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Rashad Jennings Praised By Beyonce's Dancers ... He's the Real Deal

5/27/2017 12:15 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Screw the mirror ball, Rashad Jennings just got MAJOR PRAISE from Beyonce's famous twin dancers!!!

They're known as "Les Twins" -- Laurent and Larry Bourgeois -- and after touring with Beyonce and Jay Z, they're now competing on Jennifer Lopez's new show "World of Dance."

The good news for Rashad ... the twins saw him bust out some of his moves on TV and were super impressed -- telling us the dude could go PRO if he was serious about a dancing career. 

'RHOBH' Star Erika Jayne Having Surgery for 'DWTS' Injury ... Didn't Blow Off Last Dance

5/26/2017 11:06 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Erika Jayne wasn't being stuck-up on the finale of "Dancing with the Stars" like some fans accused her of being -- she skipped the final group performance because she needed surgery.

The 'Real Housewives' star is at an L.A. hospital Friday to have surgery to fix an upper body tear she suffered during the show. Sources with 'DWTS' tell us ... Jayne felt like something was wrong during a dance in early April.

Doctors confirmed the injury, but we're told she pressed on without telling anyone ... because she didn't want to play the sympathy card. She was eliminated shortly thereafter.

Doctors told her she should stop all dancing after that, which is why she sat on the sidelines -- on top of a unicorn -- during the finale.

We reached out to ABC about Erika's injury ... they had no comment.

Rashad Jennings Latest Athlete to Win 'DWTS'

5/24/2017 7:39 AM PDT

Rashad Jennings now joins the ranks of athletes who came out on top of "Dancing with the Stars." He got the Mirrorball trophy Tuesday night, and the trend is clear.

Ten athletes -- from figure skaters to football stars -- have taken home all the marbles on the dancing competition. We're talking 10 out of 24.  

It's not just an issue of fitness ... lots of celebs on the show are in super good shape, but athletes still seem to hold the edge.

What we don't know ... is it more mental than physical?

Fifth Harmony Singer Gnarly Ankle Twist Before 'DWTS' Finale

5/18/2017 8:59 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei's rehearsal for the "Dancing with the Stars" finale got seriously derailed when she twisted her ankle, and the whole thing was captured on camera. 

Normani was attempting to jump into a split when she landed funny on the foot of her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy ... which rolled her right ankle. Happens in basketball all the time, but always looks painful.

Normani and Val are currently in first place and are frontrunners to win the 'DWTS' mirrorball trophy.

It appears they'll still be able to compete, although that split jump's likely scratched from the routine.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Cops Called to Home By Man Claiming Burglary

4/25/2017 12:34 PM PDT
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Maksim Chmerkovskiy got a visit from cops at his house early Tuesday morning thanks to a guy who called claiming he lived there ... and suspected a break-in. 

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ the police were called out to the home of Maksim and his wife, Peta Murgatroyd, around 2 AM after a man phoned in to report a possible burglary.

We're told the man claimed people were in HIS house. When cops arrived the man was outside and Maksim was inside. The 'DWTS' pro showed police proof he's renting the place -- but the man who called cops had no proof he owns it.

Sources tell us cops have gotten this same call before from the same guy. Officers warned him this time he'd be arrested for trespassing if he tried it again, and he left without incident. 

The situation shook up Maksim enough for him to miss an appearance after being eliminated from 'DWTS' Monday night.

Jerry Falwell Jr. Rashad Jennings Got Private Jet For 'DWTS' as Thank You Gift

4/19/2017 12:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Rashad Jennings was overdue for a favor from Liberty University, which is why Jerry Falwell Jr. flew his folks out to see him perform on "Dancing with the Stars."

We spoke to the Liberty U Prez and his wife, Becki, who gave us the play-by-play on how Rashad's family was able to get out to L.A. to see their son perform last week.

Sounds like Rashad wasn't asking them for the plane, but lucked out when the Falwells decided to hook him up as a show of gratitude. He spoke at Liberty's commencement last year pro bono.

The move led to one of the most emotional 'DWTS' moments ... without a doubt.

Ryan Lochte Protesters Pay 'DWTS' Thousands To Avoid Prosecution

4/14/2017 5:18 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The 2 protesters who bum-rushed Ryan Lochte during his live season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" have cut a deal to avoid time behind bars ... but it cost them a fortune.

Sources tell us the judge and the L.A. City Attorney's Office dropped the case after the protesters agreed to pay BBC Worldwide Productions -- which owns 'DWTS' -- and CBS -- where the show was filmed -- $20,000.

Here's the way the law goes ... there's something called a "civil compromise." It means if someone is charged with certain crimes, they can have the charges dismissed if they work out a deal with the victims.

The protesters faced 6 months in jail after being charged with leaving a spectator area and entering upon a stage as well as interfering with a performance -- both misdemeanors.

As we first reported, the protesters went to 'DWTS' because they felt Ryan's bad behavior in Brazil was the reason one of their family members got busted for something unrelated ... out of revenge for the U.S.

Nick Viall to Vanessa About Exposing You on 'DWTS' ...

4/11/2017 7:59 AM PDT

'Bachelor' star Nick Viall's big rhumba finish on 'DWTS' with fiancée Vanessa Grimaldi was very revealing ... damn near TOO revealing.

Nick scored a new personal record for his dance to Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You". It's possible Vanessa helped him score a few extra points with their steamy makeout sesh at the end ... not to mention lifting her too high for her dress.

No hard feelings though based on the looks they were giving each other on their way out of the after-party. Next dance -- the horizontal mambo?

Nick Viall & Vanessa Grimaldi Serious Face Sucking Sesh Interrupts 'DWTS' Rehearsal

4/10/2017 10:02 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

If anyone had doubts 'Bachelor' star Nick Viall and fiancee Vanessa Grimaldi were the real deal this footage from Sunday's "Dancing with the Stars" rehearsal should put those to bed.

Nick's dancing the rhumba to Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" Monday night and looks like Vanessa's gonna join him for part of it.

He pulls her out of her seat and, at least during rehearsals, he had a really hard time letting her go ... especially once their lips locked.

'Dance Moms' Cast Welcome Aboard, Cheryl Burke! ... Oh, Screw Abby BTW

3/29/2017 2:42 PM PDT

The moms of "Dance Moms" are absolutely thrilled with their new host, Cheryl Burke, and equally excited to throw dirt on Abby Lee Miller's metaphorical grave.

The longtime "Dancing with the Stars" pro showed up at 8 Count Dance Academy in L.A. to start working with her new students. She played it coy when paps compared her to Abby.

The moms, on the other hand, couldn't wait to blab about ditching Abby and upgrading -- in their eyes -- to Cheryl.

Damn. Body's not even cold.

'DWTS' Crotch Grabber I Treat Sharna Like a Lady On and Off the Dance Floor!!!

3/24/2017 7:18 AM PDT

'DWTS' bull rider Bonner Bolton is a gentleman ... according to Bonner Bolton.

Bonner was leaving the dance studio with pro dance partner Sharna Burgess Thursday when they set the record straight on Bonner's crotch grab. Both say it was inadvertent.

Sharna's had enough of it but Bonner clears the air.

Kristi Yamaguchi To Nancy Kerrigan No Bad Blood Over 'Break a Leg' Tweet

3/23/2017 8:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Kristi Yamaguchi says she was NOT throwing shade at Nancy Kerrigan when she told her to "break a leg" on "Dancing with the Stars" ... explaining it was just an innocent tweet between friends. 

Social media went crazy over the tweet in which she told her fellow ice skater, "So excited for you! Can't wait to see you grace that ballroom floor, break a leg! #DWTS" 

Some people thought Kristi was taking a cheap shot.

But Kristi's rep tells us that couldn't be further from the truth -- they've been friends since they were 15 and she has nothing but love for her.

We also spoke with Nancy's rep who says the two spoke on the phone Wednesday night and laughed about it.

'DWTS' Pro Sharna Burgess Bonner's Crotch Grab No Biggie ... I'm Riding with Him!

3/21/2017 1:02 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Sharna Burgess says pro bull rider Bonner Bolton made an innocent mistake when he nearly grabbed her crotch, but make no mistake about it ... she digs her "Dancing with the Stars" partner.

Sharna came on "TMZ Live" to defend Bonner, who she calls a Southern gentleman. But take a look ... the more she said, the more it seemed like Sharna wouldn't mind getting more touchy-feely with Bonner.

She definitely clears up the crotch incident, but as for any other "funny business" ... that remains to be seen. Or felt.

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