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Dance Floor Confidential: Behind The Scenes Of Dancing With The Stars Airs Monday April 23

“Dancing with the Stars” has become a part of America’s television landscape and inspired millions around the world to waltz, cha-cha and samba. Now, for the first time in its 14 seasons, the hit show gives television cameras unprecedented behind-the-scenes access to see how the wildly unpredictable reality show comes together on and off the dance floor. Hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Lara Spencer and by actor, “Good Morning America” contributor and former “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Cameron Mathison, “Dance Floor Confidential” takes viewers backstage to reveal the secrets to the music, the dance, the costumes, the tanning, the judges, and even the tension and high octane pressure that make the show one of the most competitive on TV. Also, former “Dancing with the Stars” favorites including Kirstie Alley, Joey Fatone, Julianne Hough, Ricki Lake and Mario Lopez talk candidly about the show that brought them a new level of fame, and in some cases, some dramatic weight loss. “Dance Floor Confidential: Behind the Scenes of ‘Dancing with the Stars’” airs as a special edition of “20/20,” MONDAY, APRIL 23 (10:01-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

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Dancing With The Stars Season Finale: J.R. The Big Winner

Last night’s season finale of Dancing with the Stars took a surprising turn in the final elimination, leaving the season’s dark horse pitted against a longtime fan favorite.
The night’s first elimination saw early frontrunner and judge’s favorite Ricki Lake sent to the sidelines. Lake’s departure left late bloomer Rob Kardashian to battle frontrunner J.R. Martinez for the mirror ball trophy. Kardashian emerged with the higher scores of the night, but he couldn’t garner the votes to win against Marintez. Martinez, an Iraqi war veteran turned actor, won the mirror ball trophy.
“First and foremost, I want to thank everybody who voted for us for 10 weeks. Thank you America for believing in us,” Martinez said.
Talking to partner Karina Smirnoff, the 28-year-old said, “I’m so grateful that I was able to be part of your first mirror ball trophy. She deserves it … the fact that I was able to be part of that journey, I’m excited about that.”
Although Lake and Kardashian were sent home empty handed after weeks of hard work, neither was upset about losing to Martinez.
“I’m super thankful,” Kardashian said. “This is such a crazy experience. I’m definitely not sad. I won in my book.”
 “I’ve loved basically every minute of this. I’ve done something that I really didn’t think I could do and for someone who is a middle-aged mom, I hope I made my children proud, my fiance and my family,” Lake added. “J.R. and Karina really deserved to win. And Rob and Cheryl, I’m so impressed with them both, so it’s great to be among the three best.”

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Week Four Recap: Dance by Dance, Plus Cher Watches Chaz

The remaining nine celebrity competitors on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars,”danced to famous movie themes tonight under the watchful eyes of their equally famous family members gathered in the audience, including Chaz Bono’s mother, Cher; and David Arquette’s sisters, Rosanna Arquette and Patricia Arquette, and his ex-wife, Courteney Cox.


Up first were Chynna Phillips and her partner, Tony Dovolani, who danced the tango to the theme from “Mission Impossible.”

The Wilson Phillips singer lost her place during the dance and struggled to the finish, and the judges noticed.
“You lost it, it went wrong, you didn’t know where you were and you panicked,” head judge Len Goodman said, telling Phillips she’d made a lot of mistakes.
Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli agreed, yet all three believed the portions of tango she did before she lost her place were done very well.  She got  21 points out of a possible 30.
David Arquette channeled his inner Indiana Jones, and he and partner Kym Johnson got a standing ovation for their energetic paso doble to the theme from “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”
Inaba and Tonioli were wildly enthusiastic — Inaba said the actor had strength and charisma — but Goodman said Arquette stomped too hard and failed to display proper posture.
The judges awarded him 23 points.
He was followed by fashion guru Carson Kressley, who took to the dance floor with Anna Trebunskaya to perform a swashbuckling Viennese waltz to the theme from “The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl.”
In keeping with their previous critiques of Kressley, the judges all said they loved his performance but faulted him for a lack of technique.
“It’s like childbirth, terrible while it’s happening but a joy when it’s over,” Goodman said, eliciting a chorus of boos from the audience.
Kressley scored a total of 20 points.
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus danced the paso doble to the theme from the science fiction cult classic “Flash Gordon.”
Goodman said her dancing was “competent” but not exciting, and Tonioli said the dance needed to be more assertive, but Inaba disagreed.
Noting that the attorney and TV host was one of the older competitors on the show, Inaba said Grace deserved more credit for having performed good routines with solid technique. They gave Grace 21 points.
Soccer World Cup star Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy unveiled a sweet foxtrot to the theme from “Toy Story,” earning them a total of 24 points from the judges.
“It was so lovely … I loved it,” Tonioli said, while Goodman encouraged the pair to work more as a team.
Rob Kardashian’s paso doble to the “Superman” theme also earned him 24 points, tying him with Solo for third place in the night’s scoring.
Kardashian was partnered with Cheryl Burke.
Inaba told Kardashian that he embodied everything that a man should be on the dance floor, saying he had style, strength, sensuality and fluidity.
“Rob Kardashian, I like the way you move,” she added.
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough — who topped the leaderboard with 27 points last week — performed a tense  tango to the theme of the movie “Psycho.”  The dance opened and closed with Lake and Hough enacting a chilling chase scene in shadow.
The audience surged to its feet when the pair’s routine ended, and the three judges loved it. They gave the pair 29 points — the highest score of season 13.
“You’re like the U.S. Mail, you always deliver,” Goodman told Lake.
Bono and Lacey Schwimmer turned in a rousing paso doble to the theme of “Rocky.”
The activist is battling a knee injury and has been struggling in the competition, but his performance tonight brought tears to Inaba’s eyes. She said she was touched by Bono’s determination to succeed.
Bono’s mother, Cher, was also emotional in the audience, cheering and applauding her son.
“In the true spirit of Rocky, you keep coming back, you keep fighting, you keep getting stronger,” Tonioli said, and Goodman said Bono had turned in his best performance of the competition.
Bono earned 21 points.
Actor and Iraq war veteran J.R. Martinez has become a fan favorite, and he delivered a humorous, crowd-pleasing foxtrot with partner Karina Smirnoff.
Inaba said it was technically OK, but the humor was unnecessary, although Goodman and Tonioli were impressed.
“This was the best male dance of the night … this is fabulous,” Goodman said.
The pair earned a total of 26 points.
Based on a combination of judges’ and viewers’ scores,  one celebrity will be voted off during the results show Tuesday.
Reality TV star Kristin Cavallari was eliminated last week in a shocking decision.  NBA champ Metta World Peace (former Ron Artest) had and Italian model Elisabetta Canalis had been voted off in the first and second weeks of the competition.
Tonight’s Scores
Lake and Hough: 29/30
Phillips and Dovolani:  21/30
Martinez  and Smirnoff: 26/30
Kardashian and Burke: 24/30
Kressley and Trebunskaya: 20/30
Arquette and Johnson:  23/30
Solo and Chmerkovskiy: 24/30
Grace and MacManus: 21/30
Bono and Schwimmer: 21/30

Nancy Grace Denies Nip Slip Reports

Nancy Grace wants to make one thing clear – she did not have a “nip slip” or a wardrobe malfunction during her performance Monday night on Dancing With the Stars. The HLN host was dancing a quickstep when her chest appeared to spill out of her brown costume. ABC covered up the incident with a quick cut to the audience.
Grace tells Us Weekly that there was no nip slip, just some “jiggling.”
“Tonight, when we were doing our hopscotch portion of our dance, there was a little bit of movement but it did not rise to a wardrobe malfunction,” she explained. “We have taken every precaution known to men in this dress right here. I’m talking industrial size precaution. There may have been, as Tristan said, a little bit of jiggling but there was absolutely not a wardrobe malfunction.”
Grace, 51, scored a respectable 21 points for the performance. She tied with Elisabetta Canalis, Rob Kardashian and Chynna Phillips. Actress Ricki Lake took first place with 23 points.