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Monday
Oct032011

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 2011: Week 3, Dance by Dance

Adam Taylor/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- It’s week three of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, and Monday night was the episode when the celebrities’ dances evoked the most memorable year of their lives. The dancers did not disappoint, bringing personal, emotional performances.

First up were Rob Kardashian and his professional partner Cheryl Burke. Kardashian’s foxtrot -- dedicated to his late father, attorney Robert Kardashian -- won good reviews from the judges.

“You just put the ‘dash’ in Kardashian,” judge Len Goodman said. “I hope your dad’s looking down and saying ‘Rob, you did good,’ because you did.”

Singer Chynna Phillips got even higher praise -- and tied for second-highest score of the night -- for her soulful rumba. She danced to "Hold On," a song by her former group, Wilson Phillips, and said the song had been written against a backdrop of her depression and personal turmoil.

“I knew you could do it. You are a smoldering siren, seductive, stylish,” judge Bruno Tonioli said of her performance.

Phillips got an eight and two nines -- the first nines of the season.

Chaz Bono danced to "Laugh at Me," a song by his father, the late Sonny Bono, and he drew mixed reviews. Goodman called Bono’s rumba “the best dance I’ve seen you do,” but Tonioli and judge Carrie Ann Inaba didn’t find it and memorable.

“You looked really distracted,” Inaba said, adding that Bono didn’t dance enough.

Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari received a standing ovation when she and partner Mark Ballas danced a high-energy samba to Beyonce’s "Crazy in Love." For Cavallari, the song recalled the year when she graduated from high school and decided to pursue an entertainment career.

Judges liked it. “You fast-moving devil woman,” Tonioli said in approval.

Fashion guru Carson Kressley danced to No Doubt’s song, "It’s My Life," in celebration of his 2003 show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Growing up gay, Kressley said, meant he always felt like an outsider.

“You feel like you have this flaw,” he said, adding that his show made him feel proud of who he was.

The three judges were all happy with his over-the-top tango.

“You put the ‘boy’ in flamboyant,” Goodman said, while Tonioli called it “insanely brilliant.”

J.R. Martinez -- the actor who was badly burned while serving in the military in Iraq -- brought the audience to its feet with his poignant rumba dedicated to those who lost their lives during military service. Tonioli said Martinez danced from his heart. Added Inaba: “You touched us all. That was one of the most poignant, honest dances I have ever seen.”

Martinez also earned two nines and an eight, winding up tied with Phillips for second place.

TV host and attorney Nancy Grace dance a waltz in honor of the year her twins were born.

“Your love and your tenderness for your daughter and your son truly came through in the dance,” Inaba said.

Goodman and Tonioli told her she needed to work more on her posture, but agreed that emotion came through.

Ricki Lake’s sleek rumba recalled her finding love again, and the former talk show host said she hoped to inspire others to not close themselves off from the possibility of doing the same.

“Ricki Lake is on fire!” Inaba said of Lake’s performance. “That was fabulous.”

Goodman and Tonioli also had high praise for Lake and her partner, Derek Hough.

Soccer player Hope Solo sizzled with her cha-cha, and judges said she nailed the routine, but Inaba thought Solo’s dance needed more fluidity and femininity.

“For me, it was your best dance so far,” Goodman said.

Actor David Arquette’s tender rumba brought smiles to the faces of those in the audience. Tonioli said Arquette brought “sensitivity and vulnerability” to the dance. Arquette’s performance recalled this past year, in which his marriage fell apart and he sought solace in alcohol. But he said he wanted to show his daughter, through the dance, that she was “everything” to him.

“I thought you did a great job,” Goodman said of the final routine of the night.

Bono was is the low scorer Monday night, with a total of 18 points, and Lake leads the pack with 27 points.

Tonight’s Scores

Lake and Hough: 27 out of a possible 30

Phillips and Dovolani: 26/30

Martinez  and Smirnoff: 26/30

Kardashian and Burke: 24/30

Cavallari and Ballas: 24/30

Kressley and Trebunskaya: 23/30

Arquette and Johnson: 24/30

Solo and Chmerkovskiy: 24/30

Grace and MacManus:  21/30

Bono and Schwimmer: 18/30

Based on a combination of judges’ and viewers’ scores, one celebrity will be voted off during Tuesday’s results show. Former NBA champ Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest) and Italian model Elisabetta Canalis have already been eliminated.

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Friday
Sep162011

Ron Artest Now Legally "Metta World Peace"

ABC/MICHAEL ANSELL(LOS ANGELES) -- Los Angeles Lakers star Ron Artest has legally changed his name to Metta World Peace. The name change became legal at 9 a.m. Sept. 16 after a delay caused by outstanding parking violations.

The process began late in June when he paid the $395 dollar fee required to file the request. However, it was delayed for several weeks to allow Artest to pay two very overdue traffic violations.

This name change will also come with a new drivers license and passport, but does not affect any other legal or binding agreements made when he was known as Ron Artest, including his multi-year, multi-million dollar contract with the Lakers, or his more recent agreement with the reality show Dancing with the Stars.

Perhaps the most observed change will be on his basketball jersey, which will reflect his name change. It is unclear how Dancing will handle the change.

In case there is any confusion, his first name is Metta, meaning loving-kindness in the Buddhist tradition, and his last name is World Peace.

He said he has considered the name change for years and always wanted World Peace as a last name, but did much research into finding the perfect first name to go alongside it.

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Saturday
May142011

Kym Johnson Hospitalized After 'Dancing With the Stars' Rehearsal

Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Week after week NFL star Hines Ward and his professional dance partner Kym Johnson wow America with their fancy footwork on Dancing With the Stars, but an unexpected move Saturday during rehearsals landed Johnson in the hospital.

Ward updated fans on his 34-year-old partner's condition on Facebook and Twitter hours after the incident.

"Kym was admitted to the hospital today after falling and injuring her neck during our practice," he said.

"After several tests, she was cleared by the medical staff, though she is bruised, sore and currently wearing a neck brace," according to a statement by the show's spokesman.

Johnson plans to continue with Ward in the show's semifinals on Monday, and tweeted to fans, "I'm a little shaken up, sore but I will be fine."

This season of Dancing With the Stars has been particularly brutal for the show's contestants.

Earlier in the season Ralph Macchio suffered a ruptured cyst on the back of his knee, while dancer Mark Ballas and Kirstie Alley worked through a painful aches and sprains sustained during the show.

"It was at the point where sometimes I really couldn't walk," said the actress.

Lil' Romeo was the most recent person to be eliminated from the show, leaving Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, Hines Ward and Kym Johnson, Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff as the four remaining couples in the semi-finals.

Dancing With the Stars airs Monday night on ABC.

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Monday
Nov012010

'Dancing with the Stars' Celebrates 200th Episode Monday Night

Photo Courtesy - The Disney/ABC Television Group(LOS ANGELES) -- Some of Dancing with the Stars' most popular alumni will return to the ABC series Monday night for its 200th episode.

Former Mirror Ball trophy winners Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith and Helio Castroneves, plus Kelly Osbourne, Giles Marini and Melanie "Scary Spice" Brown, will help judge the six remaining celebrities, who will attempt to reproduce "iconic" dances from previous seasons.

Two more former Dancing champions, Apolo Anton Ohno and Kristi Yamaguchi, will act as team captains during a special team competition.

Dancing with the Stars airs Monday night at 8:00 Eastern time.

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