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Dancing with the Stars descended on Las Vegas this weekend!

Friday night marked the kickoff of the new Dancing with the Stars Live in Las Vegas show at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino.  The show will run for 12 weeks and will feature current and past pro dancers, former celebrity contestants and anyone else loosely related to the show and in need of a paycheck/publicity.

The photos below include: Kym Johnson, Tony Dovolani, Joey Fatone, Anna Trebunskaya, Carson Kressley, Tia Carrere, Lacey Schwimmer, and more!  Above: Cheryl Burke.

 

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It seems Urkel has a bit of a temper.  According to reports, Jaleel White blew up at his dance partner, Kym Johnson, during Friday’s rehearsal, and things got so heated that other Dancing with the Stars contestants and producers needed to step in.

Jaleel became agitated after he stepped on Kym’s foot and she cried out “ouch”.  He got in her face and told her to “stop acting like a baby” and at one point called her an “idiot”.  Kym stepped outside while Donald Driver tried to calm Jaleel down.  Jaleel claims that producers paired him with “a stupid partner”.  When Mark Ballas approached Jaleel, he reportedly spat at him “You remind me of that annoying sitcom neighbor who gets into everyone’s business!”

The source says that producers had to break things up and attempt to cool everyone down.  Rumor has it that Jaleel has been refusing to step foot back in the rehearsal studio, and that he’s demanding his own space somewhere else.

Jaleel fired back this morning, saying that the reports have been “greatly exaggerated”.  “We go to work every day, and there is an alley full of tabloid reporters. It’s not fair to us and that’s life, and I hope people can see through it. There’s no drama in my life.”

Also denying the extent of the blowup is Mark Ballas, who tells TMZ that it’s all crap. “We’re in L.A. man … everything’s fabricated.”

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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

TELL US – WHAT’D YOU THINK OF THE DANCES? THE COSTUMES? THE SCORES? THE SAD STORIES?


The first Dancing With The Stars season 14 elimination took place last night, with tennis legend Martina Navratilova ending up the first celebrity casualty!

After landing in the bottom three with Roshon Fegan and Gavin DeGraw, Martina’s elimination came as no surprise as she had the combined lowest scores from the past two weeks.

Following her elimination, Martina, 55, kept it classy stating her time on the show was “an amazing experience.”

She added: “I just wish it could have lasted longer. I gave it everything I had, but I blew it yesterday and it cost me, unfortunately. Hopefully I get to the do the jive the last week here. I look forward to coming back and I wish everybody good luck.”

Martina and her partner Tony Dovolani received a score of 20 during last week’s premiere but ended up regressing on Monday, earning a low score of 17 for their jive dance.

Next week, the remaining 11 “stars” return to dance again!

TELL US – THOUGTHS ON MARTINA’S ELIMINATION? WERE YOU SAD TO SEE HER GO?


Last night brought us week two of Dancing With The Stars, after the judges deemed last week the best premiere ever! So did the stars continue to sizzle? Or did they buckle under the pressure?

For starters, British singer Katherine Jenkins proved her high score of 26 last week was no fluke as she matched the same score again Monday night, earning a pair of 9s for her high-energy jive with partner Mark Ballas. “The blonde bombshell is unleashed,” said judge Bruno Tonioli.

Katherine had some company at the top, as Disney actor Roshon Fegan also received a score of 26–a 3 point improvement from the previous week–for his fiery quick step with partner Chelsie Hightower. “I liked it,” said judge Len Goodman. “It was young, it was fresh and I thoroughly enjoyed it.”

Unfortunately for Urkel, a.k.a. Jaleel White, he and partner Kym Johnson fell to the middle of the pack after tying for first last week. Jaleel’s jive was panned by the judges with Len stating it didn’t have “crispiness.” He added: “It lacked real attack and speed.”

In last place was tennis legend Martina Navratilova with a score of 17. Martina, who scored a 20 last week, displayed very little rhythm in her jive with partner Tony Dovolani, even losing her footing early in the dance. “That was sad!” critiqued judge Carrie Ann Inaba with Len adding, “You have to come out and attack these dances and I didn’t see that.”

Tonight, one of these stars will be sent packing after the scores from the last two weeks are combined along with the viewers’ votes!

The full scores from last night are below -

Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas – 26
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower – 26
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough – 25
William Levy & Cheryl Burke – 25
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd – 24
Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy – 23
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson – 22
Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya – 21
Gavin DeGraw & Karina Smirnoff – 21
Melissa Gilbert & Maks Chmerkovskiy – 20
Gladys Knight & Tristan MacManus – 19
Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani – 17

TELL US – WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE SO FAR? WHO SHOULD BE SENT PACKING TONIGHT?

Maria Menounos & Derek Hough: 25 (46)

With less than two weeks until the premiere, ABC has now released the all new Dancing With The Stars season 14 cast costume photos!

The View’s Sherri Shepherd is pictured above in her silver sequence dress with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. More photos of the other stars and their partners are below!

And if you’re planning on making a few extra bucks betting on the outcome of Dancing with the Stars, the NYDailyNews is making it easier for you. Vegas odds-maker, America’s Line, has been kind enough to calculate the odds for the twelve new contestants on the “celebrity” (that term gets looser and looser as the seasons fly by, doesn’t it? #notyoujaleel) dance competition.

For example, many of you at home may not have heard of the Hispanic Brad Pitt, but as the star of his country’s prime soap opera (telenovella, to be use the correct term for a Spanish soap) the yummy, William Levy is favored with 9-2 odds to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. Those are early predictions, as the betting line was created within hours of ABC announcing the season 14 cast.

America’s Line President, Ben Eckstein reveals, “Last season, we correctly predicted J.R. Martinez as the favorite and eventual winner.” He continues, “This season, we’re gonna try another Latin star, William Levy. Known as the ‘Cuban Brad Pitt,’ Levy is gorgeous, he has a ‘special’ relationship with Jennifer Lopez, and with J-Lo as a mentor — remember she was a former Fly Girl — how can he possibly lose?” So you’re saying he can dance?

America’s Line isn’t the only statistician to play the odds. Wynn Las Vegas predicts The View‘s Sherri Shepherd to take the title, as she’s a 5-1 contender according to their math. What will this do to the talk show’s dynamic? Will Bawbawa be proud? Will Hasselbeck be jealous? Will Whoopi bust out a new pair of sneakers for each show? America’s Line cites Sherri’s odds as 15-1.

The site is kind enough to break down the statistics for each star. Hispanic hunk William Levy is at the top of the food chain with aforementioned 9-2 odds. Last season, his partner Cheryl Burke danced J.R. into the winner’s circle. It doesn’t hurt that William is tall, dark, and handsome…and that accent! According to Vegas, he’s a frontrunner who is easy on the eyes.

With not to shappy 5-1 odds is cheesehead NFL player, Donald Driver. While his partner, Peta Murgatroyd (wasn’t that a Jetsons’ phrase?), is dancing in her inaugural season, Donald is no stranger to winning. And not in a Charlie Sheen way. The dude has a Super Bowl ring to prove it.

My man Urkel, aka the grown up Jaleel White, gains 6-1 odds by America’s Line standards and gets an impressive 9-1 distinction from the Wynn Las Vegas. Who can blame them? It’s Urkel! He’ll win that mirror ball, smile cunningly into the camera and ask, “Did I do that?” Not to mention, since it’s Dancing with the Stars, he’s one of the few that will be perceived as a “star” across multiple generations. I’m sure Family Matters is still a staple in syndication. #winslowneighbor

Maria Menounos is holding strong with a 6-1 statistic from both oddsmakers. Not only does she host Extra, she Tebows with Tim himself and starts off the competition with an already rocking, fit body. She’ll be a contender.

R&B superstar, Gladys Knight has 6-1 odds according to America’s Line, but Wynn is only offering a 20-1 spread. No worries though, she’s been hip-shaking with the Pips since before most of the voters were born. While that could potentially hurt the Motown songstress, I hope it will open her music up to an entirely new fan base.

Opera singer Katherine Jenkins (forgive me, but who?) garners 8-1 and 16-1 odds from America’s Line and Wynn Las Vegas respectively. She’s cute, she’s tiny, and she can sing…in a genre that most people only have heard of when preceded by “The Phantom of the.” An underdog, yes… but doesn’t America love one of those?

Of course it wouldn’t be a recent DWTS season if ABC didn’t go after the tween vote. Ron Bergeron isn’t stupid…The Disney Channel needs to represent. This season, it offers 20-year-old Roshon Fegan, star of Shake It Up, as its sacrificial lamb. Apparently, the Sprouse twins were too busy filming Zack and Cody Spend Senior Year on the Moon. Who can blame them? Going to school on a cruise ship is overrated. Roshon’s odds? 10-1 from America’s Line and 7-1 according to Wynn.

Gavin DeGraw, who recieves 12-1 odds from America’s Line and 25-1 odds from Wynn Las Vegas, is a pensive singer/songwriter, takes the competition up a notch. He’s promised to continue touring while learning his routines and filming the show. Seeing as he recently recovered from being violently attacked on the streets of Manhattan, I’d say this is small potatoes for the guy.

Jack Wagner receives 12-1 odds from America’s Line and 14-1 odds from Wynn Las Vegas. Jack is fortunate to span many a fan’s television lifeline. Did I watch him on General Hospital? Heck no, but my dad’s girlfriend did…as did everyone else in that age group demographic. Was I glued to my television screen in college (yes, I’m old) when he was the hottest guy next to Grant Show on Melrose Place? Yes, yes I was. Sadly, despite his stellar day and night soap resume, he’ll likely appeal to viewers as Heather Locklear’s (God, she was a great bitch as Amanda–RIP MP) recent ex-fiance.

Melissa Gilbert, ex-wife of my childhood husband, Bruce Boxleitner (if you didn’t watch/have never heard of Scarecrow and Mrs. King, I am sad for you. #Netflix) is pulling 12-1 odds from Wynn Las Vegas and 20-1 odds from America’s Line. Most famous for her long run on Little House on the Prairie, it begs the question, what would Michael Landon say?

Personally, Urkel aside, Martina Navratilova is someone I would LOVE to see make it far in this competition. I love tennis. I play tennis. I am horribly God awful at tennis. But I have always loved my tennis icons…and while America’s Line gives this superstar athlete and Wimbledon champion 25-1 odds coupled with Wynn’s 30-1 odds, I have a feeling she’ll prove us all wrong. Deuces.

Pictures of the 14th season cast are below. Place your (non-monetary, I no way condone or promote gambling) bets now!

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE VEGAS ODDS FOR THE SHOW? WHO ARE YOUR FRONTRUNNERS? ARE THERE ANY CONTENDERS YOU BELIEVE WILL BE QUIET UNDERDOGS? THOUGHTS ON THE CAST PHOTOS?

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The Dancing With The Stars season 14 cast and pairings have been officially unveiled today on Good Morning America!

As reported yesterday, The View’s Sherri Shepherd, actor Jack Wagner, actress Melissa Gilbert, and entertainment reporter Maria Menounos have all signed on!

Other celebs who will compete on the ABC hit show include actor William Levy aka the Spanish Brad Pitt who also appeared on the Real housewives of Miami, legendary singer Gladys Knight, singer Gavin DeGraw, and actor Jaleel White aka Steve Urkel from Family Matters.

Below is the full list of the 12 celebrity contestants this season as well as their pro partners:

  • The View’s Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Actress Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Extra Reporter Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
  • Actor Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya
  • Cuban Actor/Model William Levy and Cheryl Burke
  • Music legend Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus
  • Actor Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
  • Singer Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff
  • Tennis legend Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani
  • NFL receiver Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
  • Disney Actor Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower
  • Singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas

The new season premieres March 19 on ABC.

[Photos Credit: WENN]

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE NEW DWTS CAST? ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT THE NEW SEASON?

The official cast photos of Dancing With The Stars season 13 have now been released!

Above is the first glimpse of Chaz Bono, the first transgendered contestant on the show, in his dancing costume alongside partner Lacey Schwimmer. As we reported, the casting of Chaz, 42, has proven to be a rather controversial one for ABC with some fans voicing their disapproval.

Below are more photos of the remaining “stars” which includes David Arquette, Nancy Grace, Kristin Cavallari, Carson Kressley and their dancing partners!

In other DWTS news, TMZ is reporting today that Rob Kardashian has been slacking off when it comes to practicing his dance moves. Rob’s partner Cheryl Burke is reportedly “fed up” with him as he refuses to practice for more than 2 hours with her. Other contestants are putting in over 5 hours a day.

Cheryl now feels this shows Rob’s lack of interest in doing the show. And while he’s busy not practicing, Rob is reportedly bragging to his older sister Kimmie Kardashian that he will top her DWTS performance by making it past week 3. Good luck with that one Robbie!

Dancing With The Stars returns to ABC on Sep. 19 at 8/7c.

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