Dancing with the Stars

Amy Purdy's Dancing With the Stars Essentials: See What's in Her Bag!

May/20/2014 at 07:47 PM ET

Amy Purdy DWTSCourtesy Amy Purdy; Inset: Getty

With the Dancing With the Stars finale finally upon us Tuesday night, we couldn’t be any more thrilled that one of our early favorites, Amy Purdy, will be dancing for that coveted Mirror Ball Trophy (against other formidable contenders Candace Cameron Bure and Meryl Davis). Obviously the Paralympic snowboarder‘s success can be attributed to a ton of hard work with partner Derek Hough (and some specially designed “new feet”), but we had to ask: Does the athlete have anything that she keeps in her bag at all times for good luck?

“Not sure if it’s superstitious, but I always carry an Allen wrench just in case a bolt in my leg comes loose,” she tells PEOPLE. “It rarely happens but I always think the one time I don’t carry one it will happen.” Makes plenty of sense to us — a loose bolt would definitely be the unluckiest thing to happen to the dancing queen on the biggest night of the competition.
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Erin Andrews: My DWTS Gig Has Me Less Worried About Snot Rockets, More Worried About My Weave

Apr/15/2014 at 09:00 AM ET

Erin Andrews Dancing with the StarsAdam Taylor/ABC

Erin Andrews is no stranger to sideline reporting — and when combined with her experience as a former Dancing With the Stars finalist, she certainly knew a bit about what to expect from her new gig as a host on the show. But even she couldn’t be prepared for the kinds of challenges she faces every week.

For example: “Wearing high heels and strapless bras! I’m used to wearing flats and boots, not gowns,” she tells PEOPLE, laughing. “I worry about the mic packs strapped to my strapless bra pulling it down, and my forty pieces of hair extensions. [My hair got caught in someone's sleeve] and I grabbed my head to see if my weave was still on. Those kinds of things are different.”
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Dancing With the Stars's Makeup Pro Uses How Many Fake Lashes In a Season?

Mar/24/2014 at 07:19 PM ET

Some people watch Dancing With the Stars for the celebrities, the cha cha cha, and Bruno Tonioli’s enthusiasm. We, on the other hand, have a soft spot for the elaborate costumes and makeup. Head makeup artist Zena Shteysel has been giving the pros and their celeb partners the super-tan, super-sparkly and super-bright beauty looks for years (even winning an Emmy for her work) and once again, she takes us behind the scenes for a peek at what she’s up to already — and what to expect this season. This time, she gives us an up-close look at pro Cheryl Burke’s makeup from last week, and shares how to get it.
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Brooke Burke-Charvet: 'I'd Like to Cut All My Hair Off'

Oct/21/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Brooke Burke haircutJen Lowery/Splash News Online

We’ve been impressed watching celebs such as Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Jack Osbourne cut a rug week after week on Dancing with the Stars. But co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet may just upstage the competition — if she follows through with potential plans to cut her hair.

“I don’t think I’d shave my head, but I’d like to cut all my hair off,” she told reporters at Saturday’s Anne Hathaway-hosted Pink Party, a charity event for cancer research presented by Elyse Walker. “I’ve done it once before. I’ll probably cut all my hair off at some point.”

But husband David Charvet’s hoping she’ll go even further. “Shave your head,” he told his wife. “Just try it. Do something bold.”

Fashion statements aside, Saturday was more than a night on the town for Burke-Charvet, 42, who underwent thyroid surgery in late 2012 after revealing her cancer scare.

“I think as a woman, we all have to get our mammograms. We all have to be responsible. We have to continue to be responsible patients and learn about our bodies,” she tells PEOPLE. “We have so much opportunity right now for early detection.”

How short should Burke-Charvet go? Think she should give a shaved head a shot?

–Alison Schwartz, reporting by Christina Dugan

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Carrie Ann Inaba Gets a Brand-New Bob (and a New Hue Too!)

Oct/03/2013 at 01:30 PM ET

Carrie Ann Inaba haircutCharley Gallay/Getty; Courtesy of Carrie Ann Inaba

Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba is no stranger to fancy footwork — but these days, she’s bringing the heat with her hair instead. The star debuted a seriously sassy new look on social media last night, and we don’t know if we can wait a week to see in it in action on the show.
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Catherine Giudici: 'Sean Loves' My New Ombré Hair Color

May/22/2013 at 10:04 AM ET

Catherine Giduici HairCourtesy Dahvi Shira

Tuesday night’s Dancing with the Stars finale may have earned winners Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough the most attention — but Catherine Giudici, the fiancée of former DWTS contestant Sean Lowe, certainly didn’t go unnoticed.

The recent Bachelor winner debuted a new ombré hair color that took her dark brown hair to a lighter shade that fades into a honey hue.

“I wanted to change my hair because we moved to L.A. — and I thought [tonight] would be a good time to debut it and have it mean something a little bit more than on just a regular Tuesday,” Giudici told PEOPLE in the confetti-filled ballroom right after the show ended.

RELATED PHOTOS: See more bold star hair switch-ups here!

The reality starlet, who saw colorist Erick Orellana, of Beverly Hills’s Jonathan & George salon, says the process of choosing what to do with her hair was “a collaboration for sure.”

Explains Giudici: “I love it. Just being in the sun, it’s definitely going to punch it up as it goes on. [Orellana] knew I was low maintenance. I don’t always want to come back and do roots.”

Agrees Orellana, “It’s a natural looking color that doesn’t require changing what she originally had,” he says. “It actually enhances natural darker features for a lighter, summery golden look with less upkeep.”

But above all else, Giudici — who had previewed the look on Instagram — got the stamp of approval for her new look from the one who matters most.

“Sean loves it,” she says of Lowe. “He picked me up [from the salon] and said it was beautiful. He’s happy with it.”

Tell us: Do you agree with Sean?

–Dahvi Shira

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Carrie Ann Inaba's 'DWTS' Blog: The 300th Episode Deserves a Special Dress

May/15/2013 at 04:22 PM ET

Carrie Ann Inaba Dancing With the StarsAdam Taylor/ABC

Dancing With the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba joins us again to blog about her style (and all the backstage scoop) on the show’s 16th season. This week, she discusses the search to find a look that’s as special as the show’s major milestone.

300 episodes! Wow! It’s an incredible feeling to celebrate our 300th episode. To be a part of a show that has had 300 episodes completed; well, it’s an honor, to say the least. I wanted to point out that there are three people who have been on every single episode from Day 1. Those three people are myself, Tom Bergeron, and Bruno Tonioli.

It’s been a wonderful ride of 300 nights of dancing. With wonderful and extraordinary choreography, beautiful costumes and incredible production value, I’m really proud of our team. It takes so many people to make a show happen.

In honor of the 300th celebration I wanted to make sure what I was wearing tonight made me feel like I was going to the hottest party in town. A little rock star, a little sexy, a little sophisticated.
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