Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough by Carol Kaelson/ABC
I dont know about you, but I got my wish Tuesday night. Boiled down to three words: Anyone. But. Marie. Seriously folks, if Dancing with the Stars trophy had gone to Marie Osmond the underdog or rather, underdoll, as I like to think of her after Mondays bizarre freestyle nondance that would have been better suited for the Island of Misfit Toys I might even have joined the legions of disgruntled fans who tend to declare "Im never watching again" after each cycle when their favorite doesnt win.And then, of course, they return the following season, because once hooked on this deliriously entertaining reality contest, few can resist the spectacle of watching B-list celebs put on their dancing shoes with varying degrees of nerve, style and success. New stars tend to emerge from this process, and few have blazed with such effortless charm than the eventual winner, Helio Castroneves, whom Id bet very few outside of my Indy-500-obsessed fami...
Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas courtesy ABC
When "Cheetah Girl" Sabrina Bryan and professional dancer Mark Ballas were voted off this season's Dancing with the Stars, fans made a public outcry at what they considered an injustice. Perhaps that's why the duo has merited a return appearance on this Tuesday's penultimate results show. "It's a huge honor for Mark and me," Sabrina tells TV Guide. "It's the first time they've ever asked one of the celebrities that was voted off to come back and perform within that season."Better yet, the partners will be displaying their moves during a live performance by Avril Lavigne. Bryan says viewers can expect "a little bit of mambo, a little bit of rumba, some freestyle and some lyrical stuff as well." As for the grand finale, "Powerhouse lifts are definitely going to close down the routine." Bekah Wright
Kiss me, you fool! Helio Castroneves, Julianne Hough by Carol Kaelson/ABC
Ok, I'll cut my usual critique and go right to begging! Well, maybe a little critique...but mostly pure, unapologetic begging.We're down to five and, as I see it, there are only two clear cut choices for the winner: my Helio and Mel B. If you don't agree I defy you to prove why your choice deserves to win. They are by far the best and most exciting. So this is my plea let's keep these two safe! Get out there and vote.Don't get me wrong, I am a big Jennie Garth fan, but her performances tonight were a bit shaky and it makes me wonder whether she'd be able to handle the pressure of the finale. I definitely think she deserves a spot next week in the semi and if she gets better I think she should be the third spot for the finals.Cameron will be the one to go tomorrow night and I say that because I don't believe that Marie Osmond will actually lose. Side note who put him in tan? That outfit looked like he should have been doing the Hustle and I thought his pants left very l...
Welcome Back, Marie! Jonathan Roberts, Marie Osmond by Carol Kaelson/ABC
And we're back! Two more dances for our stars to learn this week I wonder how well they fared. And what's all this nonsense about "avenging" Sabrina Bryan? Tell me your thoughts and I'll give you my two cents after the show!
Mark Ballas and Sabrina Bryan, Dancing with the Stars
How's this for a knight in shining armor? Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas can't wait to come back to the show to "avenge" partner Sabrina Bryan's shocking elimination two weeks ago. "She was voted off too early," Ballas, who is now romantically involved with Bryan, tells TVGuide.com. "She's great, she's lovely, and she was by far the best dancer. No one can take that away from her. So I want to come back to avenge her."
In each of the past four seasons, all of the couples have been asked back to do a short turn on the dance floor during the finale, normally not more than about 10 seconds. But according to Ballas (although not yet confirmed by ABC), "What I'm hearing is that they want us to do a whole dance, whether it be paso doble or cha-cha."
That would be a Dancing first, and a highly charged moment for both the dancers and the audience. The danger, of course, is that emotional fireworks over Sabrina and Mark might overshadow the even
Dancing With The Stars by Craig Sjodin/ABC
See your favorites, if not up close, certainly in person: Dancing with the Stars celebs and their professional partners will twirl their way through 37 North American cities on a winter tour starting Nov. 18. Wayne Newton, Marie Osmond, Sabrina Bryan, Karina Smirnoff, Drew Lachey, Joey Lawrence, Monique Coleman, Cheryl Burke, Edyta Sliwinska, Kym Johnson, Mark Ballas, Jonathan Roberts, Derek Hough, Alec Mazo, Brian Fortuna and others will kick off the traveling event, SoftScrub® Presents Dancing with the Stars, at Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. The third Dancing with the Stars tour features a rotating cast of popular competitors, in new combinations: Dancers from previous seasons will trip the light fantastic with those from the current season. New pairs include Wayne Newton with Cheryl Burke, Marie Osmond with Jonathan Roberts, and Sabrina Bryan with Mark Ballas; Season 3's Joey Lawrence with Edyta Sliwinska and Monique Coleman; professional dancers Derek Hough, Alec Mazo ...
Cheryl Burke, two-time Dancing with the Stars champ, has some advice for any star who wants to take on this dance marathon: "Give up your day job!"
Her point is well taken, given the exhaustion level in evidence on Monday night. All the couples seemed frayed around the edges — making mistakes, out of sync, and dancing with their partners with frozen smiles that barely covered the panic.
"In dress rehearsals, I just blanked," says Mel B., who somehow continues to wow the judges in spite of a rehearsal schedule that would put anyone else in the hospital. Scary Spice — who has a newborn child at home — is running full tilt in preparation for the Spice Girls' world reunion tour, which kicks off Dec. 2, just days after the Dancing finale. She
Mark Ballas and Sabrina Bryan, Dancing with the Stars
They've been dancing around the speculation for weeks, but now, still reeling from the most shocking cut in the show's five-season history, "Cheetah Girl" Sabrina Bryan admits that she and her Dancing with the Stars pro partner, Mark Ballas, are dating. "We're going out tomorrow," says Bryan, referring to Sunday the 4th. "He's taking me out for a surprise this weekend and he won't tell me what it is. He's joking that it's our first date because we've always hung out, millions of times, millions of dinners. But this is different."
In an exclusive interview, TV Guide spoke to Bryan on Saturday night, the first full day she was back in Orange County after a blizzard of media appearances in Los Angeles and New York. "People were so angry," says Bryan, who was both touched and surprised by the strong reaction to her ouster on Tuesday night. There is word on the Internet that there may be protest signs in the audience on Monday night. "For the producers and the talent to come up to
Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas by Carol Kaelson/ABC
Freshly dismissed Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas is rebuffing a rumor that he is romantically "en-tangoed" with partner Sabrina Bryan. "Strictly friends," is how he summed up their bond on Thursday's The View.... Despite recent reports linking him with Britney Spears, the primary object of NFL hunk Tony Romo's affections remains Sophia Bush. "She can't believe it's happening so fast!" a pal of the One Tree Hill starlet tells Us.... Carlos Santana and his wife of 34 years, Deborah, are divorcing, says the AP.
Mark Ballas, Sabrina Bryan, Edyta Sliwinska and Cameron Mathison by Carol Kaelson/ABC
Dancing with the Stars hoofer Maksim Chmerkovskiy is sock-hopping mad. No way should Sabrina Bryan and soap stud Cameron Mathison have been in the bottom two this week, he railed to TV's Extra: "There were celebrities that should've been eliminated. The two in the bottom two were not [them]." (Marie Osmond, cute as ya are, I think he might be talking to you.) Added judge Carrie Ann Inaba: "I'm kind of heartbroken. As a female competitor, we have never seen anybody as good as Sabrina." Um, excuse me, but Stacy Keibler?Related: Backstage at Dancing with the Stars: A Recount Is Demanded!Thursday's Today's News was written by Ben Katner.