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My favorite part of every Dancing With The Stars season is the first episode. After weeks of buildup and buzz, we finally get to see who has the stuff to take it all the way and who’s there simply for fodder and ratings. This season that title goes to Andy Dick. I just can’t see the Newsradio star doing well. Poor Sharna Burgess. After spending several seasons in the Dance Troupe, she finally gets promoted to the big time, but saddled with Dick. LOL. With that said, the duo looks like they having lots of fun in their official promo photo.

ABC just released all the competing stars with their professional partners. This crop of wannabe hoofers doesn’t have the star wattage as previous ones, but I’m really looking forward to this season. We have new pro blood in the form of STYCYD alum Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Savchenko and the aforementioned Burgess. Based on first impressions Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough and Val Chmerkovskiy have the best chemistry with their stars. Check out all the photos below.

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Dancing With The Stars: Season 16 Cast Announced

In: Patrick, TV Shows

Dancing With The Stars is back with a new cast of celebrities ready to throw on their dancing shoes and compete for the mirrorball trophy, alongside their talented professional partners. The new cast were announced by hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet on GMA this morning, along with the cast members for this season.

As with every season, there is quite the mix of celebrities that include country music stars, comedians, actors, Olympians and pro athletes, reality stars, and as usual, one token Disney star.

The new season begins on Monday, March 18 with a two-hour season premiere from 8-10pm ET, with the results show taking place the following week on Tuesday, March 26 at 9/10pm ET. Check out the cast of DWTS Season 16 below and vote for who you think will win this season.

Meet the cast after the jump…

While Dancing With Stars continues to garner ratings (albeit declining), attempts of having celebrities compete on other surfaces haven’t fared so well. FOX’s Skating with Celebrities was a huge bomb and ABC’s attempt to replicate its DWTS success (Skating with the Stars) also lasted only one season. While the idea of celebrities falling on their asses doesn’t lure US audiences, over in the UK, Dancing On Ice is a huge hit. With seven series under its belt, the 8th season premiere is just around the corner.

Competing on Dancing On Ice Series 8 is a host of British celebs and athletes. X Factor winner Shayne Ward (pictured above) will compete alongside openly gay former rugby player Gareth Thomas, Olympian Beth Tweddle and other famous and not so famous people. Arguably, the biggest star competing on the series is a foreigner. An international star hailing from North America who competed on Dancing With The Stars. Have any guesses? Find out who below.

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Who Won Dancing With The Star’s All-Stars Season?

In: Donovan, TV Shows

For the first time in Dancing With The Stars history, the Final 3 was comprised of three female celebrities. Girl power definitely prevailed this season. After last night’s performances, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani lead with a perfect 60, with Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy close behind at 59 and Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough trailing with 57. Would Shawn and Derek’s decision to repeat their rule-breaking dance cause them the crown? Luckily for them, tonight had each couple performing one more dance- an instant one. Perhaps they could close the gap with a flawless routine.

Kelly & Val picked an Instant Jive and scored a 28.5. Melissa and Tony then followed with an Instant Samba which also netted them 28.5 points. Lastly, Shawn & Derek performed an Instant Cha Cha that gave them a perfect score of 30. With all the judges’ scores factored in here’s where everyone stood. In first were Melissa & Tony with 88.5, Kelly & Val and Shawn & Derek followed with 87.5 and 87.0 respectively. Now all that remained was to factor in the viewer votes. Did the public push Shawn & Derek to their much-predicted win? Find out below.

Before I reveal the winner, I just wanted to quickly skim over the filler for the two-hour finale. Pretty much everything was a retread of previous performances. The only new one worth mentioning was Pamela Anderson’s dance with a bevy of male dancers to Grace Potter & The Nocturnals‘ “Paris (Ooh La La)”. It was sexy and actually not bad. Too bad Anderson didn’t show this type of dance prowess and agility during the competition. She might’ve lasted more than one week. Without further ado, let’s find out who won the All-Stars mirrorball trophy.

check out the instant dances after the jump

Normally, the hour-long results show on any reality show bores me to death. Tonight, Dancing With The Stars pleasantly surprised me. Sure, Tom Bergeron could’ve revealed the results in ten minutes, but the filler this week was tolerable.

On deck to perform were Britain’s “other” boy band- The Wanted. Max George and his backup singers (LOL), sang “I Found You” and “Glad You Came” while looking dapper in their slim suits. Admittedly, I have a bit of a crush on Max, but lately that Jay McGuiness (the curly hair one) is looking pretty cute.

Earlier this season Paula Abdul joined the judges on the panel to critique the All-Stars. This time around, the 50-year-old entertainer choreographed a number featuring four of her No. 1 hits- “Straight Up“, “Forever Your Girl“, “Cold Hearted” and “Opposites Attract“. The performance incorporated previously filmed dancing footage with live segments. The results were fantastic and really allowed Abdul to shine at what she does best. She even brought out her animated duet partner MC Skat Kat from “Opposites Attract”.

The other two performances were by talented Kiwi dancer Parris Goebel and resident pro Derek Hough. The latter enlisted four female contemporary dancers for an emotional and powerful number. Co-choreographed by SYTYCD fan favorite Allison Holker, the performance also brought two other alums from the FOX show- Melanie Moore and Kathryn McCormick. I could watch Holker dance for hours. Allison not winning her season is one of the greatest travesties in reality competition history.

Check out all the aforementioned performances below. They truly are worth taking a sneak peek at. Without further ado, let’s get to the results.

find out who was eliminated after the jump

Since there was no one voted off last week due to the Presidential election, it was time for a double elimination on Dancing With The Stars. Though not as shocking as Sabrina Ryan’s ouster a couple of weeks ago, one of tonight’s boots was a tad surprising.

This week it was all about veterans and threesomes. Sounds hot, but it’s not nearly as salacious as it sounds. Each couple was asked to create a dance honoring the armed forces and another dance involving another pro.

After Shawn Johnson and Melissa Rycroft were the first two declared safe, it was time to reveal the first one not advancing next week. Kirstie Alley and Kelly Monaco were pitted together and not surprisingly Alley was tonight’s first victim. I’ve enjoyed the former Cheers star thus far, but at this point she wasn’t at the same level as the remaining All-Stars. It was her time to go. At least she got to go out with a bang, dancing with both Maks and Tristan MacManus last night. Now that’s one tasty Ukranian-Irish sandwich, I’d like to take a bite out of.

find out the second somewhat shocking elimination after the jump

Man Crush: Val Chmerkovskiy

In: Donovan, Totally GAY!

On this week’s Dancing With The Stars, I thought for sure Kelly Monaco and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy were getting the boot. Thankfully for me, I have a few more Monday nights to lust after him. Before he joined the ABC dancing show, his older brother Maks was my crush. That was then and this is now. Who doesn’t like a newer and younger model? I love me some new car smell. His “leather” must feel good and his “stick shift” really easy to handle. LOL. So dirty.

Val (or Valentin as he likes to be called now) joined DWTS on Season 13. Prior to that, he was a decorated ballroom dancer, winning the US championships 14 times over his 15-year dance career. The 26-year-old owns a chain of dancing studios with Maks and Tony Dovolani.

When he’s not sweating it up on the dancefloor, Val is a budding musician. He plays the violin and fancies himself as a rapper. Yup, you read that right. Homeboy has a rap music video titled “White Boy Boogie” and does a good job shaking it. Check it out at the end of this post, after a whackload of pictures. Luckily for us, Val has no hangups showing off his body on Instagram. Get to know this week’s Man Crush below.

check out plenty of shirtless pics after the jump

Dancing With The Stars Week 6 Shocking Results

In: Donovan, TV Shows

Typically, Tyrell recaps Dancing With The Stars, but tonight’s results were so shocking that I had to post the outcome immediately. Most people, including myself, predicted either Kirstie Alley or Kelly Monaco would get the boot this week since they received the lowest scores from the judges from the past couple of weeks. But once they were safe, you can tell the audience and especially the remaining stars were shaking in their boots. Very appropriate considering this week was country week.

As Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet began to reveal the results, it was clear that the ones who were in danger, were the judges’ favorites from the past two weeks. The All-Stars with the three highest scores were all in peril- Melissa & Tony (86), Apolo & Karina (86.5) and Sabrina & Louis (88.5). To boot, last night both Apolo Ohno and Sabrina Bryan scored the first perfect scores of the season.

Yikes!!! I was just hoping it wouldn’t be Apolo, but given the lack of chemistry with Karina, they were very vulnerable. Melissa seems the logical choice to leave given she has the least star wattage. But then again, Sabrina has been the victim of voter apathy before. Find out who kissed their chances for the All-Star mirrorball goodbye.

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