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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.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


"Dancing with the Stars": Maria Menounos Tops Semifinals Leader Board

ABC/BOB D'AMICO(LOS ANGELES) -- Maria Menounos on Monday night made a strong case for why she should be in the Dancing with the Stars finals. 

On the ABC competition's second-to-last performance show of the season, the entertainment news personality soared to the top of the leader board with two well-received dances that earned her a near-perfect overall score.

In a stunner, Katherine Jenkins, who has been the front-runner for much of the season, was the lowest-scoring celebrity. The Welsh opera singer was hampered during her second dance by an unspecified lower back ailment.

Each of the four semifinalists danced twice. Here's a rundown of the individual performances, in chronological order:

-- William Levy and Cheryl Burke opened the semifinals round with a tango set to the Eurythmics hit "Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)."

Len Goodman applauded Levy for his crisp movement, though he noted that the telenovela actor was occasionally flat-footed. Bruno Tonioli said Levy was totally in command, like a "dictator of the tango."  Total score for first dance: 28 out of a possible 30.

For his second dance, Levy appeared to channel his Cuban roots with his samba. Carrie Ann Inaba was so hot and bothered by it that she sipped water before telling him that he lived up to expectations and then some. Goodman joked that he's "never looked at a man's bum for so long" in his life. Total score for second dance: 30/30. Overall score: 58/60.

-- Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas played a Bonnie & Clyde-type duo for the quickstep; the dance began with Ballas breaking Jenkins out of a cage. The song of choice was the Brian Setzer Orchestra's "The Dirty Boogie."

Inaba said Jenkins brought her A+ game to the semifinals, going so far as to say the performance may have been the best she's seen in the show's 14 seasons. Goodman said it was a fabulous number, aside from a "foot fall thing" for which Ballas took responsibility. Total score for first dance: 29/30.

Katherine later returned for an Arabian genie-themed salsa. It ended in awkward fashion, with her breaking down in tears after suffering an unspecified ailment. She later explained that she felt her back go out. She received medical attention after the show.

The panel reassured Jenkins and told her how proud they were of her. Total score for second dance: 27/30. Overall score: 56/60.

-- Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd slowed things down during the first round with a waltz to Des'ree's "Kissing You."

Inaba said she was trapped in the emotion of the dance but there were a few footsteps too many. Goodman added that Driver needs to keep his head up more, but tried to compliment him by calling him a "rough, tough cream puff." Total score for first dance: 28/30.

Driver and his partner posed as rich folks for a samba to Jean Knight's "Mr. Big Stuff." Tonioli praised him for putting his own unique spin on the dance, rather than sticking to the Brazilian flavor that's normally associated with the samba. Inaba simply smiled widely like a kid on Christmas. Total score for second dance: 29/30. Overall score: 57/60.

-- Maria Menounos and Derek Hough delivered a sexy Argentine tango that received the approval of all three judges.

Tonioli said every step of the dance had meaning and purpose. As if to demonstrate his point, he caressed Goodman, who quickly jumped out of his seat and away from Tonioli. Inaba had no shortage of superlatives to describe how much she liked the beauty of the performance. Total score for first dance: 30/30.

Their second dance consisted of Hough "reviving" a flat-lining Menounos using a defibrillator so they could dance the jive.

Tonioli said he enjoyed the quirky details of the routine. Inaba called her a "winner." Total score for second dance: 29/30. Overall score: 59/60.

One contestant will be sent home Tuesday night on the Dancing with the Stars results show, which begins at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time. Carrie Underwood, Alanis Morissette and former Dancing with the Stars pro Julianne Hough will be among the musical guests.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


"Dancing With the Stars": Maria Menounos Gets First Perfect Score of Season 14

Adam Taylor/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- Maria Menounos was the star of Dancing with the Stars' classical night on Monday night. She earned the first perfect score of the season with a vampire-inspired paso doble.

Melissa Gilbert found herself at the bottom of the leader board, thanks to an Argentine tango that received a lukewarm response from the judges.

After performing a dance with their respective partners, the seven remaining celebrities were divided into two groups for a team dance that was also scored.

Team Tango consisted of Katherine Jenkins, Jaleel White, Roshon Fegan and Menounos. While Bruno Tonioli praised their choreography, Len Goodman didn't think the performance was technically sound. The team received a total score of 27 out of a possible 30, which was added to each celebrity's individual score.

Team Paso Doble featured William Levy, Donald Driver and Gilbert. Tonioli applauded the men for their effort, but the group earned a lower total score than Team Tango: 26/30.

Here's a rundown of the individual performances, in chronological order:

-- Katherine Jenkins, wearing an outfit straight out of ancient Greece, and a shirtless Mark Ballas danced the rumba to "Pachelbel's Canon."

Goodman said Jenkins' elegance was in keeping with the night's theme. Tonioli likened her to a powerful and beautiful woman who toys with her subjects. Carrie Ann Inaba argued that Jenkins didn't show enough passion, but Goodman didn't see it that way. Total score: 27 out of a possible 30. Overall score (including team dance): 54/60.

-- Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy delivered a wedding-themed Argentine tango set to Mozart's "Overture to Marriage of Figaro."

All three judges were unimpressed by what they saw. Inaba summed up the panel's opinion by saying the performance resembled a Cirque du Soleil act gone wrong. Total score: 21/30. Overall score (including team dance): 47/60.

-- William Levy, looking dapper in a suit, and Cheryl Burke tackled the Viennese waltz, as 12-year-old former America's Got Talent contestant Jackie Evancho sang "Ave Maria."

Inaba said the pair brought romance to life with their movements. Tonioli chimed in that Levy showed vulnerability and "felt" the dance. Total score: 27/30. Overall score (including team dance): 53/60.

-- Roshon Fegan injected some pop music into the night's proceedings by dancing the Argentine tango with Chelsie Hightower to a classical rendition of the Lady Gaga hit "Bad Romance."

Both Goodman and Tonioli called on Fegan to display more strength in his legs. Inaba, the judge usually most apt to nitpick the technical aspects of a dance, actually disagreed with her colleagues. Total score: 25/30. Overall score (including team dance): 52/60.

-- Dressed regally in red and gold outfits, Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd did the Viennese waltz to "Funiculi, Funicula."

Tonioli, noting that the song was written and composed by fellow Italians, said Driver brought sweeping passion to the dance floor. Goodman added that Driver's footwork was "spot-on."  Total score: 27/30. Overall score (including team dance): 53/60.

-- Maria Menounos pretended to be a killer vampire for her paso doble with Derek Hough, who played dead at the end of their routine.

Inaba declared, "That didn't suck. You were so on fire!" Tonioli loved Menounos' performance so much that he implored her to bite him in the neck. Total score: 30/30, the first perfect score of the season. Overall score (including team dance): 57/60.

-- Jaleel White, passing himself off as a soldier, and Kym Johnson danced the Viennese waltz.

Goodman thought it lacked solid footwork and was too "floaty." Tonioli said the content was there, but it wasn't executed properly. Total score: 24/30. Overall score (including team dance): Overall score (including team dance): 51/60.

Tuesday night at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on ABC, Dancing with the Stars will hold its final dance duel of the season, with the loser going home. In addition, recently-eliminated contestant Gavin DeGraw will perform.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


"Dancing with the Stars": Maria Menounos Reportedly Breaks a Rib

ABC/Lou Rocco(LOS ANGELES) -- It seems every season of Dancing with the Stars features at least one contestant who suffers an injury during practice that becomes a dramatic storyline for the entire season. This time around, it's Extra host Maria Menounos who's playing hurt, reports the New York Post.

The report says Menounos busted a rib during a "hard-core" rehearsal with partner Derek Hough, but she's been soldiering on despite "excruciating pain" from the break.  The source says the injury happened during cha-cha-cha practice, and Menounos is camouflaging a rib brace underneath her costumes.

"She refuses to give up," the source says.

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Maria Menounos, Sherri Shepherd Set For 'Dancing with the Stars'?

ABC/Lou Rocco(NEW YORK) -- Extra host Maria Menounos, View co-host Sherri Shepherd and former Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert will be part of the celebrity lineup for this season’s edition of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, according to the New York Post

The report says actor Jack Wagner and Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts will also be hitting the DWTS dance floor.

The celebrity cast for the hit reality dance competition is usually revealed in primetime during The Bachelor, but the lineup for this season will be officially announced Tuesday morning on Good Morning America.

The new season of Dancing with the Stars starts March 19.

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