Ginger Zee performs through pain on first night of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale

An injured Ginger Zee put her best foot forward on the dancing floor and it paid off. The “Good Morning America” meteorologist fought through a pelvic injury she previously sustained and wowed the judges on Monday night’s part one of “Dancing with the Stars” finale. The 35-year-old, paired with pro Val Chmerkovskiy, ended the night with 58 points out a possible 60, landing in the middle of three finalists. Zee only learned she was clear to hit the ballroom two hours before the live performance kicked off. Still, it was deaf model Nyle DiMarco who stole the spotlight of the night despite having the lowest combined scores of the night. The 35-year-old Queens native delivered a breathtaking free style with partner Peta Murgatroyd, which was dubbed the best dance of all 22 seasons by judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “I see a man who is proving he can change the world through dance,” she added, echoing the stellar comments from the panel of judges. DiMarco and Zee will face off against fellow finalist, wrestler Paige Van Zant, on Tuesday night’s grand finale. Van Zant’s free-style performance — which portrayed through dance her school days of bullying — brought the judges to tears. The UFC wrestler ended the night at the top of the leaderboard with 59 points. Continue Reading

Mark Ballas suffers serious injury, may have to sit out ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale

Will Mark Ballas be able to compete in the "Dancing with the Stars" finale? That's what everyone is wondering after the dance pro was injured Sunday while rehearsing with his celebrity partner Candace Cameron-Bure. The show's cameras were rolling as the two practiced a move that involved Ballas lifting the "Full House" actress onto his shoulders, when he suddenly collapsed on the floor, wincing in pain. "Mark was seriously injured during camera blocking," a DWTS representative told People. "His shoulder popped out during a lift and he was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was treated and released. It's unclear whether or not he'll be able to perform on Monday's show." Ballas' DWTS co-stars Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke were at the studio when the he sustained the injury, and they rushed to his side to help. "I'm not sure exactly what happened but I think it kind of came out and went back in," Hough told "Good Morning America." "What makes me nervous a little bit is that he's had a serious shoulder surgery before, on the other shoulder." The morning show reported that Ballas was treated at local hospital then released, and that he returned to the DWTS set with his arm in a sling. It is unknown whether he will be able to compete on Monday night's finale, but according to People, another pro dancer will learn Ballas' routines to sub in if necessary. With or without her partner, Bure will square off against three other couples — Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy, James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, and Amy Purdy and Hough — on the two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" season finale, airing at 8 p.m. on ABC. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Willow Palin slams Facebook attackers, defends Bristol going into ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale

As Bristol Palin's wild ride on "Dancing with the Stars" comes to an end, at least one viewer is rooting for her success: her sister Willow. "Today I am focusing on a special event—Bristol and [partner] Mark [Ballas]'s appearance in the Dancing With the Stars finals," Willow told E! News on Tuesday. "Nothing said today will take away how proud we are of Bristol and her grit and determination that got her this far." Bristol has been a tabloid fixture during the competition, and Willow herself drew fire last week when she was caught using homophobic rants on her Facebook page. Bristol later apologized for her sister's comments, adding that she was sorry for joining in the fray herself and posting her own nasty remarks towards critics of her mother's show. On Tuesday, Willow, 16, also took the opportunity to hit back at a Life & Style report she called "ridiculous," which cited several former classmates who claimed she was hiding a hard-partying past. One source said he had seen Willow engage in a late night drug deal, while another said the then-15-year-old "chugged" vodka at a house party. "It is disappointing to see people who claim they know me to sell stories," Willow told E. "As for people accusing me of being at a party over a year ago, the accusations are ridiculous. The same people saying this were also the ones attacking my family on Facebook. Unfortunately some people have learned that there are publications that will pay money for stories, no matter how misleading." Despite tough coverage in the press, Willow says she embraces her high profile family and has high hopes for her sister. "I recognize that my family has been given a great honor and privilege to make a difference in this country, and even though I am just 16, more is expected of me," she said. "That being said, I say this to Bristol and Mark (with a hat tip to Lady Gaga)—Just Dance!" Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Bristol Palin receives death threats before ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale, ABC increases security

Bristol Palin's bid for the "Dancing with the Stars" crown has taken another ugly turn.Alaska governor's daughter and her dancing partner, Mark Ballas, have been receiving death threats in the lead up to Tuesday night's finale, TMZ reported.ABC beefing up security in Los Angeles on Monday. Sources tell the gossip website that the show may break from its traditional format and not allow the duo to be interviewed outside Times Square if they head to New York, TMZ reported.Instead, it's likely Palin and Ballas will be interviewed inside the studio where it's safer. AOL gossip website Popeater. "It's like a scene from ‘The Bodyguard' with Bristol playing the leading lady." another scare last week when an envelope containing white powder (which turned out to be talcum powder) was found at the "DWTS" studio addressed to her.Wisconsin allegedly became so angry watching Palin on the show that he fired off his shotgun at his television, leading to a 15-hour standoff with state police. she's been taking on Jennifer Grey and Kyle Massey. Executives told Ballas to refrain from Twitter because his posts could incite people. last tweeted on Nov. 17, "Taking a break from Twitter until the seasons over.  Thank you to all the supporters and fans.  We love you.  I'll be back soon…." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale dances: Kirstie, Chelsea, Hines wow with judges’ choice, freestyle

You've got to risk it to get the biscuit. Never has sage advice come in such an odd, yet strangely fitting, packet as when head judge Len Goodman referenced a 70s commercial to get his critique across on Monday night's "Dancing with the Stars." This season's final three competitors, however, warranted the quirky feedback - because, quite frankly, all three proved themselves deserving of the Mirror Ball and their actual critiques were few and far between. Monday night's finale performances involved two categories - a first round of judges' choice and a second round of freestyle dance. Disney starlet Chelsea Kane aced both with the kind of fierce determination and focus necessary to execute her partner Mark Ballas' unconventional choreography. Her first dance, a sensual samba, was as schintillating as Mark's sparkly open shirt, and oft-inappropriate Bruno restrained himself by just calling her "an ultra sexy bombshell" and commending her for the "rhythm flowing through your body like I've never seen before." Turns out it was Carrie Ann, who acted as the pair's mentor for the dance, who stole all of Bruno's zany on Monday night, grinding the air in reaction to Chelsea and Mark's second dance, a freestyle stunt-filled piece complete with Tron-esque glowing gloves and sneakers. The energy-pumped number earned the pair a perfect 30, which pulled them to a tie with fellow frontrunners Hines and Kym. Hines Ward and Kym Johnson connected easily on this season of 'Dancing with the Stars.' (Adam Taylor/ABC) The dapper NFL player donned a top hat for this week's judges' choice in a peppy quick step that ended with a burst of flair and champaigne at the judges' table. "It was like watching a mega production on Broadway," Bruno exclaimed. "You make it like you're running for a touchdown and the whole crowd is cheering for you and following you around the ballroom," Carrie Ann added. "I forget I'm judging a show!" Only Len was unconvinced, awarding the Continue Reading

‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale: Nicole Scherzinger beats out Erin Andrews to win the trophy

You guys! It's the finale of "Dancing With the Stars"! This is it. Last night. The finale. Finito. The remaining three contestants -- Erin Andrews, Nicole Scherzinger and Evan Lysacek -- will battle it out for the mirror ball trophy while it'll be all out sparkle pandemonium when Kate Gosselin and the rest of the booted contestants return for one more spin around the dance floor. So, pull up a chair and try to put that sad, squeaky "American Idol" finale out of your mind - let's cyber samba! Here we go, yo. Clips of celebs in their real lives. Clips of celebs learning to dance. Clips of celebs complaining about learning to dance. Clips of the judges losing their minds. Clips of everyone losing their minds. FINALE EXPLOSION. Pros take to the dance floor to show off as former contestants Shannen Doherty, Kate Gosselin, Niecy Nash, Buzz Aldrin, Jake Pavelka, Aidan Turner and Pam Anderson wiggle around in their fancy outfits. If possible, Kate is even more wooden then ever before. Chad Ochocinco is sitting this one out on the sidelines because of a football injury. Nicole and Derek decide on their Argentine tango for their "favorite" dance, because its "fierce" and Nicole got a lot of good feedback on it. It was, and tonight is still, phenomenal. They even change up some moves at the end to make it even better this time around. At one point, Nicole stands on Derek's foot and he basically floats her through the air. Tons of applause, which Derek encourages. Judge Len Goodman says it had "intensity," "artistry" and "passion." Bruno Tonioli adds "rich" and "luscious," and Carrie Anne Inaba calls it a "masterpiece." No scores yet, as the judges will dole them out comparatively once everyone dances -- meaning only one person can get a 30, and so on down the line to 28 for second place and 26 for third place. Oh god. Jake and VIENNA are going to do a dance?! Evan and Anna also chose their Argentine tango for their "favorite." This is the one where Anna throws her Continue Reading

Toni Braxton skips ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finale to have tumor removed

Toni Braxton skipped the "Dancing With the Stars" finale, but it wasn't because of any hard feelings or achy feet. The singer was recovering after having a tumor removed from her breast. "I was worried about what they would find," she tells Us Weekly. "But it was benign." Braxton's doctor first discovered the lump in August during a check up but didn't feel the need to operate, and cleared her to compete in DWTS. It was only after she and partner Alex Mazo were eliminated on October 20 that she went back for a follow up appointment. "[The lump] was definitely still there and bigger," she explains. Braxton quickly made the decision with her doctors to operate. "Getting the boot on the show was actually a blessing in disguise for me," Braxton says. "We have family history. My grandmother on my dad's side died of breast cancer, and I have aunts on both sides that have breast cancer."Still, the mom of two considers herself lucky. "I was very fortunate," she says. "Cancer knows no race, no creed, no color." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Disney’s Cody Linley falls flat in ‘Dancing with the Stars’ finals

LOS ANGELES — Cody Linley won’t be graduating “Dancing with the Stars.”The 18-year-old “Hannah Montana” actor and his professional partner, Julianne Hough, were eliminated Tuesday from ABC’s popular dancing competition. The pair received a total score of 46 out of 60 from judges for their paso doble and salsa routines Monday. After viewer votes were combined with the judges’ scores, the Disney actor was dismissed.“Oh my gosh,” a choked-up Linley said after his ouster. “I mean, words can’t even explain the true amazing, growing, learning journey that I’ve had on this show. I can’t show my appreciation anymore to Julianne. I can’t say thank you. I love her so much. This opportunity has been so amazing.”PHOTOS: 'DANCING WITH THE STARS'For part of the competition, Linley was paired with professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska when Hough missed two weeks of competition because of surgery to remove her appendix. Hough rejoined Linley for Monday’s semifinal round. The pair received the judge’s lowest scores. After their paso doble routine, judge Bruno Tonioli said it was “not good enough.”“I’m so proud of you,” Hough said to Linley before the duo took to the ballroom floor for their last dance. “I’ve had such an amazing time with you. This has probably been the biggest journey that any of these couples have had out here. I cannot wait to see what his opportunities are going to be after this show.”The three remaining contestants — model-actress Brooke Burke, singer Lance Bass and former NFL star Warren Sapp — will compete for the show’s mirror ball trophy in next week’s finals. On Monday, the celebrities will perform two routines, including one dance set to the same music for each couple. The seventh season champion will then be crowned Tuesday.Previously dismissed celebrities include: Olympic Continue Reading

Shawn Johnson, Gilles Marini tied for top spot heading into ‘Dancing With The Stars’ finale

LOS ANGELES - Shawn Johnson and Gilles Marini head into Tuesday's "Dancing With the Stars" finale tied with 58 points. Melissa Rycroft is two points behind with 56.Johnson earned a perfect score Monday for her spirited freestyle dance, plus 28 points for her paso doble. Marini performed a perfect paso and scored 28 points for his freestyle dance.Rycroft collected 29 points for her paso doble and 27 for her freestyle performance.One will take home the mirror ball trophy Tuesday as the new "Dancing" champ. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Bruce Willis gets teary watching daughter Rumer tear it up on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ finale

Yipee-cry-yay, mother------! Tough guy actor Bruce Willis was moved to tears by his daughter Rumer's performance Monday on the first night of the "Dancing With The Stars" finale. Rumer and her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, nabbed a perfect score for their swirling number, set to a swinging version of Hozier's "Take Me to Church." Afterward, her sister, Tallulah, posted an Instagram photo showing the "Die Hard" actor looking misty while watching his oldest daughter's performance. "Look at this cutie tearing up from my insanely magical sisters dance. We are all so proud of you Rue," Tallulah wrote. The duo was also awarded a perfect score for their second dance, to a sultry version of Britney Spears' "Toxic." The back-to-back perfect performances also drew kudos from mom Demi Moore's ex-husband, Ashton Kutcher, who tweeted a shoutout and asked his followers to vote for her. "Rumer I'm so proud of you. You are an artist of movement," he said. Willis is competing against war hero Noah Galloway and "Glee" actor Riker Lynch. The mirror ball trophy will be awarded on Tuesday night's finale. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH VIDEO HERE Continue Reading