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J.R. Martinez Running the NYC Marathon for Charity

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- J.R. Martinez, who won Dancing with the Stars last year, is tackling a new challenge: the New York City Marathon.

The Iraq war veteran is participating in the event -- which will be held as scheduled this Sunday despite the damage caused by superstorm Sandy in the area -- to raise money for charity.  He will start the race last, and for every person he passes, Timex will donate a dollar to New York Road Runner's youth program.

Martinez tells ABC News Radio that Timex reached out to him about running the marathon.

He continues, "I'd never done that before.  It's never been on my bucket list, you know?  I said, you know, why not?  And what really kind of sold it for me was the opportunity to raise a lot of money for charity."

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Baby News for J.R. Martinez, Donald Trump Jr.

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars' reigning champion, J.R. Martinez, is a new father.

People magazine reports the Iraq war veteran and his girlfriend, Diana Gonzalez-Jones, welcomed a daughter named Lauryn Anabelle Martinez in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening.

Martinez met Gonzalez-Jones when he joined the cast of All My Children in 2008.

Donald Trump's son, Donald Trump Jr., also had something to celebrate Wednesday. He announced on Twitter that he and his wife Vanessa Haydon are expecting another child. He tweeted, "Well, Vanessa & I have some good news we are expecting baby num 4 in the fall!!! Kai, Donnie, & Tristan can't wait!"

Trump Jr., who stars alongside his dad on The Celebrity Apprentice, was referring to his three kids, ages 4, 3 and 6 months.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Tim Tebow Interested in 'Dancing with the Stars,' Says J.R. Martinez

John Lamparski/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- 2013 could be Tebow Time on Dancing with the Stars.

The most recent Mirror Ball trophy winner, J.R. Martinez, tells he chatted with NFL quarterback Tim Tebow during Super Bowl festivities in Indianapolis over the weekend.

"[W]e chatted about [Dancing with the Stars] for a second," Martinez recalled. "I thought he’d do pretty well on the show!”

When asked if Tebow was interested in competing on the hit ABC dance competition, Martinez replied, "He said, ‘Maybe in a year’. ...That’s pretty much what he said.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


New 'Dancing with the Stars' Cast Will Be Announced Feb. 28

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- We'll learn next month which celebrities will compete this spring on Dancing with the Stars.

The 14th-season cast will be revealed Feb. 28 on ABC's Good Morning America.  The announcement will take place at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood.

The new season of Dancing with the Stars will begin on March 19.  Iraq war veteran, motivational speaker and actor J.R. Martinez is the reigning champion.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


J.R. Martinez Is Going to Be a Father

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Dancing With the Stars winner J.R. Martinez has something to look forward to next spring—the birth of his daughter.

The Iraq war vet and his girlfriend Diana Jones are expecting their first child together, according to People magazine.

“We found out just last week it’s a girl and we are over the moon,” Martinez told People. “Diana has a little baby bump now and it’s the cutest thing ever. With the holidays coming up, this is the biggest and best gift we could get.”

The couple met in 2008 while working on the soap opera All My Children.

Martinez played an Iraq war veteran while Jones worked as an executive assistant on staff.

“I just have been looking for this great guy with these great qualities and he’s been right next to me the whole time,” Jones said in a Nightline interview in November.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


'Dancing with the Stars' Champ J.R. Martinez Visits the Pentagon

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Dancing with the Stars champion J.R. Martinez was the special guest of the Pentagon on Thursday.  The Iraq war veteran met with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other Pentagon officials.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Doug Wilson says Martinez told Panetta he will assist the Pentagon "in any way possible in helping...efforts to better connect the American public with America's military veterans -- particularly wounded warriors."

Following his Dancing with the Stars victory last week, Martinez received a congratulatory letter and phone call from Panetta.  He is scheduled to visit Fort Campbell, Ky., on Saturday and meet the new members of the unit he served with in Iraq.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Defense Secretary Reaches Out to 'DWTS' Champ J.R. Martinez

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- After winning the most recent season of Dancing with the Stars last week, J.R. Martinez was sent a congratulatory letter by a top government official. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta wrote in his letter to the Iraq war veteran that Martinez's spirit "captivated the nation" and his victory "sends a powerful message about the strength and resilience of our wounded warriors.”

Panetta also chatted with Martinez by phone on Friday, extending him an invite to the Pentagon. According to a Pentagon spokesman, a meeting between the two could be arranged in the near future.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


J.R. Martinez Wins ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 13

Adam Taylor/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor J.R. Martinez won the Mirror Ball trophy on Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night during a surprising finale in which the top-scoring Ricki Lake failed to advance to the top two.

“Thank you America for believing in us,” he said, and turning to his partner, Karina Smirnoff, added: “You are amazing.”

The top three were Lake, Martinez and Rob Kardashian, and Lake was leading the pack when the scores from the first round of Tuesday night’s performances -- where the stars had to reprise their favorite dances of the season -- were combined with Monday night’s totals and votes from the viewing audience. For Lake, the former talk show host who has dominated in the scoring all season, it wasn’t enough. She was knocked out of the running for the win, taking third place.

“I’ve loved basically every minute of this,” Lake said as she took her final bow alongside partner Derek Hough.

The final two -- Kardashian and Martinez -- then performed an instant samba to music that was selected for them during the show. They both earned perfect scores of 30 points, and Kardashian led Martinez by the slimmest of leads -- with 113 points to 112 after four rounds of dancing in the two-night finale.

Lake and Martinez have been frontrunners all season, but Kardashian’s technical skill had improved in recent weeks and he had surged in scores and popularity. He earned his first perfect score of the season Monday night.

Prior to the announcement of Lake’s third-place finish, she had reprised her thrilling tango set to the theme from the movie Psycho. Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli were as enthusiastic about her performance Tuesday as they were when she first did it during the show’s movie themes week, awarding her a perfect 30.

Kardashian was next, and he earned 26 points for his elegant foxtrot. “You’ve got the best footwork of virtually any guy I’ve seen on this show,” Goodman, the head judge, told him after his performance.

Martinez, who injured his ankle last week, followed, reprising the jive. Judges chided Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff earlier in the season, saying the pair had included too much lindy hop and a disallowed lift. His energetic performance Tuesday met with the judges’ approval, and earned 28 points.

Last night’s scores were combined with the scores from the Tuesday finale performances. The competitor with the highest combination of judges’ and viewers’ scores was declared the winner.

Kardashian had been in the lead going into the start of the finale after Monday’s performances.

The Tuesday finale show also included musical performances by Lady Antebellum and dances by all the celebrities who have been voted off this season.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


‘Dancing With the Stars’: Rob Kardashian Leads in Finale Week Scores

Adam Taylor/ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Former TV talk show host Ricki Lake, actor and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez and reality TV personality Rob Kardashian battled it out on Dancing With the Stars Monday night, striving to impress the judges and viewers and win the Mirror Ball trophy on the ABC show’s 13th season.

Kardashian, the come-from-behind contestant, earned his first perfect score of the season and is at the top of the leader board.

The stars will dance again Tuesday night during the season finale, after which the winner will be announced. The winner is determined based on a combination of judges’ scores and viewers’ votes.

Lake and Martinez have been frontrunners all season, but Kardashian’s technical skills have improved in recent weeks and he’s surged in the scores and audience popularity.

The finalists had to perform two dances each Monday night: a style they had never done before, as well as a freestyle routine. They each received coaching from one of the three judges for the style that was new to them.

For Lake that dance was the cha cha cha. Judges were pleased, but told her there were some slight imperfections.

Head judge Len Goodman complimented her on her good timing and rhythm, but noted that the dance could have been more fluid. She earned 27 points out of a possible 30.

Kardashian took on the waltz for the first time, while his famous mother and sisters cheered him on from the ballroom audience.

Judge Bruno Tonioli told him the performance was good but pointed out that he had messed up some of the footwork.

Inaba and Goodman agreed, but seemed happy with Kardashian’s efforts.

“It was simple, but it was simply beautiful,” Goodman said.

Kardashian got 27 points.

Martinez took on the cha cha chawith mixed results. While judges applauded the mood of his feisty routine, they pointed out errors in his posture and timing.

“J.R., this wasn’t that good …,” Goodman said, noting that the actor had made many mistakes.

He earned 24 points.

The Freestyle

The next round was the all-important freestyle, and Lake and Derek Hough turned in a routine that was part quickstep, part salsa, with ambitious lifts and spins. Lake grinned and jumped up and down on the dance floor when she finished the routine, and the judges applauded its scope and execution.

Judge Bruno Tonioli told Lake that she had taken on the most demanding of dances, and while there were some minor imperfections in switching from one dance to the other, he said “My God, you did a good job.”

She earned 27 points, for a total of 54 out of 60.

Kardashian performed a speakeasy-themed freestyle complete with lifts, and it won high praise from the judges. Inaba said she was “blown away.”

He earned his first perfect score of the season -- 30 points. He has a total of 57 points.

Martinez has been the fan favorite and his intense, salsa-inspired freestyle thrilled the judges and ballroom audience alike.

“J.R., two things were revealed: Karina’s body and your talent. Fantastic,” Goodman said.

Martinez earned a perfect score of 30, for a night’s total of 54 points.

Kardashian leads the finalists, while Martinez and Lake are tied for second place. They will also be scored for Tuesday night’s performances.

This season also has seen dance floor departures from TV legal analyst Nancy Grace, actor David Arquette, activist Chaz Bono, fashion guru Carson Kressley, singer Chynna Phillips, reality TV star Kristin Cavallari, Italian model Elisabetta Canalis and NBA star Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest).

Monday’s scores:

  • Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: 27; 27. Total: 54/60
  • J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: 24; 30. Total: 54/60
  • Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 27; 30. Total: 57/60

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


'Dancing with the Stars': Final Three Prepare for Last Performance Show

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- The Dancing with the Stars field has been narrowed down to a three-way dance for the Mirror Ball trophy this week.

Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez, and Rob Kardashian will each perform twice on Monday night's one-hour performance show, airing on ABC at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.  A winner will be crowned the following night.

Lake, who along with Martinez has been a strong candidate to win the trophy all season long, says she won't let anxiety get in the way of the task at hand.

"My nerves have gotten less and less as we've kind of focused more on having a good time and doing our best and not thinking about it being a competition," she says.

Lake adds that she just wants to enjoy her final time on the dance floor with her partner, Derek Hough.

Martinez's partner, Karina Smirnoff, and Kardashian's partner, Cheryl Burke, both say they are the more nervous dancer in their respective pairing.  Martinez jokes that Smirnoff is constantly "pacing around, biting her nails, you know, drinking a Red Bull here, drinking a Red Bull there."

Martinez knows that many people think he deserves the trophy, but he vows, "We don't allow ourselves to slack off and to just to feel we can show up on Monday night and actually get great scores and win the trophy.  No, absolutely not."

Lake says she'd be content to be a runner-up, while Kardashian tells ABC News Radio he's "super proud" of himself for exceeding his own expectations.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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