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Are Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff Breaking Up?

Karina Smirnoff and Mario Lopez by John Shearer/

Has the music died for Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff? By some accounts, the former Dancing partners have split, and Smirnoff now has the sad task of moving her belongings out of Lopez's home in Los Angeles, a source tells The split has not been confirmed by Lopez's rep, but Smirnoff is rumored to have been getting up close and personal with E!'s Michael Yo — which, if true, indicates that Smirnoff's as agile in relationships as she is on the dance floor. This isn't the first rumored rumble in the relationship: Earlier this season, Smirnoff was said to be involved with her current Dancing partner, Mario, the R'n'B singer .Lopez and Smirnoff never officially acknowledged that they have been an item, so a split will likely not see an official statement, either. While Smirnoff still has some Dancing to do this season, Lopez, at least, is getting out of town. He and his dimples are hitting the road to promote his upcoming book Knockout Fitness. I have a feeling he won'... read more

Maks Is Back for Dancing's 100th Show

Maksim Chmerkovskiy by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/

ABC has detailed its plan to mark Dancing with the Stars' 100th episode on Tuesday, May 6, and it involves the return of several familiar faces (and their respective feet, too). Not only will Mario Lopez perform a number from A Chorus Line with Macy's Stars of Dance, and not only will Season 5 champs Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough serve up a dance-floor encore, but Maksim Chmerkovskiy — who bowed out of participating in Season 6 — will reunite on the parquet with former celeb partner Mel B.Fans can also expect drop-bys from Sabrina Bryan, Joey Fatone, Master P. (!), Jerry Rice, Jane Seymour, Jerry Springer and Wayne Newton. — MWM read more

Backstage Buzz: Cristian May Need to Quit Dancing

Cheryl Burke and Cristian de la Fuente by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

In a split second, the buoyant mood in the ballroom shifted. And all it took was the look of pain and worry on Cristian de la Fuente's face to change it. The Latin soap star and his partner Cheryl Burke were doing their samba when his left arm suddenly stopped working. "In the very beginning of the dance, I fell back into his arms and I heard something crack," says Burke, who was in tears after the show. "I thought it was my dress making that sound. I didn't think it was anything else." De la Fuente kept going as long as he could, but by the end of the minute and a half, he was clutching his left arm. He couldn't complete the dance. "It really did have to be more than a muscle cramp," says Burke, "because he's not the type of guy to just go out there and give up. He's a strong man."What was Cheryl thinking as she saw her partner struggling on the dance floor? "I was like, 'Oh my god, what's happening?'" she recalls. "I didn't know what was going on. So I just went ahead and finished... read more

Cristian Injured While Dancing Samba with Cheryl

Cristian de la Fuente suffered a "severe muscle cramp" in the midst of his and partner Cheryl Burke's Monday-night samba, yet valiantly attempted to finish the dance. "In the very beginning of the dance, I fell back into his arms and I heard something crack," says Burke, who was in tears after the show. "I thought it was my dress making that sound. I didn't think it was anything else." Watch video here (the ouch hits at the 1:00 mark):Cristian and Cheryl received a score of 21 (out of 30) for their performance. Read Krista's in-depth recap of the entire night.Check back later for more on Cristian's status with the show when our latest Dancing with the Stars backstage report is published.More Dancing news and views:• Maks Is Back for Dancing's 100th Show• Top 6 Power Rankings: Romance Kisses Off Shannon-Derek Fans?• More Romance for the Dancing Pros? read more

Dancing with the Stars Online Encore

Dancing with the Stars by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Can we talk about how much the competition is really starting to gain some steam on the dance floor? Get caught up on week six by with ABC's "Online Encore" (which in actuality is the networks schmancy title for "Highlights & Extras"). Get the expert analysis on the dancers' fancy footwork, the tears shed in the confessional and even Shannon and Derek's showmance.Watch the video now! read more

Top 6 Power Rankings: Romance Kisses Off Shannon-Derek Fans?

Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

It would seem that Kristi and Mark cannot be KO'd. Having topped's Dancing with the Stars Power Rankings since the season began, the favorites now are enjoying their largest chunk of the reader vote to date — 70.9 percent. Playing a part in the pair's increased lead was the fall of Shannon and Derek, who this week — and in the wake of their off-stage romance being exposed — lost nearly half of their supporters. The result is we now have a veritable three-way fight for distant, distant second. Elsewhere, Marissa and Tony crept out of the cellar, leaving Mario and Karino to claim last-place dishonors.The Top 6 Power Rankings70.9% Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas8.9% Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough8.0% Cristian De La Fuente and Cheryl Burke 8.0% Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska 2.2% Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani 2.0% Mario and Karina Smirnoff read more

More Romance for the Dancing Pros?

Cheryl Burke by Jeffrey Mayer/

Things are already smokin' hot among Dancing stars, and I don't mean their mambos. The latest pro to have some off-floor romance is Cheryl Burke, who tells that she's been out a few times with 300 star Gerard Butler on some "casual group outings." And yes, she confided that the two have smooched.Burke has her dance partner, Christian de la Fuente, to thank for the dates. He introduced her to Butler a few weeks ago. And as for the future of the relationship? A coy Burke tapped around the answer, saying simply, "we'll see." Do you see a future for the petite dancer and her new Spartan partner? — Anna Dimond read more

VIDEO: Paula to Crossover to Dancing with the Stars?

Somehow we don't think ABC and Fox would allow their two biggest powerhouses to crossover and live together in perfect harmony. But that didn't stop Idol judge Paula Abdul from revealing her secret desire to be on Dancing as one of the celebrity contestants. No matter how much she justifies her lack of experience for this specific kind of competition, we're still not buying that it would be a fair game. A choreographer is a choreographer, no matter how you try to spin it! Your take: Do you think it would be fair for Paula to compete on DWTS? Or better yet, think it will ever happen? read more

Backstage Report: Competition's too 'Difficult' for Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

After Monday night's Dancing with the Stars performance show, head judge Len Goodman headed home and turned on his television. Thanks to the west coast tape delay, when Goodman got home, that night's show was still in progress, "and Marlee [Matlin] came on," he says. "So I pressed the mute button, and I'm watching her, and thinking, ''That's what she's hearing. Nothing.'" That was the night before Matlin was sent home, and it was Goodman's way of trying to understand the almost impossible odds facing Dancing's first deaf contestant. All three judges have been trying to put themselves in Matlin's shoes. "I think it's very lonely out there for her, whenever she makes a misstep," says judge Carrie Ann Inaba. "I really get the sense that every time she makes a mistake, it's like a vacuum, like suddenly she's just alone. Even her partner is connected to the outside world. And she doesn't get to hear the applause, so she doesn't get that added momentum." "She does incredibly well," ... read more

The Top 6: Who's Your Favorite Dancing Duo?

Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

The following contains spoiler information regarding Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars results show.And just like that, Marissa and Tony survive another week. To be fair, Marlee and Fabian did place second-to-last in this week's Power Rankings, scraping together just 1.4 percent of the vote, so the outcome isn't entirely shocking. Is Marissa, whom we compared earlier this week to Idol's forever-placing-last Syesha, coming into her own? Time (or another six days) will tell.In the meantime, vote for your current pick to win Dancing with the Stars. read more

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