby. Chaz alongside his partner Lacey Schwimmer, gave a pretty memorable first performance which garnered him 17 points for his cheeky and fun cha cha. “Chazzy Boy, you can dance!” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. Bruno Tonioli added, “So cuddly and cute. Great, great debut, Chaz. You should be proud.”

The best performers of the night were Chynna Phillips, and war veteran turned soap star J.R. Martinez. Chynna sizzled with her graceful waltz, earning her the highest score of the night – 22 points. “You looked like you stepped out of a dream and into my heart,” said Bruno. J.R. tied with Chynna for the high score with his impressive Viennese waltz.

In the middle of the pack were reality stars Kristin Cavallari and Rob Kardashian. Kristin fared a bit better than Rob, receiving a decent score of 19 points for her feisty cha-cha with partner Mark Ballas. Kristin definitely showed some promise with her fiery stage presence! With his famous sisters in the audience cheering him on, Rob failed to impress as he received a score of 16 for his waltz with Cheryl Burke. “I’m not impressed, but I’m not depressed,” said judge Len Goodman.

This season’s Kate Gosselin Nancy Grace also had a so-so debut as the 51-year-old news anchor received 16 points for her sassy cha-cha with newcomer Tristan MacManus. “You got the moves, but you don’t seem to believe in yourself,” said Len.

Below are the full scores from last night –

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani – 22
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – 22
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – 21
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough – 20
Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas – 19
David Arquette & Kym Johnson – 18
Carson Kressly & Anna Trebunskaya – 17
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer – 17
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus – 16
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke – 16
Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy – 15
Ron Artest & Petra Murgatroyd – 14

The show returns tonight at 8/c with the first results show of the season, during which one “star” will be voted off.


Ready or not, an all new season of Dancing With The Stars premieres tonight on ABC!

Season 13 of the hit show will feature 12 “celebrities” including Rob Kardashian, Ricki Lake, David Arquette, Nancy Grace, Kristin Cavallari, Carson Kressley and many others!

The new season has however not been without controversy as immediately following ABC’s reveal of the cast back in August, some fans of the show were outraged over the casting of Chaz Bono aka the first transgendered contestant in the show’s history. In fact Chaz’s uber famous mother Cher had to publicly defend him.

Chaz, 42, is now speaking out today on the backlash he received from some. “I feel like if people who are on the fence just watch the show, I think they’re going to feel comfortable with me pretty soon,” said Chaz to the AP. “I’m a really kind of regular guy. I think I’m a pretty nice guy. My heart is in the right place and I think if people just watch, they’ll see that.”

Chaz goes on to add that he’s more worried about his dancing skills today than any backlash. “It’s completely different because I’ve never done this before,” he said. “I can sit down and talk to Oprah about myself or subjects that I’m really comfortable with and that I really know and have information to put across, but I’m not a dancer. All I know about dancing is what I’ve learned in less than (three) weeks!”

And while we won’t know for certain the dancing capabilities of this new group of contestants until tonight, odd makers have already started making bets as to who will win the mirror ball trophy this season.

The favorite to win it all? None other than US soccer player Hope Solo, who is partnered with hotness Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Other contestants expected to fare well this season include Elisabetta Canalis, Kristin Cavallari, and Carson Kressley.

Dancing With The Stars season 13 debuts tonight on ABC at 8/7c.


The official cast photos of Dancing With The Stars season 13 have now been released!

Above is the first glimpse of Chaz Bono, the first transgendered contestant on the show, in his dancing costume alongside partner Lacey Schwimmer. As we reported, the casting of Chaz, 42, has proven to be a rather controversial one for ABC with some fans voicing their disapproval.

Below are more photos of the remaining “stars” which includes David Arquette, Nancy Grace, Kristin Cavallari, Carson Kressley and their dancing partners!

In other DWTS news, TMZ is reporting today that Rob Kardashian has been slacking off when it comes to practicing his dance moves. Rob’s partner Cheryl Burke is reportedly “fed up” with him as he refuses to practice for more than 2 hours with her. Other contestants are putting in over 5 hours a day.

Cheryl now feels this shows Rob’s lack of interest in doing the show. And while he’s busy not practicing, Rob is reportedly bragging to his older sister Kimmie Kardashian that he will top her DWTS performance by making it past week 3. Good luck with that one Robbie!

Dancing With The Stars returns to ABC on Sep. 19 at 8/7c.


Days after ABC announced Chaz Bono as a contestant on this season of Dancing With The Stars, he continues to be on the receiving end of some major backlash by some fans of the show.

It appears ABC’s decision to put Chaz, the first transgendered conestant in the show’s history, on the show is drawing attacks from some people on the ABC message boards. An example of one of the comments posted includes: “This show has completely lost a viewer(s). I am DISGUSTED that you would have Chaz Bono on there. He/she can live however he/she would like to live, but do we need to flaunt it for ratings? Really? I hope your ratings sink as low as you have sunk in having Chaz on there.”

Chaz’s uber famous mom Cher is now speaking out to defend her son. “Chaz is Being Viciously Attacked on Blogs & Message boards about being on DWTS! This is Still America right? It took guts 2 do it,” Cher tweeted about Chaz, who legally changed his gender and name last year. “I support him no matter what he chooses 2do! God! will there always be haters! It took COURAGE 2 do dwts! TG Chaz has an Unlimited supply,” added Cher who also referred to the critics as “Bigots.”

Chaz, 42, showed his appreciation to his mom when he tweeted, “Thanks for all your support mom. The haters are just motivating me to work harder and stay on DWTS as long as I possibly can.”

Also coming to Chaz’s defense is his DWTS pro partner Lacey Schwimmer. “It’s disappointing,” said Lacey to The Insider of the negative reactions to Chaz and the cruel jokes made at his expense on late night TV. “No human is perfect, so why are they pointing out what they perceive to be an imperfection in someone else? It’s not cool. We’re all taught to not bully, or harass, and treat everyone as equals yet all these people are doing exactly the opposite,” added Lacey.

In a separate interview, Lacey makes it clear that Chaz is all man. “The fact of the matter is, he’s a full man, in every shape or form,” she said of her partner. “Everybody should just get over it and accept him and accept him as a human being … he’s so brave and its really good to be a part of it with him!”

In other DWTS news, the Huffington Post is reporting the show wants absolutely nothing to do with Bravo housewives! If you recall, Teresa Giudice has spent the last year trying to get on the show to no avail.

“They have no interest in having any of the ladies on the show,” reveals a DWTS insider. “Season after season the housewives pitch themselves to grace the dance floor and season after season the show says thanks but no thanks.” In fact a spokesperson for Bravo confirms none of the housewives have ever been asked by ABC to do the show including the very popular Bethenny Frankel.

“They never made Bethenny an offer,” a friend of Bethenny’s reveals. “She went to the show with a friend of [host] Tom Bergeron’s who was kind enough to get his pal-plus-one two front row seats next to the head of ABC. But even that couldn’t get her on the show.” But Rob Kardashian is a-okay?

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