Despite the somewhat surprising elimination, Sugar Ray, 45, wasn’t bitter with the results. “You know what? That’s life and I fought a good fight,” he said on Tuesday’s show. “I’ll cherish this moment. Good friends, good show. I love the spirit of the show. I love the people on this show.”
His partner Anna added, “We had so much fun. It was amazing. A boxer become a ballet dancer!”
In other DWTS news, Playboy has now released the cover of their May issue featuring dancer Karina Smirnoff. As we reported, Karina posed nude for the latest issue of the mag.
“As a dancer I’ve always embraced my body,” the 33-year-old Ukrainian born dancer tells Playboy. “I’m thrilled to show off my strong, toned physique in the pages of Playboy and celebrate my sexiness.” The issue hits stands on Friday. Photos below.
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“It’s been nothing but a pleasurable experience,” said Mike, 32, of his time on the show. “It sucks to be sent home first, but I’ve made a lot of good friends,” he added. “America obviously knows that Lacey Schwimmer is a beautiful person on the outside, but everybody needs to know she’s equally, if not more, beautiful on the inside. I’ve made a lifelong friend.”
Do not feel sorry for Mike yet as there continues to be rumblings that he is being considered to replace Regis Philbin on Live With Regis & Kelly. Mike, a guest host on the show recently, confirmed ABC has invited him back to co-host a future episode.
Singer Chris Brown performed two songs on the show last night and it all went without a glitch as no windows were broken nor was he interviewed by show host Tom Bergeron. See, following Chris’s outburst at GMA last week, there had been some controversy surrounding his DWTS performance.
Tom went on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show this week and stated “I did tell the producers it may be to their advantage to not have me interview him.” The reason? “Don’t put me in a position where you’re asking me to not say something,” said Tom, adding “cause I won’t really do that. Even if it’s just a snarky little aside, you know, ‘How was your week?'”
Also, dancer Cheryl Burke spoke out against Chris this week. “As a victim of domestic violence, I don’t agree with him coming on the show, but it’s out of my control,” said Cheryl to Extra. Wendy Williams also stated on her talk show last week that she was “disgusted with this little boy” following his GMA incident.
Next week, the stars return to compete on Monday night with a clean slate.
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Above is a photo of Playboy Playmate and E! reality star Kendra Wilkinson, who has been paired up with Louisvan Amstel. According to numerous reports, Kendra, 25, is the favorite to win the show.
Meanwhile, 60-year-old actress Kirstie Alley is hoping to use the show as a weight loss vehicle. “I’ve lost 60 pounds, and I have 30 or 40 more to go,” the former Jenny Craig spokesperson told US Magazine this week. “And I think with this strenuous, rigorous dance schedule, I think it’s going to work. It’s exciting.”
That should no problem for Kirstie, who is paired with hotness/tough hard-ass teacher Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The 12th season of Dancing With The Stars will officially kick off on March 21.
The remainder of the DWTS Season 12 cast photos below!
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ABC unveiled the Dancing With The Stars season 12 celebrity-dancer pairings this morning on Good Morning America!
Kirstie Alley, 60, will be paired up with pro hottie Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And according to Kirstie, the pressure is on. “My partner [Maksim Chmerkovskiy] is calling me ‘G’ for Grandma,” she said at Monday’s press conference. “He says I’m too slow. I call him ‘M’ for mean.”
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff Romeo and Chelsie Hightower Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
The 12th season of DWTS officially kicks off March 21 on ABC.
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The other stars included Ralph Macchio – the original “Karate Kid”, hall of fame boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, NFL player Hines Ward, professional wrestler Chris Jericho, Disney actress Chelsea Kane, actor/host Mike Catherwood, and rapper Romeo, who’s dad Master P was part of the show’s second season in 2005. Missing from the above photo is model Petra Nemcova.
And missing from the cast all together is Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell, who revealed she was contemplating doing the show after being asked. Christine would have been equivalent to last season’s Bristol Palin or perhaps season 8’s Kate Gosselin aka the controversial “star” this season seems to be lacking.
Meanwhile, TMZ revealed some of the stars/pro dancer pairs yesterday. Those are below –
— Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke — Lil’ Romeo & Chelsie Hightower — Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel — Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani — Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas — Sugar Ray Leonard& Anna Trebunskaya — Hines Ward & Kym Johnson — Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff
ABC will officially reveal the full celebrities/professional dancer pairings on Wednesday, while the 12th season of DWTS will premiere March 21 at 8/7c on ABC.
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