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Karina Smirnoff and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have called of their engagement. The Dancing With The Stars couple announced their split today.  Karina’s rep also confirms the split to USMagazine.

Maksim, 29, posted on his Twitter Monday: “What was meant to be a ‘life long book’, turned into a ‘chapter’…….and now that ‘chapter’ is finished…… Se la vie…”  The twitter status has been deleted as of Tuesday.

The professional dancing duo got engaged on New Year’s Eve 2008 — just six months after Karina, 31, split from Mario Lopez. They had planned on getting married in June 2010, but prolonged their engagement in July because of their busy Broadway schedules.

They will both be returning to DWTS when the new season returns to ABC Sept. 21.  Maksim is paired with Entourage star Debi Mazar, and Karina with Aaron Carter.

This split seems rather sudden considering the couple was photographed holding hands a little over a week ago, on August 30th. The photo is below -

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ABC has released the photos of the 16 contestants that will appear on this season’s Dancing With The Stars along their partners. The show, which premiers Monday, September 21 at 8/7c on ABC, will also have a few twists, including a double elimination on Sept. 23. We will definitely be watching.

Photos of the stars and their partners are below-

Dancing With The Stars Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough

Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough

Dancing With The Stars Louie Vito and Chesie Hightower

Louie Vito and Chesie Hightower

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The dancing partners for the 16 celebrity contestants on Dancing With The Stars were announced on Good Morning America on Monday.

The show, which premiers Monday, September 21 at 8/7c on ABC, will also have a few twists, including a double elimination on Sept. 23.

The full list of the celebrities and their partners is below -

Mya, singer, and Dmitri Chaplin
Melissa Joan Hart, actress, and reigning DWTS champ Mark Ballas
Michael Irvin, former Dallas Cowboy, and Anna Demidova
Ashley Hamilton, actor, comedian, singer-songwriter, and Edyta Sliwinska
Aaron Carter, singer, and Karina Smirnoff
Kathy Ireland, former supermodel-turned-businesswoman, and Tony Dovolani
Debi Mazar, actress, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Natalie Coughlin, U.S. Olympic swimmer, and season 1 champ Alec Mazo
Louie Vito, snowboarder, and Chesie Hightower
Chuck Liddell, ultimate fighting champ, and Anna Trebunskaya
Donny Osmond, singer, and Kym Johnson
Tom DeLay, former congressman, and two-time Dancing champ Cheryl Burke
Macy Gray, singer, and Jonathan Roberts
Joanna Krupa, model and actress, and season 7 champ Derek Hough
Mark Dacascos, Iron Chef personality, and Lacey Schwimmer
Kelly Osbourne, reality star, and Louis Van Amstel

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Uma Thurman’s ex boyfriend and New York City hotelier, André Balazs, has found a new love interest. André who dated Uma Thurman on and off for about 4 years was spotted with Real Housewives of NYC’s star, Kelly Bensimon.

Both Kelly and André were seen at the opening of the lounge hot spot wall at W South Beach. The following night, the pair were found cuddling at Andre’s hotel, The Raleigh. Later in the evening, the pair were once again seen holding hands while dancing, laughing and sharing drinks at the VIP lounge.

According to sources, André was worried when he saw Kelly appearing to flirt with former DWTS contestant Gilles Marini. He was however relieved when he found out that she was only conducting an interview for Plum TV.

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Recently engaged Melissa Rycroft says wedding plans are coming along well with the help of her fiancé Tye Strickland.

“Tye is planning more than I am,” the former Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars contestant confessed to PEOPLE Monday night at the Verizon Wireless Matt Leinart Foundation Celebrity Bowl in Hollywood. “At this point, I’m probably the worst bride in the history of brides.”

Melissa and Tye dated on and off for about 2 years before he proposed on June 26. With wedding plans underway, Melissa says she would rather be a bad bride than turn into a bridezilla. “I’m the exact opposite [of a bridezilla],” says Rycroft, 26. “I don’t know if we’ll get married ever by the way that I plan it!”

For Melissa, an important part of the ceremony is getting fit to show off the wedding dress. “I’ve heard the stress alone of planning a wedding helps you get into shape for it, so we’ll see if I need to stress myself out a little bit to lose that extra pound!”

Not sure what Melissa is talking about because she definately looks fit to me.

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According to a new report, Dancing With The Stars judge Len Goodman was diagnosed with cancer back in March. He however kept it a secret until the season ended.

Len who is also the head judge on the British version of the reality show called Strictly Come Dancing, had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor in his prostate gland three weeks ago without telling any of his colleagues.

“I have had the surgery now,” Goodman, 65, said. “Everything is gorgeously good. I will be back in September for sure.”

Goodman says he is feeling better already, and is planning on returning to DWTS this fall.

melissa-rycroft-b_5DWTS alum, Melissa Rycroft has just landed a new job with ABC’s Good Morning America as a special contributor, reports Usmagazine.

Rycroft, a 26-year-old sales representative and former Dallas cowboy’s cheerleader — will appear on the morning show about eight times during the summer, “bringing lighthearted, uplifting and fun stories to GMA,” says a source.

Remember, Rycroft was famously dumped by Jason Mesnick on ABC’s The Bachelor finale this past spring. She danced her way as one of the finalist on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

After the show ended, she told Us she didn’t have any plans.

“I’m not going to pursue anything right now,” she told Us, “but if things come my way I will look into them. Never say never!”

Following her outstanding performance on DWTS, we knew we haven’t seen or heard the last of Melissa.

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Sexy Gilles Marini made it all the way to the Dancing with the Stars finals but lost to Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson. Though he complained about his injured shoulder, he never stopped dancing and this led many people to believe the injury was exaggerated.

“A lot of people thought I was joking. No, no. It was bad. A lot of damage to my shoulder,” says the 33-year-old, who was later diagnosed with tendonitis and recently underwent surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

“I had an outpatient procedure and the surgeon discovered there was a lot more damage than what we originally thought,” Marini told PEOPLE. The surgery was successful and according to the physician he should fully recover in three weeks.

Marini was asked about plans for the summer- He plans on taking his family to France for a couple of weeks before returning to the states to accept some acting roles. He already confirmed he will be playing Rachel Griffith’s love interest on Brothers and Sisters next season.

Even though he lost on the show, he certainly feels like a winner. “My son [Georges] made a trophy for me. It has four lines on it and the first letters of each line are D-W-T-S,” Marini says proudly. “The first line says ‘Daddy, you’re the best.’ The second line is ‘With all my love.’ The third line is ‘Ten-Eleven-Ten,’ because Len [Goodman] joked he wished he could give me an eleven. And the last line is ‘so proud, Georges.’ This is what it’s all about.”

Lastly, Marini says “For me it was never about winning or losing. After I made it to week five – I am not a dancer and I went that far on a dancing show – I felt like a winner in my heart.”

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