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The upcoming Season 20 of Dancing With The Stars marks the tenth anniversary of the popular dance competition. To mark the milestone, producers have fashioned a brand spanking new gold mirrorball trophy to give to the winner. Personally, I prefer the original one. The gold one looks a little tacky.

So who’s in the running? It’s not the most star-studded cast, but it’s an interesting one. The NFL’s first openly-gay player Michael Sam along with double amputee motivational speaker Noah Galloway provide the eye candy for the Spring 2015 edition. Fingers crossed that their respective female pros put them in very revealing outfits often.

Suzanne Somers and Patti LaBelle are representing for the veterans while Hunger Games actress Willow Shields checks in for the tween demo. Shields, at 14-years-old, is the youngest ever to compete on the show. For me, the addition of Rumer Willis is the most fascinating. I never thought I’d see Bruce Willis or Demi Moore in the audience, but they may just pop up to support their daughter.

The odds-on favorite to take Season 20 is Olympian Nastia Liukin. Athletes have a great track record on the show. To boot, she’s partnered up with the winningest pro, Derek Hough. He wasn’t supposed to take part this season, but the powers-that-be made it happen last minute. Speaking of Hough, his cousin, Riker Lynch, is also one of the stars strapping on their ballroom shoes. Check out the entire cast below, along with watching the reveal on Good Morning America.

watch the announcement 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

It’s been three years since Tyrell ranked the Dancing With The Stars‘ male professional dancers. Since several new pro hotties have joined the ABC dancing competition since, I thought it was time to reevaluate his rankings. Also, everyone has their own personal tastes and I wanted to share mine. If you’ve been reading the site for awhile now, I’m pretty sure you have an idea who top ballroom dog is in my book. Check out the studs below and be sure to sound off on my choices.

check out my rankings after the jump

I don’t normally recap Dancing With The Stars, but since I’m enjoying this season so much, I thought I’d give it a try. There’s so many people I’m rooting for. Also, the fact the show airs only once a week now instead of two episodes, makes it much more manageable. I love that the performances and eliminations take place all in one jam-packed night. Much less unnecessary filler. However, the producers still manage to draw out the eliminations with their dramatic lighting and music.

The only thing I don’t like about the new format is the glitter pit replacing the celeb aquarium where the stars watched all the action from above. Also, was it necessary to move the judges to the other side of the dance floor? I digress. Check out week two’s performances below and find out who earned the unwanted distinction of being the first boot.

check out the week 2 performances and the first elimination after the jump

Meet The Dancing With The Stars Season 17 Cast

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Turns out the rumors were true. Everyone on TMZ’s list is part of Dancing With The Stars Season 17 with a few extra additions. As I had hoped, some male eye candy was added. It comes in the form of Pretty Little Liars actor Brant Daugherty and High School Musical‘s Corbin Bleu.

Speaking of eye candy, my favorite Russian pro dancer Gleb Savchenko isn’t dancing with anyone this year. Former SYTYCD dancer Lindsay Arnold is also missing, along with longtime staple Kym Johnson. Stepping in to replace their shoes are Tyne Stecklein, Emma Slater and Sasha Farber. The latter two were both part of the Dance Troupe for several seasons. Congrats on the promotion.

This year, DWTS is only airing once a week which means both the eliminations and performances will take place on the same night. For those who looked forward to the musical guests, don’t worry. They’ll still appear, but only later in the season when the cast has been whittled away. Without further ado, check out the DWTS Season 17 cast below which was revealed earlier today on Good Morning America.

check out the cast with their pros and my comments after the jump

The official Dancing With The Stars casting announcement doesn’t take place until next week on Wednesday, September 4, but TMZ has the lowdown on who might be competing for the Season 17 mirrorball.

According to the site, television icon Valerie Harper is one of the participating hoofers. Rumor has it, she’s already been practicing with professional dancer Tristan MacManus. Though she’s been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer, reportedly she’s in good enough physical condition to undergo the strenuous strains the competition requires. Check out the rest of the rumored cast below.

check out the other rumored contestants after the jump

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