Dancing with the Stars runner-up Evan Lysacek says he's not disappointed that he doesn't have a Mirrorball trophy to go with his Olympic gold medal. "Anna [Trebunskaya] and I were completely satisfied with the whole season and what we put into it. We didn't leave anything on the table," he tells TVGuide.com. "We wanted to enjoy it and the most important thing of this season, above any trophy or any one dance, is that we were all a family on that show." There are also no hard feelings between him and judge Len Goodman, who declared Nicole Scherzinger a deserving winner before Lysacek performed. See why he's not upset, what happened during his freestyle rehearsal and if he'll keep dancing.
Erin Andrews, Evan Lysacek, Nicole Scherzinger
Is the Dancing with the Stars title Nicole Scherzinger's for the taking? The Pussycat Doll has been the odds-on favorite since the beginning of the season, and the odds continue to be on her side as 54 percent of TVGuide.com users tip her to win the Season 10 crown. But a front-runner status doesn't always result in a win (see: Mya, Mel. B), and you can't count out her rivals: Evan Lysacek, who's hot on her heels, and dark horse Erin Andrews.
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Derek Hough is feeling the pressure — not because he and Nicole Scherzinger are the Dancing with the Stars leaders, but because the swing marathon is taking place Monday. And who can forget how he and Joanna Krupa, uh, head-bobbed their way to a victory in the mambo marathon last season? "Everyone still talks about that!" Hough tells TVGuide.com. "I really feel like I've got to do something to trump that now." The swing marathon isn't the only thing on Hough's plate this week. He and Scherzinger, who bounced back from a tear-filled meltdown last week to earn a season-high score of 29, must also perform the samba. See how rehearsals are going, what he has to say to Kate Gosselin's haters and why he would never go pantless on stage...
There's lots of crying on Dancing with the Stars, but Nicole Scherzinger won't contribute any more tears after shedding her fair share following her rumba last week. "I was just caught up in the moment. It's done, it's over. I've moved forward and you're not going to see that again," she tells TVGuide.com. "This week is going to be different." The Pussycat Doll will tango to Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman" with Derek Hough as part of movie week and says she approached the dance with a whole new attitude. Find out what how she picked herself up after her meltdown, what injury she's nursing and more.
Former All My Children hunk Aiden Turner was the third casualty on Dancing with the Stars — an elimination that came as a surprise to him.
"I felt maybe a little cheated," he tells TVGuide.com. "Niecy [Nash]'s doing a great job. Kate [Gosselin]'s really trying. We're all trying. But I really hoped and thought that I could've stayed in that competition another couple of weeks."
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Dancing with the Stars - Erin Andrews
It's no surprise that Erin Andrews feels unnatural on Dancing with the Stars — not because she has never danced, but because she's a self-described tomboy. "I'm sitting here looking at my face and seeing what all this makeup has done to me. It's like, 'Aaahh!'" she tells TVGuide.com. "There are just some things that you're not used to." The ESPN reporter, who will compete despite receiving death threats, is also not used to playing a character, but is determined to show off some acting skills in Monday's waltz. See who's been helping her out, why Dancing has been a "perfect release" after everything she's been through, and if Maksim Chmerkovskiy really does smell amazing.
Dancing With The Stars, Chelsie Hightower
Chelsie Hightower, who has danced with a rodeo cowboy (Ty Murray) and a snowboarder (Louie Vito), was surprised to be paired with The Bachelor (Jake Pavelka). The Dancing with the Stars pro tells TVGuide.com: "I think [his casting] surprised a lot of people." Also a surprise: Pavelka's performance on Week 1. The pair posted the fourth-highest score of the night — a 20 — for their Viennese waltz. But their second-week dance, the jive, is shaping up to be more of a challenge. Find out why the jive is so tough for Pavelka, who Hightower thinks is a dark horse, and what role she may play in the pilot's wedding to Vienna Girardi.
Tony Dovolani was the only one in the dark. The Dancing with the Stars pro says he doesn't read casting rumors about the show, so the possibility of working with Kate Gosselin (a widely speculated pairing since they both live on the East Coast) never crossed his mind. "Everyone was thinking that except me!" he tells TVGuide.com. "I don't read rumors. If you do and set your heart on somebody and don't get them, or it turns out the person is not doing the show, then you're disappointed even if you get somebody great." And great is exactly what the mom of eight is, says Dovolani, a dad of three — whatever "haters" might think.
Dancing With The Stars, Derek Hough
Last season, few expected Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa to make it to the semifinals of Dancing with the Stars. It's a different story this time around, as Hough is paired with former Pussycat Dolls member Nicole Scherzinger. "I do think there's a little bit more pressure on me with everyone expecting Nicole to go far. That's OK," he tells TVGuide.com. "Last season was one of my favorite seasons because I had a great time. I had no expectations. I was just enjoying myself and that kind of came through. I'm going to try to retain that this season." See what else the Season 7 champ has to say about his new partner, why she's not a ringer and which cast member is a party animal.
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.