Entries in Karina Smirnoff (5)


Karina Smirnoff Wants to Bring Tebowing to the Dance Floor

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LAS VEGAS) -- Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff recently celebrated her birthday in Las Vegas and told People magazine her birthday wish would be to have Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow as a celebrity partner on the show.

Smirnoff, who earned the coveted Mirror Ball trophy last fall with actor J.R. Martinez, says, “All I want for my birthday is for Tim Tebow to dance on Dancing with the Stars.”

Smirnoff says, “Tim is a very talented athlete, that was clear when we saw his performance this past season with Denver.  All [that] is missing is to see if he has the dance skills. That would make him an all around athlete and someone that I would love to dance with on the show."

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Report: No Wedding Dance for Karina Smirnoff and Brad Penny 

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) -- The planned wedding between Karina Smirnoff and Brad Penny is reportedly off, according to a report by E!  The nuptials between the Dancing with the Stars pro and the Detroit Tigers pitcher had apparently been in the balance for a number of weeks but the couple has now decided to end their engagement.

At a recent promotional appearance, Smirnoff -- who partnered with J.R. Martinez to capture the Dancing with the Stars title this season -- was spotted wearing her engagement ring while on camera but going without it afterwards.

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'Dancing with the Stars' Pro Wants John Stamos on Show

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars pro Karina Smirnoff wouldn't mind doing the cha cha with John Stamos on the ABC competition.

She told she'd like to partner with him on the show, explaining, "I think he's got the looks, he's got the experience of being onstage, doing Broadway."

Smirnoff also believes Mike Tyson, who has performed on international TV dancing shows, would be a "great addition" to Dancing with the Stars because of his "colorful history."

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'Dancing With the Stars': Ralph Macchio Has His Last Dance

Bob D'Amico/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Actor Ralph Macchio and partner Karina Smirnoff started off strong in the competition, but were voted off ABC's Dancing With the Stars Tuesday.

Macchio's performance suffered recently when he developed a painful knee cyst that forced him to miss hours of practice. His partner has also had her own brush with trouble: during one of their performances, she tripped on Macchio's costume and fell.

After Tuesday's decision was announced, Macchio said: "I will never forget how the fans have driven us through every week. It inspired me…"

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Karina Smirnoff to Pose for Playboy?

Steven Lawton/FilmMagi(LOS ANGELES) -- Karina Smirnoff is about to show off more than just her fancy footwork.  The Dancing with the Stars pro will pose nude in Playboy, Us Weekly has confirmed.  

On Wednesday, Hugh Hefner initially announced the news on Twitter by writing, "The May issue of Playboy is unforgettable with Dancing with the Stars' Karina Smirnoff on the cover & nude inside."  While Us Weekly claims to have confirmed the news, Smirnoff's rep has not.

Smirnoff, who's paired with Ralph Macchio on this season's edition of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, is also scheduled to marry Detroit Tigers' pitcher Brad Penny this fall.

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