Amy Purdy -- the double amputee competing on "Dancing with the Stars" -- is using low rider technology to give her a competitive edge on the show -- she's testing out prosthetic feet that are powered with hydraulics.
The U.S. Paralympic snowboarder tells TMZ she's pushing the boundaries of technology and creativity by experimenting with different kinds of artificial feet to enhance her dancing abilities ... including a pair with hydraulic ankles.
We're told Southern California Prosthetics in Orange County sent over several sets of feet for Amy to try out this week with her partner, Derek Hough. Amy says she wants to try out different types of feet for different dances -- for example, she wants feet with high heels to do the samba.
But she's also testing out the hydraulic gams that allow her ankles to move in different directions -- rather than being stuck at a 90 degree angle -- which means she can extend her foot off the ground or land gracefully on the tips of her toes if she's doing a contemporary dance routine.
And you were worried about your own two left feet.
'DWTS' Has Stripped Me Of My Privacy
3/14/2014 3:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cody Simpson has lost his right of privacy while doing "Dancing With the Stars." He cannot remove his mic while he's on the phone, while he's talking business, while he reveals his most inner thoughts. The only exception -- taking a dump.
The contract Cody signed makes the NSA look like child's play. We got a copy because Cody's only 17 and the doc has to be filed with the court.
Cody agrees to wear a mic during rehearsal's and training, with only a bathroom break out.
The Australian singer gets a guaranteed $125K ... which goes up the longer he stays on the show. It caps out at $50K per week if he's in the finals.
And, "DWTS" cleverly figured out a way to block Jimmy Fallon from hijacking ABC stars. Cody specifically agreed to appear on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Good Morning America," and "The View."
Here's how onerous the deal is ... "DWTS" has final cut on Cody's hairstyle.
Best Plea Bargain Ever
In Domestic Violence Case
2/21/2014 3:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aiden Turner -- like the 1980 US Hockey Team -- now believes in miracles ... because his lawyer just got him an unbelievable plea bargain in his domestic violence case.
The former "All My Children" star was charged with 2 counts of domestic violence with injury and 2 other related charges. He allegedly chucked a remote at his live-in girlfriend and gave her a black eye and bruised her elbow.
Enter criminal defense attorney Mike Cavalluzzi. He scored a plea where ALL of the charges were dropped and Aiden pled no contest to misdemeanor disturbing the peace.
Aiden -- who you may remember from "Dancing with the Stars" -- must complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling. After 1 year the plea is reduced to a mere infraction -- like a traffic ticket.
Remember that name ... Mike Cavalluzzi.
Derek Hough & Mark Ballas
We Bought a House Together!
2/7/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
This is a story about two young people with a special connection who just bought a house together to begin a new chapter of their lives ... Derek Hough and Mark Ballas.
TMZ has learned ... the "Dancing with the Stars" pros -- who also happen to be BFFAEs -- just went halfsies on a quaint little place in the San Fernando Valley.
Official documents show ... the best buds each threw in on the $1.275 mil home ... which comes equipped with a massive closet, fabulous kitchen and a spa bath that could easily fit two.
The master bathroom even contains his and his sinks.
I'm a Skinny-Dipping Cowboy Now
1/29/2014 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Dancing with the Stars" isn't always where Hollywood careers go to die -- case in point ... "DWTS" alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy ... who just got his first big acting gig in a brand new country music video ... after quitting the show last year.
Granted ... he has one line, but still ... you know how hard it is to get an acting job these days??
The music video is for "Til Your Boots are Dirty" by singer Stacy Burk -- no, not the hardcore bondage porn star ... this Stacy Burk is a man -- and the song's actually pretty good.
Check it out.
Cancer Can Kiss
My Perky Ass
1/21/2014 1:57 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
42-year-old mother of four and cancer survivor Brooke Burke-Charvet knows how to live life to the fullest ... and tightest ... flaunting her ridiculously toned body at a gas station in Malibu today.
Just to recap: this "Dancing with the Stars" badass is 42, she has 4 kids (3 daughters and 1 son) and recently beat thyroid cancer following a scary diagnosis in 2012. And she can still look this good.
FYI, Brooke is currently married to former "Baywatch" star David Charvet.
Gotta love California.
CHARGED With Domestic Violence
12/30/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aiden Turner -- a regular on "All My Children" -- has been charged with 4 counts of domestic violence ... TMZ has learned.
Turner got into a beef with his GF last month at their Hollywood apartment. He allegedly threw a remote control at her, striking her in the eye and causing a cut and bruising. We're also told he allegedly hurt her shoulder.
The L.A. City Attorney has now charged Turner -- who also appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" -- with 4 counts of misdemeanor domestic violence -- 2 of the counts are domestic violence with injury and the other 2 counts are redundant -- domestic violence but without any injury (in case the jury doesn't believe she was hurt).
Audrina & Cheryl Burke
Screw 'Dancing' ...
IT'S BIKINI TIME!!!
12/23/2013 7:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Dancing" does a body good ... and Audrina Patridge and Cheryl Burke are the proof.
The ladies are both in Hawaii (on separate vacations) ... flaunting their incredible "Dancing with the Stars" physiques on the beach ... and it's NICE!
Still, we gotta ask ...
Emotional After Dom. Violence Arrest
'I Love You, Monkey'
11/26/2013 2:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant Aiden Turner wasted no time trying to patch things up with his GF last night -- sending an emotional message to the woman he's accused of attacking, right when he was released from jail.
We broke the story ... Aiden was arrested for domestic violence Monday after allegedly chucking a TV remote at his girlfriend ... giving her a black eye in the process.
Turner didn't have much to say about the incident when he left the Hollywood Police Station last night ... but the ex-"All My Children" star got super emotional when he turned to our camera and delivered a message to his GF ... complete with a pet nickname.
For Remote Control Domestic Violence
11/25/2013 4:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aiden Turner -- who appeared on "Dancing with the Stars" -- has been arrested for felony domestic violence ... TMZ has learned.
Turner got into a beef with his girlfriend at their Hollywood apartment and he allegedly threw a remote control at her and hit her eye, cutting it slightly and giving her a souvenir -- a shiner.
Law enforcement sources say Turner -- who was a regular on "All My Children" -- will very likely dodge the felony bullet. We're told it's highly probable the case will be filed as a misdemeanor because the injuries were minor.
Don't touch that dial ... or else.
Kate Hudson & Derek Hough
Let's Get Ready to Rumba
11/20/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kate Hudson's got a real future on "Dancing with the Stars" ... she and "Dancing" pro Derek Hough whipped out some seriously impressive moves at some Cuban joint in Hollywood last week -- and TMZ has obtained video.
The impromptu dance session went down Friday night at El Floridita, a popular hangout spot for DWTS cast members. We're told Kate and Derek jumped up out of nowhere and exploded into the dance routine.
Needless to say, the other patrons loved the show ... and we're told Kate later accepted dances from other partners.
FYI, Derek's been giving Kate private dance lessons for months now, but don't count on seeing her on "Dancing with the Stars." Derek has already said that will never happen.
But really, nothing will ever beat Kate's dancing scene in "Something Borrowed."
I'm Coming Back To 'DWTS'!
11/14/2013 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Maksim Chmerkovskiy has really big disco balls ... 'cause he's not only returning to "Dancing With the Stars" -- but he's going back with a bigger job ... TMZ has learned.
According to our ballroom sources, Maksim will make a surprise appearance Monday on "DWTS' ... as a guest judge.
We're told the show's former dance pro will be sitting right next to Bruno, Len and Carrie Ann during the semi-final performances.
Maksim peaced out of 'DWTS' back in February. Since then he's been running several dance studios, and starring in "Forever Tango" on Broadway.
In other words, same s**t ... different pay.
11/3/2013 10:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Julianne Hough was virtually make-up free and, more importantly, smoking hot yesterday in Los Angeles ... the perfect way to make people forget about that whole blackface Halloween thing.
Considering Julianne apologized for the costume, and how good she looks in workout wear -- we gotta ask ...