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"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" -- Apolo Anton Ohno, Emmitt Smith Voted Off in Semifinals

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Emmitt Smith and Apolo Anton Ohno, who both won their respective seasons of Dancing with the Stars, were voted off Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars Tuesday night -- just one week shy of the finals.

Ohno’s results were announced at the show’s halfway mark, and the ballroom audience reacted with a mix of boos and applause.

Ohno, an Olympic speedskater, took the Mirror Ball trophy in season 4.

After he learned he wasn’t going to the finals, he called his pro dancer partner Karina Smirnoff “a champion,” and said the show was amazing.

“Every single person who does this show is a champion because it forces you to become a champion in your own right. It forces you to become more confident, stronger and it’s been a blessing. Every single week the fans have been so amazing,” he added.

NFL legend Emmitt Smith, the show’s season 3 champion, smiled when he learned he would not advance to the finals.  “You know, it’s been a tremendous experience. It’s been a great ride,” he said, adding that his pro partner, Cheryl Burke, has pushed him “to another level.”

“Season three was something else, but this right here takes it over the top,” Smith added.

Following Monday night’s semifinal performances, Smith and soap opera star Kelly Monaco were tied for last place on the leader board.

Ohno, who got a perfect score for one of his two performances on Monday, ended up in third place on the scoreboard. Olympian Shawn Johnson and TV personality Melissa Rycroft were the top scorers.

Elimination is based on a combination of judges’ scores plus audience votes. Smith and Ohno had the two lowest overall totals after the audience votes and judges’ scores were combined.

Rycroft, Johnson and Monaco will return next week to battle it out for the all-stars championship.

The results show also featured the British pop band The Wanted performing two of their big hits, and singer/dancer Paula Abdul singing and dancing a mash-up of four of her number-one hits.

Twenty-one-year-old New Zealand dancer Parris Goebel earned a standing ovation for her routine during the show's AT&T Spotlight Performance.

This is the 15th season of ABC’s reality dance competition, and the first featuring a cast of performers who appeared on previous seasons of the show.

Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars returns next Monday at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

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Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini Voted Off "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" in Week 8

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Gilles Marini and Kirstie Alley were both booted from Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars Tuesday night in the eighth week of the competition, just one week shy of the semifinals.

Alley’s departure was announced midway through the hour-long show. The actress smiled when her name was announced. She said it had been an honor to have been asked to compete a second time on the show.

“I learned more about dancing, believe it or not,” she said. She thanked her professional dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy: “He’s so patient with me and he’s so helpful to me and I just love dancing....”

She also thanked her fans and the show’s three judges for their feedback.

Marini, the actor who was in the middle of a close pack Monday night, was fiercely competitive throughout the season and was a consistent high scorer. He failed to capture a perfect score of 30 but did come within a half-point of his goal.

He learned he was going home at the end of the show, and he called his second turn on the competition “an incredible experience.”

“I tried my very best,” he said, adding that Peta Murgatroyd, his professional dance partner, was “an angel out there, teaching me amazing things.”

He also thanked his wife for her support, and acknowledged that his participation on the show had been a challenge for his family.

Generally, one star is sent home each Tuesday on the results show, but because there was no show — and therefore no elimination — on Election Day, two stars were voted off Tuesday night.

Elimination is based on a combination of judges’ scores plus audience votes.

Tuesday's show featured live performances from Kylie Minogue, Ne-Yo and the cast of the Broadway musical Newsies.
Returning next week to perform in the semifinals are Olympian Apolo Anton Ohno, actress Kelly Monaco, NFL legend Emmitt Smith, Olympian Shawn Johnson and TV personality Melissa Rycroft.

They will be dancing to styles and themes that they picked for each other Tuesday night. Their choices were: Surfer Flamenco, Knight Rider Bhangra, Big Top Jazz, Mad Monk Merengue, Espionage Lindy Hop and Caveman Hustle.

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"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" -- Sabrina Bryan Voted Off in Week Six

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Singer/actress Sabrina Bryan and her partner Louis Van Amstel, a team that has dominated Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars in the past two weeks and earned the first perfect score of the season, was voted off the show Tuesday. The decision shocked the audience in the ballroom, who voiced their displeasure with a chorus of boos.

The elimination is all the more stunning because Bryan, the star of The Cheetah Girls, was also a favorite to win when she was eliminated in the sixth week of the regular show’s season five. Her elimination back then shocked viewers and the show’s three judges.

Those judges, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, all looked stunned Tuesday when Bryan’s name was announced.

The star smiled through her disappointment and expressed her gratitude for the experience.

“Every single person can understand what it feels like to get a second chance at something and this was my second chance,” she said.

Bryan earned her spot on the All-Stars edition by beating out DWTS alums Kyle Massey and Carson Kressley in a viewers’ choice vote.

“Louis, I’m so grateful for you,” Bryan told Van Amstel, adding, “I’m grateful for this experience and Dancing with the Stars honestly has been just an absolute dream.”

Bryan’s rumba during Monday’s country night-themed show earned her 30 points -- the first perfect score of season 15. That score, combined with her score from last week’s show -- where she again topped the leaderboard -- put her at the top of the pack going into Tuesday’s results show.

Elimination from the show is based upon a combination of judges’ and viewer votes. The star with the lowest overall total is sent home.

Actress Kelly Monaco got the lowest judges’ score on Monday’s performance show, but she was declared safe from elimination on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s results show also featured a performance by singers Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz.

Next week’s presidential election will bring a change to the Dancing with the Stars schedule. The stars will perform on Monday, but there will be no results show and elimination on Tuesday, Election Day.

Next Monday’s show will feature the stars doing “fusion” performances, which judge Len Goodman said would require the couples to perform two styles of dance to one piece of music.

Returning next week to perform are Ohno, Monaco, NFL legend Emmitt Smith, Olympian Shawn Johnson, actors Gilles Marini and Kirstie Alley and TV personality Melissa Rycroft.  Because Johnson’s partner, Derek Hough, injured his neck, she will be partnered with Mark Ballas next week.  Ballas is available to fill-in because his All-Stars celebrity partner, Bristol Palin, was eliminated two weeks ago.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


"Dancing with the Stars" Week Four: Bristol Palin Voted Off

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Bristol Palin has been tripped up on Dancing with the Stars. The Life's a Tripp star and her partner, Mark Ballas, were eliminated from the ABC series Tuesday night after receiving the lowest combined total of judges' scores and viewer votes.

With her mom, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, looking on with her dad Todd, Bristol said she was happy to have reached the fourth week of competition.

Bristol never established herself as a top-scoring celebrity this season, but she earned praise from the judges Monday night for showing improvement during her 1950s rock 'n' roll dance.

Palin and Ballas were joined in the bottom two by Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who will return next week.

The musical guests on the results show were former Mirror Ball trophy winner Donny Osmond and Susan Boyle, who sang their duet "This Is the Moment." The song is featured on Boyle's new album, Standing Ovation, due out November 13.

Next Monday, the celebrities will dance individual routines set to their favorite "guilty pleasure" song. Gilles Marini has already revealed that he will do the rumba to Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

The stars will also be divided into two teams for a freestyle dance. The captains of the two squads are this week's high scorers, Marini and Shawn Johnson.

Marini, joined by Alley, Kelly Monaco and Emmitt Smith, will dance to Psy's "Gangnam Style." Palin was selected to the team before her elimination.

Johnson, Sabrina Bryan, Melissa Rycroft and Apolo Anton Ohno will dance to the Carly Rae Jepsen hit "Call Me Maybe."

Next Monday's performance show will air on ABC at 8 p.m. Eastern time. It will only be one hour long, rather than the usual two hours, due to ABC's coverage of the third presidential debate.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Joey Fatone Eliminated

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Joey Fatone apparently wasn't in sync with Dancing with the Stars viewers.  The former 'NSYNC singer and his partner, Kym Johnson, were eliminated from the ABC competition's all-star season on Tuesday night.

Fatone seemed almost indifferent about the outcome of the results show, saying, "As long as I had fun, I don't care what your votes say."

Twenty-four hours earlier, Fatone and Johnson danced a silent film-inspired quickstep.  It's clear the viewers' votes -- or the relative lack thereof -- were Fatone's undoing, because he ranked ahead of Kelly Monaco, Kirstie Alley, and last-place celebrity Bristol Palin on the leader board.

Fatone and Johnson were joined by Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower in the bottom two on Tuesday night, but the race car driver and his partner will return to the ballroom next week.

The results show welcomed back past contestant Katherine Jenkins, who duetted with fellow opera singer Placido Domingo on his song "Come What May."  Nineteen-year-old British pop star Cher Lloyd was also on hand to perform her single "Want U Back."

The competition resumes Monday on ABC.  As revealed by host Tom Bergeron on the results show, two couples will go home next week.

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"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" Recap: Pamela Anderson Goes Home

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Viewers won't Baywatch-ing Pamela Anderson compete on Dancing with the Stars the rest of this season.

The former Baywatch beauty and her pro partner, Tristan MacManus, on Tuesday night became the first couple to be eliminated from Dancing with the Stars' all-star season. It was hardly a surprise -- they received the lowest overall score, 17 out of 30, on Monday night's performance show following a shaky cha cha cha.

After the results were announced, Anderson said she had prepared herself for an early exit, and she vowed that she will dance with MacManus again. It wasn't an empty promise, since Anderson will be invited back to the ballroom at some point later this season to perform, albeit strictly for fun.

Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya joined Anderson and MacManus in the bottom two.

As always, the results were determined by combining judges' scores with viewers' votes.

The two-hour results show also featured Justin Bieber performing his hit "As Long As You Love Me" and Pitbull delivering the network TV debut of his new single, "Don't Stop the Party."

The second week of the all-star season begins next Monday night on ABC.

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'Dancing with the Stars': Maria Menounos Eliminated, Finalists Are Revealed

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Maria Menounos eliminated from Dancing with the Stars!

The Extra correspondent and her partner, Derek Hough, on Tuesday night failed to advance to the finals of the ABC competition. Next week, Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas, telenovela actor William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke, and NFL star Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd will face off for the Mirror Ball trophy.

Menounos' dismissal was surprising, considering that she and Hough topped the semifinals leader board with a near-perfect overall score the previous night.

Following the announcement, Menounos said her experience as a contestant was a rewarding one for her. She said, "I learned so many things. I learned how strong I was. I learned to persevere."

Jenkins is headed for the finals despite suffering what she described on Twitter as a "reflectorical spasm" in her lower back during this week's performance show. She jumped up and down after learning that she'd advanced, then stated that she'll be OK to compete next Monday night.

The musical guests on the results show were Carrie Underwood, who sang her new hit "Good Girl"; Alanis Morissette, who performed her new single "Guardian"; and Rock of Ages stars Julianne Hough, Mary J. Blige and Diego Boneta, who did a medley of '80s rock hits from their upcoming film. It was a homecoming of sorts for Hough, who was a pro dancer on the show for several seasons.

The Dancing with the Stars finals begin next Monday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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'Dancing with the Stars' Recap: Melissa Gilbert & Roshon Fegan Eliminated

ABC (LOS ANGELES) -- So much for "happy birthday." On the day she turned 48, former Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert and her pro partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, were eliminated from Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.

Disney actor Roshon Fegan and his partner, Chelsie Hightower, also got the boot as part of the ABC series' double-elimination week.

That leaves four couples to battle it out in next week's semifinals: Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, Maria Menounos and Derek Hough, and William Levy and Cheryl Burke.

Gilbert, the lowest-scoring celebrity on Monday's performance show, said it was a joyful birthday for her despite her elimination because she made it so far in the competition.    

Fegan -- who was situated in the upper half of the leader board thanks in part to a foxtrot that earned him a score of 29 out of a possible 30 -- said he was happy he learned ballroom dancing moves.

Chris Brown was the musical guest on the results show, performing "Turn Up the Music." There was also a dancing tribute to the late Dick Clark.

Dancing with the Stars' semifinals round begins next Monday on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.

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"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Jaleel White Eliminated

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Jaleel White has left the Dancing with the Stars family.

The former Family Matters star and his pro partner, Kym Johnson, were dismissed from the ballroom Tuesday night after losing the final dance duel of the season to Roshon Fegan and the Disney actor's partner, Chelsie Hightower.

After falling into the bottom two, both couples danced the rumba to the Adele hit "Set Fire to the Rain." All three judges voted to save Fegan rather than White.

White, best known for playing the nerdy neighbor Steve Urkel on Family Matters, said he exceeded his own expectations after promising his mother that he would last long enough in the competition to perform "three good dances."

Before and after his elimination, White tweaked Len Goodman over the judge's honest critiques. He said at one point, "Len is the old guy outside of a grocery store who won't give the kid any money for candy."

On Monday's classical music-themed performance show, White and Johnson landed in the bottom half of the leader board following a Viennese waltz and "team tango." The lowest-scoring celebrity, Melissa Gilbert, will return next Monday along with five other stars.

Recently-eliminated contestant Gavin DeGraw was the musical guest on the results show, performing his new single "Sweeter."

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"American Idol" Results: Elise Testone Eliminated

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Elise Testone was eliminated on American Idol Thursday night and sang Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” as her farewell song.

Hollie Cavanagh and Skylar Laine were in the bottom three with Testone, but they’ll be back next Wednesday to compete in the top five.  Some 58 million votes were cast to decide this week’s results.

The Queen Extravaganza, a band formed by original members Roger Taylor and Brian May through an Internet competition, opened the show with a performance of the Queen classic, “Somebody to Love.”

The top six visited the TMZ offices in Los Angeles for a few lessons on how to deal with the intrusive media now that they’re celebrities.

Season 10′s Stefano Langone returned to sing his new single, “I’m on a Roll,” with help from Ben J from New Boyz. Fellow season 10 contestant Casey Abrams was also on hand to give the top six some advice going into the Idol tour this summer.

Katy Perry was lowered onto the stage to sing her latest hit, “Part of Me.” She was backed up by troupe of dancers all wearing camouflage to go with the war zone-like set.

American Idol returns Wednesday night at 8 p.m. Eastern on Fox.

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