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Dancing's Derek Hough: I'm Really Impressed By Kellie

Derek Hough

Hey there!

Thanks for your support and votes!

We've gotten so many comments about our jazz and we're so happy you enjoyed it. I thought it came out great. When I watched it back, I was even surprised by some of it. Kellie was really good. Her control and extensions are insane. People with dance experience, who've trained for years, can do that. You look at her and you think she must have dance experience. She doesn't, but she has dance ability ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: We're Stepping It Up This Week

Derek Hough

Hey everyone!

Thanks for all your comments last week. Hope you enjoyed our dance!

I'm actually in Michigan right now following Kellie around wherever she goes. I'm a little under the weather with the flu, but I think I'll be all good for Monday. I'm just feeling a little stuffed up and sore ...
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The Monday Playlist: Bates Motel, Top of the Lake and Look Who's Dancing

Freddie Highmore

Psychos are enjoying a TV renaissance, with The Following's poisonously seductive Joe Carroll setting the tone for the creepy comebacks of two of the most infamous fiends in all of pop culture. In a few weeks, NBC will reintroduce audiences to the ravenously deranged Hannibal (as in Lecter), and in case that makes you think about taking a shower, you might want to reconsider, because ...
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Dancing with the Stars Boss on Recapturing the Magic (and Viewers): "It's Back to Basics"

Dancing With the Stars

Last fall, a longtime goal of Dancing with the Stars producers came into fruition: an all-stars season.

Thirteen alums returned, but viewers fled. The onetime ratings juggernaut delivered less-than-glittery numbers — partially due to The Voice's first fall outing siphoning eyeballs. But executive producer Conrad Green also believes it's because fans want to see dancing with new stars, not all-stars.

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"Perhaps that was a miscalculation on our part. Maybe we underestimated how important it was to have a new story rather than a continuation of one," Green tells TVGuide.com. "We thought seeing old favorites come back would be really appealing, and I think it was to core fans of the show. All-Stars did deliver in terms of being able to try some new dances out, new challenges and really pushing the level of competition. I think what it lacked was the shock of the new.

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"So it's quite nice this season to go back to fresh faces, people completely unfamiliar with dance and get back to that kind of innocence," Green continues. "It's back to basics almost. There's definitely a ...
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Dancing's Derek Hough: I'm Happy I Came Back This Season

Derek Hough

Hi there,

How's everyone doing? I'm very excited to be blogging this season. Hope I don't bore you guys too much!

I'm having a great time with Kellie. She's a wonderful person and such a hard worker, and I'm so happy I decided to come back this season. I had every intention of taking the season off to ...
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Dancing's Aly Raisman: People Will See a "Totally Different" Side of Me

Alexandra Raisman

If there's one person on Dancing with the Stars this season who has a slight edge, it's Aly Raisman. Not because she's a gymnast, but because she and the Fierce Five U.S. Women's Olympics Gymnastics team gave Shawn Johnson an assist in her freestyle last season. "Working with Shawn and Derek [Hough] was so much fun. The girls and I loved it," Raisman tells TVGuide.com. "I was nervous about it and I think I'll be really nervous for the first show, but I guess it's good that I sort of know what it's like out there." The 18-year-old, who won two gold medals and a bronze at the London Olympics, is partnered with Mark Ballas, who won Season 8 with — who else? — Johnson. Does she feel pressure to follow in Johnson's Mirrorball-winning footsteps? And will her super-nervous parents make a cameo? Find out below!
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Meet Dancing With the Stars' New Cast

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... read more

Kellie Pickler Shaves Her Head in Support of Cancer-Stricken Friend

Summer Miller and Kellie Pickler

Kellie Pickler debuted a brand-new buzzcut on Good Morning America Wednesday morning.

The country cutie lost her locks the day before in support of her childhood friend, Summer Holt Miller, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in June. Miller, who also shaved her head, will begin chemotherapy on Thursday. read more

Anderson Cooper Announces First Round of Guest Co-Hosts

Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper has released the initial lineup of guest co-hosts who will be joining him on his daytime talk show in the fall.

Actress Kristin Chenoweth will be the first person to play sidekick to the CNN anchor when she appears on Anderson Live on Sept. 10, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Kellie Pickler Talks to the Animals on GAC's Day Jobs

Kellie Pickler

GAC's before-they-were-famous series Day Jobs (Wednesdays, 10/9c) regularly tasks country stars with working their old 9-to-5s, but on occasion, the series allows artists to get a taste of their other dream gigs. For Kellie Pickler, that means caring for animals — and awfully large ones at that. In tonight's new episode, the American Idol alum, who recently released the throwback-country album 100 Proof, learns how to be a caregiver for elephants. We asked... read more

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