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Before you get too excited, she’s not returning as one of the professional dancers. Rather, Julianne Hough will have a permanent spot on the panel for Dancing With The Stars Season 19. She won’t be replacing anyone. Instead, she will sit alongside panel regulars Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman as the fourth judge.

“I’m so excited to be back with my “Dancing with the Stars” family again on a regular basis,” Hough later said in a statement. “I’ve always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I’m acting, dancing or singing, and I’m thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits.”

She added, “Derek and I just finished our Move Live on Tour, which reminded me how much I miss the interaction with the dance fans that have been so supportive of me in my career. I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I’m ready to have fun in this new role.”

While I enjoyed Hough as one of the pros, her appearances as a guest judge left something to be desired. Clearly the producers felt otherwise. Love it or hate it, viewers will now have to sit through four critiques for each dance. #overkill. Watch Hough make the announcement on Good Morning America earlier today.

watch video after the jump

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Best.Decision.Ever!!!

Allison Holker is widely regarded as one of the best dancers to ever grace the So You Think You Can Dance stage. She was totally robbed on Season 2. Anyone else agree?

The 26-year-old is one of three new pros joining Season 19 of Dancing With The Stars. You just know Holker is going to come up with some wicked contemporary numbers for her celebrity. On the flip side, I can’t wait to see how proficient she is with traditional ballroom dances.

For those bummed that Maksim Chmerkovskiy opted to not return, another piece of man eye candy has been recruited. Artem Chigvintsev (bottom right), another SYTYCD alum, makes his debut as a pro on the US version. He appeared as part of the troupe last season and a featured pro on the UK version, Strictly Come Dancing. Chigvintsev also previously dated DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba. Burn the Floor veteran Keoikantse “Keo” Motsepe (top right) rounds out the newbies.

check them out in action after the jump

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Before I begin, a huge congratulations to Maksim Chmerkovskiy for finally winning his first Mirror Ball trophy. After Derek Hough’s beautiful yet gimmicky rope trick during the DWTS Season 18 finals, I was worried Maks and Meryl Davis wouldn’t win. Thankfully America got it right. Just like everyone else, I echo the sentiment that Maks and Meryl need to date. They’re so friggin’ adorable together. The Olympian brought out a new side and tamed the beast.

It’s no secret that I wouldn’t mind being in a Chmerkovskiy sandwich. I find both Val and Maks extremely attractive with the slight edge to the younger sibling. The two get naked wearing only strategically placed hats for People Magazine’s “Hottest Bodies” feature.

After the photoshoot, the two participate in a playful game of “Him or Me.” From who’s more promiscuous and other juicy details, the brothers reveal all. While they don’t necessarily give the same answer for most questions, both agree on which brother requires a “bigger hat.” Find out who below.

watch the clip after the jump

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I couldn’t agree more with Ricky Martin. The 42-year-old Latin heartthrob said that during his guest judge appearance on Dancing With The Stars last night after James Maslow’s latest titillating performance. Maslow along with his partner Peta Murgatroyd delivered a sizzling samba to “Gasolina” for Latin week. It was beyond muy caliente. As Bruno Tonioli put it, it was filthy and dirty and he loved it. Check out the sexy number below.

watch the sexy performance after the jump

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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

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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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