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Ricky Martin is slowly but surely building his resume critiquing contestants. First The Voice Australia and now Dancing With The Stars. The “Livin’ La Vida Loca” singer is among a handful of celebrity guest judges that will join Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli this season. The announcement was made by the DWTS panel on Good Morning America.

If there is anyone who has the credentials to judge hip movements, it’s the 42-year-old. He’s been shaking his “bon bon” since his Menudo days in the 80s. I wonder if James Maslow’s sexy salsa on Monday night helped persuade Martin to jump on board. I hope Maslow is still in the competition when Martin drops by. I can’t wait to see what the Puerto Rican’s eyes focus on.

check out the other celebrity judges dropping by after the jump

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And this is why I watch Dancing With The Stars. Prior to competing on Season 18 of the dancing competition, I wasn’t too familiar with Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush. After shaking his hips during a very sensual salas routine, I’m officially a fan of James Maslow.

The 23-year-old not only had me salivating, but judge Carrie Ann Inaba as well. After his routine, she inducted him into DWTS Sexy Hall Of Fame, joining the likes of Corbin Bleu, Mario Lopez and Gilles Marini. The package preceding the performance was equally as hot. The sweat dripping off his pecs was almost too much to handle.

Before we get to the clip, I just wanted to add my two cents regarding this season. Firstly, props to producers for giving Brooke Burke-Charvet the boot. Erin Andrews, in her first two outings, has already shown more personality than Brooke did during her entire tenure. I’m also glad they put the judges desk back to its normal spot and the dancers back in the fishbowl as opposed to the ‘bus stop’ from last season.

Some of the changes I’m not a fan of is replacing the band and this whole switching partners gimmick. Another thing I’m not crazy about is the omission of both Gleb Savchenko and Tristan MacManus. However, I’m completely ecstatic Artem Chigvintsev finally made the US version, albeit the troupe. Fingers crossed he gets upgraded next season. Without further ado, check out James swiveling his hips below.

check out all the performances after the jump

Dancing With The Stars Season 18 Cast Announced

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Erin Andrews made her debut as new DWTS co-host on today’s Good Morning America to announce the Dancing With The Stars Season 18 cast. Already, she’s shown more life than her predecessor Brooke Burke-Charvet. I’m surprised it took producers this long to give Brooke the heave ho. Definitely a step in the right direction.

While not the most star-studded or exciting cast in recent years, there are a few notable names to keep an eye on. Being that I’m a Real Housewives addict, naturally I’m excited for NeNe Leakes. If she ends up winning the mirrorball, I fear for her ATL co-stars. She’ll be even more unbearable and entitled. In terms of eye candy, we get Big Time Rush’s James Maslow, NHL player Sean Avery and Winter Olympian Charlie White. The latter will face off his against his ice dancing partner Meryl Davis for the Season 18 title.

For those looking forward to seeing former sitcom stars back in the spotlight, you get three. The Wonder YearsDanica McKellar, Full House’s Candace Cameron-Bure and Drew Carey will all make you feel nostalgic. After a couple of seasons off, Maksim Chmerkovskiy makes his return to the ballroom.

Check out the rest of the cast below, along with which professional partner they’ve been paired with. In addition, find out ONE MAJOR TWIST producers have in store this year that will change the competition forever.

watch the announcement and pairings after the jump

Dancing With The Stars Announces New Co-Host

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The eliminations started early this season for Dancing With The Stars. Before its 18th season, producers have replaced two of the show’s mainstays. First Harold Wheeler and his orchestra were given the boot in favor of bandleader Ray Chew and now this. Brooke Burke-Charvet who replaced Samantha Harris is the latest casualty. Her departure was announced this past weekend.

“I have enjoyed seven seasons co-hosting DWTS but understand the need for change considering the position of the show at this juncture,” said Burke “I’ve always been one to embrace change and looking forward to pursuing opportunities I previously wasn’t able to entertain because of contractual obligations to the show. I’ve seen my fair share of shocking eliminations in the ballroom but this one takes the cake.”

find out who after the jump

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As long as Jack Osbourne doesn’t pull a miracle out of his ass, I’ll be fine with either Corbin Bleu or Amber Riley winning. I just wish the latter was paired up with someone else than Derek Hough. Does he really need another win under his belt. With that being said, I don’t think Amber would’ve done nearly as well without Derek’s insane choreography. He’s definitely the most talented out of the pros.

The show kicked off as the season began, with that wicked group number choreographed by Mandy Moore. After that, each of the stars danced an encore. My personal favorite retreads were Bill Nye’s “Weird Science” and Snooki’s “Work, Bitch.” The latter introduced a whackload of new dance moves. Lady Antebellum, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias and Swedish duo Ylvis all dropped by for the two-hour extravaganza. Being the cheesefest that DWTS is, everyone got into “The Fox” spirit and donned their faux animal ears. Can we put this novelty single to pasture to keep “Gangnam Style” company?

It’s also worth nothing that viewers picked Amber and Derek’s freestyle as the encore. Is that foreshadowing the winner or simply a red herring? I think the former, but anything can Ellie Goulding happen.

check out the performances after the jump

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Next to the premiere, the freestyle episode is my favorite of any Dancing With The Stars season. As each year goes by, the professional dancers raise the bar and find new ways to highlight their respective celebrity. Tonight was no exception. Each wowed in their own special way.

The evening kicked off with each star revisiting a previous routine that the judges felt they could improve upon. In all honesty, producers could’ve scrapped this entire segment as the first hour felt more like a recap show. Been there, seen that. With exception to Amber Riley, the other three actually executed their encore dance worse than the first time, even with extra pointers from the judges. Must’ve been the nerves.

That was followed up with a samba relay where Corbin Bleu, rightfully so, scored the most points with Bill Engvall bringing up the rear (once again). Since the first two performances were pretty unremarkable except for Corbin looking especially hot, shirtless wearing yellow pants, I’m only embedding the freestyle dances. Check them out below and find out who fell just short of the mirrorball trophy.

check out the freestyles after the jump

DWTS 17: Can Bill Engvall Win The Mirrorball?

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The above picture is exactly why I still watch Dancing With The Stars. Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, you’re one lucky beyotch.

With only a few more weeks left in the competition, the idea of Bill Engvall walking away with the Season 17 mirrorball trophy is a scary possibility. Despite being the lowest-scoring competitor the past five straight weeks, he’s still standing. At the very beginning, I was rooting for him because I love an underdog. In a season where there were plenty of ringers and him saddled with a newbie pro dancer, the odds were stacked up against him. But with each week, he gained fans with his likable personality and his steely determination.

When he outlasted Christina Milian, I chalked it up to plenty of capable dancers still remaining in the competition splitting the votes. Even when he knocked out Snooki and Brant Daugherty, I wasn’t hatin’ on him. That’s saying a lot considering how sexy Brant is. But with last night’s results, the gloves are off.

How dare he escape elimination over my man Val Chmerkovskiy… I mean Elizabeth Berkley. I guarantee had this new voting system NOT been implemented, Berkley would still be standing. I just can’t see America voting her out after that sexy threeway salsa with Gleb Savchenko and Val. Don’t take my word for it. Check it out below and compare it to Engvall’s salsa. There’s no contest.

watch their sexy salsa threeway after the jump

Gladiators came out in full force for the Season 3 premiere of Scandal last Thursday. The ABC political drama roared back with a series best. It was up 71% over its year-ago season premiere and surpassed its previous series highs by 13%. The only show that fared better that night was CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. Looks like Olivia Pope isn’t just top dog in Washington, D.C. but on the Twitter-verse as well.

Nielsen in conjunction with SocialGuide began a new metric last week, tabulating the number of people tweeting about TV programs and the audience of people who actually view those Tweets. With social media becoming such an integral part of viewing, due to all those hashtags popping up on the bottom corner of the screen, it only makes sense this new chart exists. You can thank Pretty Little Liars for starting this trend.

Topping the first ever Top 10 chart, is none other than Scandal. The show notched almost 713,000 tweets in the seven hours before, during and after its premiere. Those tweets reached an audience of roughly 3.65 million unique Twitter users. Miley Cyrus dominated the next two spots with her MTV documentary and guest host stint on Saturday Night Live. Find out how many tweets she generated and the rest of the Top 10 below.

check out the Top 10 after the jump

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