ABC has confirmed to EW that professional ballroom dancer Kym Johnson will not participate in season 17 of Dancing With the Stars (which premieres Monday, September 16). She will return for season 18 in the spring after spending time this fall working on a project in her native Australia. READ FULL STORY
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With ratings at an all-time low and the show destined to become a one-night-a-week franchise, the time is never better to make much-needed improvements to Dancing With the Stars. After scanning our message boards (and our beloved Fringe Fairy), we came up with five, easy-peasy changes that could boost the ratings and our affection for fake tans.
1. Drop the celebraquarium. It’s clear why these Q and As with Brooke Burke-Charvet were created; the judges needed the time to figure out the scores. But after 16 seasons, Len, Bruno and Carrie should know how to give results in a flash by now — if only to spare us from hearing Brooke’s painful questions that the pros (and more often that not, the amateurs) clearly hate to answer.
Oops! Technical difficulties with voting on Monday temporarily forced Dancing with the Stars to divert fans from the network website to social media to pick this season’s winner.
The website was eventually restored and the hoofers hit Twitter in force to encourage voting to resume. “Facebook and abc.com are back online,” Zendaya tweeted. “Don’t forget to vote that way too…u register with email then u will get 5 votes!!”
The finale is tonight on ABC. A network spokesman said the snafu was caught early and shouldn’t affect the outcome.
On May 8, NBC faced problems of its own when fans couldn’t vote for their favorite crooners on The Voice. Fans trying to vote online and via text message had difficulty casting their votes via the show’s vote-tallying company, Telescope. The network insisted the issues would not have resulted in a different outcome on the show.
In response to Monday’s Oklahoma City tornado, which had killed over 50 people at press time, Dancing With the Stars host Tom Bergeron requested that the audience not applaud coming back from a commercial break during season 16’s final performance show (read full recap).
“Here’s why,” Bergeron said, on the verge of tears. “We’re a live show, and as such, occasionally we go to air in the shadow of tragic events. That happened April 15, when we went to air hours after the Boston bombing. And it’s happened again today. While we’re having a celebration here [in the ballroom], we want you to know our thoughts are with everyone who’s been affected by the devastating tornado in Oklahoma City.”
“I would, however, ask you to applaud the amazing courage of the first responders on site,” Bergeron added, visibly shaken before introducing the next dance.
Update: At 10 p.m. ET, the hosts announced that voting on ABC.com was “temporarily down” and directed fans to vote via phone or Facebook instead. As of 6 a.m. ET, ABC.com voting is still down. It’s Facebook or bust. The official voting period ends at 11 a.m. ET.
The grueling task of learning two full dances proved to be too much for one Star, who will not be returning to the ballroom after this week’s elimination. READ FULL STORY
Dancing With the Stars’ eliminated pair spoke to EW after the show: READ FULL STORY
UPDATED: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star and Dancing With the Stars competitor Lisa Vanderpump is expected to return to the ballroom Monday after fainting at a rehearsal this week for Dancing with the Stars, a source close to the show tells EW.
Vanderpump, 52, is paired with newcomer pro Gleb Savchenko on season 16 of DWTS. Last week, the pair avoided landing in the bottom two of the competition, but a lackluster performance meant they were still “in jeopardy.”
This week’s contestant — and the first of season 16 to be truly “eliminated” — spoke to EW after the results show. READ FULL STORY
Tonight’s contestant wasn’t technically eliminated, but she chose to bow out gracefully due to health issues. Sadly, this week we had to say goodbye to Dorothy and Tristan on the first elimination show of Dancing With The Stars season 16.
Dorothy Hamill, former Olympian and very game DWTS contestant, has been suffering from nerve damage in her right leg and back. She bravely spoke to EW from the comfort of a folding chair with a bag of ice pressed to her injured back about her decision to leave the show. READ FULL STORY
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