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Wednesday
Nov092011

Nancy Grace Eliminated from 'Dancing with the Stars'

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) -- It was a fall from grace for Nancy Grace on Dancing with the Stars Tuesday night.

She and her partner, first-time Dancing with the Stars pro Tristan MacManus, were eliminated from the competition after dropping to the bottom of the leader board in two consecutive weeks.

After the results were announced, Grace credited MacManus for their run on the show, saying, "It's been all Tristan from the get-go."

On Monday's performance show, Grace performed a tango and an instant jive, the latter of which led judge Len Goodman to compare her to Cinderella before saying, "It's midnight and it's time to go home."

Four celebrities will return to the ballroom for next week's semifinals round: J.R. Martinez, Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian and Hope Solo.

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Tuesday
Nov082011

J.R. Martinez Earns First Perfect Scores of 'DWTS' Season

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) -- It may take a reality TV miracle for Nancy Grace to survive this week's Dancing with the Stars results show.

She stumbled so badly on Monday night's performance show that judge Len Goodman told her it was time for her to leave the competition.  For the second consecutive week, Grace settled at the bottom of the leader board.

J.R. Martinez, on the other hand, had the best night of any celebrity to date.  He delivered two flawless dances that earned him a perfect overall score of 60 out of 60.

After their first dance, the celebrities were assigned a surprise song to which they were instructed to perform an "instant jive."  It gave them an opportunity to practice a new routine on the fly.

Here's a rundown of Monday night's performances:

-- Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke tackled the quickstep to the 1980s A-Ha hit "Take On Me."  There was no sign of Rob's sister, the newly single Kim Kardashian, in the audience, though sisters Kourtney and Khloe, mom Kris Jenner, and stepfather Bruce Jenner were all there to support him.  After oddly noting that he'd examined Rob's rear end closely, Len Goodman said the quickstep was the reality TV star's best dance to date.  Bruno Tonioli said Rob was "speedier than a drag race."  Total score: 27 out of a possible 30.

Kardashian openly expressed his displeasure over the song he was assigned for his instance jive: the Hall and Oates hit "Maneater."  All three judges said his "kicks and flicks" in the dance could've been better.  Total score: 24/30.  Combined score: 51/60.

-- Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy also performed the quickstep, to "Valerie," a song originally recorded by the British band The Zutons and subsequently covered by the late Amy Winehouse.  Tonioli said he'd never seen Solo move so well before.  Carrie Ann Inaba was so pumped up by the dance that she asked Solo to give her a hug.  Total score: 27/30.

Solo drew the Avril Lavigne song "The Best Damn Thing" for her instant jive.  Inaba said the routine was an improvement from Solo's previous attempt at the jive.  Goodman declared, "This was fantastic."  Total score: 25/30.  Combined score: 52/60.

-- Ricki Lake and Derek Hough danced the waltz to "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."  Inaba said she enjoys watching Lake because she loses herself in her dances.  Goodman agreed, saying she flowed like a river.  Total score: 28/30.

Lake did her instant jive to Wilson Pickett's "Land of 1000 Dances."  Inaba and Tonioli both thought it wasn't as smooth as it could've been, leading to Lake apologizing to her fans for letting them down.  Total score: 24/30.  Combined score: 52/60.

-- Nancy Grace and her partner, Tristan MacManus, performed the tango to "The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane."  Tonioli called her a "brazen jezebel."  Inaba said she noticed a little stumble during the dance, but otherwise Grace did a great job.  Total score: 24/30.

Grace didn't do nearly as well in the instant jive, which was set to Paloma Faith's "Upside Down."  Goodman bluntly stated that Grace's run on the show has been a Cinderella story, but "it's midnight and it's time to go home."  The other judges were nicer to Grace, but they didn't exactly give her a ringing endorsement, either.  Total score: 20/30.  Combined score: 44/60.

-- J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff did the waltz to "What the World Needs Now Is Love."  Inaba nearly shed tears as she described how the waltz was magical at times.  Martinez earned the first perfect score of the season.  Total score: 30/30.

Martinez didn't suffer a letdown during a jive to the sounds of Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti."  Bruno yelled that Martinez's timing was impeccable, telling him, "You've got it, man, you've got it!"  Inaba said Martinez was in a class of his own.  Total score: 30/30.  Combined score: 60/60.

One of these celebrities will be sent home Tuesday night on the Dancing with the Stars results show, airing on ABC at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Andrea Bocelli and rapper Flo Rida will be the musical guests.

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Monday
Oct172011

'Dancing With the Stars,’ Week 5 Was Back to the ’80s

Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra(LOS ANGELES) -- Monday night the remaining eight celebrity competitors on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars performed to some of the greatest hits from the ’80s.

The halfway mark of the competition brought some hits and misses.

World Cup soccer star Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced to Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ on a Prayer,” and the judges’ reactions were mixed.

Head judge Len Goodman said Solo’s tango was “too willowy” and “loose-limbed,” while Bruno Tonioli thought she was “strong, sexy and powerful.” Carrie Ann Inaba said each judge had a valid point, and encouraged Solo to tone down just a little.

“You’re so strong that sometime you have to learn that less is more,” she said.

Solo earned 24 points out of a possible 30.

Carson Kressley danced a cheerleader-inspired jive to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!
The fashion guru was at times out of synch with pro partner Anna Trebunskaya, and the three judges pointed out his lack of technique. Tonioli said Kressley’s routine was “wacky fun,” calling it “a crowning achievement in madness.”

He earned 19 points.

Nancy Grace and partner Tristan MacManus’ rumba to Spandau Ballet’s “True” won moderate approval from judges.

“It was nice, it was appropriate,” Inaba said, but added that Grace’s performance also felt “a little drab.”
Grace earned 22 points.

Actor J.R. Martinez, the Iraq war veteran who’s become a true fan favorite, tapped his Latin roots tonight. He and partner Karina Smirnoff turned up the heat with a sizzling samba to Miami Sound Machine’s “Conga,” receiving a rousing standing ovation from the audience in the ballroom.

“Talk about hip action. You were like a loin-shattering sex machine!” said Tonioli. The other judges shared his enthusiasm, awarding Martinez 28 points.

TV personality Rob Kardashian turned in a smooth rumba with Cheryl Burke. Dancing to Lionel Richie’s “Hello,” the pair glided across the dance floor, winning praise – and 25 points, Kardashian’s highest in the competition – from the judges.

“That was strong, sexy, you were totally in control,” Inaba said, telling Kardashian that he had made consistent progress.

Chaz Bono’s paso doble last week earned positive reviews and a score of 21, and his samba tonight – performed to Kool and the Gang’s “Get Down on It” – also won him 21 points.

Goodman acknowledged that Bono’s technique was lacking, but told the activist: “It was a gallant effort.”

David Arquette performed a punk-style tango with Kym Johnson  to Soft Cell’s “Tainted Love,”  bringing the audience to its feet.  Tonioli and Goodman thought the performance was very good, but while Inaba also thought Arquette did well, she said he needed to work on his musicality.

The Scream actor earned 25 points, his highest score of the competition.

Talk show host Ricki Lake and dance partner Derek Hough have dominated the leader board for the past three weeks, and earned a near-perfect score last week with their terrific tango.

The pressure was on, and their foxtrot – to “Easy Lover” by Phil Collins – seemed to fall a bit flat. Judges especially disliked the ’80s dance move – the roger rabbit – that the pair incorporated into the routine.

“It wasn’t your best dance, but it wasn’t your worst,” Goodman said.

The Bangles appeared on the show, performing their ’80s hits “Eternal Flame,” “Walk Like an Egyptian” and “Manic Monday.”

One star will be voted off the show on Tuesday.

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Tuesday
Oct112011

‘Dancing with the Stars’ Week Four Recap: Dance by Dance

ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- The remaining nine celebrity competitors on ABC’s Dancing With the Stars, danced to famous movie themes Monday night under the watchful eyes of their equally famous family members gathered in the audience, including Chaz Bono’s mother, Cher; and David Arquette’s sisters, Rosanna Arquette and Patricia Arquette, and his ex-wife, Courteney Cox.

Up first were Chynna Phillips and her partner, Tony Dovolani, who danced the tango to the theme from Mission Impossible.  The Wilson Phillips singer lost her place during the dance and struggled to the finish, and the judges noticed.

“You lost it, it went wrong, you didn’t know where you were and you panicked,” head judge Len Goodman said, telling Phillips she’d made a lot of mistakes.

David Arquette channeled his inner Indiana Jones, and he and partner Kym Johnson got a standing ovation for their energetic paso doble to the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark.  Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli were wildly enthusiastic -- Inaba said the actor had strength and charisma -- but Goodman said Arquette stomped too hard and failed to display proper posture.

He was followed by fashion guru Carson Kressley, who took to the dance floor with Anna Trebunskaya to perform a Viennese waltz to the theme from The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.  In keeping with their previous critiques of Kressley, the judges all said they loved his performance but faulted him for a lack of technique.

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus danced the paso doble to the theme from the science fiction cult classic Flash Gordon.  Goodman said her dancing was “competent” but not exciting, and Tonioli said the dance needed to be more assertive, but Inaba disagreed.

Soccer World Cup star Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy unveiled a foxtrot to the theme from Toy Story.  Tonioli said the dance "was so lovely," while Goodman encouraged the pair to work more as a team.

Rob Kardashian and his partner Cheryl Burke danced the paso doble to the Superman theme.  Inaba told Kardashian that he embodied everything that a man should be on the dance floor, saying he had style, strength, sensuality and fluidity.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough -- who topped the leaderboard with 27 points last week -- performed a tango to the theme of the movie Psycho.  The audience surged to its feet when the pair’s routine ended, and the three judges loved it.  They gave the pair 29 points -- the highest score of season 13.

Bono and Lacey Schwimmer turned in a rousing paso doble to the theme of Rocky.  The activist is battling a knee injury and has been struggling in the competition, but his performance Monday night brought tears to Inaba’s eyes.  She said she was touched by Bono’s determination to succeed.

Bono’s mother, Cher, was also emotional in the audience, cheering and applauding her son.

Actor and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez delivered a humorous, crowd-pleasing foxtrot to the Pink Panther theme with partner Karina Smirnoff.  Inaba said it was technically OK, but the humor was unnecessary, although Goodman and Tonioli were impressed.

Based on a combination of judges’ and viewers’ scores, one celebrity will be voted off during the results show Tuesday.

Here are Monday night’s scores:

-- Lake and Hough: 29/30
-- Phillips and Dovolani:  21/30
-- Martinez  and Smirnoff: 26/30
-- Kardashian and Burke: 24/30
-- Kressley and Trebunskaya: 20/30
-- Arquette and Johnson:  23/30
-- Solo and Chmerkovskiy: 24/30
-- Grace and MacManus: 21/30
-- Bono and Schwimmer: 21/30

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Wednesday
Oct052011

Nancy Grace: I’ve Lost 15 Pounds on 'Dancing with the Stars'

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) -- Kirstie Alley made headlines when she lost a ton of weight during her run on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, and the latest DWTS contestant to shed pounds on the dance floor is Nancy Grace.

The legal analyst tells RadarOnline, “I’m down 15 pounds.”

Grace, however, is quick to point out that losing pounds is not the reason she agreed to do the reality series, telling the website, “I didn’t come on the show to try and lose weight.  People try to make women feel bad about themselves all the time and I’ve got bigger fish to fry than being a size two.”

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Tuesday
Sep272011

Nancy Grace's 'DWTS' Wardrobe Malfunction

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Nancy Grace suffered a major wardrobe malfunction in week two of ABC's Dancing With the Stars when, after an energetic performance with partner Tristan MacManus, her right breast spilled out of her dress. The camera quickly cut away, but it was too late to protect the legal eagle's dignity.

Grace hid her face as host Tom Bergeron joked, "On the European version that would be perfectly fine."

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Tuesday
Sep202011

Ron Artest Is First Celeb Booted from ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 13

Adam Taylor/ABC News(LOS ANGELES) -- NBA player Ron Artest -- or should we say Metta World Peace? -- was the first contestant booted off season 13 of Dancing With the Stars.

Artest and TV host Nancy Grace had both been in jeopardy of leaving Tuesday night.

After the announcement of the results, Artest smiled, hugged his dance partner -- rookie pro Peta Murgatroyd -- and shouted, “Yeah! Yeah!”

“Peta was great,” he said, asking for a round of applause for her. “I had a great time.”

Tuesday night’s elimination followed Monday night’s season premiere, during which Artest (who has legally changed his name to Metta World Peace) was the low scorer in a field of 12 celebrity competitors and their professional partners.

His cha cha cha failed to impress judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. The three gave their usual frank assessment of Artest’s star turn on the dance floor.

Inaba thought it was “eccentric yet kind of sexy,” technically wrong but fun. She gave it a five out of 10. Goodman complained it was just “shimmying about” with “all sizzle and no sausage.” Not his cup of tea. He gave it a four. And Tonioli told Artest he had power and performance value but needed to work on his technique. He gave Artest a five, for a total score of 14 out of a possible 30.

Artest, who was once known for his fiery temper before changing his ways, said he was OK with the score, but acknowledged afterwards to the show’s cameras: “That four was harsh."

Competition in the hit ABC show continues Monday with the 11 remaining celebrities: actress and former TV talk show host Ricki Lake, actor David Arquette,  author and activist Chaz Bono, model and actress Elisabetta Canalis, TV star Kristin Cavallari , former prosecutor and TV legal analyst Nancy Grace, reality TV personality Rob Kardashian, fashion guru Carson Kressley, Iraq war veteran actor J.R. Martinez, singer Chynna Phillips and women’s soccer World Cup star Hope Solo.

Artest and Murgatroyd will appear live on Good Morning America Wednesday.

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Tuesday
Sep202011

'Dancing with the Stars' Debuts with Chynna Phillips, J.R. Martinez on Top

ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- ABC kicked off the 13th season of Dancing with the Stars Monday night with a new cast and a new, bigger set that had a raised dance floor and more balconies.

All eyes were on Chaz Bono, the first transgender contestant in series history. He ended the night in the middle of the pack on the leader board. It was Chynna Phillips and J.R. Martinez who most distinguished themselves on the first night by sharing the top spot.

Here's the rundown of Monday night's individual performances:

-- Though he officially changed his name to Metta World Peace on Friday, Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke said he was performing Monday night as the "NBA champion you know, Ron Artest." The Los Angeles Lakers forward, wearing a flashy vest and sporting blond hair, teamed with new pro Petra Murgatroyd on the cha cha cha. Judge Len Goodman dismissed it as the "same old shimmying about," calling Artest's footwork "atrocious." Fellow judge Bruno Tonioli said Artest would find it difficult to navigate the dance floor due to his long bones. Total score: 14 out of a possible 30.

-- Rob Kardashian looked much more dapper than he usually does on his reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians. A clean-shaven, tuxedo-wearing Kardashian and partner Cheryl Burke performed the Viennese waltz to Rogue Wave's "Lake Michigan." Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said she sees potential in Kardashian, but Goodman urged him to show more fire. Total score: 16/30.

-- Former Laguna Beach and The Hills star Kristin Cavallari paired with Mark Ballas on a cha cha cha set to the Taio Cruz hit "Dynamite." Inaba said she wants to see more of Cavallari this season, praising her for her great movement and "sparkle." Tonioli said Cavallari needs to demonstrate better precision with her moves. Total score: 19/30.

-- Wilson Phillips member Chynna Phillips and partner Tony Dovolani performed a graceful Viennese waltz to Alicia Keys' "If I Ain't Got You." Goodman said it wasn't the best first dance he's seen, "but it was close." Tonioli said "the talent is there" for Phillips to accomplish a lot on the show. Inaba declared that the dance was simply gorgeous. Total score: 22/30.

-- HLN legal analyst Nancy Grace acquitted herself well while dancing the cha cha cha with newcomer Tristan McManus. While Tonioli told Grace it appeared that she doesn't believe in herself, Inaba said Grace showed spunk. Total score: 16/30.

-- While the house band played Queen's "Somebody to Love," a debonair David Arquette and reigning champ Kym Johnson took on the Viennese waltz. Inaba pointed out that he made a mistake, and advised him to keep his poise at all times. Goodman said he was impressed by Arquette's first dance. Of note: Arquette's estranged wife, Courteney Cox, and their seven-year-old daughter Coco were in attendance. Total score: 18/30.

-- Italian model and George Clooney ex Elisabetta Canalis began her cha cha cha with new pro Val Chmerkovskiy by lying in bed with him. They quickly got up and shimmied their way through their routine, to the sounds of the Katy Perry hit "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)." Toniolo joked that she looks good in bed. Inaba said Canalis needs to learn to move with the music. Total score: 15/30.

-- U.S. women's national soccer team goalie Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy glided around the dance floor with a Viennese waltz set to Dave Matthews Band's "Satellite." Tonioli said Solo has a bright future, but she must show more control. Inaba applauded Solo's wonderful chemistry with her partner. Total score: 21/30.

-- Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya made the biggest fashion statement of the night. The former Queer Eye for the Straight Guy star wore brown pants and a brown jacket, and Trebunskaya donned a barely-there dress. Together, they did a fun and lively cha cha cha to the current Maroon 5 hit "Moves Like Jagger." An excited Inaba called it her favorite dance of the night. Goodman said it had elements of Jagger, swagger and stagger. Total score: 17/30.

-- Soap star J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff performed an elegant Viennese waltz to Kelly Clarkson's "Breakaway." Tonioli said it was a good start for someone who has no dance experience. Inaba said she felt genuine emotion from Martinez. Total score: 22/30.

-- Ricki Lake and the returning Derek Hough were assigned the Viennese waltz. Tonioli described Lake as the "cat that got the cream." In other words, she had smooth moves. Inaba likened them to a prince and princess. Total score: 20/30.

-- The controversial Chaz Bono -- wearing black pants, a white shirt, black vest and a tie -- and his partner, Lacey Schwimmer, brought plenty of energy to the cha cha cha as the house band played Martha and the Vandellas' "Dancing in the Street." Inaba said Bono did not disappoint the crowd, Goodman told Bono he approached the dance with the right attitude, and Tonioli called it a great debut. Total score: 17/20.

Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, ABC will air a behind-the scenes special on Dancing with the Stars.  It will be followed by the first results show of the season, during which one of the couples will be eliminated.

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Sunday
Sep182011

Celebrities Weigh in on DWTS Competition

Kevin Winter/Tonight Show/Getty Images for The Tonight Show(LOS ANGELES) -- Season 13 of Dancing with the Stars kicks off on Monday Night. Twelve celebrities will strut their stuff in the hopes of sticking around long enough to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

Talk show host Nancy Grace is concerned with just about everybody.

"Oh good lord, are you kidding me?" Grace said. "OK, there's [Rob] Kardashian, he's 12. There's a professional athlete and there's a professional female soccer player. There's Elisabetta Canalis who's like the Italian import, she's absolutely gorgeous. They're all young, skinny, and a great dancer, so you know, they're all a triple threat."

Who is actor David Arquette afraid of? Hint: a certain talk show legend.   

"Well, you know Ricki [Lake]'s very serious. She was like into it. I mean she was like, 'I want to win this.'"

Ricki Lake returned the sentiment:

"I think David Arquette is a good dancer. I really do. I think Ron Artest has such personality, and he's so likeable."

The first dances will be the Cha Cha and the Viennese Waltz.

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Thursday
Sep012011

Nancy Grace on 'DWTS': 'Thought I Was Being Punk'd'

Nancy Grace and her dance partner Tristan MacManus appear on ABC's Good Morning America. (ABC News)(NEW YORK) -- Nonstop coverage of the Casey Anthony trial was not the only thing keeping Nancy Grace busy this summer.

"I was en route to the courtroom, in the car, and at first I thought I was getting punk'd," Grace said Thursday on ABC’s Good Morning America of the moment she got the call from producers asking her to join Season 13 of hit reality competition Dancing With the Stars.

"I thought someone had gotten my cell phone number and was kidding me about doing Dancing With the Stars while I was on my way to the 'tot mom' Casey Anthony trial," she said.

The HLN host spent the summer in the spotlight throwing ranting about Anthony, and later the jurors who in July found her not guilty of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee.

Known for her tough talk and strong opinions, including saying "the devil is dancing" after the Anthony verdict was delivered, Grace, 51, has become one of the more controversial celebrities to join the show's cast.

Media critics, colleagues, and even fans, have questioned whether she can maintain her credibility while doing the cha-cha and tango before millions of TV viewers.

"The bottom line is all my money is going to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children," Grace said on GMA in response to criticism of her participation in the show. "I'm putting my money where my mouth is."

In addition to Grace, the star-studded celebrity line-up for the show's 13th season includes actor David Arquette, Chaz Bono, the transgender son of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher, fashion guru Carson Kressley, NBA champ Ron Artest, model Elisabetta Canalis, reality TV stars Kristin Cavallari and Rob Kardashian, talk show icon Ricki Lake, war veteran and actor J.R. Martinez, entertainer Chynna Phillips, and World Cup soccer star Hope Solo.

All 12 celebrities have begun training with their professional partners, learning either the cha cha or the Viennese Waltz for the show's two-hour season premiere, Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET.

The couple with the lowest combined judges' scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home in the season premiere of Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show, Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. ET.

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