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"Dancing With The Stars" Dances With Truth

3/26/2008 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

DWTSSo you think all those performances on "Dancing with the Stars" are arranged by the professional dancers, like Cheryl Burke ... think again, people.

Our spies -- and they're unimpeachable -- tell us many of the routines are arranged by outside choreographers, especially when it comes to the "younger, less experienced" professional dancers, like Burke, Kym Johnson, Derek Hough, and his sis Julianne.

The show makes it appear as if the professional partners create all the moves for the celeb contestants -- but that's just not the case. All that rehearsal video is a little deceptive -- we're just sayin'.

One source says, "Cheryl Burke is the worst" when it comes to arranging her own material. She relies heavily on outside help.

BTdubs, we shot video of Cheryl Burke with one of the professional choreographers -- Wendy Johnson -- outside an L.A. restaurant. We're told Wendy worked on the dance that won Drew Lachey the cheesy trophy.

For the record, Cheryl's rep says any insinuation that she gets outside help is a "blatant lie," adding that Wendy Johnson is a good friend of Cheryl's -- she's known her since she was 11 or 12-years-old. Also, the rep says, Cheryl "spends Tuesday night choreographing her routines in her apartment."

An ABC source says it's not against the rules for the dancers to use outside help.

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Archuleta Gets DUI -- Daddy Under the Influence

Last night, Simon Cowell lashed out at someone after David Archuleta's performance, and we know who.
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A well-placed TMZ spy tells us Simon went after David's dad, Jeff, for the kid's song, "You're the Voice" by John Farnham. Simon said, "I don't think that is you at all and I'd be amazed if you chose the song yourself." Our spy says Simon was blaming the fiasco on daddy dearest, adding, "It's exactly where the gun was being aimed."

As TMZ first reported, Jeff Archuleta is the ultimate nightmare stage dad who was so bad when David was a contestant on "Star Search" he got banned from the lot.

Almost no one even heard of the song David sang. Simon said it sounded like David was singing something at a theme park -- which would make Daddy Jeff a real Dumbo.

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Photogs started screaming at the cops, yelling things like "What about DUIs?" and "We're arresting people for jaywalking now?" The pap was not booked.

BTdub -- the whole thing went down across the street from Eva Longoria's new restaurant, Beso.

From Nobody to Pussycat Skank in a Flash

Just one week after her nude pics were "leaked" on the Internet, Audrina Patridge has gone from nobody the brunette on "The Hills" to stripping Pussycat Doll. Another skank is born!
Now that everyone knows what kind of girl she really is, Audrina is getting top billing -- and around $5k -- to take her clothes off with the Pussycat Dolls in Vegas on Friday. We're told her peeps have been working overtime to pimp her out hardcore to cash in on her new found notoriety. Just a few months ago, 'Drina couldn't get into Hyde -- now she's getting paid to host a night at PURE and drink for free in a VIP booth. Dontcha wish your naked pics were hot like hers!

Looks like Audrina is taking a page straight from the Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian Hollywood Handbook -- and her sex tape hasn't even surfaced yet!

Her rep tells us she's not performing, just introducing the Dolls onstage. The rep adds, for the record, this gig was locked in way before the nudie pics surfaced.

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As to your comments on DWTS Cheryl Burke and the other younger dancers....Who cares? They are professional "DANCERS" AND are NOT claiming to be coreographers. Why is it when something good comes along folks have to find something negative to talk about. I think it's a jealousy factor. I wish I could dance like any one of those dancers or the stars for that matter.

2401 days ago

Chuck Lund    

Dancing with the stars is just Entertainment for Me and My Family. Whoever teaches them the routines is just background, behind the scenes footage. We couldn'rt care less who teaches Who. We just enjoy the Entertainment factor. Better then watching some Shoot-em up TV show, or Movie. Maybe some kids watching the show will get involved with Real Dancing instead of Real Guns or Drugs, Wouldn't that be Great? Chuck & Family.

2401 days ago


I am not surprised Simon mad the comment on David. I am also not surprised he made the comment to Kristy that it was "clever" for her to choose her choice of song...(Lee Greenwoods.. Proud to be an American) It was very much a political move on her part since she has been in the bottom for weeks. How can they let her go tonight? They won't. How can Simon criticize her choice of song? He can' would be "unAmerican" to do that. Most of the parents like taht push their kids so they can benfit from it and that is why we have all these "wrecks" out there of celebrities. I don't think David is that good (his range is terrible) and his daddy will give him some reasons to take drugs some day.

2401 days ago


Simon is right....David's Daddy has a lot to do with what this kid sings!

2401 days ago


Guys! This is DANCING with the stars!! Who cares who does the damn choreography?

2401 days ago


There have been many times when the choreographers were introduced on the show so I don't understand the whole "scandal" point. The "stars" are being judged on dancing not on choreography.......choreography with the stars would be a whole other show!

2401 days ago


WHO CARES?????? The show Dancing with the Stars is purely for fun. No reason to be so negative about the dancers. I wish my body moved that way. As for Simon, I'd be shocked if he said anything nice to or about anyone.

2401 days ago

Cranky Bytch    

I'm not a huge fan of the show but I have watched and like many others, I don't really care who choreographs the dance routines. The bottom line is that it takes a dancer with talent to pull those moves off and all the professional dancers on the show do it well!

TMZ and it's staff merely seek out the negative in everyone they stalk (and it is stalking.) Last week they tried to break up Drew Lachey's marriage with stories of an affair with Cheryl Burke and that didn't work so they had to come up with some other nonsense.

TMZ: Please try and remember that you wouldn't burst into flames if you told the truth once and a while.

2401 days ago


I agree, Chuck Lund. Enjoy the entertainment and big whoop about the choreography!

2401 days ago


John Farnham's Your the Voice is a fabulous song that is more suited to Michael John's voice than David's. Just because most people here hadn't heard of it and, as Paula said, 'couldn't you have picked an American song,' shows how arrogant Americans are and how little they know of the world. John Farnham and his 'Your the Voice' has sold millions in Oz and the UK.

2401 days ago


Who really cares who helped and who choreographed their dances? No one and Nobody gives an " F " as long as viewers are entertained. Unlike who started this issue all they care is to create hysteria , intrigues and bad things to talk about. We just want to be entertained. ( period ) Hallerrrrrrrrrr!

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2401 days ago

Sandra Jean    

Thank you Renee Glenney and Chuck Lund. I totally agree with you both. Those dancers are absolutely awesome. Talent plus! Who cares who shows the REAL dancers on the show any steps. If they were not professional dancers in the first place, they would not be doing what they are doing and doing well. To me it is just CE, continuing education, just like everyone else in the professional world has to do in order to keep up with anything new in their field of work. I also agree this show is wonderful for the children. And YES, maybe they will show an interest in dancing instead of the garbage that is shown in the violent movies and the violent computer games. sandra jean

2401 days ago


shame on you TMZ. !!!!!!!!!

2401 days ago


You people need to find a real hobby...Dancing with the stars is very "clean" spend time with your families!

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