Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas
It was a big Dancing with the Stars week for Aly Raisman. Not only did she make the final four, but she finally received her first perfect 30 of the season for her Argentine tango. "It was amazing. I almost couldn't believe it," she tells TVGuide.com. "But I was more excited for Jacoby [Jones] and Karina [Smirnoff] when they got their 30l. So, I almost forgot that I got one too." Why was she so excited for him? And what do she and Mark Ballas have planned for the final? (Hint: It won't involve the Fierce Five.)
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas
Dancing with the Stars' first elimination turned out to be moot after Dorothy Hamill withdrew with a spine injury. But since that was kept on the down low from the cast until the show announcement, no one's nerves were quelled. "No one knew [so] I was really nervous," Aly Raisman tells TVGuide.com. "Standing up there, I was like, 'This just got real! Someone's going to leave.' Luckily, we were saved pretty early." Raisman and her partner Mark Ballas are in third place on the leader board after two weeks and have the Viennese waltz next on Prom Week. Get the scoop on the routine and their "cool surprise."
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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Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
Maybe Melissa Rycroft should keep setting the bar low. The Bachelor alum, who finished third on Season 8 of Dancing with the Stars, just wanted to make it to Week 4 of All-Stars with Tony Dovolani. But she exceeded all of her — and arguably everyone's — expectations by taking home the Mirrorball trophy and overcoming season-long front-runners Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough in the process. "Honestly, I don't think anyone predicted us to win," Rycroft tells TVGuide.com. "We wanted to win, but we certainly didn't expect to. I'm still in shock." See what else Rycroft has to say about her big win below. Plus: Where will she put the Mirrorball?
Shawn Johnson, Kelly Monaco, Melissa Rycroft
Shawn Johnson has been the favorite to win Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars since the cast was announced, but is she going to run away with her second Mirrorball trophy? While 44 percent of TVGuide.com voters picked the Olympic gold medalist for the win, her Season 8 co-star Melissa Rycroft is nipping at her heels with 37 percent, while Season 1 champ Kelly Monaco nabbed 19 percent.
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Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
After sitting last week out on Dancing with the Stars because of a neck injury, Derek Hough is back and here to stay. "I feel good and my goal is to finish the season," he tells TVGuide.com "There are only a few weeks left and I'm going to try to finish strong." While he took a break, his BFF Mark Ballas stepped in to dance with Shawn Johnson, with whom Ballas won Season 8, and the three are back together again this week for their samba trio — which will bend, if not break, the rules. Why is Hough so intent on not playing by the book? Find out below. Plus: Is this his last season?
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Peta Murgatroyd and Gilles Marini could barely contain their excitement last week when they found out their Team Freestyle song on Dancing with the Stars is PSY's "Gangnam Style" — so much so that they had to double-check. "I couldn't believe it," Murgatroyd tells TVGuide.com. "It was too perfect, so I had to make sure. We were thrilled, as you saw." The defending champ is also thrilled with their team, which includes boyfriend Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kirstie Alley, Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkvoskiy, and Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke, Marini's former partner. So what can we expect from their team dance and their individual rumba? Keep reading!
Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel
What was going through Sabrina Bryan's mind when she was in the bottom two last week on Dancing with the Stars? Her shocking Season 5 elimination, of course. "Oh my God! I totally thought of it. How could you not?" Bryan tells TVGuide.com. "It was gut-wrenching, I was ready to throw up. I was like, 'This is crazy right now!'" The former Cheetah Girl and her partner Louis van Amstel survived the close call, and now she's tackling the season with renewed purpose. Find out what Bryan has planned for her disco and why this season is all about her fans.