Even her battered knees couldn't stop her from waltzing away with the trophy. Amber Riley and her pro partner, Derek Hough, beat out Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff to win Season 17 of Dancing With the Stars Tuesday night. "I definitely feel beaten down right now," Riley says with a laugh. The Glee star, 27, who has been plagued with knee injuries all season, is looking forward to giving her whole body a rest — probably in Hawaii. "I've always wanted to go there," she says.
Cher and Bruno Tonioli
"She was so down-to-earth," says judge Bruno Tonioli moments after Dancing With the Stars' Monday show, still savoring his time sitting next to guest judge Cher. "She's adorable. She just says what she thinks and she doesn't care what anybody thinks. I loved her."
"My knees are killing me," moans Valerie Harper, lifting her gold lamé gown and showing off two knees wrapped in heavy bandages. It's moments after her elimination on Monday night's Dancing With The Stars and Harper is cheerfully working the press line, flashing the smile that belies the crushing diagnosis she was given in January: That her lung cancer, which she thought she had beaten, had spread to the membranes surrounding her brain and that she had three to six months to live.
"I feel very happy that I was here for four dances with Tristan [MacManus]," she says.
In a very public and painful split, actress Leah Remini left the Church of Scientology last summer. Now, as a contestant on Dancing With the Stars, the King of Queens star says that the church is "waiting for me to fail."
"It's not insinuated, it's told to you," Remini said, moments after Monday night's show. "The church is looking for me to fail so they can say to their parishioners, 'You see what happens when you leave the church?' They want you to believe that you're not going to do well — in life."
It seemed as if the whole room was holding its collective breath as Valerie Harper took to the dance floor on Dancing With The Stars Monday night. Would the beloved star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a 74-year-old who has been diagnosed with terminal cancer, get through 68 seconds of non-stop fox trot?
Lisa Vanderpump, Gleb Savchenko
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Lisa Vanderpump, who is fighting what ABC reps are calling a "viral infection," and fainted earlier in the week during rehearsals, was this close to eliminating herself from Dancing With The Stars on Monday night.
"She wasn't feeling well enough to do dress rehearsal," said one ABC rep, "and only decided that she would dance 15 minutes before she went on." Vanderpump, whose husband and daughter were in the audience, was immediately whisked away after the show, "to go home to bed and chicken soup."
She behaved like an Olympic champion and toughed it out, but Dorothy Hamill was in rough shape for Monday night's Dancing With The Stars. Even with all the adrenaline that goes along with performing live, it was obvious that she was having difficulty walking, let alone dancing.
Tom Bergeron, Karina Smirnoff, Jacoby Jones
How do you shake up a show going into its 16th season? By giving it contemporary flair.
For the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars, three of the 12 new celebrity hoofers — gold medal figure skater Dorothy Hamill, General Hospital's Ingo Rademacher, and the Disney Channel's Zendaya — were assigned the contemporary genre for their first dance, instead of the usual cha cha, waltz or fox trot.