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Kim Kardashian wasn’t in Miami this week just for fun (and to harass Myla Sinanaj) , the reality TV star was workin’ hard (and not just at taking pics for her Twitter followers).

Kim hit the green carpet to host the Midori Beachside Bash at Delano Beach Club.  Kim has been the spokesperson for Midori since January of 2011.  I have to say that this endorsement has alway baffled me. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t blame her for snapping up the cash where she can, but Kim has admitted a number of times that she doesn’t drink.  It’s a little like Vicki Gunvalson giving advice on how to land the perfect man.

What do you think of Kim’s softer look here?   Also at the party was Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff.
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We’re bringing you an all new photo post this 4th of July week!

Above: Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kandi Burruss looks spectacular in silver as she attends the 2012 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Below we have Kyle Richards, Bruce Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, La La Anthony, Rachel Zoe, Khloe Kardashian, Kelly Bensimon, Dana Wilkey, and more!

 

Photo Credit: FayesVision/WENN.com

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Last week we said buh-bye to Jaleel White on Dancing with the Stars, leaving us with just six couples. Last night, the couples danced twice. First, they danced one-on-one and then later, as a threesome.

First up, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd danced a sassy tango that Len absolutely loved. Bruno said he thought he’d have to call a marriage counselor because they were so convincing in their aggression.

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We’re bringing you another new photo roundup this week!

The reality stars hit the red carpet for events like the opening of Scott Disick’s new NYC restaurant, the GLAAD awards, and also to promote their upcoming shows!

Above: Melissa Gorga, Caroline Manzo and Kathy Wakile outside the NBC Studios in NYC as they promoted the new season of The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

Below you’ll find: Kyle Richards, Kendra Wilkinson, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Zolciak, Kris Jenner, Nicole Richie, Holly Madison, Shaunie O’Neal, Tyra Banks, Karina Smirnoff, DJ Pauly D, Bridget Marquart, and more!

 

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Does anyone actually watch the entire hour of the Dancing with the Stars results show?

The elimination would take like 3.5 minutes if they cut out the six musical guests and stopped showing us twelve more times what we already saw the night before. But, I guess that’d be pretty boring and pointless, right?

Tonight we saw musical performances by Train, Selena Gomez & the Scene, and Sheila E.  Then we had a lot of build up to the dance duel, which wound up being Jaleel White and Kym Johnson versus Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff.

The couples squared off over the cha cha.  Jaleel and Kym thankfully changed out of their costumes from last night, but I’m not so sure it was an upgrade in Kym’s case.   She was one hip shake away from a wardrobe malfunction.

After the dance duel (which was chaotic to watch), the judges unanimously decide to save Jaleel and Kym and say goodbye to Gavin and Karina.

Gavin took the news gracefully, saying “It’s amazing just being part of the show.  Knowing Karina Smirnoff, of course, having a great mentor. And getting to reach out and know all these amazing people who are a part of this show.”

We have Motown to look forward to next week!  We have just eight couples left:

Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson
William Levy & Cheryl Burke
Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

TELL US – WERE YOU SURPRISED TO SEE GAVIN AND KARINA GO?  WHO DO YOU PREDICT WILL BE NEXT?

 

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Week five on Dancing with the Stars was Latin Week.  The contestants stepped up their game this week.  Some teams hit it out of the park, while others fall flat.

Jaleel White and Kym Johnson are up first, dancing the samba.  Jaleel’s abs alone deserve some sort of trophy.  Len is overjoyed at their rhythm.  Up next is Melissa Gilbert and Maks doing the salsa.  It’s still not clear exactly how severe Melissa’s injuries were last week.  During their dance, they’re doing several moves that look rough on her head and neck.  Maks hints that the injuries were exaggerated last week.  To me, Melissa seems as awkward as Jack Wagner was on the dance floor.  Bruno tells her to go with it, but reminds her again that she needs to show more control. Carrie Ann gives her credit for her increased confidence from week one.  The judges give them a 21.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough bring the heat again this week with their salsa.  In rehearsal, Maria face plants during a move where she’s coming through Derek’s legs. She freezes there and is upset because she’s expecting that she’s a bloody mess, but there’s nary a scratch on her. After their dance,  Carrie Ann declares that their kiss was too much.  It should be about what you don’t show. And Len isn’t impressed with Derek taking his shirt off.  It felt forced.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas dance a hot Argentine tango.  Len says it had beauty and it was bittersweet.  Bruno loved the choreography.  They award them the highest score of the night so far: a 29.

Karina Smirnoff and Gavin DeGraw pick the samba.  Len dubs it a ‘Shamba’. Ouch.  They’re given the lowest score of the night: 19.  Unless the voters light up the phone lines, I think these two are doomed tomorrow night.

William Levy and Cheryl Burke do the tango and it’s hot and perfect.  Carrie Ann needs a bucket of ice after their dance, calling William the Latin dancing James Bond.   They tie Katherine and Mark’s score of  29.

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus do a sweet samba and the judges praise her stage presence. 

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower knock it out of the park, as do Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd with their Argentine tango. Donald says he analyzes each dance like a football play.  Len praises them for their lifts and Bruno gushes about the sexy build up of their dance.

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The Dancing with the Stars contestants got their rock ‘n roll on tonight.  It was a sea of black satin, big hair, and lame fauxhawks.  And no season of DWTS is ever complete without at least a half a dozen injuries or so.  Oh, and pretend “groupies” gyrating on the judges table.

Brooke Burke really got into the spirit of the night with some huge ’80′s hair that would make Dee Snider jealous.

Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus tried their hardest to dance to a difficult song, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, which the judges gave them credit for attempting, but they weren’t impressed.  Carrie Ann didn’t think it came together well and their posture wasn’t strong enough.  I gave them an extra point for Gladys’ costume!

Cheryl Burke and William Levy received stern words about their goofs, which included a fumble or two that threw off their rhythm and caused them to go on too long. Carrie Ann told them they needed to stay focused.

Chelsea Hightower and Roshon Fegan gave it their all and the judges were thrilled.  Carrie Ann gushed that she thinks Roshon is the best dancer among this season’s men.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough danced an incredible tango to “School’s Out”, despite Maria’s foot injury.  Maria was a trooper and never let us see how much pain she is in, but all Len could muster for her was a “just pretty good”.  Carrie Ann was blown away by their chemistry.  Derek did his best to get a few sympathy votes by carrying Maria upstairs for their score reveal.

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff drew criticism for the form/posture, dancing to ‘Paint it Black’.

The top scorers of the evening, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd kicked up the heat in a paso doble to Jimi Hendrix’s “Purple Haze”.  The judges were blown away, with Carrie Ann Inaba dubbing it “psychedelic, bizarre, sexy, raunchy, hot. One of the most memorable moments.”

Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy disappeared after their performance because Melissa needed to be seen for an injury and it couldn’t wait.  From updates shared this morning, Melissa was suffering from whiplash and a concussion.

I don’t know about you, but this season is just a little ho-hum for me.  It needs a shake up.  Get some Housewives on there.  An entire contestant lineup of just Housewives.

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It was a night of tears and tens on Dancing with the Stars.  The theme of the night was ‘memorable years’ and there were plenty of tear-jerkering stories, paired with some beautiful dancing.

First up was Anna Trebunskaya and Jack WagnerBruno gushed and said they got the party started.  All of the judges were impressed, landing them a respectable 24 points.

Maria Menounos and Derek Hough did the rumba to Material Girl. The judges gushed over it, calling it a little bit of bedroom and ballroom. Maria danced through that broken rib to earn a 27.

Gladys Knight says 1957 was special for her because it was her first tour and she was just 13.  Gladys and Tristan danced their way through the fox trot and earned a 24.  The judges gave her high praise for her flow and her grace.

Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower danced a Michael Jackson tribute to the samba.  Carrie Ann didn’t think it was their best dance since their transitions were a little clumsy. They wound up with a 25 for their efforts.

Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff impress with their sexy dance. Bruno shouts out “GAVIN YOU’VE GOT HIPS!” Carrie Ann declares that she has “Gavin fever”, but only enough to give them a 24.

Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas earned the highest points of the night with their beautiful tribute to Katherine’s father who passed away from lung cancer.  They waltzed their way to a 29.  Carrie Anna was totally choked up and called it “magic”.

Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy dance a theatrical rumba together and earn a 24.  Bruno says “mama can move” and was impressed with the way she held it together.

Next up was Melissa Gilbert, who broke her back in 2010 and wanted to celebrate with a peppy jive.  Melissa and Maks Chmerkovskiy also earned a 24.

Rumba’ing their way to a 25, Jaleel White and Kym Johnson got some criticism for not being fluid enough.

William Levy chose 1995 as his most memorable year because he arrived in the United States after leaving Cuba.  William and partner Cheryl Burke steamed up the dance floor with a sexy salsa.  Len tells him he “conquered the salsa”.

Last up was Donald Driver, who dedicated his dance with Peta Murgatroyd to his friend who died of cancer in 2010.  Their rumba earned a 26.

Who do you think will be sent on their way tonight? Here are the final tallies:

Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas – 29
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson – 25
William Levy & Cheryl Burke – 28
Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus – 24
Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya – 24
Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy – 24
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower – 25
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough – 27
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd – 26
Melissa Gilbert & Maks Chmerkovskiy – 24
Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff – 24

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