Drew Carey, Witney Carson
Many of the contestants on Dancing with the Stars were apprehensive about switching partners for last week's switch-up, but that wasn't the case for Drew Carey. In fact, the Price Is Right host says he'd like to swap again. (No disrespect to Carey's pro partner Cheryl Burke, of course.)
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.
Carrie Ann Inaba
Who will win Season 17 of Dancing with the Stars? That's the big question heading in to the two-part finale, which begins tonight at 8/7c on ABC.
Competing tonight will be Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke,Derek Hough and Amber Riley, and Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. One of the four couples will be eliminated at the end of tonight's show, and the other three will perform a final routine tomorrow night before the winner is crowned.
"I think we have two completely different types of competitors," judge Carrie Ann Inaba told TVGuide.com ahead of Monday's show. "We have Corbin and Amber, who are in one class. And then you have Jack and Bill, who are totally of a different class. I think it's really interesting the way the fans have voted. I think people are really a fan of the whole idea of somebody who doesn't know how to dance really making the transformation, which is what Jack and Bill fall into."
Peta Murgatroyd and Brant Daugherty
TVGuide.com caught up with Murgatroyd on Tuesday to discuss their shocking dismissal, and get her thoughts on how Cher did as a guest judge.
Cheryl Burke, Jack Osbourne
According to veteran pro Cheryl Burke, the competition on this season of Dancing with the Stars is the stiffest she's ever seen.
"It's so competitive. There's amazing dancers, a lot of them with some dance background and a few of them with no dance background," Burke tells TVGuide.com. "This season is tough. I would say out of all the seasons, this has been definitely the most competitive. From here on out, you have no idea who's going to actually go home."
Check out our interview with Burke to see why viewers may be surprised by the routine she and partner Jack Osbourne have in store this week, and where Osbourne ranks among the other celebrities she's danced with over the years.
D.L. Hughley, Cheryl Burke
Cheryl Burke found one thing to be positive about after she and D.L. Hughley received a dismal score of 12 on last week's Dancing with the Stars premiere: There was no elimination. "Otherwise it would've been pretty obvious who was going home!" she tells TVGuide.com. "That would've been a really boring results show." The pair will get a shot to redeem themselves Monday (8/7c, ABC) with their quickstep, on which Burke says Hughley is "working really, really hard." So what went wrong with their cha-cha? And what does she think about that 12? Keep reading to find out.
Kellie Pickler, D.L. Hughley
Will it be two times the fun on the 16th season of ABC's Dancing With the Stars, which begins March 18? Producers are trying to make up for the lackluster ratings of last season's All Stars by spiking the cast (announced Feb. 26 on Good Morning America) with a double dose of Olympians, country stars and comedians.
The big names include ice-skating legend Dorothy Hamill, 56; singer Wynonna Judd, 48; and...
Dancing with the Stars boots two more couples! Did Kirstie overcome her 20-point deficit? Find out who made the semifinals and what new dances we'll see next week.
Is Dancing with the Stars' Cheryl Burke foxtrot-ing over to The Bachelorette?
Burke has met with producers of the show, she tells E! News.
Cheryl Burke and Emmitt Smith
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke didn't top the leader board on Dancing with the Stars last week, but she thinks their sassy samba, which scored a 29, was just what the doctored ordered. "I think we're peaking at the right time," Burke tells TVGuide.com. "Now we're in the middle of the season, so you really have to start stepping it up to get over that hump and try to make the finals." The two, who won Season 3 together, have the foxtrot this week and a group dance with the rest of the cast for Country Week. Find out what they have in store. Plus: How did Burke feel about being the most-wanted pro this season?