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'Dancing With the Stars': All-Time Top 10 Dances

Whew! The only thing more difficult than narrowing 16 seasons of knockout Dancing With the Stars performances down to a Top 10 would have been to perform a ballroom dance myself! (Still, never.)

How would I decide? Should I choose the highest-scored? The ones with the most of my other favorite sport, gymnastics? The ones featuring the 10 most initricate g-strings composed of delicately sequined fringe? Nah — ultimately I selected these routines based on overall quality, creativity, and longevity. (It is truly alarming how much of my memory bank has been devoted to this crazy reality show.)

Your Top 10 will surely be different them mine — offer up your own list in the comments! In the meantime: As the prophets of ballroom dominatrix-wear En Vogue once sang, free your mind… and the rest will follow.

Season 17 of ‘Dancing’ premieres tonight at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. Are you ready for some #sparklebarf?

Bill Nye talks 'Dancing with the Stars' excitement: 'We're out to dance the world.'

Bill Nye knows you all are thrilled to see him bust a move on Dancing with the Stars – but your excitement is making him nervous. Or, in his words, “[It's] terrifying! Not just nervous.”

The Science Guy – who is, it should be noted, a long-time recreational dancer – will hit the ballroom starting next week as a contestant on the 17th season of Dancing, which means he’s currently hard at work practicing with his pro partner, newcomer to the show Tyne Stecklein. “She’s extraordinary,” Nye told EW on the phone earlier this week. “I guess they all are. She’s a professional athlete at a world-class level. When you’re around these people, first of all it’s moving. But it’s also unsettling because it doesn’t look real, it’s so far out of your everyday experience. WOW. The other thing is, she’s an outstanding instructor. I’m honored.”

A fan of the show, Nye is quick to highlight his role model past contestants, mostly focusing on athletes such as Jerry Rice, Kristi Yamaguchi and Apolo Ohno. But Nye can’t keep his focus just on dancing — during EW‘s chat with him, it was obvious his first passion is science, as evidenced by his excited tangents on everything from The Juno Mission (“There’s a spacecraft called Juno at NASA. And so it’s going to – this is- it’s hard to believe – it launched in 2011, I was there in Cape Canaveral, it went out beyond the orbit of Mars, [and] is now falling back in toward the earth on October 9″) to his favorite planet (“[My] favorite planet is Earth. I grew up on Earth, my friends are all Earthlings”). Would fans expect anything less on the 20th anniversary of Bill Nye the Science Guy?

Read on for an edited Q&A with Nye, where he explains his lab coat ballroom attire, his dance-ready catchphrase, and what exactly science has to do with ballroom dancing. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing with the Stars': And the celebrities are ...

Valerie Harper — whose terminal brain cancer is close to remission  — was named one of the 12 celebrities who will compete for the mirror ball when Dancing with the Stars returns Sept. 16 on ABC.

The former Mary Tyler Moore Show comedian, 74, announced in March that she was diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a kind of cancer that attacks the membranes around the brain. But a recent MRI showed signs of hope for the actress — who was apparently quite eager to put on her dancing shoes again, Executive Producer Conrad Green tells EW.

“Her positivity is incredible. She’s very much about doing the things she wants to do, living life to the fullest,” he says. “She sees this as an opportunity to say to people who have a devastating illness that you can get up there and enjoy life, embrace it, and make the most of it. She loves to dance. She danced on Broadway 50 years ago. It’s about getting back to her passion.”

Here are rest of the celebrities (and the three new pros) who were announced this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America: READ FULL STORY

Kym Johnson skipping season 17 of 'DWTS'

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

'Dancing With the Stars': 5 ways to fix the show

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.

Lowest-rated 'DWTS' finale ever

But Kellie Pickler was so popular!

In the end, though, the allure of the pixie-haired hoofer wasn’t enough: Tuesday’s two-hour finale of Dancing with the Stars only earned a 2.6 rating/7 share in adults 18-49, down 21% from last year’s spring results (3.3/9 on May 22, 2012) to become the lowest-rated finale in the franchise’s history, according to Nielsen. Since the show averaged 14.9 million viewers, ABC came in first for the night in eyeballs but second in the demo behind NBC, which was buoyed by The Voice.

Speaking of which: NBC’s singing competition, which earned a 3.1/9, was down 11 percent versus last week but it still ruled at 9 (where it averaged 9.9 million). It was preceded by a special about Oklahoma (2.0/6, 8.1 million) and followed by the Grimm finale (1.7/5, up 6% from last year, 5.2 million).

Fox came in third with a two-hour installment of So You Think You Can Dance (1.9/6, 4.5 million) while CBS trailed in fourth with a bunch of pesky NCIS repeats.

 

'DWTS' winner: 'I want to hug this room'

The winners of Dancing With the Stars season 16 were revealed tonight in a two-hour season finale extravaganza (read our full recap here) and spoke to EW after the show. READ FULL STORY

Voting snafu hits 'Dancing with the Stars'

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.

Voting on ABC.com is temporarily down,” the show tweeted Monday on its official site. “But you can vote by texting, calling and on Facebook.”

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.

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'Dancing With the Stars' addresses Oklahoma tornado; ABC.com voting is 'temporarily down'

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.

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'DWTS' eliminated contestant: 'I'd like to take Alex Trebek's job'

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

'DWTS' eliminated contestant: 'To stay this long doing something that is not me is weird'

This week marked the end of the ride for one DWTS contestant, after a shaky Latin Night performance and a five from one of the judges. READ FULL STORY

'DWTS' eliminated contestant: 'I felt it, I knew it.'

Week 6’s booted couple spoke to EW after the Dancing With the Stars results show. READ FULL STORY

'DWTS' eliminated contestant: 'It's Week 4. We knew we weren't going to win.'

Dancing With the Stars’ eliminated pair spoke to EW after the show:  READ FULL STORY

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