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Bindi Irwin Judge Approves 'DWTS' Champ's Paycheck

12/7/2015 4:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1207_bindi-irwin_dwts_TMZBindi Irwin finally got a judge's stamp of approval to get paid for winning the "Dancing with the Stars" title ... TMZ has learned.

According to court docs, the contract was finally approved last week. TMZ broke the story ... Bindi's deal -- which has to be filed with the court since she's 17 -- had been held up because the court wanted proof her father, Steve Irwin, was giving up all rights to Bindi's dough.

It was unclear whether the judge was just unaware of the Crocodile Hunter's demise -- or just a stickler who required hard evidence Steve was out of the picture.

According to the contract ... Bindi's total haul for winning the mirror ball thingy is well over $350k. Crikey!


Rashad Jennings 'Dancing With The Stars' Called ... I Think It's Happening!!!

12/6/2015 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

NY Giants RB Rashad Jennings might be trading his cleats for dancing shoes ... saying his dream of cuttin' a rug on "Dancing With The Stars" is nearly a reality .... 'cause he's talking to producers!!!

The last time we talked with Rashad we asked if he'd ever be down to get down on 'DWTS' after his playing days were over ... not only did he say yes, but said it's something he's always wanted to do.

So when we got him out at Gotham Comedy club in the Big Apple we had to know ... has he heard anything?

Check out the clip -- Rashad says he's been in contact with the honchos over at 'DWTS' and is confident he'll be the next big NFL star to jitterbug, waltz, and samba on TV.

See ... dreams do come true.


Tony Dovolani Scientologists Followed Me ... Because of Leah Remini

11/30/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tony Dovolani says the Church of Scientology was hot on his tail during his stint with Leah Remini on "Dancing with the Stars" ... looking for any dirt they could find to discredit her ... even by association. 

Dovolani was at LAX, toting around Leah's book, 'Troublemaker,' -- when our photog asked if the Church harassed him. Tony unloaded. 

He's not afraid at all ... as he says, you tend to cherish your freedom when you come from Kosovo.

NFL's Rashad Jennings Hey 'Dancing with the Stars' ... PICK ME!!!

11/27/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

NY Giants RB Rashad Jennings says he wants to be the next Michael Sam ... 'cause he is itching for the opportunity to strut his stuff in front of the world on "Dancing with the Stars."

Jennings was out in NYC when we talked about his television watching habits ... and asked if he'd ever be down to trade in his cleats for dancing shoes to compete on 'DWTS,' a show he said he LOVES.

Check out the clip -- Rashad says 'DWTS' is definitely something he wants to do when his football days are over ... and is desperately hoping he gets the chance to prove it to producers.

Rashad also talks to us about his favorite cuts off the new Justin Bieber album ...

Never judge a book by its cover, people. 

Anna Trebunskaya Hurls at 'DWTS' After-Party

11/25/2015 6:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

'DWTS' dancing pro Anna Trebunskaya looked fabulous when she arrived at the big after-party at Beso Tuesday night, but an hour and 40 minutes later she was puking her brains out.

Anna beat a hasty retreat just after 11 PM but lost it at the front door. The gnarliest part ... she's wiping her mouth when someone asks her for an autograph and she obliges.

We're guessing it wasn't the food.

Tamar Braxton Out Of The Hospital ... But Not Outta The Woods

11/17/2015 3:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tamar Braxton is on the mend ... out and about after doctors found blood clots on her lungs which forced her to hang up her "Dancing with the Stars" shoes.

Our photog got Tamar and hubby Vince leaving a CVS Tuesday in Woodland Hills ... just hours after she was released from the hospital. Tamar is ecstatic, though not 100%.


Alek Skarlatos Lands Film Role ... Alongside Ron Jeremy

11/16/2015 8:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1116-alek-skarlatos-instagramHollywood can't get enough of Paris train hero Alek Skarlatos because he's landed himself a movie deal alongside porn legend Ron Jeremy ... but it's not the type of film role everyone's thinking. 

Skarlatos will appear in "Range 15." It's a military comedy also starring William Shatner and Danny Trejo. The role wasn't a far stretch for Skarlatos ... he plays himself in a short cameo.

Sources tell us producers approached him shortly after the train attacks and he was so green to Hollywood he didn't even know about Jeremy's previous career.

Skarlatos has since brushed up on his Hollywood celebrity on "Dancing with the Stars," where he's made it to the semifinals. 

"Range 15" is set to be released next July.

'DWTS' Guy-On-Guy Dancing During Ariana & Meghan Gig Too Fancy for ABC

11/12/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1111-ariana-grande-who-is-fancy-meghan-trainor-TMZ-GETTY-INSTAGRAm-01ABC has put the kibosh on 2 dudes dancing hip to hip on "Dancing with the Stars."

Sources connected with the show tell TMZ, the issue came up over an upcoming performance by an openly gay artist who goes by the name, Who Is Fancy. The performance is set for November 23, where he will debut his new song, "Boys Like You," featuring Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor, who will also appear on the show.

The song is about a man falling in love with another man. We've learned Who Is Fancy's choreographer sent an email to a 'DWTS' producer, saying, it would "be an awesome look to have 2 males dancing with each other."

Our sources say the 'DWTS' honchos discussed it and a producer fired back an email, saying, "Apologies all but this is a definitive no from the network."  

We're told ABC agreed to allow "near dancing" during the performance, like a recent appearance by two men -- Alek and Carlos -- who shared the stage this week. Check out the video ... it's more like a Cirque performance than romantic ballroom dancing.

We contacted ABC, and the rep said they had no comment ... but a high-level source tells us, "Creative conversations are ongoing about the dance number."

Tamar Braxton I Almost Died Quits 'DWTS'

11/11/2015 6:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1111-toni-braxton-instagram-01Tamar Braxton was way sicker than anyone thought ... in fact, she was on the brink of death, which is why she just quit "Dancing with the Stars."

TMZ broke the story, Tamar went to the ER Monday hours before the live 'DTWS' show with what doctors said was a case of pneumonia. Turns out, it was way more serious. Tamar says she had blood clots on both sides of her lungs.

To make it clear how serious it was, Tamar posted this ... "I woke up to a mirror and saw myself this morning and that makes me the winner because that almost wasn't the case."

Tamar is back in the hospital.


Tamar Braxton Fights Off Pneumonia ... Makes It to 'DWTS'

11/10/2015 7:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Tamar Braxton made a miracle recovery -- after rushing to the ER to treat her pneumonia ... she made it to the "Dancing with the Stars" set just in time to perform live.

TMZ broke the story ... Tamar went to the hospital on Monday night, just hours before the show, after fighting off illness for 2 weeks. It was touch and go whether she'd make it back to studio for the show.

Well, she ended up making it -- complete with full dramatic entrance, and heroic performance. Actually, the "Hey Jude" dance was kinda cool. As ballroom dancing goes.

Tamar Braxton Rushed to ER 'DWTS' Appearance Doubtful

11/9/2015 4:21 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1109-tamar-braxton-TMZ-01Tamar Braxton is in the ER right now, and it's doubtful she'll make the live show for "Dancing with the Stars," which means she could be disqualified.

We're told Braxton has pneumonia -- something she's been battling for two weeks, and while rehearsing her dances for Monday night's show she became extremely sick.

Sources tell us that Braxton's husband rushed her to the hospital. The show is set to film within the hour, and if Braxton doesn't make the taping she could be Kim Zolciak-ed.  

We caught Tamar just before 7pm rushing to make it back for the live taping of 'DWTS'.

The Game Get Your Money Right, 'DWTS!' ... I Might Come Cha-Cha

11/6/2015 8:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

The Game is thinking about going where few other rappers has gone before -- "Dancing with the Stars" -- but only if they've got enough zeros.

Game was leaving Katsuya in Hollywood Thursday night when we asked if he'd support Kanye West's run for president. He quickly pointed out his voting options are limited due to his rap sheet, and that's when the talk turned to 'DWTS' votes.

We don't know if the show's ever reached out to Game, but he couldn't possibly be any worse than Master P.

Wardrobe department better get busy though.

Bindi Irwin Judge Rejects 'DWTS' Contract No Proof Her Dad Died

11/5/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1104_bindi-irwin_tmzBindi Irwin is caught in a tangled legal web ... her "Dancing with the Stars" contract just got rejected because a judge needs proof her dad is dead. 

Lawyers for the show submitted a minor's contract to an L.A. Superior Court judge ... it's required because Bindi is 17. Her mom Terri signed a form stating she gives up all rights to any money her daughter will make on the show. 

Here's the rub. For some reason the judge wants the same release from Bindi's dad, the late Steve Irwin. The judge said without proof of Steve giving up his rights to Bindi's money, "the court is unable to find that it is in the best interest of the minor to be bound by the terms of the contract."

It's unclear if the judge is unaware Steve died in 2006, or if she's just a stickler for a death certificate.

We're told lawyers for the show will do what it takes to get the judge to sign off. When she does, here's Bindi's deal: 

-- a guarantee of $125k

-- by making it to weeks 3 and 4 she gets an additional $10k per week

-- week 5 gets her another $15,000

-- weeks 6 and 7 she gets $20k a week

-- weeks 8 and 9 she gets $30k a week

-- and if she makes it to 10 and 11 she gets $50,000 a week

Bindi has made it through week 8, so her total so far is $230k, and still going strong.

That's something to fart about.


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