The Hottest Dancing With the Stars Gossip
- March 2009: Nancy O'Dell and singer Jewel were both forced to leave the Season 8 competition due to injuries. Jewel (paired with Dmitri Chaplin) had a fractured tibia in both legs while Nancy (paired with Tony Dovolani) suffered with a painful torn meniscus. The women were replaced with Girls Next Door star Holly Madison and former Bachelor contestant Melissa Rycroft.
- January 2009: Just six months after Karina Smirnoff cried on The Chelsea Handler Show over her breakup with Mario Lopez, she shocked her fans. Karina and her Dancing With the Stars pal, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, announced that they were engaged to be married. Maksim proposed at midnight as they rang in 2009 together.
- November 2008: Brooke Burke and Derek Hough won the 7th season of Dancing With the Stars. It was Brooke and Derek's Viennese waltz that earned them a perfect score from the panel of judges. When asked how she felt, Brooke could barely speak and managed to simply say, "Unbelievable!" as the confetti rained down on her head.
- November 2007: Following rumors that he and his Season 5 DWTS 19-year-old dance partner, Julianne Hough, were hooking up, Helio Catroneves and Aliette Vazquez called off their engagement. In a statement, Helio said, "I can confirm that Aliette Vazquez and I have called off our engagement and are no longer together. At this time I would prefer to keep my private life private." As you might expect, Helio and Juliette continued to deny any romantic connection.