Here are the weekly Recaps from the Top Thirteen Couples to the Final Three:
Hello "Dancing with the Star" Fans!
Season Seven offers something for everyone: the youngest star, the oldest star, two olympic atheletes, the queen of soap opera, an award-winning recording artist, two eye-popping models, a boy-band singer, a celebrity chef, a TV sit-com acter, one in-your-face insult comic, a former pro football player, the youngest professional dancer to date, and a former "So You Think You Can Dance" dancer.
Here are the pairings:
Being eliminated in the first week has to be embarrassing. So, every year DWTS sets up a few obvious candidates for quick elimination—usually it's an awkward-moving comedian. But last year, Julianne taught her not-so-coordinated comedian to dance well enough, that 3 other Stars were eliminated BEFORE Adam Carollo was tossed in the DWTS Trash Heap.
Misery Loves Company. To make the first week elimination more merciful, DWTS will BOOT OFF TWO couples right from the start. I think it's a good strategy: Distribute the humiliation of being the "first to go" among four people!
Here's all the Stars from previous seasons, their partners, and the order in which they were eliminated and humiliated:
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Penn Jillette, Magician & Kym Johnson — 1st male Star eliminated
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Josie Maran, Model & Alec Mazo — 1st couple eliminated
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Paulina Porizkova, Supermodel Alec Mazo — 1st couple eliminated
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Tucker Carlson, Political Pundit & Elena Grinenko — 1st couple eliminated
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Kenny Mayne, ESPN Sports Anchor & Andrea Hale — 1st couple eliminated
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Trista Rehn, The Bachelorette & Louis van Amstel — 1st couple eliminated
Here's a short BIO on each Star:
LANCE BASS - Lance Bass has sold over 50 million records as a member of the boy-band N' SYNC. He also executive produced and starred in a number of film and television projects. In 2002 he successfully trained to be a cosmonaut at Russia's Star City and was certified by both the Russian Space Program and NASA for a mission aboard a Soyuz capsule. Lance teams up with Lacey Schwimmer, the 2006 U.S. Youth Latin Champ and 2007 World Swing Dance Champ. Lacey Schwimmer make her series debut.
TONI BRAXTON - The winner of six Grammy Awards, Toni Braxton is a Billboard chart-topping singer and actress, selling over forty million records worldwide. Her U.S. number-one hit Un-Break My Heart is the second biggest single by a female artist in history. She has also appeared in two Disney Broadway shows: Beauty and the Beast and Aida. Dancing with the Stars marks her return to the spotlight after a six-month health hiatus. She teams up with season one champion, Alec Mazo, who returns for his fourth season.
BROOKE BURKE - Brooke Burke has graced numerous magazine covers, has her own top-selling swimsuit calendars, and is regularly ranked in men's magazines as one of the sexiest women in the world. Recognized worldwide as host of the hit travel series Wild On!, Brooke has also hosted several network series including: Rock Star INXS and Rock Star Supernova. Brooke is a mother of four. At her recently-launched website: BabooshBaby.com, she shares her secrets (and products) for getting back in shape after giving childbirth. Brooke teams with Derek Hough who returns for his third season.
ROCCO DISPIRITO - The James Beard Award-winning celebrity chef and author Rocco DiSpirito combines his world-class cooking with a passion for empowering home cooks. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Rocco opened the 3-star Union Pacific in New York City in 1997. Rocco will next appear on the A&E series, Rocco Gets Real, beginning in October, along with its companion cookbook, Rocco Gets Real: Cook at Home Every Day. He teams with Karina Smirnoff who returns for her fifth season. Karina teamed with R&B singer, Mario, last season.
MAURICE GREENE - The winner of two gold medals, in the 100m sprint and the 4x100m relay at the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics, track star Maurice Greene was dubbed the "World's Fastest Man" during his career. In addition to being the former world record holder in the 100m sprint, he also won silver and bronze medals at the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics. He is the current Indoor World Record holder in the 60m at 6.39 seconds. He teams up with two-time champion, Cheryl Burke, who returns for her sixth season.
KIM KARDASHIAN - Actress, model and reality television star, Kim Kardashian shot to stardom after the first airing of her hit E! reality series, Keeping up with the Kardashians. The series follows the exploits of Kim, her siblings, her mother Kris, and her stepfather, Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner. Kardashian recently completed her first feature film, Disaster Movie and will also be seen on The N's series Beyond the Break. She teams up with defending champ, Mark Ballas, who returns for his third season.
CLORIS LEACHMAN - Actress Cloris Leachman's storied career has been recognized with nine Emmys, a Golden Globe, and an Academy Award®. She has the distinction of being the only woman to win eight Primetime Emmy® Awards and one Daytime Emmy. Leachman has starred in a wide range of projects, creating such memorable characters as Phyllis in the TV series The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Frau Blucher in Young Frankenstein, Nurse Diesel in High Anxiety, and Ruth Popper in The Last Picture Show—for which she won an Oscar. She is currently touring the U.S. with her one-woman show CLORIS! She teams with World Latin Champion, Corky Ballas (Mark's father), who makes his series debut.
CODY LINLEY - Cody Linley is the youngest contestant to compete on Dancing with the Stars. He's best known for his role as "Jake Ryan" on the popular series Hannah Montana (on the Disney Channel)—a role he received a Young Artist Award nomination. Cody's film credits include My Dog Skip, HOOT, Miss Congeniality, and Cheaper By the Dozen. He teams with two-time Dancing with the Stars champ, Julianne Hough, who returns for her fourth season.
SUSAN LUCCI - Lucci is one of the most famous Daytime Television Divas, Lucci plays Erica Kane on All My Children—the sassy, sexy woman you love to hate. Susan won an Emmy Award for Best Actress. While competing on the show, she will continue her work on All My Children, and celebrate her 10,000th episode this November. She teams with Tony Dovolani who returns for his sixth season.
MISTY MAY-TREANOR - Beach Volleyball champion Misty May-Treanor and teammate Kerri Walsh captured their second Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and became the first team ever to repeat as back-to-back Olympic Champs. Misty was named Most Valuable Player in 2005 and 2006, Best Offensive Player in 2004, 2005 and 2006, and Best Defensive Player in 2006. She now has a new teammate, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who returns for his fifth season.
TED MCGINLEY - Actor Ted McGinley's extensive television credits include Married&with Children, Hope & Faith, Happy Days, recurring roles on the critically-acclaimed series The West Wing, Sports Night, Charlie Lawrence, Dynasty, and The Love Boat. He has also starred in such films as Pearl Harbor, Daybreak, Dick, Major League: Back to the Minors, Wayne's World 2, and the cult hit Revenge of the Nerds. Newcomer Inna Brayer will be paired with Ted. Inna is the current US Amateur 10 Dance Champion.
JEFFREY ROSS - Comedian Jeffrey Ross a.k.a. the "Roastmaster General," has delivered numerous show stopping performances at celebrity roasts honoring the likes of William Shatner, Hugh Hefner, Donald Trump, Pamela Anderson, Bob Saget and Emmitt Smith, inspiring New York Magazine to crown him The Meanest Man in Comedy. As a comic, Jeff has appeared on several late night and morning shows Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and The View. Jeff teams with Edyta Sliwinska, who is the only pro to compete in all seven seasons of Dancing with the Stars.
WARREN SAPP - Recently retired defensive tackle, Warren Sapp, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders during his 13 year career in the NFL. His 96.5 career sacks is the second-highest total for a defensive tackle. Warren and played in seven consecutive Pro Bowls, and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1999. In 2003, Warren played for the Super Bowl Winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He is teamed with Kym Johnson who returns for her fifth season.
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