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'Dancing With the Stars': The Switch-Up is liiiiiiiiiive!

It’s time for the dreaded Switch-Up — and not just the one on TV.

You know the drill: Discuss Dancing With the Stars here while it’s on, then stay tuned for what will be my final recap on EW.com.

I’ll update this post with tonight’s results.


'Dancing With the Stars' Switch-Up is 'the worst thing that could happen,' says Maks

None of the Dancing With the Stars sparklebots seem too excited to ditch their current partners next week after the results are tallied for The Switch-Up, a dramatic but much-reviled stunt intended to build buzz for season 18. There’s been scant online support for the Switch-Up, which required viewers to vote for the celebs and pros they wanted paired up… via Twitter. (ABC would orchestrate the match-up for you on its website, but if you didn’t have a Twitter account through which they could tweet on your behalf, you weren’t participating.)

We learned tonight — full DWTS recap here — that the Switch-Up will only hold for one week. So fear not, candy fans! Your beloved M&M (Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, pictured) will reunite on Week 5.  READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': Week 3 is liiiiiiiiive!

What’s happening with the Partner Switch-Up? Will Tony Dovolani — who tweeted “Shirt or no shirt?” for the rumba — make the wise choice (no shirt, yes fringed bicep band)? Will Billy Dee Williams get to dance another unprecedented foursome (pictured, above)? We’re about to find out! READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' 2014: You rank the Top 9

On Wednesday the Top 9 had to pretend they were at the forefront of a band. (Which they are anyway, every week, at least if they wanna be!) The task was much easier said than done for a lot of ‘em. Meanwhile, Harry Connick Jr. ran up onstage to steal Ryan Seacrest’s shoe and shared a giant purple gummy bear (seriously? at least get red) with Jennifer Lopez. Later, she swore, but the five-second delay zapped it out of existence. Was it an s-bomb or an f-bomb or another rendition of “I Luh Ya Papi”? We’ll never know. Anyway, there was a LOT of time to fill. Two hours, nine contestants. You do the math/eat the sugar.

Below is my ranking of the Top 9 after just a first listen. Leave your own ranking in the comments, and stay tuned for my full recap later on! Update: Here’s the recap!


'Dancing With the Stars' double elimination: Who went home?

Tom Bergeron announced a surprise double elimination at the top of Monday’s Dancing With the Stars — and the boots could happen at any time during the show. I’ll update this post with the results.

The first couple heading home is….


'Dancing With the Stars': Week 2 is live! Plus: How to vote for The Switch

Tonight the season 18 sparklebots attempt their second dances — supposedly the styles they’d claimed to want to do the most (though clearly some of the contestants were like “Huh? I never said that….”). We’ll also find out how the big partner Switch will work. I’ll update this post with how to vote for The Switch once we get the information.

Okay, here’s the deal with the Switch Up: You have to TWEET it. (I guess if you don’t have a Twitter account you’re not participating… which is crazy.) During Weeks 2 and 3, tweet “#DWTS” along with the first names of the people you want together. Full instructions over at ABC.com, plus they’ll tweet for you.

UPDATE: There’s a double elimination tonight (click here for the results) and it could take place at any time during the show.

In the meantime, discuss the show below, ahead of my full recap later tonight!



'American Idol' 2014: How'd the Top 10 do?

Tonight the Top 10 contestants could sing any Top 10 hit. Any hit! That’s, like, any J. Lo song. The possibilities were… finite.

Below is my ranking of the Top 10 after just a first listen. Leave your own ranking in the comments, and stay tuned for my full recap later on! READ FULL STORY

How did Erin Andrews do on 'Dancing With the Stars'?

Last night’s 18th season premiere of Dancing With the Stars (read EW’s full recap here) was chock full of cha-cha-cha changes — the tallest and loudest of which was new cohost Erin Andrews, who has swept in to give Planet Mirrorballus the sports-arena treatment it apparently deserves. Unlike the somewhat robotic (yet beautiful) eveningwear paper doll she replaced (Brooke Burke Charvet), Erin wasn’t afraid to muscle her way through post-dance chit chat with the couples and ask ask questions beyond “How do you feel?” READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': Season 18 is liiiive!

Oh, my! What is this strange planet we’re seeing on its heaving (and bosomy!) 18th giant breath? The Celebriquarium is BACK! The judges are on the LEFT again. Our old pals Brooke Burke and the Harold Wheeler Band are…. GONE?!!!

Well, we can at least cheer for the Celebriquarium. The sparklebots belong higher than everyone else, as they are so on a higher level.

Discuss the season 18 premiere, Erin Andrews as cohost, and the new look, sound, and….feel?! of Dancing With the Stars below, ahead of my full recap later tonight. READ FULL STORY

'American Idol' 2014 results: The Top 12

Would the judges use their one save of the season on the least popular singer of the Top 12?

Find out tonight’s results — following guest performances by season 11 American Idol winner Phillip Phillips and Randy Jackson’s favorite new Irish band Kodaline — after the jump. READ FULL STORY

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