Dancing With the Stars
The 17th season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars" was a veritable emotional roller coaster for contestants, their families, the judges, and fans.FULL ENTRY
Needham's own Aly Raisman romanced the judges with her strong performance Monday night.
During "prom night" on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," the Olympic gymnast and her partner, Mark Ballas, performed the Viennese Waltz to the song "Give Me Love." Judge Len Goodman initially surprised the crowd when he said, "Up until tonight, I've been really impressed with your dancing. Not so much tonight." Luckily for Raisman, he was making an April Fool's joke.
Judge Bruno Tonioli was impressed with the 18 year old. "We were all swept away, he said. "You express it so well for someone so young." The main criticism she received was from Carrie Ann Inaba, who said Raisman wasn't "quite confidant in the character.” Despite the criticism's, Raisman and her partner picked up 23 points from the judges.
Before her performance, Raisman talked about how she was able to show her romantic side during the waltz. Although she’s never been in love, she finds inspiration elsewhere. “I watched a lot of movies before, so that helps," she said.
Country singer Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough had the highest score of the night with 25 points. Inaba gave the pair high praise when she said the dance was "ridiculously amazing."
Disney actress Zendaya Coleman and partner Val Chmerkovskiy tied in second place with NFL player Jacoby Jones and partner Karina Smirnoff, while Raisman tied in third place alongside boxer Victor Ortiz. The contestants will find out which dancer has to return home during the elimination show on Tuesday at 9 p.m. on ABC.
ABC's "Dancing With the Stars" premieres tonight at 8 p.m.
Hosts Tom Bergon and Brooke Burke-Charvet will introduce 12 celebrity hopefuls and their pro partners for the season 16 opener of "DWTS." This season's celeb cast ranges from Olympians (including Needham's Aly Raisman) and comedians and adds three new professional dance partners into the mix.
Do you plan to watch? Have you already selected a favorite? Let us know in the comments!
Correction: An earlier version of this blog post stated that NBC's "The Voice" would premiere tonight; instead, the show returns on Monday, March 25, at 8 p.m.
"Good Morning America" announced the full cast of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" this morning. The cast members of the 16th season were at the show for an appearance, where they also revealed their professional dancer pairings.
This year's cast features several professional athletes, including two Olympians: Needham's own gold medal gymnast, Aly Raisman, and '70s skating world champion, Dorothy Hamill.
The star and pro pairings are:
Country star Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani
Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff
"Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko
Comedian Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess
Boxing camp Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold
Disney starlet Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy
Olympic gymnist Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas
"General Hospital" actor Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson
Country artist Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus
Professional dancers Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, and Gleb Savchenko are making their first appearances as partners to the stars this season. Read more about the contestants and see photos of them here.
What do you think of this year's cast? Who do you think will walk away with the disco ball of glory? Comment here.
Do you prefer "fashion victim" or "ensembly challenged"?: The cast of "Clueless" reunited for an Entertainment Weekly photo shoot for the mag's "All-Star Reunion Blowout" feature and sat down with "Good Morning America" to talk about their iconic '90s teen flick. While the late Brittany Murphy (a.k.a. Tai) was missing from the group, the cast reflected fondly on their scripted Beverly Hills high school years. When asked what they thought their characters would be today, Alicia Silverstone (a.k.a. Cher) was quick to the kicker: "married to her brother." Like, duh.
(P.S. Where was Paul Rudd, anyway?)
What did you watch this week? Did you catch the premiere of the last season of "30 Rock"? Did you see Boston's own Caitlin Michael's on "The Voice"? Or were you busy defending the honor of Big Bird on Twitter post-debate?
Last night the first episode of "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" kicked off with the contestants competing for a second chance at the crown after three weeks of preparations. (Check out the "All-Stars" cast and dance pro pairings.) Notable moments of the night included Kirstie Alley (who is dancing with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who recently announced his departure from the show after his contract is up) planting a kiss on Emmy-winning host and Haverhill native Tom Bergeron's lips, Bristol Palin finally letting loose with mom in the crowd, and the new ability for judges to award half points (a rule of which they fully took advantage). Retired footballer Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke topped the scoreboard with a 24.5 for their cha-cha, while former Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson and Tristan Macmanus trailed the pack with a 17 for the same dance.
Check out highlights in the video above and comment here to let us know what you thought of the season opener. Any favorites so far?
"Cheetah Girls" actress Sabrina Bryan was announced as the 13th and final competitor for the upcoming "All-Stars" season of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars." The actress/singer was up for the "Viewers' Choice" spot against fellow Disney alum Kyle Massey and sassy fashion commentator Carson Kressley. Bryan will partner up with dance pro Louis van Amstel, who proudly told Good Morning America, "This is the first season I can knock myself out as a dancer, as a choreographer because she’s so good."
Bryan previously competed in season five of the series with partner Mark Ballas before facing elimination during week six. Ballas will perform with Bristol Palin for the "All-Stars" season, which begins on Monday, Sept. 24, at 8 p.m.
Thoughts on Bryan joining the cast? Comment here.
The pairings for the upcoming season of "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" were announced this morning by ABC. EW.com broke down the announcement into two categories: 1. partnered in the past, and 2. new pairings.
Among the previously paired:
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas;
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke;
Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson;
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy;
and Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani.
While new partnerships will include:
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff;
Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya;
Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower;
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd;
Pamela Anderson and Tristan MacManus;
and Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough.
The network still has one all-star slot open and is giving viewers the chance to vote for "DWTS" alum Carson Kressley, Kyle Massey, or Sabrina Bryan to join the show. The season begins Sept. 24 on ABC.
Are you excited for the upcoming season of "Dancing"? Do you have a favorite pairing from the above? Or do you think one of the all-stars deserves a different partner? Comment below.
AP Photo/Adam Taylor, ABC
Football star Donald Driver made it all the way as the season-14 winner of "Dancing With the Stars." Driver and his professional partner, Peta Murgatroyd, had been standout dancers all season long, but they really impressed the ballroom with their country-fied freestyle.
Opera singer Katherine Jenkins, who landed a perfect score the night before, came in second place and Cuban actor William Levy took third.
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