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Olympian and DWTS Champion Meryl Davis Marries Fedor Andreev

Olympian and DWTS Champion Meryl Davis Marries Fedor Andreev
Meryl Davis is married! The Olympic ice dancing champion and former winner of Dancing With the Stars wed Russian-Canadian figure skater Fedor Andreev on Saturday in the South of France, People reported. "We can confirm and wish the happy couple and their families nothing but the best!" a rep for the U.S. Figure Skating Association told E! News. The two exchanged vows in front of about 95 guests in the garden of Le Mas des Poiriers, a luxuriously renovated 18th-century farmhouse on an island in Provence, People said. The bride wore a sleeveless white Monique Lhuillier bridal gown with a sheer overlay and floral appliques, while the groom sported a blue suit with no...
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Randall Christensen, Emmy-Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 60

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Randall Christensen, Emmy-Winning Costume Designer, Dies at 60
Randall Christensen, the Emmy-winning costume designer best known for his work on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” died Sunday after a long fight with carcinoid cancer. He was 60.

Christensen’s work on the beloved reality show, which spanned 11 seasons since his start in 2006, earned him the moniker “the next Bob Mackie,” given to him from the iconic costume designer himself. As a lead designer on the show, the prolific designer created a wide array of dance and skate costumes for the show’s many contestants. In 2006, he earned an Emmy for outstanding costumes alongside multiple nominations from the Costume Designers Guild.

The designer’s work was also featured in a variety of feature films throughout his career; his gown can be seen worn by Jennifer Lopez in the 2004 film “Shall We Dance,” and he was tapped as the costume designer for films including “Take the Lead,” “Dance With Me,
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 28 dream cast: We’d love to see a child of Destiny, a model, a Broadway star and more [Poll]

‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 28 dream cast: We’d love to see a child of Destiny, a model, a Broadway star and more [Poll]
Dancing with the Stars” was recently renewed for a 28th season, and there’s a long list of celebrities who deserve to compete on the dance floor. ABC entertainment president Karey Burke also recently revealed that they’re “going after bigger stars than we have in a long time.” Below is a list of female celebs I think the show should consider inviting to the ballroom to vie for the next Mirror Ball Trophy. Do you agree with my picks? Check them out below, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know which you’d most like to see on “DWTS.” And feel free to let us know in the comments what other stars you would like to see when the show comes back in September.

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Samantha Barks

After finishing in third place
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy was ‘so disappointed’ when he lost this season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Maksim Chmerkovskiy was ‘so disappointed’ when he lost this season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Maksim Chmerkovskiy won the 18th season of “Dancing with the Stars” with Meryl Davis, but he still thinks about the one that got away. That would be 13 seasons earlier, when he and Mel B came in second place.

“I was so disappointed,” Chmerkovskiy tells the spring issue of Lapalme magazine, in which he and wife Peta Murgatroyd have a photo spread. “I thought I had her at a good time, she was in incredible shape, before her marriage problems and she was there to work. We were crazy with our work schedules and we even had to learn routines in parking lots. But alas, we came in second.”

The two were frontrunners from the start and had the highest average score of the season, but they were edged out by Indy 500 champ Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough. The Spice Girl had a one-point advantage over Castroneves, but he had the backing of the fans.
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Those super-duper generous ‘Dancing with the Stars’ judges helped Bobby Bones sidestep a dubious record

Those super-duper generous ‘Dancing with the Stars’ judges helped Bobby Bones sidestep a dubious record
It’s better to give than to receive, and the judges’ very generous donation of a 30 for Bobby Bones‘ freestyle has saved him and “Dancing with the Stars” from further ignominy. Without that 30, he would’ve been the first winner who didn’t receive a perfect score during their run.

A perfect score for Bones and his partner Sharna Burgess was by no means guaranteed. He had never received a higher single score than an 8 and never scored higher than a 24, first achieved in Week 7, and his dancing level, frankly, didn’t really warrant much higher than that. But as the judges are wont to do sometimes, they handed out perfect scores for everyone’s freestyles on Monday’s finale, which is also kind of insulting to Milo Manheim, Evanna Lynch and Alexis Ren; if Bones’ half-soliloquy, half-dance deserved a 30, then their far technically superior routines deserved 40s. Hilariously, this
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Sharna Burgess vs. Keo Motsepe: Which hard-luck pro do you want to win ‘Dancing with the Stars’?

Sharna Burgess vs. Keo Motsepe: Which hard-luck pro do you want to win ‘Dancing with the Stars’?
Witney Carson, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess and Keo Motsepe are the four pros in the “Dancing with the Stars” final. Three of them, Bersten, Burgess and Motsepe, are seeking their first win, but a victory for two of them, Burgess and Motsepe, would be very, very sweet after some tough, long and unlucky roads.

Burgess is by far the most overdue of any pro still awaiting their first Mirrorball trophy. A pro since Season 16 and the only female pro this season who hasn’t won, she has three runner-up placements — Nick Carter (Season 21), James Hinchcliffe (Season 23) and Josh Norman (Season 26) — and one third-place finish, with Noah Galloway in Season 20. She may have won in any other season with these people — and even Charlie White, who had to settle for fifth place in Season 18 while the show pimped his ice dancing partner Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — but she had the
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The kid is all right: Milo Manheim would be the youngest male — and first male teen — to win ‘Dancing with the Stars’

The kid is all right: Milo Manheim would be the youngest male — and first male teen — to win ‘Dancing with the Stars’
Age is just a number, and Milo Manheim might prove that adage true again. The 17-year-old is one of the frontrunners to win “Dancing with the Stars” and would in turn become the show’s youngest male champ ever.

The “Zombies” star, who has the second highest average score this season, would break the record currently held by Jordan Fisher, then 23 when he took home the Mirrorball trophy in Season 25. Fisher had ended the 21-season, 10-and-a-half-year reign of Apolo Anton Ohno, who won Season 4 on his 25th birthday.

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Manheim, who was 4 when “Dancing” premiered in 2005, would also be the first male teenager to win. Not unlike the Oscars, younger women have fared better on “Dancing” than younger men, resulting in three female teen champs. Laurie Hernandez, the youngest overall winner, was 16 when
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Will there be an all-male final three on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ for the second time ever?

Will there be an all-male final three on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ for the second time ever?
With the women dropping like flies and the way scores are going on “Dancing with the Stars,” we could be in store for something that hasn’t happened since the first time it happened way back in Season 3: an all-male final three. Milo Manheim, Juan Pablo Di Pace and DeMarcus Ware are our current predicted finalists, with Manheim the odds-on favorite to win it all.

“Dancing” usually has a mix of female and male celebrity final threes with just three exceptions in 26 seasons. Season 3 was all dudes: winner Emmitt Smith, runner-up Mario Lopez and third-place finisher Joey Lawrence. Twice has the show had all-female final threes: Melissa Rycroft beat Shawn Johnson and Kelly Monaco in Season 15, and Meryl Davis triumphed over Amy Purdy and Candace Cameron Bure in Season 18.

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Manheim, Di Pace and Ware
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ has cut 3 of the 5 women who were in the bottom in Week 1 — Wtf is going on?!

‘Dancing with the Stars’ has cut 3 of the 5 women who were in the bottom in Week 1 — Wtf is going on?!
Dancing with the Stars” eliminated its third contestant on Monday, and for the third time, a woman, Nancy McKeon, went home. Not only that, but it was the third woman who was in the bottom five that was announced during the Week 1 elimination. She followed Nikki Glaser and Danielle Umstead off the dance floor. Will they be joined by the other two who were in the bottom five, Mary Lou Retton and Alexis Ren, in the next two weeks? More importantly, why are the female celebrities dropping like flies?

As we’ve previously noted, “Dancing” is a pretty equal opportunity show, producing 13 female champs from the first 26 seasons. In addition, 25 out of 52 finalists have also been women. There was even a four-season streak with female champs: Melissa Rycroft (Season 15), Kellie Pickler (Season 16), Amber Riley (Season 17) and Meryl Davis (Season 18). The first winner, though controversially, Kelly Monaco, was a woman. So,
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Paris Hilton To Host Rock The Runway

Paris Hilton will host Rock The Runway, benefitting Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and The Sasha Project La, on October 13.

Paris Hilton has been delivering smiles to patients at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for years and the impressions the kids have made on her heart will stay with Paris forever. “I always enjoy spending time with inspiring Miracle Kids and their families. It is clear that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a very special place where miracles are made every day. I knew I wanted to give back and do more to support Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. I am honored to host Rock The Runway which combines my love of fashion and my passion for philanthropy. I know the hard work, creativity and dedication it takes to create your own fashion line, and I’m so proud of Miracle Kid Sasha Bogosian for using her talents as a fashion
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ season 27 cast suggestions: Jc Chasez, Billy Zane and more would be welcome additions

The four-week, all-athlete edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” got mixed responses from fans, but the show’s 27th season coming up this fall will return the show to its normal schedule, and there’s a long list of celebrities who deserve to compete on the dance floor. Below is a list of male celebs I think the show should consider inviting to the ballroom to vie for the next Mirror Ball Trophy. Do you agree with my picks? Check them out below, and vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know which you’d most like to see on “DWTS.” And feel free to let us know in comments what other stars you would like to see when the show comes back in September.

Jc Chasez

Chasez was a cast member on “The Mickey Mouse Club” along with other future stars like Britney Spears,
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The queen still reigns! Meryl Davis is your favorite Olympic ‘Dancing with the Stars’ champion

The queen still reigns! Meryl Davis is your favorite Olympic ‘Dancing with the Stars’ champion
Mirai Nagasu isn’t the only one who considers Meryl Davis the queen. The ice dancer is our readers’ favorite Olympian who’s taken home the Mirrorball trophy, receiving 23 percent of the vote in a recent poll.

Davis, who dominated Season 18, is one of six Olympians who have won “Dancing.” Adam Rippon became No. 6 after Monday’s “Athletes” finale, joining Olympic champs Davis, Apolo Anton Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi, Shawn Johnson and Laurie Hernandez.

Rippon was just behind Davis, with 20 percent. The Olympic bronze medalist is the first male figure skater and third overall to win. Previously, 2010 Olympic champ Evan Lysaeck placed second on Season 10 and Davis’ ice dancing partner Charlie White was fifth on Season 18.

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Tied in third with 17 percent are Season 6 champ Yamaguchi and Season 23 winner Hernandez, respectively. Yamaguchi was the first figure skater to prevail,
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Adam Rippon & Meryl Davis are the best athlete winners in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ history, according to our readers

Adam Rippon & Meryl Davis are the best athlete winners in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ history, according to our readers
Adam Rippon won the special four-week, all-athletes season of “Dancing with the Stars” on May 21, which made him the 11th sports star to claim the Mirror Ball Trophy. But is he the best athlete who has ever won? Yes, according to the readers who responded to our poll, but another figure-skating Olympian was right behind him.

A quarter of our readers (25%) thought Rippon was the best ever, and it was certainly a decisive victory on the dance floor. He topped the judges’ leaderboard every single week of the shortened season, even in the season finale after his unconventional freestyle routine left Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman scratching their heads.

Figure skaters come to the ballroom with an advantage since their sport already trains them in choreography and musical interpretation, and if you can do it while balancing on the narrow blade of an ice skate, you can do it in dancing shoes.
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Adam Rippon is the sixth Olympian to win ‘Dancing with the Stars’ — who is your favorite? [Poll]

Adam Rippon is the sixth Olympian to win ‘Dancing with the Stars’ — who is your favorite? [Poll]
With his victory Monday night, Adam Rippon has joined an elite group of “Dancing with the Stars” champions: He is the sixth Olympian to take home the Mirrorball trophy. The Olympic bronze medalist follows Apolo Anton Ohno (Season 4), Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6), Shawn Johnson (Season 8), Meryl Davis (Season 18) and Laurie Hernandez (Season 23).

The first five are all Olympic gold medalists, with three of them — Ohno, Yamaguchi and Davis — Winter Olympians like Rippon, and the other two, Johnson and Hernandez, Summer Olympians. Davis is a close friend of Rippon’s who mentored him and fellow figure skater Mirai Nagasu this season.

Rippon made his first — and last — Olympic team on his third attempt this year, winning a bronze in the figure skating team event with Nagasu. At 28, he was the oldest singles skater to make his Olympic debut in 82 years.

See Did Adam Rippon deserve to win ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’?

Interestingly,
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‘Dancing with the Stars’ past winners: Adam Rippon joins an impressive list of champion athletes, but is he the best ever?

‘Dancing with the Stars’ past winners: Adam Rippon joins an impressive list of champion athletes, but is he the best ever?
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” only lasted four weeks, but figure skater Adam Rippon won it in decisive fashion. He became the Mirror Ball Trophy champion on Monday night, May 21 after topping the judges’ leaderboard every single week. In fact, he was the front-runner before he ever set foot in the ballroom. We tipped him to win as soon as the cast was announced in April. But is he the best athlete ever to win “DWTS”? Click through our gallery above of all 26 winners. Then scroll down to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.

To date 11 sports stars have won “DWTS.” Rippon is the third figure skater, following Olympic gold medalists Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6) and Meryl Davis (season 18). But one sport has accounted for even more Mirror Ball titles. Football has produced four victors: Emmitt Smith (season 3), Hines Ward (season 12), Donald Driver (season 14) and Rashad Jennings
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‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ finale recap: Who won the Mirror Ball Trophy? [Updating Live]

‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ finale recap: Who won the Mirror Ball Trophy? [Updating Live]
If it feels like “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” just started, that’s because it kind of did. Season 26 of “DWTS” came to an end on Monday night after a lightning-fast four weeks of competition that reduced 10 contestants to three finalists: football player Josh Norman and figure skaters Adam Rippon and Tonya Harding. The Mirror Ball Trophy champion was crowned at the end of the night. So who took home the title? Scroll down for our minute-by-minute live blog for all of the night’s developments.

We expected all along that Rippon would make the finals. He was the Mirror Ball front-runner from the moment the cast was announced in April. That was due in part to his success at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, where he won the bronze medal in the figure skating team event. But his lively interviews off the ice won him as many
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Mirai Nagasu tells ‘Dancing with the Stars’ haters: ‘I will not apologize to anyone I’ve offended’

Mirai Nagasu tells ‘Dancing with the Stars’ haters: ‘I will not apologize to anyone I’ve offended’
Mirai Nagasu isn’t letting the haters bring her down. In two lengthy Instagram posts, the Olympic bronze medalist reflected on her “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” run, which ended with a surprising elimination last week, and the “truly hurtful” messages she’s received from viewers about her personality — and she’s making no apologies.

See ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ finale: Everything you need to know about the May 21 show – start time, dances, songs and how to vote

“I’ve been sent direct messages about how entitled my personality comes across and how egotistical I am. I want these people to know that after being knocked down so many times, my self-confidence is something I’ve truly had to work to build,” she wrote. “At the end of the day, to be told that my personality sucks is truly hurtful and this has led me to question myself. I
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Mirai Nagasu was robbed! 70% of fans say she should have made the finals on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’

Mirai Nagasu was robbed! 70% of fans say she should have made the finals on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’
We thought Mirai Nagasu was a lock for the “Dancing with the Stars” finals along with her Olympic figure skating teammate Adam Rippon. They were the two top contestants based on judges’ scores after three weeks of competition, but at the end of the semifinals she was unexpectedly eliminated with Jennie Finch Daigle and Chris Mazdzer,while Rippon advanced to the championship round with Tonya Harding and Josh Norman. Did she deserve to be sent home? Not according to our readers. Scroll down to see our complete poll results.

Nagasu was robbed according to 66% of respondents. Another 4% thought she, Finch Daigle, and Mazdzer all should have made the finals, so a whopping total of 70% of “DWTS” fans thought she should have been one of the final three vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy on Monday night, May 21. This is somewhat reminiscent of the last time a pair of figure-skating teammates went head-to-head on the show.
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‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ predictions: Adam Rippon will win the Mirror Ball Trophy

‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ predictions: Adam Rippon will win the Mirror Ball Trophy
“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” ends tonight just like it began, with Adam Rippon as the front-runner to win the Mirror Ball Trophy. The Olympic figure skater has been the favorite to win this special four-week season of “DWTS” ever since the cast was announced, and he has been the highest-scoring contestant on the judges’ leaderboard every week. Is he truly unbeatable?

Every week our readers enter their predictions for who will stay and who will go on “DWTS,” and as of this writing Rippon gets leading odds of 4/9 based on support from 69% of users who have entered their picks in our predictions center. He’s followed by football player Josh Norman with 4/1 odds and another figure skater, Tonya Harding, with 9/1 odds.

See ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ finale: Everything you need to know about the May 21 show – start time, dances, songs and how to vote

But could there be an upset?
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‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’: Breaking down the final three

‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’: Breaking down the final three
Does Adam Rippon have the Mirrorball trophy all sewn up on “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes”? In all likelihood, yes, but you can’t count out Josh Norman and Tonya Harding, who could make the battle for No. 2 and maybe even No. 1 interesting. Football players have a great track record, and who thought Harding would even make the final a month ago?

The final three will face off Monday with two routines: one unlearned dance and their highly anticipated freestyles. But before they do, let’s size them up.

See Could Tonya Harding make the ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ final two — and win! — based on these telling stats?

Tonya Harding

For her: natural dance ability, redemption narrative, performance factor. The redemption story can only take you so far; you still have to have the goods. But more impressive than Harding’s skills is her capability to really sell a routine.
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