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Spotted! Hugh Hefner and Other Celebs in the Audience: DWTS Season 12 Premiere

The Dancing with the Stars audience is always packed with dancing alumni, ABC stars promoting their own shows, and the family and friends of the current DWTS cast. Such was the case again on the Season 12 premiere, where we spotted several alumni, including Kyle Massey (presumably cheering on his fellow Disney star Chelsea Kane, as she cheered for him last season), Jennifer Grey (we miss seeing Jamie Lee Curtis there to support her), Brandy Norwood, Florence Henderson, Buzz Aldrin, Lisa Rinna,... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/34AjvFpFquw/spotted-hugh-hefner-and-other-celebs-in-the-audience-dwts-season-12-premiere

'Dancing With the Stars': Chelsea Kane says her hips are her handicap

"Jonas" vet Chelsea Kane was up to bat first during the "Dancing With the Stars" premiere, and the pressure of kicking off Season 12 was not lost on her. "You don't have that five minutes that everyone else does to kind of take in the crowd and catch your breath," she says, speaking with press after the performance show. "To be introduced and hop right into the first number... I thought my heart was just going to explode out of the front of my dress."Well, her heart is intact and her dress remains un-besmirched, possibly due to the fact that she and partner Mark Ballas killed their foxtrot -- by Week 1 standards, at least. Kane says she's "super-flattered" by her score (a tied-for-third-place 21) and admits it makes coming back next week a little less daunting. Not that she's totally over the nerves. Since we first caught up with Kane at the Season 12... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/03/dancing-with-the-stars-chelsea-kane-says-her-hips-are-her-handicap.html

Wendy Williams Rehashes Her Mediocre 'DWTS' Debut (VIDEO)

Wendy Williams offered an analysis of her 'Dancing With the Stars' debut last night, and predicted this season's winner on 'The Wendy Williams Show' (weekdays, syndicated). Williams danced the cha-cha with partner Tony Dovolani during the dance competition's premiere and earned a total score of 14. "I danced to the best of my ability, but I know that I can bring more," she said. //www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/22/wendy-williams-dwts-debut-predicts-winner/

Dancing With the Stars Backstage Report: How the Competitors Stay Injury Free

Dance expert Benji Schwimmer — he's the brother of pro Lacey and the winner of the second season of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance — has already picked his champion of the new season of Dancing With the Stars : 60-year-old Kirstie Alley.   "She just redeemed her career," he said after watching the Cheers veteran light up the ballroom with ... //www.tvguide.com/News/Dancing-Stars-Backstage-1030975.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'Dancing With the Stars': Kirstie Alley's pal Kelly Preston commandeers her Twitter account

"Dancing With the Stars" is keeping Kirstie Alley even busier than she expected. The Mar. 21 show day for the Season 12 premiere was so packed, she didn't even have time to tweet. "The Twitter guys have been great," Alley told press backstage of her outlet to talk with fans. "It's the only social media I'm on, so I talk to them all of the time, and they've been amazing."But not before performance night. Alley's rigorous schedule kept her from giving her phone a second look. "I haven't Twitter-ed all day," she says, presumably pretending to forget the proper verb is "tweet." "I thought I would have time to do it, but I didn't. But Kelly Preston, she did the cutest thing, she grabbed my phone, and said "this is Kelly Preston talking for Kirstie. Vote right now!" It's true. We checked and Mrs. John Travolta indeed highjacked the Alley Twitter: "Hi! this is... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/03/dancing-with-the-stars-kirstie-alleys-pal-kelly-preston-commandeers-her-twitter-account.html

'DWTS': Kirstie Alley Surprises With a Fun and Great Cha Cha Cha (VIDEO)

Kendra Wilkinson may have had the oddsmakers in her corner before this new season of 'Dancing with the Stars' (Mon., 8PM on ABC), but it was Kirstie Alley that had us all eating out of her hands with an irreverent cha cha cha. Along with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Alley brought a lot of fun and silliness to the dance floor. Even more impressively, she brought foot placement that Bruno Tonioli declared "the best of the night." Also the best was their score of 23 in the cha cha cha category (Wilkinson scored only 18). In fact, only Ralph Macchio's foxtrot was stronger, and that by only one point. //www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/22/kirstie-alley-surprises-cha-cha-cha-dancing-with-the-stars-video/

Ralph Macchio's Fox Trot Steals the Show on Premiere of 'Dancing With the Stars' (VIDEO)

'Karate Kid' Ralph Macchio was expected to do well, and he didn't disappoint in the premiere of 'Dancing with the Stars' (Mon., 8PM on ABC). All that waxing on and off must have helped the youthful-looking star as he was graceful and commanding in the fox trot. Paired with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, the couple earned the highest marks of the week with 24 points. "That was just an amazing surprise," Carrie Ann Inaba said of the couple's performance. //www.tvsquad.com/2011/03/21/ralph-macchio-steals-the-show-dancing-with-the-stars-video/

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson conquer the Cha Cha on 'Dancing with the Stars'

And we're back "Dancing with the Stars" fans!Welcome to Season 12, where in a not-so-surprising twist, a professional athlete is one of the early frontrunners for the coveted title and mirror ball. Same story, different season? So it seems.Football star Hines Ward made his "Dancing" debut on Monday, Mar. 21, where he took on the Cha Cha with his partner Kym Johnson.So what did the judges have to say about the all-pro Pittsburg Steeler's dance moves? Len Goodman said, "You continue the tradition of good footballers who can dance," Carrie Ann Inaba called it the "sparkliest Cha Cha" and Bruno Tonioli complimented the timing. All of the judges gave them a 7 for a total score of 21 points. Not bad for your first try, Hines!Watch Hines Ward Cha Cha it up here:... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/03/hines-ward-and-kym-johnson-conquer-the-cha-cha-on-dancing-with-the-stars.html

'Dancing with the Stars': Kirstie Alley's totally hot cha cha cha

Kirstie Alley has been talking up her "Dancing with the Stars" game for days on Twitter. But did she live up to her own hype? In a word: yes.The 60-year-old actress and 24/7 tweeter, who confessed to being "like, a 'Dancing with the Stars' ho," showed off some serious moves with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The pair dance a hot cha cha cha to song of the moment, Cee-Lo Green's "Forget You." With fellow Scientologist Kelly Preston in the audience cheering her on, Alley got the crowd totally worked up with her moves. Judge Bruno Tonioli praised Alley for her work, saying her "foot placement in cha cha cha was best of the night."Against every instinct, we concur. Not only did Alley nail the moves, but her personality -- of which she has an ample portion -- came through loud and clear. As judge Len Goodman said, "It made me feel good." Us, too.What do you... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/03/dancing-with-the-stars-kirstie-alleys-totally-hot-cha-cha-cha.html

'Dancing with the Stars': Wendy Williams' accused of 'timid' cha cha cha

First impression: Wendy Williams is built like a battleship or an NFL linebacker -- or at least that's how she looks in a dress that appears to be a cast-off costume from "Ice Capades." If "Ice Capades" was entirely cast with skating, umm, escorts. Not that "Dancing with the Stars" has set the wardrobe bar too high. (She looks much better in the rehearsal footage -- where the wrong clothes are not calling attention to all the wrong body parts).Second impression: Williams' cha cha cha is about as good as her talk show which, if you catch our drift, is about two steps below "Judge Judy" on our daytime TV-watching priorities list.The dancing, as all three judges pointed out, was timid. Bruno Tonioli accused Williams of "marching" and the nicest thing Len Goodman had to say about her was "you've got your dumplings boiling over." (She totally did.) Carrie Ann Inaba said she saw "real... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/03/dancing-with-the-stars-wendy-williams-accused-of-timid-cha-cha-cha.html