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VIDEO: Derek and Shannon Swap Spit on the Beach

Ooooh, looks like Dancing with the Stars contestant Shannon Elizabeth and her partner Derek Hough are in loooove. The two were seen canoodling and being oh-so-cute on the beach in Malibu—and then, the shirt came off (calm down, it wasn't Shannon's). The American Pie actress and her blond beau weren't hiding their feelings for each other when the two snuck a smooch on the sand. Let's see—Shannon was born in '73, Derek was born in '85, thus making a grand total of a 12-year age gap. Yep, that officially constitutes "robbing the cradle"—gotta love it! Your take: Think the two make a cute couple or does the fact that the show is starting to become a celebrity matchmaking service annoy you? read more

Backstage Report: Bruno Says, "We Want Paula Abdul"

Paula Abdul by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

"I'm going to kill Tom Bergeron," says Paula Abdul, sitting ringside at Dancing with the Stars Monday night. The American Idol judge has made no secret of the fact that she loves the ABC dance competition and has told Bergeron (as well as pro Louis van Amstel) that she wants to be a contestant next season. It was reported in TV Guide, and then Bergeron also relayed the message to the public in a radio interview. Now, Abdul has to face reporters who are peppering her with questions. "I sneak in here on Tuesday nights to watch," she explains, walking about 50 yards from the Idol soundstage to the adjacent Dancing ballroom. Paula's take on Season 6? "It has been great," she says. "A nice progression, just like American Idol. Kristi Yamaguchi is amazing. But so is Jason [Taylor]. So is Marlee [Matlin]. And I'm not just saying that."Does the choreography intimidate her? "It excites me and inspires me," she says. Does she have a dream partner? "Are you allowed to have dream partners?" sh... read more

Dancing Stars React to Latest On-set Romance!

Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Dancing with the Stars' Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough have taken their tango off the dance floor. The couple tried to keep the romance a secret, but the cat was let out of the bag when on April 17 pictures surfaced of them kissing on the beach in Malibu, California. "Their relationship came as a surprise to me because we don't really see the other couples except on show days," says Dancing pro Edyta Sliwinska. "But it was a nice surprise. It's very cute." "I think it's great," adds Hough's best friend and roommate, Mark Ballas. "Derek is so private about all those things. He still hasn't told me that it's official. But whenever they're together, it seems like they're having a great time. And they're putting on a great show." Marissa Jaret Winokur isn't at all surprised by the liaison. "Either you're going to love, love, love your partner or you're going to hate them," she says. "Dancing, way more than singing or acting, is 10 times more physical. If a man that I had a crush on s... read more

Top 7 Power Rankings: Last Dance for Marissa?

Marissa Jaret Winokur by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

In many ways, the weekly Dancing with the Stars Power Rankings mirror Idol's. You have a most formidable front-runner (Kristi and David C.), and then you have someone who is mired in the cellar week after week after week (Marissa and Syesha) yet manages to watch someone else get sent packing. Here on DWTS, Kristi and Mark are holding onto their lead, this time with 62.1 percent of the vote. But are flaws starting to show, shortcomings that two dances a week might start to magnify? (As someone notes in this week's DWTS photo gallery, Kristi wasn't working her hips as much as last week's dance truly demanded.)And while Shannon and Derek's numbers (if not their alleged off-stage romance... ) heat up, Jason and Mario seem to be slugging it out for third-place honors. Dancing with the Stars Top 7 Power Rankings62.1% Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas (now 6-for-6 in topping this vote)16.9% Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough 9.1% Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska 7.8% Cristian De La Fuente an... read more

WATCH VIDEO: Dancing Pro Julianne Hough's Music Video

We all know that Julianne Hough really knows how to tear it up on the dance floor as one of the pros (most recently paired with Adam Carolla) on Dancing with the Stars. But did you know Julianne has quite a set of lungs on her as well? Watch as the ballroom beauty goes a little bit country in her brand-new music video, "That Song in My Head."Your take: Do you think Julianne has what it takes to make it in the country-music realm, or is she better off sticking to dancing? read more

Winokur the Latest to Dance into Talk-show Gig

Marissa Jaret Winokur by Steve Granitz/

Following in the footsteps of Season 5 contender Marie Osmond, current Dancing star Marissa Jaret Winokur has inked a deal to front a new daytime talker for Sony Pictures Television. Targeted for a fall 2009 launch, Winokur's show would in fact compete with Osmond's own debut. Variety also points out that two of Sony's past daytime talk-show efforts were led by Donny Osmond and Ricki Lake (who on film played the Hairspray role filled by MJW on Broadway). In journalism, we call those "big fat coinky-dinks." What's your take, Dancing fans? Will you watch Marissa gab on a daily basis? — MWM read more

Backstage Report: Shannon's Big Scare and Priscilla's "Great Ride"

Louis Van Amstel and Priscilla Presley by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

The teleprompter fiasco wasn't the only technical glitch Tuesday night on Dancing with the Stars. During the last commercial break, before Tom Bergeron announced the second couple to land in the bottom two, the dreaded red spotlight came on. Its target: Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough. The hellish spotlight didn't last long. But as the commercials rolled, Elizabeth couldn't stop crying, convinced that the red light was the kiss of death and that the judges' tough remarks about her samba the night before would be sending her home. "I don't want this to be over," she had said just before the show. "I'm dreading the day when I don't get to go to the rehearsal studios every morning to work with Derek. I love everything about this show: the rehearsals, the costumes, the makeup, the performances.... Before this, I was pretty much sitting around the house and thinking that was OK." The red light turned out to have no significance whatsoever, as it was Priscilla Presley who got the bad... read more

The Top 7: Who's Your Favorite Dancing Duo?

Dancing with the Stars by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

The following contains spoiler information regarding Tuesday's Dancing with the Stars results show.Man, I'm still fanning myself off after the dance number the pros did to Ozomatli! Whew. Said to my wife afterward, "That is some cra-a-azy [stuff]." What's not entirely crazy was America's decision to send Priscilla Presley home, seeing as her footwork simply was not up to snuff, especially this week. The ranks are really thinning out now, and you can sense/hope that the competition will get more intense. Me, I think that Shannon and Derek have some momentum to work with. And it'd be great to see Mario and Karina live up to their early potential. Because right now, each Tuesday when Tom announces that Kristi and Mark are "safe," you kind of have to chuckle and say, "Oh, really?"Who's your current pick to win Dancing with the Stars? Vote here. The new Power Rankings will be revealed Friday. — MWMMore Dancing coverage:• Backstage Report: Derek Hough Has Another Scare• Wa... read more

Backstage Report: Derek Hough Has Another Scare

Dancing With The Stars by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

You've got to give it up for Shannon Elizabeth. She got a middling score of "23" for her samba on Monday night, but the actress should have received extra points from all three judges for exhibiting tremendous grace under pressure.For the second time in three weeks, Elizabeth had to watch as her pro partner, Derek Hough was carted off to the emergency room — this time just hours before she had to perform what head judge Len Goodman calls "the most difficult" of all the Latin dances. Two weeks ago, Hough wrenched his neck during rehearsals for a results-show pro number with his sister Julianne and Mark Ballas. Hough was confined to a neck brace all week and was touch-and-go for last Monday's Viennese Waltz. Pro Jonathan Roberts was called in to guide Elizabeth through the rehearsals.Then on Monday morning, Hough was taken down by a case of possible food poisoning — or something even more serious. "The doctors think it might be a stomach ulcer," says Hough, who had thrown up... read more

Watch Video: DWTS Weight Loss Revealed

Week five is only hours away, and by now, we've all started to notice our favorite celebs' bodies really start to tone up (which is right around the time when the barely-there outfits start to come out). After dancing up a storm for hours and hours a day, these guys and gals are shedding weight like nobody's business. If only we all could manage to lose 8-10 pounds in a month— just in time for bathing suit season. read more

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