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Top 8 Rankings: The Most Lopsided Dancing Ever?

Dancing With The Stars by Kelsey McNeal/ABC's new Dancing with the Stars Power Rankings — based on the weekly polling of you, the readers — are out, and Kristi and Mark are still waltzing away with this thing. Seriously, is there no catching them? Is the ice-skating fan base that massive a force to be reckoned with? Or is no one else on the parquet anywhere near up to par?For what it's worth, Shannon and Derek are putting their best feet forward these days, and are somewhat inching up on Team YamaBallas. Meanwhile, Marissa and Tony linger in (a tie for) last, veritably tapping their toes until the scythe comes.The Top 8 Power Rankings56.2% Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas 18.8% Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough10.6% Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska 9.1% Cristián De La Fuente and Cheryl Burke 1.9% Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez 1.4% Mario and Karina Smirnoff 1.0% Priscilla Presley and Louis Van Amstel 1.0% Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony DovolaniRelated:• Photo Gallery: Top 8 Power R... read more

Julianne: Adam Was "The Best Thing About This Season"

Adam Carolla and Julianne Hough by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Sometimes it's useful to look back on the mindset of someone who is about to jump off the cliff known as Dancing with the Stars. Take Adam Carolla, who was the fourth star voted out Tuesday night. Before he learned his first step — before he even met his pro partner, Julianne Hough — he marveled at how a comedian with two left feet ended up on the most famous dance floor in America. Now that he's gone through the fire, Carolla believes that facing the terror of spandex and rhinestones was worth it. "I gotta say, we were about to do our [encore] and I was backstage actually looking forward to it. The first night, I was petrified. But the last night, tonight, I thought, 'This is going to be fun. Mission accomplished.'""He was the best thing about this season," says Hough. And while that statement may be debated, it's clear that Carolla is going to be sorely missed. "He added so much to the show!" moaned Marissa Jaret Winokur. "I don't know what I'm going to do without him ba... read more

Dancing Champs Helio and Julianne Hit Indy 500

Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough by Steve Granitz/

Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough, the winners of Dancing with the Stars' Season 5, are headed to the Indianapolis 500. But not as a team.He'll be driving, she'll be singing.Hough will sing the national anthem before the race (airing May 25 at 12 pm/ET, ABC), while Castroneves will be seeking his third Indy 500 title. — J.R. Whalen read more

Backstage Report: How Kristi Was Almost Sidelined

Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

How tough is Kristi Yamaguchi? Consider this: While all the cameras this week were focused on Derek Hough's neck injury, Yamaguchi has spent the past two days icing and wrapping a swollen right ankle that collapsed during rehearsals on Saturday. "[We were practicing] those little jumps we do at the end of the routine," she says, "and I landed on the side of my foot and the ankle just rolled." Remember, the female dancers are practicing in heels — in Yamaguchi's case, two-and-a-half-inch ankle straps. The incident scared her partner, Mark Ballas, and put a halt to rehearsals. "I was a bit worried because I've been really tough on her this week and we were really going for it," says Ballas. "So we put ice on it, wrapped it and went to lunch."So she wasn't carted off to have X-rays done? "No," says Yamaguchi. "My ankles have always given me problems. And there's nothing [the doctors] can say except 'ibuprofen and ice.' You just work through it." Which makes Monday night's near-per... read more

Dancing Rankings: Marissa to Sing Her Swan Song?

Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony Dovolani by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

This season of Dancing with the Stars is shaping up to not so much be a race for first so much as a heated contest to emerge as the first runner-up. Kristi and Mark still command a huge lead, even as the field is whittled down. Jason and Edyta, who last time placed No. 2 in the Power Rankings, this week dropped to the five-spot, while Shannon and Derek (perhaps benefiting from some sprained-neck sympathy votes?) claimed second-place status.Dancing with the Stars Power Rankings60.4% Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas8.9% Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough6.7% Cristián De La Fuente and Cheryl Burke6.2% Marlee Matlin and Fabian Sanchez 5.9% Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska4.5% Mario and Karina Smirnoff3.7% Priscilla Presley and Louis Van Amstel3.5% Adam Carolla and Julianne Hough0.2% Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony DovolaniIs it time for Marissa's curtain call? And can anyone catch Kristi and Mark? read more

Our Dancing Poll Had a Misstep: Please Vote Again Now

Long story short — a gremlin got to the Top 9 Dancing with the Stars reader poll. So in the interest of fairness, please re-cast your vote now for the couple you think will emerge as this season's winner.The new Power Rankings will be posted Monday morning. read more

Backstage Report: Derek's Setback, Lots of Baby Talk and Another Goodbye

Shannon Elizabeth and Derek Hough by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Weren't we just saying that Season 6 had no drama? Scratch that. On Tuesday morning, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas and Julianne Hough were rehearsing an up-tempo routine to Kylie Minogue's "Can't Get You Out Of My Head," when Derek threw his head back "and I just felt my neck go," he says. "It crunched and popped and I said, 'I need some help.'"Paramedics rushed in to stabilize Derek's neck with a brace, put him on a gurney and drove him to the hospital where it was determined that he had strained a neck muscle, much like whiplash. The doctors gave him a neck brace and advised him to go to bed for three days "to get the weight off my neck," says Derek, who plans to forge ahead and dance next week. "We were really worried because Derek isn't one to complain," says his little sister, Julianne. "And so when we saw him run off the dance floor, we were like, 'uh, oh.'" Mark's father, Corky Ballas, was in the ballroom and witnessed the whole thing. "The studio was really cold this morning," s... read more

The Top 9: Who's Your Favorite Dancing Duo?

The following contains spoiler information about this Tuesday night's Dancing with the Stars results show.Just as everyone was deeming this season of Dancing drama-free, pro shuffler Derek Hough was hospitalized with a neck sprain and one of this round's most amiable participants, Steve Guttenberg, got shown the door. Taking into account these latest developments, who is your current pick to emerge as Dancing champ? Vote now. read more

Derek Hough Injures Neck, But Is Set to Compete

Derek Hough and Shannon Elizabeth by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Dancing pro Derek Hough injured his neck during rehearsals on Tuesday. By several accounts, the 22-year-old was carried out of the studio on a stretcher and then taken to the hospital, as a precautionary measure.Hough's neck sprain happened during practice with his sister, Julianne, and Mark Ballas. While the 22-year-old reportedly wasn't planning to compete in Tuesday's competition, ET says that Hough — clearly a tough professional — will now appear. Now that the show will go on with him on the dance floor, his partner, Shannon Elizabeth, can let out a sigh of relief... not to mention start warming up. — Anna Dimond read more

Dancing's Dovolani Expecting a Paso Doble of Babies

Tony Dovolani by Bob D'Amico/ABC

Tony Dovolani's waiting for more than his scores this season on Dancing with the Stars. The pro and his wife, Lina, are expecting twins, People says. The new babies will be No. 2 and 3 for the couple, who have a 2-year-old daughter together."Kids are a blessing and give your life purpose and meaning," he says, noting, too, that "everything is great" with Lina's pregnancy, now in its fourth month.Dovolani's partner this season, Marissa Jaret Winokur, is also expecting a new addition to her family, via a surrogate, giving the two more in common than their dance steps. "I’m thinking about my babies and she’s thinking about her baby," he confides. "Now, if somebody doesn't point their toe, it's no longer as important as it used to be." — Anna Dimond read more

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