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After weeks of speculation, the ABC network finally unveiled the new cast of Dancing With The Stars last night.

The big reveal, done press conference style, was however a tad uneventful as the names of 11 of the 12 cast members had already leaked thanks to multiple media outlets. The only star who’s name was not leaked? Turned out to be Disney actor Kyle Massey. Kyle starred on Disney’s hit show That’s So Raven, which might or might not be one of the best shows in Disney’s history.

And despite the rumors she started herself on twitter, Teresa Giudice is not a part of the cast. No Bravo reality star is a part of the cast, though we still think throwing a housewife into the mix would have been genius.

So the official DWTS 11 cast includes Brandy; Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey; Comedian Margaret Cho; The Hills alum Audrina Patridge; Florence Henderson; Bristol Palin, Michael Bolton; Jersey Shore‘s Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino; David Hasselhoff; NBA champion Rick Fox; NFL quarterback Kurt Warner; & Disney star Kyle Massey.

ABC will officially reveal the professional partners of the stars tomorrow. It is rumored that Karina Smirnoff will be partnered up with The Situation, while Florence Henderson will be partnered with Corky Ballas.

Bristol Palin appeared on GMA today with her partner Mark Ballas (let the romance rumors begin!) “I just wanted to do it because it’s so fun,” she told UsWeekly at a DWTS press conference Monday night. “It’s positive and it’s a good competition. I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and have a good time.”

As for her famous mom Sarah Palin, Bristol reveals she is very supportive. “She’s always been my No. 1 fan,” said Bristol, 19. “Of course, she’ll be down here [cheering me on].”

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE NEW CAST OF DWTS? BETTER THAN LAST SEASON?

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It put up or shut up time on Dancing With The Stars with the semifinals airing last night. And while all the dancing couples excelled, two dominated and tied for a score of 59.

Professional Celebrity dancers Nicole Scherzinger and Evan Lysacek are still the lead favorites after their flawless performances from last night. Nicole and partner Derek earned a 30 score for their “divine” Argentine tango, and a score of 29 for their cha-cha dance. “You’ve got to be there,” Len said, in reference to next week’s finale.

Evan and his partner Anna Trebunskaya also earned a 30 score for their paso doble and a 29 for their fox-trot. Len said he loved seeing Evan’s “happy-go-lucky, fun side.”

In third place was Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The still rumored to be dating couple scored a 27 for their fluent Viennese waltz dance, though Bruno mistakenly gave them a “premature paddle” score of 10 instead of the 9 he intended. A 29 score for their paso doble dance gave them a total of 56 points. In last place was NFL player Chad Ochocinco with a score of 52. Overall all the couples performed well.

The full scores for last night below:

Evan & Anna: 59
Nicole & Derek: 59
Erin & Maks: 56
Chad & Cheryl: 52

In other DWTS news, pro dancer Derek Hough celebrated his 25th birthday last night at the H Lounge club in Los Angeles. In attendance were all of his DWTS cast as well as former Bachelor star Jake Pavelka and his fiance Vienna Girardi.

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Bachelor alum Jake Pavelka found himself the latest ‘star’ to be booted from Dancing With The Stars.

The 32 year-old Texan tried to choke back his tears as he gave his farewell speech.  “I can’t put into words how much I’ve enjoyed this,” he said through tears. “I didn’t imagine how hard it would be to say goodbye.”

“I was so honored to be here. I enjoyed every second of this,” continued Jake. “Thank you for keeping me here for six episodes. I can’t even put it into words how much I enjoyed this.”  And despite the reports of a rift between Jake and his partner, Chelsie Hightower, he thanked her last night and called her “one of my best friends,” in what he believed to be “the best season of Dancing With the Stars I’ve ever seen.”

It however seems the best part of the show came once the cameras were turned off. According to UsWeekly, Jake and his fiance Vienna Girardi, who was shown last night looking rather sad at her man’s elimination, reportedly really took things to heart.

The two reportedly looked absolutely miserable, depressed and inconsolable as they hugged and chatted when the cameras went off. Deena Katz, the head producer/casting director of the show, had to walk over to comfort Jake. Jake then took to his twitter after the show and posted the following, “Well guys, I did everything I could, layed it all out there on the dance floor. I’m pretty bumbed… :(

And despite calling his partner Chelsie his best friend last night, the two immediately parted ways after cameras stopped rolling.  Chelsie however reportedly got a “long” hug and “sweet kiss on the cheek” from her new beau Mark Ballas.

In other DWTS news, Kate Gosselin’s departure didn’t put a damper on the ratings as expected. Monday’s night’s show still averaged over 20 million viewers, meaning Kate’s reported impact in the ratings boost this season was well overestimated.

Six couples remain on the show with just four weeks of dancing left.  The season finale is set to air May 25th.

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Shannen Doherty found herself the first casualty of a shocking Dancing With The Stars results show that had her and fellow actress Pamela Anderson in the bottom two.

Shannen, who had good scores and delivered a strong jive performance Monday night, however took the loss in stride saying she she was not as shocked as her fellow contestants. “I’m not a dancer,” she told PEOPLE. “Mark [Ballas] is surprised, but I’m not.”

“I did what I set out to do,” said Shannen who decided to do the show for her father, after he suffered a stroke in December. “I made my dad proud, that’s all that really matters.” Perhaps Shannen’s time on the show just wasn’t meant to be as it was also reported last night that her partner, Mark’s knee injury, was more serious that originally thought. Mark would have missed 6 weeks of dancing had Shannen remained in the competition.

Saved last night was reality star Kate Gosselin, who many had predicted would be the first to go, considering she had the second lowest scores in the competition.

Kate however spent the entire night very nervous as she was one of the last to be announced safe from elimination. “I don’t think I breathed for 10 minutes, and I don’t think that’s humanely possible,” Kate, 35, told Entertainment Tonight after the show. “I also thought I was going to throw up at the end. My gosh, that is just pure torture, is it not?”

TELL US – DID SHANNEN DESERVE TO GO HOME? IF NOT, WHO SHOULD HAVE WENT HOME?

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Kate Gosselin is going to have to work a little bit harder to fight off those pesky diva rumors that continue to plague her.

Insiders from Dancing With The Stars had accused Kate of acting like a diva by refusing to interact with the other dancers and stars on the show. The Jon & Kate Plus 8 mom appeared on The View this week and denied that claim.

Dancer Mark Ballas, who is the partner of Shannen Doherty, is however singing a different tune. “I’m not the type of person to judge…” said Mark to UsWeekly “And I’m not going to be like ‘I don’t like [Kate]…”

“But, I mean, she’s pretty, you know, standoffish, which is kind of weird.” Mark continued, “I don’t really know her, but when I met her she wasn’t kind of like, ‘hello’ or anything. I say ‘hey,’ and she was like ‘oh hey.’ I was like, ‘Okay!’”

Mark added, “She has a great partner, Tony [Dovolani] who is a dear friend of mine, so I’m sure he will whip her into shape. Whatever you can get out of that!”

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ABC has now revealed the celebrity and professional pairs of this season’s Dancing With The Stars.  The 10th season of the hit dancing show is set to premier March 22nd.

As we previously reported, reality star Kate Gosselin has been paired with Tony Dovolani. From the photos above, The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka is practicing with his partner Chelsie Hightower, and PussyCat Dolls lead singer Nicole Scherzinger is dancing with her partner Derek Hough.

The Full Pairing List is Below –

• Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa
Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood
• ESPN’s Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
90210 star Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas
• TV mom Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani
• NFL star Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke
• Olympic gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya
All My Children star Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska
• Singer Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough
Reno 911 star Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel
The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower

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The latest scandal to rear its ugly head from The Bachelor is that one of the young women looking for love with the new “Bachelor” Jake Pavelka was fooling around with a staff member from the show, according to reports. The incident became public when ABC aired a brief promo about the contestant. “She’s been having a sexual affair with somebody else in the Bachelor House,” one of the other women is heard saying on the clip, which has now been removed from the ABC website.

According to the NYpost, fansofrealityTV.com also revealed several weeks earlier that a male member of the show’s production crew and one of the contestants were romantically involved while “The Bachelor” was shooting in the fall. In addition, the website claims to have some inside information regarding the affair.

Officials from the show have refused to comment but this is somewhat interesting since reality shows prohibit cast and crew members from fraternizing off camera. Mark Burnett, producer of several hit reality shows including “Survivor” claims that his crew members are warned that merely talking to a contestant is grounds for immediate termination.

“The Bachelor” has been lucky with ratings – impromptu happenings like when Jason Mesnick changed his mind a month after initially proposing to Melissa Rycroft have proved to be a ratings boost for the show. In the Reunion show, he announced he was really in love with the runner up Molly and dumped Melissa on national TV.

The episode where the alleged scandal takes place will air in late January, according to reports. However, no one seems to know which bachelorette was caught fooling around this season and the fate of the crew member. The bachelorette will however be one of the 15 that remained on after the first night of eliminations.

The new season of the Bachelor premiers January 4th on ABC.

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The nine remaining contestants on Dancing with the Stars are prepared to face a tough week, as they will be hitting the ballroom floor with three new routines.  The three routines will include their typical dance performance, a group dance competition, and a performance of the jitterbug or the waltz.

“It’s been such a tough week because of all the new dances,” model Joanna Krupa tells PEOPLE. “It’s definitely nerve-wracking with everything that’s going on.”

“This is going to take a lot of stamina,” says Joanna. “[The mambo] is supposed to last for four minutes so keeping that energy up is one thing and then to be on the dance floor with eight other couples, that’s already stressful. Plus, I don’t want to get that tap!”

Unfortunately for the stars, two couples will be eliminated this week instead of just one. The couple with the lowest score, based on the judges’ scores and fan votes, will be automatically eliminated. The remaining two couples will then do a 40-second dance-off and judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli will determine who else goes home.

“It’s all about who can maintain, who can endure, who can take on more than one dance at a time,” says Melissa Joan Hart, who will be performing the waltz with partner Mark Ballas. “It’ll be interesting, definitely a battle.”

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