Henry Byalikov, Diana Nyad
Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad made headlines last year when she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without the assistance of a shark cage. But, she says, preparing to dance a minute-long foxtrot on the Season 18 premiere of Dancing with the Stars last Monday was just as daunting as gearing up for her multi-day open water feat.
"When I would stand on that shore over in Cuba and look out at the horizon, I knew that what was in front of me was going to be at least two, probably more like two-and-a-half nonstop days in the open ocean, with all kinds of obstacles," Nyad, 64, tells TVGuide.com. "And [Monday], as I stood holding [partner Henry Byalikov's] hands, I was thinking, 'You have one minute and six seconds for this foxtrot.' It's just an absurdly different kind of challenge."
Nyad and Byalikov ended up with an 18 from the judges after their routine, which puts them in second-to-last place heading into Week 2. Though Nyad says she felt OK about the dance itself, there was one aspect of the performance that left her "mortified." Check out our interview with Nyad to find out what frustrated her to the point of tears, as well as what she and Henry are working on for this week's cha-cha.
Cher, Chaz Bono
Who knew that Cher could still get stage fright?
The iconic singer said she's "worried" about her guest appearance on Dancing with the Stars Monday, and she's been getting pointers from her son, DWTS alum Chaz Bono, ABC News reports.
Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Chaz Bono has shed even more weight.
Back in April, Bono...
Former Dancing with the Stars contestant Chaz Bono has shed 60 lbs. and is "still slowly losing," he told People.
Now that Chaz Bono has undergone gender reassignment, he wants to become a Hollywood leading man. The child of Cher and the late Sonny Bono, who turns 44 on March 4, last acted on network TV in 1997; when he was still Chastity, Bono played a support group leader in the episode of Ellen in which Ellen DeGeneres' character came out to her parents.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Eric Stonestreet
The CW and Showtime are leading the way in their representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community on television.
According to the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's sixth annual Network Responsibility Index, which measures the quantity, quality and diversity of images LGBT people on broadcast and cable TV, The CW remains the top broadcast network (with 29% of its programming being LGBT-inclusive), as well as the most racially diverse (62%). Showtime tops the cable networks with 46% LGBT-friendly programming.
La Toya Jackson
La Toya Jackson will be the subject of a new reality show on OWN, the network announced.
Life With La Toya will follow Jackson as she juggles the demands of her famous family and her growing entertainment business empire.
Chaz Bono is heading back to high school! The transgender activist has landed a guest spot on Degrassi: The Next Generation, People reports.
Bono will appear as himself, playing a celebrity guest judge at Degrassi's Battle of the Bands in an episode scheduled to air this fall.
Dancing for the Mirrorball trophy proved rewarding for more than just the winners of Dancing with the Stars.
Kristie Alley, Joey Fatone and Chaz Bono all lost weight when they put on their dancing shoes for the ABC reality competition show. Alley is perhaps Dancing's biggest loser, as the diet and exercise routine she used on the show ultimately led to her losing 100 pounds...
After ABC confirmed next season's all-stars outing of Dancing with the Stars, Tom Bergeron revealed that it will feature past champions, fan favorites and controversial cast members, which kind of took the wind out of sails. Do we really want to see Kate Gosselin again? No. Since season-planning is still in a nascent stage, we want to offer our two cents on how we think the season should be. Here are our five wishes for all-stars: