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Wednesday
Nov282012

Melissa Rycroft Wins "Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars"

ABC/Adam Taylor(LOS ANGELES) -- TV personality Melissa Rycroft won the Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars championship Tuesday night, taking home the Mirror Ball trophy and bragging rights as the popular reality show’s champion of all champions.

When co-host Tom Bergeron announced Rycroft and her partner Tony Dovolani had won, Dovolani started jumping and cheering. The pair was soon surrounded by other members of the cast. They were hugged, kissed and lifted into the air.

Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson took second place, and actress Kelly Monaco was third.

The three women made it to the final three following 10 weeks of fierce competition featuring complicated and unusual routines. They comprised the first all-female finale in 15 seasons of Dancing with the Stars.

Rycroft had topped the leader board going into Tuesday night’s finale. She earned perfect scores for her two performances on Monday, finishing with a total of 60 points. Monaco followed with 59 points, and Johnson was third with 57.

Tuesday night's show opened with the entire season-15 cast doing a routine. Then the finalists and their partners chose music and dance styles and had less than one hour to rehearse an instant dance. The scores from those dances were added to their totals from Monday night. Viewer votes were added to the two-night totals. The viewer votes counted for half the combined score.

Rycroft had the highest combined score of viewer votes and judges’ scores.

Tuesday's Instant Dances:

Melissa Rycroft: The TV personality danced a samba to the song “Life Is a Highway.” She and partner Dovolani have done well with sambas this season, and one of her perfect scores Monday was for a samba, but judges were not as impressed with Tuesday night’s samba.

Judge Bruno Tonioli said she had done a great job to difficult music, while Carrie Ann Inaba felt Rycroft was “a little bit behind the music.” Head judge Len Goodman agreed that the performance hadn’t been as impressive as her other samba, but said of Rycroft’s overall performance, “You’ve been my greatest pleasure to watch. You’ve been fantastic.” Total score: 28.5 out of a possible 30. Overall score, including Monday's performances: 88.5 out of a possible 90.

Shawn Johnson: The Olympic athlete and her partner Derek Hough drew a cha cha cha to the song “Respect,” and they earned a standing ovation for the routine.

Tonioli said Johnson was going out “with a bang," adding, "That was a grand finale! Perfection!” Inaba said Johnson started and ended the season a star, and Goodman added, “Derek has thrown some fantastic choreography at you. Whatever you’ve got, you’ve coped with...I tell you, that was fantastic.” Total score: 30/30. Overall score: 87/90.

Kelly Monaco: The actress and Val Chmerkovskiy, her pro partner, danced a jive to the song “Cat and Mouse.” The judges were impressed with the routine.

Inaba said it was “fantastic,” and while Tonioli thought Monaco’s balance was off at times, he said the routine was magnificent. Goodman agreed. “You’re clear, you’re crisp, your spins are fantastic, you’ve comes out here and you’ve really gone for this,” he said. “You’ve nailed the footwork, you’ve worked hard. Well done!” Total score: 28.5/30. Overall score: 87.5/90.

Before the final three performed their final dances, the audience was entertained with routines from the celebrities who were eliminated during the season: Pamela Anderson, Kirstie Alley, Drew Lachey, Joey Fatone, Gilles Marini, Bristol Palin, Sabrina Bryan, Helio Castroneves, Emmitt Smith and Apolo Anton Ohno.

Others from the cast performed a group dance to “Gangnam Style” – reprising a routine that has become a highlight of the All-Stars season. The cast also gave an encore of another standout performance of the season — a group dance set to the hit “Call Me Maybe.”

The Finalists’ "Dancing" History:

Rycroft, a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader who gained fame as a contestant on The Bachelor, had been a last-minute cast addition on season 8 of Dancing with the Stars. She replaced contestant Nancy O’Dell, who injured her knee just days before the season premiere. Rycroft and Dovolani placed third that season.

Johnson, who has four Olympic medals to her name, was the season-8 champion. She narrowly defeated French actor Gilles Marini.

Monaco, who appears on ABC’s daytime drama General Hospital, won the very first season of Dancing with the Stars, but her win wasn’t without controversy.

When she was declared the winner -- over actor John O’Hurley -- fans were outraged. O’Hurley had been a favorite during the season and many viewers believed he deserved to win. The show staged a “rematch” between Monaco and O’Hurley to benefit charity. O’Hurley barely edged Monaco out to win that dance-off.

This was the 15th season of ABC’s popular reality dance competition, but the first featuring contestants who had performed in regular seasons of Dancing with the Stars.
 
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Wednesday
May232012

Phillip Phillips Wins 'American Idol'

Michael Becker / FOX(LOS ANGELES) -- Phillip Phillips was crowned the season 11 American Idol champion on Wednesday night's results show. More than 132 million votes came in after Tuesday's performance show -- a new Idol record. Jessica Sanchez is this season's runner up. Phillip was overcome with emotion performing his winner's song "Home" as the show ended.

Before the results were revealed, Jessica and Phillip sang the Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes duet "Up Where We Belong."

The top 12, minus Jessica and Phillip, opened the show with a group performance of Bruno Mars' "Runaway Baby." Phillip teamed up with John Fogerty to sing Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Have You Ever Seen the Rain," which he performed earlier in the season. They followed it up with the CCR staple "Bad Moon Rising."

Jessica later revisited Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You," the song she first made a big impact with earlier in the season. She returned for a real show-stopping performance of "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" from Dreamgirls with the woman who sang it originally on Broadway, Jennifer Holliday.

Joshua Ledet teamed up with Fantasia for a duet on the early Elton John song "Take Me to the Pilot." Joshua was called "Mantasia" for most of the season, so this duet was a big moment for Idol fans.

The ladies of the top 12 sang Chaka Khan's "Ain't Nobody" and "Through the Fire" before Chaka joined them on "I'm Every Woman." The guys of the top 12 sang Neil Diamond's "America," "Cracklin' Rosie" and "I'm a Believer" before Neil joined them for "Sweet Caroline."

The top 12 also poked fun at judge Randy Jackson's overused phrase about good singers being able to sing the phone book by actually singing the phone book in a funny skit.

In tribute to the late Robin Gibb, the top 12 guys sang a Bee Gees medley that included "Words," "How Deep Is Your Love," "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" and "To Love Somebody."

Rihanna emerged out of a box onto a smoke-filled stage to perform "Where Have You Been." It was a high production number with dancers and lasers accentuating Rihanna's latest hit.

Skylar Laine teamed up with country icon Reba for a collaboration on her #1 hit "Turn Up the Radio." Hollie Cavanagh was joined by Jordin Sparks for a duet on the show tune "You'll Never Walk Alone."

Judge Jennifer Lopez turned in a performance of "Goin' In" from the upcoming movie Step Up Revolution and "Follow the Leader" featuring Wishin & Yandel. Of course, Jennifer was backed up by a big team of dancers.

Judge Steven Tyler performed with Aerosmith towards the end of the night too. They sang their new song "Legendary Child" before going into "Walk this Way."

As part of the show, Ford presented new Escapes to Phillip's musical mentor, his brother-in-law Ben Neil and Jessica's mentor Robert Talon. Phillip and Jessica also got new 2013 Ford Fusions too.

Several stars were spotted in the crowd, including former Idol champ Carrie Underwood and Jane Lynch of Glee. Lauren Alaina and Taylor Hicks were there too.

Idol alums and real-life couple Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo actually got engaged on the show. Ace dropped to one kneeand presented her the ring, and Diana nodded yes before they shared a big kiss. Ryan held the ring's box as Ace slipped it on Diana's finger.

Preparations for American Idol's 12th season are already underway. Auditions for next season start in Los Angeles at Dodgers Stadium on June 7.

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Wednesday
May092012

"The Voice" Recap: Jermaine Paul Crowned Winner of Season Two

Justin Lubin/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- Jermaine Paul, a former backup singer from Spring Valley, N.Y., was crowned the winner of the second season of NBC's The Voice on Tuesday during a live grand finale.

Paul was mentored by country singer Blake Shelton.  The decision was based on viewer votes.

Paul emerged victorious after weeks of blind auditions, battle rounds and judges “saves.”  In addition to the title, he also gets a recording contract with Universal Republic Records and $100,000 cash.

As confetti rained down and the crowd rose to its feet, a tearful Paul gave thanks to his family, friends and supporters, and cried “Nobody but Jesus.”  He then took the mic one last time to sing his finale song “I Believe I Can Fly,” by R. Kelly.

Juliet Simms, the female rocker mentored by Cee Lo Green, finished second in the voting.  In third place was former Mousketeer Tony Lucca, coached by Adam Levine.  Opera singer Chris Mann, who was mentored by Christina Aguilera, finished fourth.  All of the contestants received a new car from KIA Motors.

Tuesday night’s results show also featured guest performances by Justin Bieber, Lady Antebellum and Daryl Hall and John Oates.

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Friday
Dec232011

'The X Factor': Melanie Amaro Crowned the Winner

Fox Broadcasting(LOS ANGELES) -- Melanie Amaro of Sunrise, Fla., was crowned the winner on Thursday night's first season finale of Fox’s The X Factor.

The 19-year-old finished ahead of Josh Krajcik, a 30-year-old father from Columbus, Ohio, in viewer votes.  Chris Rene, a 28-year-old recovering addict and father from Santa Cruz, Calif., was third.

Upon hearing the news, Amaro was almost speechless, but she managed to scream "Oh, my God!" and hug her family onstage.  She wins a recording contract with Sony Music-owned record label SyCo, valued at $5 million, and a spot in a Pepsi commercial.

A visibly-shaken Amaro finally composed herself enough to sing a victory song, Beyonce’s “Listen" which has become her signature tune on the show.  She broke down as the other finalists rushed on stage but recovered for one big final note. The 19-year-old praised God for the win, and said it was something she had wanted all her life.

Amaro's road to victory was not a smooth one.  Earlier in the season, she was rejected and sent home when the final 16 acts were picked, only to get a reprieve from Simon Cowell.

Last night, Cowell thanked America for giving Amaro the opportunity to become a star, and commended Krajcik as a worthy finalist.

The X Factor will air again on Fox next fall.

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Tuesday
Nov222011

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.

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Friday
Aug122011

'So You Think You Can Dance' Winner Named

Kevin Winter/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Nineteen-year-old Melanie Moore of Marietta, Georgia, won the eighth season of the Fox competition So You Think You Can Dance on Thursday.

She won the $250,000 grand prize over runner-up Sasha Mallory and second runner-up Marko Germar.

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Wednesday
May252011

Scotty McCreery Wins 'American Idol' Season 10

FilmMagic/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Scotty McCreery was voted the winner of American Idol season 10 on Wednesday night.  He defeated Lauren Alaina to win the final showdown between the youngest-ever contestants in the show's history -- McCreery is 17, and Alaina is 16.

Both Scotty and Lauren will join the remainder of this season's top 11 contestants for the American Idols Live Tour, which kicks off July 6 in West Valley City, Utah, and wraps Sept. 10 in Rochester, N.Y.  Tickets are on sale now.

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Wednesday
Nov242010

Jennifer Grey Claims Victory on 'Dancing with the Stars'

Photo Courtesy - ABC(LOS ANGELES) -- Jennifer Grey went from "Dirty Dancing" to ballroom dancing and was crowned the champion Tuesday, along with pro partner Derek Hough, of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."  The actress had the time of her life on season 11 of the ABC reality series, receiving perfect “tens” from the judges for two dance routines on Monday and an elegant Viennese waltz Tuesday.

After learning she was the winner, Grey told host Tom Bergeron she didn't think she was going to compete Tuesday, but was really glad she did.  The actress had revealed earlier in the evening that she had been diagnosed with a ruptured disc in her back and was unsure she would be able to perform.

Disney Channel star Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer finished second, while Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas were third.  Bristol said the show was "a life-changing experience."

Bristol Palin's mother, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, answered "no, not at all" when asked if she was disappointed by her daughter's loss.  "She’s had the journey of, you know, the challenge and the improvement and  the work ethic," Palin said.  "This has been all about work ethic and perseverance and, you know, no, I couldn’t be prouder. She's happy. She’s very happy."

The couples were judged on two dances before the winner was announced: an individual performance followed by a continuous Cha Cha Challenge to Pink's "Raise Your Glass."  Each couple took a turn strutting their stuff.

To determine this season's champion, the judges' scores from Monday night were combined with their Tuesday scores and viewer votes.  Tom Bergeron said the show recorded more viewer votes for this installment than any of the past 10 seasons.

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