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'Dancing With the Stars': Maks and Val Chmerkovskiy strip down for a revealing interview -- VIDEO

There are many mysteries in this world, from Big Foot to the Bermuda Triangle. But there’s one mystery that’s about to get solved: Which Chmerkovskiy brother needs a bigger hat?

Let me explain. During a photo shoot for People in which Dancing With the Stars‘ Val and Maks Chmerkovskiy wore nothing but Pharrell-inspired hats on their crotches, the brothers also sat down for an interview. “Covering up” with nothing more than a towel/blanket — can you say luckiest interviewer ever? — the Ukrainian sex symbols played a game of “Him or Me.” The questions included things like who works out more, who had more girlfriends growing up, and, of course, who needs the bigger hat. Get it?

Another important note from the video? Maks’ life motto: “When in doubt, take off your shirt.” I’m telling you, guys, this is pure gold.

Watch the nearly naked brothers dance around and chat below: READ FULL STORY

Why 'Survivor' is still kicking butt 28 seasons in

It was a debacle. The battle of the sexes twist didn’t work. The cast was unlikable, including one dude who called himself Troyzan and another dude who called himself Tarzan. It was ridiculous. So when Survivor: One World signed off in the spring of 2012, many wondered openly about the health of the franchise that gave birth to network reality TV way back in the summer of 2000. Maybe it was finally time to snuff Survivor’s torch.

Except that’s not what happened. Ever since then, Survivor has been so hot that Michael Skupin may burn his hands on it again if he stands too close. There have been four installments since One World (a.k.a. The Season That Shall Not Be Named) and each has been absolutely riveting, culminating with Survivor: Cagayan, in which immunity idol hoarding Jersey cop Tony and cerebral underdog Spencer will continue to battle it out in tonight’s finale along with Ninja Stealth Woo and Chaos Kass. It has been the most consistent run of reality excellence the show has ever had. The question is: How the hell does that happen in season 28? Sure, there have been other reality shows that have seemingly lasted forever — The Bachelor, American Idol, Dancing with the Stars — but none can claim to be this good this late in its run. So, what’s in Survivor’s secret sauce? READ FULL STORY

Chris Bukowski claims his 'Bachelorette' visit was staged

Arguably the most exciting part of Andi Dorfman’s Bachelorette premiere was the moment when former contestant Chris Bukowski showed up, intending to crash the party and steal her heart forever and ever. Sadly, his grand gesture eventually fell flat when Andi asked Chris Harrison to send Bukowski away. But now, we’re learning that the excitement might have been staged.

Bukowski reportedly told TMZ that the whole thing was set up by ABC. “They made it seem like they didn’t know I was coming, but they knew,” he said. According to Bukowski, he’d wanted to join Andi’s season as a contestant but missed the deadline to apply. As a result, the show’s producers came up with the party-crashing plan. Even the roses were their idea, Bukowski said. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': How was Erin Andrews' first season?

Heading into this season of Dancing With the Stars, Erin Andrews was known for being a former contestant and the woman on the sidelines at sporting events. But could she ditch the locker room talk for discussions of hip thrusts — and keep up with Tom Bergeron’s witty one-liners? To keep things short and sweet, I think the answer turned out to be yes.

I wasn’t quite on Team Erin when the season started. In fact, I think I was actively trying not to be. I found some of her jokes annoying; I thought she was awkward at times. But week after week, she wore me down. I started to appreciate the way she’d ask the questions everyone wanted answered. And as time went on, Erin got more comfortable and started firing back at anyone who threw a line her way. She got sarcastic — and suddenly, I approved. READ FULL STORY

'I Wanna Marry Harry,' 'Joe Millionaire,' and the (d)evolution of gimmick reality

Even 11 years later, network TV has never aired anything else quite like Joe Millionaire, Fox’s groundbreakingly cruel, incredibly popular Reality 1.0 experiment. The basic premise, as if you could ever forget: 20 money-hungry airheads arrive at a gorgeous French chateau to compete for the affections of Evan Marriott, a man who has just inherited more than $50 million. They have no idea that Evan’s money is as fake as their eyelashes — he’s actually a blue-collar construction worker.

Joe piled artifice on top of artifice: Its breakout character was Marriott’s “butler,” played by professional actor Paul Hogan. The Smoking Gun eventually discovered that Marriott wasn’t just an average working stiff — he had also once posed as an underwear model. The series’ most famous sequence, which finds Marriott and eventual second-place finisher Sarah Kozer stealing away for an intimate outdoor encounter — helpfully captioned with a series of “uhm”s and “slurp”s — never actually happened: “The audio that we hear, with slurps and sighs, came from Sarah getting a back massage some hours earlier from her friend Melissa,” a talking head explained in a VH1 special that aired in 2004. READ FULL STORY

'Dancing With the Stars': The season 18 winner is...

It all comes down to this.

After last night’s performances, Meryl Davis, Candace Cameron Bure, and Amy Purdy are waiting to find out which one of them will become Dancing With the Stars‘ season 18 champion, and more importantly, the proud owner of a MirrorBall Trophy all their own.

But before we find out who’s won, we’ve got a little season recapping to do, followed by a few performances, and a lot more dancing. For now, the pressure is off, so kick off your shoes, sit back, and pray that Maks and Meryl kiss before the night’s over!

You all know the drill: Talk about the show here while it’s on, and I’ll update this post with the results later tonight. Then afterward, head on over for my full recap.

Update: After dominating the season, Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy have been crowned the season 18 champions! Read my full recap here.

'Dancing With the Stars': Maks and Meryl deliver the best almost-kiss of 2014

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Hollywood is in the business of chemistry. It’s all about casting the right actors, making sure the relationship feels believable, and then crossing your fingers that what you think you see translates to the screen. And then there are reality competitions, where chemistry rarely matters unless your name is Adam Levine or Blake Shelton.

Take Dancing With the Stars, for example. Viewers tune in to watch celebs potentially embarrass themselves on the dance floor with a professional partner they’re probably decent friends with, but we don’t expect much more than that. And then, once in a while, like a unicorn sighting, something magical happens and reality TV makes casting agents’ jobs look easy. Enter Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. READ FULL STORY

Merriam-Webster officially gives 'catfish' a new definition

Max and Nev are changing the world, one fake profile at a time. And now their work is more legitimate than ever. Why? Because the Merriam-Webster dictionary says so.

A catfish is no longer just “a type of fish that has a large head and long thin parts that look like a cat’s whiskers around its mouth.” According to Merriam-Webster, there’s another definition for the word, one that “refers to a person who sets up a false social networking profile for deceptive purposes.” READ FULL STORY

Chris Harrison blogs 'The Bachelorette' season premiere

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Welcome to another season of The Bachelorette. Feels like we’ve been away for a while and it always feels good to be back. While I’m excited to be back, this season begins on a rather somber note. As you all know by now, a few weeks after he left the show, one of our cast members and our friend, Eric Hill, died in a tragic accident. You will see in the coming weeks how we have chosen to deal with this on the show. I believe in my heart that we have handled this with compassion and respect for Eric’s memory and his family and friends. I’m glad we started the show by dedicating the season to him. As you will see, he was a bright light that you couldn’t help but be drawn to. He will be missed. (For more information about Eric Hill, you can visit gowitheric.com.)

The last few seasons I’ve found the best way to deal with this first episode and the arrivals is to kind of bullet point the highs and lows. So let’s get to it! READ FULL STORY

'The Bachelorette' premiere: 'I'm going to call my parents tomorrow and be like, Yeah, that sucked.'

Don’t worry, rose lovers — it wasn’t Andi calling her parents in tears. Though who could blame her if she had, given that not one of the men thought to emerge from the limo in handcuffs and declare himself a “prisoner of love.” The Bachelorette is an Assistant District Attorney, for Pete’s sake! The possibilities are endless! Instead, though, we got a dude dragging a lamp from the hotel, and another guy who gave Andi a pair of pants so ugly they made Ames’ Nantucket reds look downright fashion-forward. Stay tuned for my full recap later tonight (UPDATE: Click over to read Kristen’s full Bachelorette season premiere recap and Chris Harrison’s Bachelorette blog), but if you’ve seen the first leg of Andi’s “journey” and simply must discuss the night’s burning questions (Why are there two guys with Tarzan hair? When will Casa Bachelor’s awesome security guard get his own reality show?) post your thoughts now!

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