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'DWTS': Is crowd pleaser William Levy an early favorite?

It’s only week two of Dancing with the Stars, but if the ballroom screams for Cuban soap star William Levy are any indication, the “Brad Pitt of Mexico” might be on his way to win the mirror ball trophy.

Bold statement? Sure, but until you sit near the studio where Dancing is taped and hear the catcalls from the audience, you can’t possibly understand how manic American women (and some men) are for Levy.

“I have no words to explain how good it feels,” Levy told reporters afterwards. “When I was a little boy and I was in Cuba, my dream was to come to America, like 3 years old. And today to be at this position in my life to receive this kind of love in this country, it’s amazing. It’s crazy.”

Levy scored a 25 Monday for his Quick Step, which put him at number two on the leaderboard behind Katherine Jenkins and Roshon Fegan, who both earned 26s. “We improved from last week and that’s my goal, to slowly climb up the leaderboard and that’s what we did,” said Levy’s partner Cheryl Burke. “I think he has both styles. He can really do the ballroom and the Latin really well. He obviously needs some work, but it’s only week two. This show is about if you’re good at both styles.”

The judges certainly like what they see in Levy. “I’ve never seen anything like it before,” Carrie Ann Inaba said about the crowd reaction. “You’re the Harry Connick Jr. of the ballroom!” Bruno Tonioli called Levy “matinee idol” who reminded him of Jean Dujardin from The Artist.

Levy hasn’t seen the Oscar-winning movie, but he appreciates the kudos from Tonioli. “He’s a great guy. He’s really fun. It’s fun. We’re here to have fun. To have him saying the things, is a good thing, you know?”

'Dancing With the Stars' premieres to all-time low ratings

Dancing With the Stars judges may have given Monday’s dancers the best performance scores ever for a premiere, but fans gave the show its lowest Nielsen ratings ever for a debut episode.

The ratings drop is not really a surprise. The veteran reality show returned up against NBC’s fresher reality hit The Voice, and lacked buzz-worthy tabloid names this spring (Katherine Jenkins, William Levy, Melissa Gilbert, yawn… the secret to casting Dancing is having hot-button names like Bristol Palin, The Situation, Nancy Grace and Chaz Bono, celebrities that a large number of Americans have strong feelings about, positive or negative).

Dancing delivered 18.5 million viewers and a 3.5 rating in the adult demo, down 34 percent from last spring and off 13 percent from last fall. At least the two-hour Dancing helped boost Castle (16.3 million, 2.4) up 14 percent, but that wasn’t quite enough to win 10 p.m.

The big winner last night was The Voice (11.8 million, 4.5 — and, yes, as always, we’re going off the adult demo here because that’s what advertisers and networks, whether we like it or not, base their decisions on; obviously among viewers of a certain age, Dancing was more popular). The Voice has held up strong overall during its battle rounds so far and easily crushed Dancing, though last night’s episode slipped 13 percent. Smash (6.7 million, 2.3) was down 4 percent. READ FULL STORY

'DWTS' Martina Navratilova: She's gotta wear what?

Dancing with the Stars has had its fair share of non-glamour pusses — here’s looking at you, Bristol Palin and Hope Solo — but it’s unprecedented to hear a female contestant admit that she hasn’t worn a dress in 20 years. And yet tennis icon Martina Navratilova offered up that fun fact along with the revelation that she’s “not that feminine” on Monday’s premiere of the ABC show.

“The last time [I wore a dress] was 1990, but I might be wrong,” she told reporters after she and partner Tony Dovolani came in at the bottom of the leaderboard with a 20 for their Fox Trot. “The first day here, I put on the little black dress and I went, ‘look at my legs!’ I didn’t know those legs were there. So I felt sexy right away. And, this is more feminine, but not sexy. We’ll do the sexy later. When the dance calls for it, you’ll see more skin.”

Dovolani helped Navratilova tap her inner lady by designing her elegant, cut-out dress. “The good thing about Martina is she’s embracing everything. I saw Martina transform in front of my eyes right from the word go. When she first walked into the studio, I was like, oh, this is really foreign for her. Then to see her blossom in front of me and to embrace the entire transformation into the dress, the hair, and the makeup and then the dance, to really be a soft, beautiful dancer, for me, it was quite rewarding. This is what I love doing.”

So, could Navratilova get used to her oh-so-feminine alter-ego? “Absolutely. Why not?” But once DWTS is over, don’t expect the openly gay athlete to keep wearing those fancy togs. “My girlfriend has been trying to get me to wear a dress, but I don’t think that’s gonna happen. Maybe high heels. But not a dress!”

'Dancing with the Stars': Highest scores ever for a premiere?


Season 14 of Dancing with the Stars kicked off Monday with a few shockeroos – like no score lower than a 20 and declarations by judge Len Goodman and host Tom Bergeron that it was a winning opener. “Without a doubt, this is the best first show of any season,” boasted Goodman, while Bergeron said it was his “favorite season premiere ever” and that the “charisma factor” was “pretty good this first night.”

Amd how about those scores? This year’s B- and C-level celebs earned the highest ever for a season starter. Actor Jaleel White and U.K. opera star Katherine Jenkins posted tying scores of 26 while the “Mexican Brad Pitt” William Levy nabbed a 24 for second place. Even the low scores were high: Three 20s went to rocker Gavin DeGraw, actress Melissa Gilbert, and tennis star Martina Navratilova. With such generous marks, it’s hard to not think: Were the judges unusually kind to the amateurs to help generate excitement for an otherwise lackluster cast?

When asked about the week one scores, Jenkins’ partner Mark Ballas said, “It’s definitely up there, but I think the standard this season is great. I don’t think there was a 5 given. Usually there’s a 5. This is probably the highest scoring, like, all around, though. Dancing wise, there wasn’t a routine I was watching where I was like, wanted to turn away. I was like, ah, ah, ah, after every single one. This is gonna be good.” Added his partner Jenkins, “Honestly, I’m just overwhelmed. Backstage I was getting myself into quite a mess, getting myself stressed out. I just couldn’t believe how lovely the judges were.”

The pair’s next dance, the Jive, might be troublesome as the reserved Jenkins is not used to jiggling what her mamma gave her. “I’m panicking,” she admitted. “I’ll be shaking my bits and I don’t feel comfortable with that.” READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': And the new cast is......

Gosh, it only seems like yesterday that Hope Solo looked like she wanted to smack Maksim Chermkovskiy upside the head!

It’s already time for season 14 (!) of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. Here are the 12 new “celebrities” and their professional partners, who will don the Danskins come March 19.

Jaleel White, actor. (Partner is Kym Johnson). He’s appeared in shows like Grown Ups and Step by Step, but you know him best as Urkel from Family Matters.

Gavin DeGraw, singer-songwriter. (Partner is Karina Smirnoff). He’s the crooner behind such songs as “Not Over You,” “In Love With a Girl,” and the theme song from One Tree Hill.

Jack Wagner, actor. (Partner is Anna Trebunskaya). He’s either recognizable as a costar on CBS’ The Bold and the Beautiful or the ex-beau of Heather Locklear. READ FULL STORY

Five reasons why Maksim Chermkovskiy should stay on 'Dancing with the Stars'

It’s crossed the minds of every Dancing with the Stars fan, especially over the last two seasons: Is it time for Maksim Chermkovskiy to go?

He certainly didn’t endear himself to the judges last season when he made arrogant quips to Len Goodman about how the elder statesman should leave the ballroom — all while claiming that “this is my show, you know.” Even some fans turned on the hot-headed Ukrainian-American when he was filmed striking partner Hope Solo during a rehearsal. An exasperated Solo responded by saying, “would you stop being you?”

Chermkovskiy has also hinted in seasons past that maybe the time has come to search for greener pastures (or better partners), which has fueled speculation that maybe his days on the show are numbered. So what will happen come March 19? As is usually the case, the DWTS producers won’t reveal which pros will return for the 14th (!!) season until they announce the latest round of celebrities. (That happens Feb. 28 on Good Morning America.).  Since we can’t wait until then, we’ve decided to give five reasons why we’d like to see Maks stay for as long as the show lasts. And the reasons are…

1. Because he’s (almost) an original member of the show. Viewers love continuity, and they get that from Chermkovskiy, who joined DWTS in season two as the pro assigned to Tia Carrere. They came in sixth place (but his long hair deserved a special prize of its own).

Louis Van Amstel talks about his 'Dancing With the Stars' future and new line of workout DVDs

EW caught up with Dancing With the Stars pro Louis Van Amstel, who’s on tour to promote his lifestyle brand (and just-released 5-disc workout DVD set) called LaBlast Fitness. Louis (pictured with Kelly Osbourne during season 9) didn’t compete on ABC’s dance hit last fall, but don’t worry — he’s on contract for five more years. “I’m liking the balance of having one season on, one season off,” he said. “But I’m ready to be back on. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing with the Stars' reunion for GSN! -- PHOTO

To help promote Game Show Network’s acquisition of Dancing with the Stars reruns, the cabler recruited some past runner-ups (we’ll say it again, Mel B, you wuz robbed) to pose for a pic with this year’s victor, J.R. Martinez.

Naturally, pros like Maksim Chmerkovskiy were asked to join in on the fun, too — but hey, it’s his show, right? Also in attendance: Derek Hough and Lacey Schwimmer, along with stars Ralph Macchio, Mel B, Rick Fox, Gilles Marini, Audrina Patridge and Chaz Bono.

You can begin catching reruns of DWTS on Jan. 21 at 6 p.m. ET. First up: Season 4, the year of Apolo Ohno. (GSN bought repeats through season 14).


'Dancing with the Stars' winner: 'I just want to take a moment and breathe'

What sore ankle?

What challenging lift?

The fears of J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff on Monday seemed so insignificant on Tuesday, after the couple became the latest winners of the Dancing with the Stars mirror ball trophy.

“I just want to take a moment and breathe, take it in,” the actor and former U.S. Army soldier told reporters after the two-hour finale. “The fact that we were able to top it off with this … we created a lot of magical moments together on this show that we’ll cherish for the rest of our lives. And my friend won her first mirror ball trophy! Everyone knows she is a beautiful dancer, but I’m able to vouch that she’s also a beautiful person. I’m glad I was able to see that and America was able to see that as well.”

Continued Smirnoff, “the journey is ending and I don’t want it to end because I don’t want to stop seeing him every single day in his Latin heels. That was the best part of the journey.”

“The heels?” Martinez asked.

“You! You!” she replied, laughing.

After Monday’s final performance show, it seemed like Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke would triumph in the end. The couple went into the season finale at the top of the leaderboard with 57 points, while Martinez and Ricki Lake trailed in second place with 54. But even Kardashian, who finished in second place ahead of Lake, seemed satisfied with the outcome.

“I could not have asked for a better ending,” Kardashian told reporters. “We ended with a perfect score [on Monday] and I had an awesome experience with Cheryl, I literally shocked myself week after week and still, even tonight, we improved. I am super happy with the whole outcome of everything. I shocked myself that I was in the final two.”

While reveling in his win, Martinez made sure to give a shout-out to his mother Maria for helping him to make it to the winner’s circle. She was in the ballroom on Tuesday, though she might have been hard for a lot of people to see — her son included.  “I had everyone coming up to me and congratulating me, and I felt someone pulling on my suspenders, and it was my mom who is 4 foot 11. Poor thing she’s way down there! I just kissed her and said can you imagine that eight and half years ago you were one of those people teaching me how to walk. And now for me to come out in front of millions of people and dance? As much as this is an accomplishment for myself and for Karina, it is accomplishment for my mother, as well. READ FULL STORY

J.R. Martinez on 'Dancing with the Stars': 'The lift was a scary thing'

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff knew they had to go for broke in their freestyle dance Monday, so they planned a salsa-inspired freestyle with lots of flashy tricks — namely, one that required the soap star to jump over his petite partner and straddle her neck. Ouch!

And yet, even after Smirnoff was seen looking stressed and spent in those rehearsal clips, the pair performed the manuever perfectly on Dancing with the Stars — enough to earn them a 30. READ FULL STORY

Rob Kardashian on 'Dancing with the Stars': 'I definitely wasn't a dancer... until doing this show'

Rob Kardashian finally got a chance to experience what perfection is supposed to feel like on Dancing with the Stars: On Monday, he and partner Cheryl Burke earned their first 30 this season with a freestyle dance. Even sister Kim was on hand to witness her brother’s personal triumph.

“I can’t believe it still. I cannot!” he told reporters after the show. “I did not expect to get a perfect score tonight at all, especially with the freestyle, which is the most important dance. So, super happy, shocked, and just excited, really on a good cloud right now.” READ FULL STORY

Ricki Lake on 'Dancing with the Stars' finale: I don't want to let Derek down!

If Derek Hough’s fans rally, the young pro could earn a record-breaking fourth mirror ball from Dancing with the Stars. After all, he’s never lost the championship when he made it to the top 3 — a stat that isn’t lost on his current partner Ricki Lake.

“Oh God I don’t want to be the one that lets him down,” Lake told reporters after Monday’s show. “But truthfully, I have done everything I came here to do. I’ve gotten my body into better shape than probably ever in my life. I feel like I’ve learned these beautiful dances to the best of my ability. I did a mean freestyle tonight, so I have nothing to be sorry about or unhappy about. Those guys, if one of them wins, then they were the ones that deserve it. I am so happy for all of us.” READ FULL STORY

'Dancing with the Stars': Is Maks feuding with Carrie Ann now?


Seems like that tension between the judges and Maksim Chmerkovskiy hasn’t entirely fizzled on Dancing with the Stars. During Monday’s performance episode of the ABC show, Carrie Ann Inaba was explaining how the couple’s Argentine tango lacked fluidity when she singled out a suspicious look on Chmerkovskiy’s face. “You can smile like that Maks, it’s okay,” she quipped sarcastically.

A confused Chmerkovksiy replied by saying, “it’s nothing to do with me.”

Afterwards, Hope Solo tried to offer an explanation to Brooke Burke in the celebratorium. “Maks is smiling because we should be smiling! So Carrie Ann, thank you. Maks is smiling. This is my partner. Finally, we’re happy!”

Huh? What the heck was that all about, Maks? READ FULL STORY


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