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After taking off last season of Dancing With The Stars, professional dancer Karina Smirnoff is now opening up about her current dancing ‘Situation,’ her new boyfriend, and working with her former fiance.

In the interview with Access Hollywood, Karina discusses dancing with Jersey Shore’s The Situation. “He hasn’t hit on me! And I’m taking it as an insult,” Karina joked about the rumors the two would end up hooking up. “Like, what am I? A grenade?”

In Jersey Shore terms, a grenade is an unattractive female. “We’re like brother and sister,” Karina adds, however making it clear the two do have some chemistry. “We laugh, we definitely have some flirtatious kind of mystery.”

Another reason we shouldn’t expect a Karina/Situation hookup? Well, for one Karina has a boyfriend. Karina, who has been dating pro baseball player Brad Penny for months now, says Brad and The Situation have become buddies. “They love each other and they exchanged phone numbers,” she said.

Karina also opens up about having to work with her former fiance Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who is now partnered up with Brandy. Karina and Maksim broke off their engagement exactly a year ago.

“I was a little concerned about that coming into this season and that was one of the main reasons why I wanted last season off,” she told AH. “It’s cool… It’s my job; I love what I do; I love dancing; I love choreographing and I get paid for it so it’s pretty much you know perfect scenario, perfect situation. I wish him all the best.”

Moving on to tonight’s episode of DWTS. What can we expect? According to TMZ, Bristol Palin will be dancing the quickstep to “You Can’t Hurry Love,” Audrina Patridge will be dancing the quickstep as well to “Love Machine,” and The Situation will also be dancing the quickstep to “We No Speak Americano.”

Multiple outlets also reported last week that following the season premiere no show, Sarah Palin will be in attendance tonight.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S EPISODE OF DWTS?

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.

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The 11th season of the hit series Dancing With The Stars is set to premiere tonight on ABC!

So what can we expect during the 2-hour premiere? TMZ is reporting that the most shocking performance will come from teen mom Bristol Palin and her partner Mark Ballas, as the two will dance the Cha Cha Cha to “Mama Told Me (Not to Come).” Bristol will reportedly rip off some “tear-away clothes” during the performance.

It gets even better as TMZ also confirms Bristol’s mom Sarah Palin will be in the audience tonight. Sources tell TMZ security has been heightened at CBS Television City in LA, the place where DWTS is broadcast.

In other DWTS news, Brandy and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy are said to be the ones to beat, while The Situation is at the biggest disadvantage, as his competitors were able to get in two extra weeks of practice, while he was still filming the 3rd season of the Jersey Shore.

DWTS 11 premieres tonight at 8/7c on ABC.

TELL US: WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON TONIGHT’S PREMIERE EPISODE?

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The photos are here! ABC has released the official costume photos of the Dancing With The Stars season 11 cast.

There is however one cast member missing from the photos, as MTV reality star, The Situation, was still filming the 3rd season of the Jersey Shore when the photos were taken.

Above is this season’s Kate Gosselin Bristol Palin with partner Mark Ballas. Oddly enough, Bristol mentioned last week that she planned on wearing the most modest outfits and planned on being the most dressed contestant. Perhaps the above outfit is conservative in Alaska.

Bristol also appeared on the Tonight Show Friday, during which she denied the rumors of being a diva. “Literally, I was thinking about it today: the only thing I’ve ever asked for is a velcro mic pac so I don’t have to wear it on my belt loop,” she said. “That’s the only thing I’ve ever asked for.”

As for how she got on the show, Bristol mentioned she received a text message while working as an office manager at a dermatologist’s office in Alaska, and jumped at the opportunity. “Within the next week, we had signed the contract. Some people are like, ‘Do you really want to be in the spotlight?’ but I’m having fun with it,” said Bristol.

And when it comes to her dancing skills, the 19-year-old admits she is “so uncoordinated and I don’t have any rhythm.” Her partner Mark however reveals Bristol has been making good progress in her dancing.

The favorites to win at the moment? Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy according to Las Vegas odds.

THE OFFICIAL DWTS 11 CAST COSTUME PHOTOS BELOW! -


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Following the Monday night announcement of the dull cast of Dancing With The Stars, ABC is now revealing the professional/celebrity pairings!

The most talked about “star” this season is Jersey Shore break out star The Situation, who will be paired off with pro dancer Karina Smirnoff.

This marks Karina’s return to the show since her last appearance on season 9. Also returning this season is Karina’s ex-fiance Maksim Chmerkovskiy who is paired up with Singer/Actress Brandy.

And while the 11th season doesn’t premiere until Sept. 20, Bristol Palin is already bringing the lols as she tells PEOPLE magazine she will be wearing modest outfits on the show. “I think I will be the most dressed [contestant and have] the most modest outfits for sure because that’s who I am,” said Bristol. Allrighty then.

Below is the full list of the celebrities and their partners.

  • Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower
  • Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
  • Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
  • Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
  • David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnso
  • Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
  • Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
  • Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
  • Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff
  • Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya

TELL US – WHO DO YOU PREDICT WILL BE GOING HOME FIRST?

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Buckle up folks, it seems we have us an all new Jon Gosselin/Kate Gosselin 2.0.

Just a day after E! Online broke the news of Bristol Palin joining the cast of Dancing With The Stars, Bristol’s baby daddy/2x former fiance/Playgirl model Levi Johnston is now adding his own 2 cents to the news.

Levi, 20, appeared on CBS’ “The Early Show” this morning and spoke about Bristol and his mayoral race. Yes, he’s planning to run for mayor in his hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.

See, Bristol, 19, has criticized Levi for being obsessed with fame in the past, even citing that as the reason she ended their second engagement. So upon hearing the news that Bristol will be a contestant on the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars,” Levi stated, “I don’t think I’m any more obsessed with making a career out of this than she is.”

He added, “Obviously she’s doing Dancing with the Stars. I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with any of it. I’m just taking it as it comes.” Bristol has also previously appeared on an episode of ABC’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

Popeater is also reporting today that a source close to Bristol tells them she “is excited and scared and hopes she gets Maksim Chmerkovskiy as her partner.”

In other DWTS related news, more names continue to leak out before the official Monday announcement from ABC. E! News is reporting today that Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson, Singer Michael Bolton, former NBA Player Rick Fox, and Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey have all been added to the cast.

The above stars join the previously confirmed Brandy, The Situation, Audrina Patridge, and David Hasselhoff.

E! also confirms the following stars will not be a part of the upcoming season – Kirstie Alley, Landon Donovan, Troy Aikman, or anyone for the Bachelor(ette) franchise.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE DWTS CAST SO FAR?

Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Erin Andrews

Though they never discussed their romantic relationship in public, numerous media outlets confirmed ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy began dating after being paired up on Dancing With The Stars.

It however seems the couple, pictured above on July 14th at the 2010 ESPY awards show, might be dunzo. A new report by the sports blog TerezOwens.com says the two fan favorites are currently broken up on a break.

According to the site, Erin and Maks “were dating during the show, but felt they would give it a real shot once all the hoopla subsided and the show ended..They gave it a whirl and things were going very well..like most couples they got into fights from time to time..but one fight in particular changed the relationship forever.”

The reported big blowout occurred after the couple attended the ESPY awards together. A source tells the site, “Erin and Maks have decided to take a break for now and see if they can patch things up down the road..The romance did fizzle a little bit after the show ended and the promotional tours stopped..They weren’t forced to spend time together and it became more of a distraction to be fully committed..”

The two reportedly remain close friends but with Erin, 32, being very busy with work (she was promoted at ESPN and is now a contributor for GMA) and Maksim, 30, working more than ever, things have cooled off between the two.

Another telling sign? The pair used to tweet to each other on twitter constantly, but only one twitter exchange since their reported July 14 blow up.

Maks tweeted to Erin on July 26th – “Good luck tomorrow @ErinAndrews……..”

Erin replied the next day – “thx maks.”

The good luck tweet was regarding Erin’s visit to Capital Hill, as she went to speak with lawmakers, wanting tougher laws implemented for stalking.

As we have previously reported, the new cast of DWTS will be announced Aug 30 on ABC’s The Bachelor Pad. Teresa Giudice, The Situation, and Ali Fedotowsky are a few rumored to be joining the show.

UPDATE – Erin confirms in a new interview with Gainesville magazine , done after the ESPY awards, that she isn’t dating anyone.

TELL US – ARE YOU SURPRISED THIS RELATIONSHIP HAS FIZZLED?

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Despite their numerous denials and non-denials, it seems Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are dating after all!

The former Dancing With The Stars dancing partners were first seen sneaking in a kiss weeks ago during a birthday party for professional dancer Derek Hough, and then the NYPost caught the two dirty dancing just lask week in New York City.

The latest is now a FOX News article which confirms the duo are dating but taking things slow.  “Erin is back to work for ESPN, but she and Maks are still finding plenty of time to meet up any chance they get. They really do have a connection and bond. It’s a relationship – their chemistry is perfect,” the source said, saying both are “silly and sexy at the same time.”

The source continues, “Erin isn’t looking to tie Maks down, but they are not ready to call it quits after spending so much time together doing the show. They are super close and are always making plans to see each other.”

So what’s next for the sexy couple? Well the two will be attending the Country Music Awards June 9th in Nashville.  They will be presenting an award together.

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