Viewers got to see a different side of Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi on this season of Dancing with the Stars. The Jersey Shore alum demonstrated a work ethic and a sharp sense of humor that came as a shock to many viewers and competitors (including Bill Engvall) who were only familiar with her hard-partying MTV persona.
Though her run on Dancing came to an end when she and partner Sasha Farber were unexpectedly sent home on last week's show, Polizzi says she has no regrets. TVGuide.com caught up with the reality star to get her thoughts on her shocking elimination, the judges' feedback, and her new nickname, courtesy of Tom Bergeron.
Perhaps the only person more surprised than Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi when she and partner Sasha Farber were eliminated from Dancing with the Stars last week was Bill Engvall. Engvall and his partner, Emma Slater (who also happens to be Farber's girlfriend) were thisclose to elimination the previous week, but were spared, thanks to a glitch in the voting system that resulted in every couple being safe.
"When Nicole got bumped, I literally was walking towards...
Leah Remini has certainly gotten her share of attention this year.
Following her very public split with the Church of Scientology, the actress now finds herself in a different kind of spotlight, on the ballroom floor each week on Dancing with the Stars. Remini and partner Tony Dovolani are one of the eight remaining couples on Season 17 of Dancing. The former King of Queens star chatted with TVGuide.com recently about her big turnaround last week, keeping her emotions in check during rehearsals, and which fellow cast member she describes as her "support system at work."
For 16 seasons, Tom Bergeron has been the maestro of the circus that is Dancing with the Stars. And even he says that the changes the show has made for its 17th season — including returning to a single-night format and changing the layout of the ballroom — have taken some getting used to.
"It's a little weird," Bergeron tells TVGuide.com of the show's new structure.
Dancing with the Stars returns for its 17th season Monday, after going through an overhaul this summer. In an attempt to curb the show's steadily declining ratings,Dancing has made a number of changes for the new season, including returning to a single-night format.
"Obviously it's always very challenging in ratings terms when shows mature," executive producer Conrad Green tells TVGuide.com. "I think the key is, you do need to keep innovating. You do need to keep trying new things."