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Tuesday
Apr102012

TV Personality Ricki Lake Elopes

Andrew Cowie/Photoshot/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ricki Lake and Christian Evans secretly eloped over the weekend. The couple married in southern California on Sunday, April 8.  Lake tweeted a photo of her wedding gown along with the comment, “Yup. This is me....” she said. “Sadie Sadie married lady. :) :) Love is in the air.”

This is the second marriage for the former talk show host. The 43-year-old and her now-husband, Christian Evans, a 40-year-old jewelry designer, met through a friend and had been dating since the summer of 2010.

Lake, who has battled weight issues, competed on Dancing With The Stars last year and waited until the finale to purchase her wedding dress so she could make the most of her weight loss.

In a memoir, Never Say Never: Finding a Life That Fits,  to be released on April 17, Lake talks about her weight loss struggle, financial problems, childhood and love life, including her divorce from artist Alan Sussman in 2003.

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Monday
Nov212011

‘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


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Monday
Nov212011

'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.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

'Dancing with the Stars' Final Four: Ricki Lake Takes the Lead

ABC/CRAIG SJODIN(LOS ANGELES) -- Ricki Lake and partner Derek Hough now lead the pack on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, after a Monday night semifinal round that required the final four contestants and their pro partners to perform three dances, including a cha cha cha relay.

Lake and Hough received perfect marks of 10 from all three judges for their first dance, a samba that Bruno Tonioli said was “hot, bright and brilliant.”  The couple also delivered a solid Argentine tango, and finished second in the cha cha cha relay.  The two lead with a total judges’ score of 67 points.

Soccer star Hope Solo and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy are at the bottom of the leader board with a total judges’ score of 49 points.

Here are the semifinal rankings and point totals:

1. Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: 67 points
2. Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: 65 points
3. J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: 56 points
4. Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 49 points

One of the four couples will be sent home on the Dancing with the Stars' results show airing Tuesday night on ABC at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Cobra Starship will be the musical guest.  The Muppets will also make an appearance.

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Friday
Oct282011

Ricki Lake's Dramatic 'DWTS' Weight Loss 

Eugene Gologursky/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Fans may have noticed that there's a lot less of Ricki Lake to love on ABC's Dancing with the Stars.  The mother of two has burned off more than 20 pounds since she started preparing for the series at dance rehearsals with partner Derek Hough. 

Lake told UsMagazine.com, "They keep making my costumes smaller!  I've lost at least 15 inches and I feel great!"  Lake added, "I'm working so hard.  It's a challenge to really push my body, but it's so fun!" 

Lake said she has gone down three sizes since September, and will have a slim new look when her new syndicated talk show debuts in 2012. 

Lake explained, "I'm using muscles I wouldn't use in the gym or hiking, which is what I love to do.  Dancing doesn't feel like working out…even though I'm covered in sweat!"

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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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Tuesday
Sep272011

Ricki Lake Wants to Lose Weight on 'DWTS' Before Trying On Wedding Dresses

Eugene Gologursky/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Dancing with the Stars contestant Ricki Lake has revealed that she’s not yet ready to think about her wedding dress for her forthcoming marriage to fiancé Christian Evans. Talking to People at Variety's Power Of Women Event in Beverly Hills, the actress and talk show host said, "I'm going to wait until I can go as far as I can go in this competition [to get my body in the best shape], then start trying on dresses."

Lake added that she did not want to let her competitive nature get the better of her but that she was taking care of herself and committing to the rigors of the show.

Lake has, however, made some early wedding plans, saying she’s already booked the florist, photographer and has the location reserved.

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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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