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When the cast for Dancing with the Stars Season 19 was announced, it was met with a collective groan, along with many cries of:


But while the average viewer may not have heard of most of this fall's contestants, he or she only needs to know one name. He or she only needs to tune in for one performer each week: Alfonso Ribeiro.

Proving that he has far more than just the Carlton Dance in his repertoire, the former Fresh Prince of Bel Air star has owned Season 19 to date, highlighted by his Quickstep on last night's movie-themed Dancing with the Stars episode.

It included the use of a mini-Alfonso, along the lines of Mini-Me, for an Austin Powers-inspired rendition. We're not kidding. See for yourself:

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It was movie night on Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Episode 5, as the celebs showed off their moves and this fall's pretenders and contenders continued to separate.

Alas, as the reality competition reverted to last season's one-and-done format, Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Episode 5 also saw a couple eliminated.

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff were it.

The pair began the night knowing they were in jeopardy, and based on the scores from viewers and the judges last week, the duo became the third to exit.

"It's been a great experience, putting myself out there and trying something new," said Couture, the fighter who gave it his all, but couldn't get over the hump.

Meanwhile, guest judge Kevin Hart added some interesting flavor to the judging panel, while two contestants notched perfect scores in pursuit of the Mirror Ball.

Who were they? Find out after the jump ...

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Is soap opera star Antonio Sabato Jr., now a member of the Dancing With the Stars cast, cheating on his wife with his Season 19 pro partner, Cheryl Burke?

According to reports, that's the rumor swirling around the set, and none other than Val Chmerkovskiy has accused the General Hospital heartthrob of it.

Antonio Sabato Jr., Cheryl Burke

Val, interestingly, is the subject of similar rumors himself, though there is no spouse involved with the brother of Maksim Chmerkovskiy's alleged tryst.

Rumors are flying that the chemistry that seems to exist between Val and Pretty Little Liars' Janel Parrish might extend off the screen as well. Hmm.

This sort of thing happens every season, as a “showmance" will definitely pique the interests of fans of the series and rack up more votes from viewers.

It's also just a fact that the partners dance suggestively, naturally stoking whatever flames the rumor mill might be hoping will catch fire in a given year.

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The cast members were allowed to pick their own jams last night on Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Episode 3, which led to an array of interesting routines.

The numbers, both on the floor and the scoreboard, varied widely.

There were plenty of stumbles, slips and gaffes from the bottom group of celebs, while Lea Thompson paced the dozen stars with a solid 35-point effort.

As for who's going home after the second week of competition?

Michael Waltrip, who scored lowest by four points over a group at 28, was the man we expected to go, though the aforementioned group had to be sweating too.

Did Waltrip's score of 24, combined with the fewest votes, lead to him exiting stage right on the second Dancing With the Stars results show of the fall? Find out below ...

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The 12 remaining quasi-celebrities tried to build on last week's mostly lackluster debuts Monday night on Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Episode 3.

How did they do?

The celebrities got to pick their tunes on Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Episode 3, so the numbers were as varied as the cast of stars themselves.

In the end, Lea Thompson came out on top with her leopard dress and a jive that invoked the "incandescent appeal of Ann-Margret in her prime." 

So Bruno Tonioli said, anyway. Right behind her was Janel Parrish, whose pretty foxtrot put her in solo second out of the bunch, and that's no little lie.

Check out all the routines below to see who really shined this week, and as for who might be in jeopardy tonight? Follow the jump for the scores ...

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New Dancing With the Stars judge Julianne Hough appears to have indirectly outed Season 19 cast member Jonathan Bennett as gay on Extra this week.

How? It happened innocently with a story she told Mario Lopez.

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“He tweeted at me last year and said I had a nice butt, and I thought, ‘Oh he’s hitting on me - I should try to go on a date with him!’” Hough told Lopez.

“What happened?” Lopez asked the former DWTS professional.

“He’s gay - so I was like, ‘That’s not gonna work!’” Hough joked.

Hough clearly didn't realize that while Bennett was rumored to have dated men, the Mean Girls cast member has never commented publicly on his sexuality.

He also hasn’t responded to Hough outing him, at least not yet.

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Lolo Jones was the first celebrity to get the chop this season on last night's Dancing With the Stars results show, and it's safe to say she's not taking it well.

The 32-year-old Olympic track star did the obvious thing immediately after being sent home, logging in to Facebook and unleashing an epic rant.

Jones, who has been widely hyped but has failed to deliver as an athlete on some of the biggest stages in her sport, was clearly stung by her DWTS exit.

Lolo's past failures to meet expectations were weighing on her. She writes:

"When I was dancing last night and messed up I had flashbacks of the three Olympics and that people constantly tease me about. I thought oh no here it comes again."

"People are going to ridicule me. I'm so tired of feeling embarrassed."

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Sadie Robertson and pro partner Mark Ballas sailed through the first Dancing With the Stars results show of the season. That was no surprise to any viewer.

What might surprise some is that Mark feels the Duck Dynasty star, despite her lack of dance training, has what it takes to go all the way this fall!

The couple's Cha Cha on the premiere earned the Quack Pack one of the best scores of the evening, a solid 34 out of 40 that wowed Ballas himself.

Mark noted that he was equally impressed with Bethany Mota, Alfonso Ribeiro, Randy Couture and Tommy Chong, from whom he didn't know what to expect.

Sadie, though, "just pulled it out of the bag," Ballas says. "She hit this 'on' switch that I hadn’t seen in rehearsals yet. It blew me away! She was so cute."

"Her face lit up the whole room. She had a lot of rhythm, which is amazing for someone with no dance experience. She’s naturally gifted - she’s got it!"

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If you're a Fresh Prince of Bel Air enthusiast or a card-carrying member of the Robertson Quack Pack from Louisiana, Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Episode 1 was great.

For most of the rest of the celebrity cast, not so much.

There were stumbles, slips and gaffes galore in Monday's season premiere, which is to be expected because these are mostly dancing rookies here.

Still, plenty of celebs were sweating bullets tonight.

Who earned the lowest score, combined with the fewest votes, and had to exit stage left on the first Dancing With the Stars results show of the fall? Find out below ...

Your eliminated contestant in DWTS Season 19 Episode 2 is:


And just like that, in the blink of an eye, only 12 couples remain. Being the first one eliminated, after all the hype and all the prep work, has got to sting.

The opening night's scoreboard left easily a half dozen tandems in serious jeopardy, as totals in the 20s (out of 40) were not the exception, but the norm.

With no clear weak link, but few strong ones, it came down to the voters, and when the tallies were tabulated, one star's dream came to an early end.

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On the Season 19 premiere of Dancing With the Stars, this fall's collection of celebrities made their debuts with their pro partners on the famed ABC parquet.

Who shone brightest and who flopped?

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson on Dancing With the Stars

"The ballroom is bursting with enthusiasm," longtime host Tom Bergeron exclaimed, and he wasn't talking about new judge Julianne Hough's bust line.

Wait, he was, actually. Never mind.

That like could also have been used to describe some of Dancing With the Stars Season 19 Episode 1's best highlights, however. And there were many.

There were also stumbles aplenty.

Many of the stars did not put their best foot forward, at least not at the onset, but we blame the treacherous Cha-Cha for the relative lack of greatness.

Here were the scores from Monday:

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Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente
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