Dancing With The Stars

With only two weeks left of competition, things continue to heat up on Dancing With The Stars.

For the second week in a row, Jennifer Grey and Brandy tied for first place.  Jennifer however had a slight edge after earning the first perfect score, a 30, of the season for doing her rumba instant dance.  And though there were some complaints about the change in rules last night for the second dances (the couples did not receive their music until about 45 minutes before they had to dance) it seems most of the stars excelled under pressure.

Tying for first place with Jennifer was Brandy, who also received a total score of 57 for her two dances.  Brandy and her partner Maksim first received a 29 for their waltz. “It was like a symphony – it was like a poem,” gushed Bruno Tonioli. The duo then received a score of 28 for their cha cha instant dance to Kate Perry’s “Teenage Dreams.”

At the bottom of the leader board for the second week in a row was Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas. Despite receiving some decent scores for both of her dances, a total of 47 points, Bristol is still at the biggest risk of being voted off on tonight’s results show.

The full scores from last night below –

Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 57 (29, 28)
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough 57 (27, 30)
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 56 (27, 29)
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas 47 (24, 23)
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya 48 (24, 24)

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It seems the second time will be the charm for Dancing With The Stars pro dancer Karina Smirnoff, as PEOPLE magazine is reporting she is once again engaged following the demise of her previous engagement to fellow dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy just a year ago.

Karina, 32, confirms to PEOPLE that baseball player and beau of a year Brad Penny, 32, actually popped the question to her on Oct. 4.

“We kept it quiet because my family is in New York and Brad’s family is in Oklahoma so we kind of wanted them to come out and celebrate and be a family first before we let the cat out of the bag,” said Karina, showing off her 4.5 carat Asscher Cut diamond engagement ring over the weekend.

Though the two have yet to start planning their wedding, Karina could not be happier. “I’m marrying a Southern Gentleman,” she said.

On to tonight’s new episode of Dancing With The Stars, with 5 contestants remaining, the show will be doing something it has never done before.

Maksim revealed last week that all of the stars and their partners will have to rehearse for tonight’s show without knowing what song they will be dancing to. The teams will be given their dance song just 20 minutes before they have to dance live tonight. Should be an interesting show.

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A Picture of Karina’s Engagement Ring Below, Estimated Cost –  $95,000.

So much for those rumors of Bristol Palin getting a spin-off reality show with one of MTV’s Teen Mom stars, as a new report reveals she doesn’t even want them anywhere around her!

According to Popeater, Bristol has informed the producers of Dancing With The Stars that she doesn’t want Maci Bookout, Farrah Abraham and other Teen mom stars in the audience cheering her on. Why? Apparently the “Teen Activist” is trying to move away from the whole I’m famous solely due to my famous mom and getting knocked up as teen image, and trying to become a more legit celebrity.

“Bristol Palin has made it very clear to the show producers that she doesn’t want the teen moms in the audience cheering her on no matter how much it might boost ratings,” an ABC executive tells Popeater.

CLICK HERE TO FIND OUT HOW MUCH MTV PAYS THE TEEN MOM STARS!

The insiders add that even though Bristol has done events with Teen Mom stars Maci and Farrah in the past, she sees DWTS as a way for her to look beyond her past.

“Bristol has hit the restart button on this show,” says the insider. “We no longer think of her as Sarah Palin’s daughter or that young girl who had a baby with Levi as a teen, but rather as a young lady trying hard to win a competition.”

In other Bristol news, the 20-year-old is admitting to Inside Edition that she forgot to vote in the recent mid-term elections. “I did not send in my absentee ballots to Alaska,” Bristol, 20, said. “I’m going to be in trouble. Sorry mom!”

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The ‘Jolly Green Giant’ received the axe on last night’s Dancing With The Stars results show.

Despite receiving his highest score this week for his Quickstep, 41-year-old former NBA player Rick Fox still found himself on the chopping block, making it the second week in a row the lowest scoring star was not eliminated on DWTS.

“It’s been a transformational journey for me,” Rick said following his elimination. “It’s been amazing. My relationship has transformed with my girlfriend, my daughter – it’s the most enjoyable time having her here and sharing this with me.” Rick’s actress girlfriend Eliza Dushku sat in the audience with his daughter.

Rick also had some nice words to say about his partner Cheryl Burke. “What I’ll take out of this competition,” he said, “is a friendship with Cheryl and, hopefully, 15 to 20 new dance moves.”

On next week’s episode of DWTS, the show will be doing something its never done before. Maksim Chmerkovskiy tells E! News, ” They’re going to give us the dance after the show tonight but they won’t give us the music. So we’re going to have to prepare a dance without the music and get the music next Monday [during the show] and…we’ll have 20 minutes to prepare our dance.”

Maksim, who feels that the new change is really unfair, also adds, “I’m not really sure if I think it’ll make for great TV. I just think it’s absolutely unnecessary pressure on celebrities that are already under pressure. “

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RICK GOING HOME? AND THE RULE FOR NEXT WEEK?

Dancing With The Stars celebrated its 200th episode last night, which just happened to fall on November sweeps, by bringing back 50 stars from the previous 10 seasons!

The show however focused more on the remaining 6 contestants, who first had to do a group number.  The first group up was led by Kristi Yamaguchi.  Team Kristi, which included Bristol Palin, Rick Fox and Kyle Massey, earned 24 points.

The second group led by Apolo Anton Ohno included Kurt Warner, Brandy and Jennifer Grey. They fared better, earning 27 points for their hip hop inspired cha cha cha.

Tying for first place this week was Brandy and Jennifer.  Brandy received praises from the judges, especially judge Len Goodman who called her foxtrot the best of the season and gave her a score of 10.  With all the scores added up, Brandy earned an impressive 64 out of 70.  As did Jennifer, who made a great come back this week with her hot tango.

In the bottom spot this week was Bristol and partner Mark Ballas despite putting on a strong performance, and also her best performance of the season according to the judges. Bristol earned a total of 57 points for the night.  The best part of night however came when guest judge Kelly Osbourne tried to compliment Bristol by telling her she did well despite having some big shoes to fill, referencing herself as the big shoes.

The full scores from last night below –

Brandy & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 64 (27, 37)
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough: 64 (27, 37)
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya: 61 (27, 34)
Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke: 61 (24, 37)
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 59 (24, 35)
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 57 (24, 33)

In other news, UsWeekly is reporting today that former Bachelor and DWTS contestant Jake Pavelka attended the show last night with his new girlfriend.  That “lucky” lady is Meghan Jones, described as a wedding planner from Dallas.

Jake tells US  a “great friend” introduced them “less than two months ago,” and that they both have “similar personalities.”  A photo of Jake and Meghan below –

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Days after the shocking elimination of Audrina Patrdige on Dancing With The Stars, some of her dancing competitors are still voicing their surprise over her departure.

In a new interview with Access Hollywood, singer Brandy reveals she doesn’t think Audrina should have been sent home.

“I was very shocked,” said Brandy. “I don’t think she deserved to go home, I think America got it wrong with Audrina.”

Maksim also tweeted the following days ago – “WOW America! You got that one wrong! So sad for @TonyDovolani and @AudrinaPatridge . I know how much Tony loved to work with her! Sorry Bro.”

On tonight’s all new episode of DWTS, the show will be celebrating it’s 200th episode with a two night event. According to a press release, DWTS will be bringing back 50 former contestants, with some of them returning to serve as guest judges. Taylor Swift will also be performing on tomorrow’s results show.

And finally, Life&Style is reporting that the resident DWTS hottie Maksim Chmerkovskiy has gotten himself a new girlfriend! The lucky lady is Joni Kilmurry, a 28-year-old former model turned stylist. According to the mag, the new couple finally stepped out together at a recent event.

This news comes just over a year after Maksim, 30, and his former fiance Karina Smirnoff ended their engagement.  And though Maksim and his former dance partner Erin Andrews deny they ever dated, sources say the two briefly gave things a shot following their season on the show.

Photos of Maksim’s new girlfriend below.

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Move over Dina Lohan! There’s a newer drunker messier celeb mom eager to take your place.

Lynn Patridge, mother to Audrina Patridge, issued an apology yesterday, just a day after going on a drunken rant following the elimination of her daughter on Dancing With The Stars.

Following Audrina’s elimination on Tuesday night, the Patridge family hit up a LA restaurant for dinner, during which things took a shocking turn when, after “three glasses of wine,” Lynn decided to come outside to speak to the paparazzi.

“When one door closes another one opens,” slurred Lynn. “Audrina is going to f—ing rise. She’s got class. You know why? She’s a Polish, Catholic, f—ing full-on Italian. Not only that, she was raised right. And I don’t give a s–t. It’s all American.”

But it only got worse folks as Lynn, who will be starring on Audrina’s upcoming reality show on VH1, then went on a rampage against Audrina’s former Hills co-star Lauren Conrad.

“We’re going to f—ing smoke, especially Lauren Conrad’s pissy a– little fashion s—. That bitch wants to bring it on? Let’s go!” Oddly enough, Lynn acknowledged during her rant that Audrina, 25, would “be so pissed” if she realized Lynn was talking to paparazzi. But that didn’t stop her. “I’ve had it. I’ve been a celebrity mom eight years through this Hills bulls–t, but Audrina’s going to the next level, baby,” she explained. “F—ing Hills girls — Hills tramps! My baby’s a star! She’s the only one that has some class and I don’t give a f— about it.”

Lynn then issued a statement yesterday apologizing for her behavior. That statement is below –

“I am sincerely sorry for the negative things I said in the heat of the moment. As a mother, there is no pain in this world like seeing your children upset. I am so proud of my daughter and all she has accomplished on Dancing with the Stars. I was extremely emotional after her elimination — it just came as such a shock. I want to apologize for offending anyone.”

A video of Lynn’s drunken rant is below –

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON LYNN’S BEHAVIOR AND WORDS?

You just knew it was going to be one of those nights on Dancing With The Stars results show when the bottom two dancers, Kurt Warner and Bristol Palin, were announced safe early on during the episode.

The couple who got the axe? None other than The Hills’ star Audrina Patridge and her partner Tony Dovolani. The elimination is probably the most shocking yet this season as Audrina not only came in second place on Monday night, but she has been consistently good throughout the season.

Following the announcement that Audrina and Jennifer Grey were in the bottom two, judge Len Goodman voiced his disapproval: “That one of these is going home is absolutely ludicrous. It’s nonsense.”

“I’ve had so much fun this entire experience,” said Audrina. “Tony has been such an amazing teacher.” To the judges, she added, “Thank you for all the comments.”

But fret not for Audrina as she told UsWeekly Tuesday night, following her elimination, that her solo reality show has been picked up. “The show with Mark Burnett got picked up by VH1 so the journey continues!” she said. “It’s a reality show about me and my family. Everything that people have wondered about me, they’ll now get to see! And I hope Tony [Dovolani, her DWTS partner] will be on it! I’d love to make some trips to NY to see him because we are such good friends now!”

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