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Dancing with the Stars' Maksim Chmerkovskiy: "The Show Never Had a Couple Like Meryl and Me"

Makism Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis

Seven years after coming thisclose to a win with Mel B. on Dancing with the Stars, Maksim Chmerkovskiy finally has his Mirrorball trophy. His victory with Meryl Davis on Tuesday seemed to be a foregone conclusion, or at least the hot pick, since the cast announcement, but Chmerkovskiy says he had no expectations when he decided to return to the show after taking two seasons off.

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"I really had no expectations. I thought I would last three, four, five weeks," he tells TVGuide.com. "And then Meryl walks in and I go, 'Are you guys serious? There's no way this is my partner.' I was expecting ...
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Derek Hough: "It Was an Honor" to Work on Meryl Davis and Charlie White's Olympic Routine

Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Derek Hough

Derek Hough is going from Dancing with the Stars to ice dancing with Olympians.

The five-time Dancing champ won't be at the Winter Olympics, but his presence will be felt when Meryl Davis and Charlie White take to the ice Sunday. Along with the two-time world champs and six-time U.S. champs' coach Marina Zoueva, Hough worked on the pair's quickstep and foxtrot in their My Fair Lady-themed short dance that has helped them remain undefeated this season (they haven't lost in 22 months).

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"I was definitely not expecting that call," Hough tells TVGuide.com. "I still can't believe ...
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Dancing With the Stars Gets Ready to go Classical

Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani

Get ready for a major format tweak: Dancing With the Stars is planning a Classical Theme Week in early April. "It's quite ballsy to do two hours of classical music in primetime," says executive producer Conrad Green, who is looking for ways to keep the competition fresh in its twelfth season.   

The classical twist will be a big change. For that one week, the two spiral ballroom staircases will disappear, making room for a 38-piece orchestra playing selections along the lines of "Beethoven's 5th."  "We're rebuilding the whole upstage area to accommodate all those musicians," says Green.       

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November Sweeps Roundup: Week 1

Kadee Strickland and Kate Walsh

The guest stars and events that the networks have planned for the first week of November sweeps:

Monday, Nov. 1

7:30/6:30c

World Series Game 5: San Francisco Giants at Texas Rangers (Fox)

8/7c

90210 (CW)

Ryan encourages Naomi to press charges against Mr. Cannon, which she should do, if only to help out Silver, who totally took a bullet for her, so to speak.

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Kristi Yamaguchi's "Underdog" Dancing Team Will Bring Some 'Tude to the Floor

Kristi Yamaguchi

It's going to be a showdown of Olympic proportions on the 200th episode of Dancing with the Stars, as Season 6 champ Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 4 winner Apolo Anton Ohno lead the top 6 pairs in a group dance face-off. "It's going to be fun and intense!" Yamaguchi, who won with Mark Ballas, tells TVGuide.com. "It's just an honor to be asked back for such a big celebration. I think a lot of us have incredible, positive, fun memories of our experience on the show, and to be able to play such a great part in such a big episode — I couldn't ask for more." So what's the former figure skater's plan of attack to take down her fellow Olympic gold medalist's team?

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TVGuide.com: How'd you pick your team? I'm assuming you chose Mark.
Yamaguchi:
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Evan Lysacek: Dancing a Chance to "Prove Critics Wrong"

Evan Lysacek

Is Dancing with the Stars' Mirrorball trophy more prestigious than an Olympic gold medal? "It's hard to say. Olympic gold has been my goal for my whole life," newly crowned Olympic champion Evan Lysacek tells TVGuide.com. "But the Mirrorball is very prestigious. I first came into this saying, 'I just want to have fun. I really want to learn to dance because I think it can help my skating.' But as I started rehearsing and the competitive fire is going, I want to win." History is on the figure skater's side: Fellow Olympic gold medalists Shawn Johnson, Apolo Anton Ohno and Kristi Yamaguchi have all won Dancing. Lysacek thinks he has his work cut out for him. "I'm not graceful at all, so it's going to be hard, but I'm ready to put in the time," he says. See what else he has to say about his Dancing experience so far, why he thought his partner would resent him and more.
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Kristi Yamaguchi Predicts "Really Great" Winter Olympics for U.S.

Kristi Yamaguchi

It's been 18 years since she won the figure skating singles title in Albertville, but Kristi Yamaguchi says it still feels like yesterday — for the most part. "There are definitely snapshots that are still vivid, but it's slowly starting to seem a little more distant now," she tells TVGuide.com. "I remember skating off the ice, being backstage with my coach, Christy Ness, and the anticipation of waiting for the scores, and then the proud moment of being announced Olympic champion and stepping on the podium." The 38-year-old Dancing with the Stars champion will watch someone else be crowned Olympic champion from the NBC booth in Vancouver, where she is working as a special correspondent for the Today show. Get her take on the U.S. figure skating team's chances of taking home gold, what sport she's most excited to see and which Olympian should go Dancing next.
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Who Are Your All-time Favorite Dancing Champs?

Now that Dancing with the Stars has crowned a new queen and king, the question becomes: How do Kristi and Mark rank among previous winners? Does their landslide victory earn them greater regard, or does it speak to a lack of formidable competition?As a refresher, all those who have laid claim to the mirrored-ball trophy:Season 1: Kelly Monaco and Alec MazoSeason 2: Drew Lachey and Cheryl BurkeSeason 3: Emmitt Smith and Cheryl BurkeSeason 4: Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne HoughSeason 5: Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough Season 6: Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark BallasWho is your all-time favorite? Who truly showed growth and a never-tapped-into aptitude for ballroom dancing, then groomed it to flourish? Cast your vote here! And elaborate on your vote in comments. read more

DWTS Backstage: No Hard Feelings Over Kristi's Win

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How's this for a good time: Try sitting in the audience for the Dancing with the Stars finale next to designer Rami Kashou, runner-up on this season's Project Runway. "Love that," says Kashou, catching sight of redheaded pro Anna Trebunskaya as she arrives on stage to dance with Steve Guttenberg in a dazzling, fire-engine red gown. "That color is great for her." There is a note-worthy connection between the two hit reality shows: Kit Pistol, another recent Runway contestant, is the stylist for Dancing cohost Samantha Harris. That means for the last ten weeks, Pistol has been scouring Los Angeles to find roughly one hundred gowns for Harris to try on, twenty of which made the final cut. Tonight, however, as Harris stands with host Tom Bergeron, Kashou is underwhelmed. "It's a little too stiff," he says of the pale lilac gown. "And the color needs to be a little stronger."A fashion show, a dance show and a championship, all rolled into one. And Kristi Yamaguchi taking the cro... read more

The Winner is Crowned!

Well kids, this is it! It's been just over two months since this crazy season started and now it's all coming to an end. Who would be taking home the crown and who would go home in utter defeat? More importantly, who is being booted right away and settling for third place? I'm anticipating an interesting (yet long!) night ahead, so let's dive into it one last time!After a short interview with our finalists, Usher entered the ballroom and I shouted with glee. He's sexy and talented and he really hasn't had a song I haven't liked. Despite having a headset, I definitely think he wasn't singing his new hit song "Love in This Club" but that's really fine with me. It's a dancing show and if singing live would have made it hard for him to break it down at the end then he shouldn't have sang. I also think every performer on this show has lip-synched so this isn't abnormal. We've had some pretty great performances this year. Which was your favorite? Then the first big moment of the night arr... read more

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