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By Jennifer Broadwater | September 27, 2011
"Dancing with the Stars" is getting plenty of airtime this season, with an hourlong recap (replaying, essentially) of Monday night's show leading into a second hour of results. All this hype is designed to torture viewers and draw out the eventual elimination, which occurs in approximately the last 11 seconds of the show. And let's be honest -- that's what we really care about! Before we got to the meat of the episode, we were distracted by musical performances and flashy pro dances (with lots of feathers this week)
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By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
It's movie night and we're still minus our regular theme song. I'm bitter. There's popcorn throwing and an opening dance number with a couple of Marilyn Monroe references: The iconic dress over the exhaust grate from "The Seven Year Itch" and the pink dress number (copied by Madonna for her "Material Girl" video) from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. " Then there are baseball players? Because she married Joe DiMaggio? I don't know. These things don't have to make sense. Tom Bergeron introduces Kevin Hart, who gets an escort from a couple of the female pros and a quick dance before going to the judges table.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | November 21, 2011
Tonight, the three remaining stars battled it out on the dance floor for the coveted "Dancing with the Stars" mirrorball trophy. Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian and J.R. Martinez each performed two dances: a style they had yet to encounter in the competition and a no-holds-barred freestyle dance. Ricki danced a cha-cha that was well-executed, although I wouldn't call it a show-stopper. I tend to cringe when newbie dancers are faced with the cha-cha -- simply because it requires a ton of attitude and confidence and hips-hips-hips.
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By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
James Maslow enters wearing a tuxedo with no shirt, because he's no dummy and neither is Peta Murgatroyd. Mark Ballas enters with his right arm in a sling - wonder what that means for his dance with Candace Cameron Bure tonight? Candace (with a ridiculous topknot), still, after this many weeks of competition, looks terrified.  Head judge Len Goodman is trying to tell host Tom Bergeron what's going to happen tonight, but the audience is so loud I have no idea what was said. Oh, good, looks like there's no guest judge tonight.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | October 31, 2011
Tonight's Halloween show was hard to take seriously, what with all the special effects, overblown makeup and costumes, and ridiculous props. Fun, nonetheless. Cheesiest props: J.R. Martinez and partner Karina Smirnoff for use of caskets, fake lightning and even a proton gun in a tango set to music from "Ghostbusters. " And then there was Karina's costume -- an inexplicable mix of feathery white fringe from head to heels covering her backside, but just bits of flesh-toned leotard up front.
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By Amy Watts | April 1, 2013
It's "Prom Night" on Dancing with the Stars , and Jacoby Jones tells Karina Smirnoff he went to his prom "on a last-minute thing. " He was 5'7" and 160 pounds, and went stag. Once at prom, he played some pranks and got kicked out. Oooh, scandal! Jacoby's high school was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina when he was a college student. He's dedicating tonight's dance to his alma mater, Marion Abramson High School.   During rehearsals, the Ravens player keeps saying "rhumba" to rhyme with "Roomba" the self-propelled vacuum cleaner.
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By Amy Watts, For The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
Jacoby Jones entered tonight's “Dancing with the Stars” finale in fourth place. Bruno Tonioli reiterates the concern that Jacoby's freestyle, with its large-scale production, overshadowed Jacoby himself. Len Goodman, however, has nothing but kind things to say about Jacoby. Host Tom Bergeron explains that because abc.com went down during the East Coast broadcast of last night's show, none of the votes cast through the ABC website were counted. The calls, texts and Facebook votes were the votes used to determine tonight's results.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | September 19, 2011
Monday night brought a new class of sequin- and tuxedo-clad famous faces to the dance floor with the season premiere of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars. " Like in seasons past, there will be a fair share of flexed feet, rhythmic hiccups and overblown costumes from the dancers -- not to mention awkward moments courtesy of the judges (that means you, Bruno Tonioli). But there also will be the pleasant surprises: unexpected performances by underdogs and the ability to watch novice dancers grow more confident from week to week.
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By Amy Watts, For The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Jacoby Jones begins the finales tonight coming down the staircase in purple and gold, with partner Karina Smirnoff in a purple dress -- a nice nod to Jacoby's hometown of New Orleans. Their first round is the "judges' pick" dance, and it's the jive. Jacoby says in an interview that he was in the middle of the pack through a lot of the competition, but now, with a tie for the lead last week, he's put on his burst of speed for the last 100 meters. Judge Len Goodman shows up in the rehearsal studio to work with Jacoby on his footwork.
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By Amy Watts and For The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2014
It's "American Icons" night for the Semifinals. Choreographer and director Kenny Ortega is the guest judge tonight. Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas, Viennese Waltz Candace's frame is pretty good during this, with her head laid back like they like. However, her hands are a little weird in extension sometimes and I'm still not in love with her foot placement. Len Goodman thinks the pressure got to Candace tonight, with a couple of mistakes showing up in the routine.
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By Amy Watts, For The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2013
Jacoby Jones entered tonight's “Dancing with the Stars” finale in fourth place. Bruno Tonioli reiterates the concern that Jacoby's freestyle, with its large-scale production, overshadowed Jacoby himself. Len Goodman, however, has nothing but kind things to say about Jacoby. Host Tom Bergeron explains that because abc.com went down during the East Coast broadcast of last night's show, none of the votes cast through the ABC website were counted. The calls, texts and Facebook votes were the votes used to determine tonight's results.
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By Amy Watts, For The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Jacoby Jones begins the finales tonight coming down the staircase in purple and gold, with partner Karina Smirnoff in a purple dress -- a nice nod to Jacoby's hometown of New Orleans. Their first round is the "judges' pick" dance, and it's the jive. Jacoby says in an interview that he was in the middle of the pack through a lot of the competition, but now, with a tie for the lead last week, he's put on his burst of speed for the last 100 meters. Judge Len Goodman shows up in the rehearsal studio to work with Jacoby on his footwork.
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By Amy Watts | April 1, 2013
It's "Prom Night" on Dancing with the Stars , and Jacoby Jones tells Karina Smirnoff he went to his prom "on a last-minute thing. " He was 5'7" and 160 pounds, and went stag. Once at prom, he played some pranks and got kicked out. Oooh, scandal! Jacoby's high school was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina when he was a college student. He's dedicating tonight's dance to his alma mater, Marion Abramson High School.   During rehearsals, the Ravens player keeps saying "rhumba" to rhyme with "Roomba" the self-propelled vacuum cleaner.
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By Jennifer Broadwater | November 21, 2011
Tonight, the three remaining stars battled it out on the dance floor for the coveted "Dancing with the Stars" mirrorball trophy. Ricki Lake, Rob Kardashian and J.R. Martinez each performed two dances: a style they had yet to encounter in the competition and a no-holds-barred freestyle dance. Ricki danced a cha-cha that was well-executed, although I wouldn't call it a show-stopper. I tend to cringe when newbie dancers are faced with the cha-cha -- simply because it requires a ton of attitude and confidence and hips-hips-hips.
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