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 ...
It only took 18 seasons (and nearly a decade) for me to tune in to even a minute of ABC's Dancing With the Stars. I'll admit that nostalgia for some of my cherished '90s TV stars Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar, combined with a small crush on boy-bander James Maslow, piqued my interest. But halfway through that first episode, I knew right away that I was hooked.
What started as unexpected enjoyment has quickly evolved into a mild obsession. I get mad when a team's score seems unjust or excited when a duo nails their performance. I get nervous when one of my favorites is deemed "unsafe." I can't get enough of the behind-the-scenes action, the fun banter and watching the relationships develop between the stars and their pros.
There was no shortage of drama on Dancing with the Stars last week, after the show introduced NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani with a package that showed the partners getting into an argument that ended with Leakes walking out of their rehearsal. And according to Leakes, no one in the ballroom was more uncomfortable seeing the dustup play out on screen than her and Dovolani.
"We were kind of surprised," Leakes tells TVGuide.com. "It almost threw us off."
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15. Best Message: After Jones took her own life on last week's Chicago Fire, a police officer delivers a note she left for Dawson before she died. We learn its contents in the final moments of the episode, when Dawson places the note next to her mirror. What does it say? "Don't let anything stand in your way."
14. Worst Act: Following her heartbreaking, sudden split with Danny, Mindy tries a new approach to picking up guys on The Mindy Project: acting cool. When ...
TVGuide.com caught up with Murgatroyd on Tuesday to discuss their shocking dismissal, and get her thoughts on how Cher did as a guest judge.