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As the head judge on Dancing with the Stars, Len Goodman is tasked with handing out 10s to the best performances each week.

Following Goodman's recent admission that he's battling prostate cancer, though, allow us to reverse roles and deliver a top score to this brave dancing expert.

The 65-year old was diagnosed in March, but he told Britain's The Daily Mail that the disease was found early and, following surgery, he feels "right as rain."

Instead of removing the cancerous tumor immediately, Goodman actually continued his role on Dancing with the Stars for two months, critiquing Melissa Rycroft, Gilles Marini and others without showing any signs of the discomfort he was experiencing.

"I could have said 'sorry' and not done the show, but the doctors felt I wasn't riddled with it and it wasn't so far advanced that it was a life-or-death scenario," Goodman told th newspaper. "It takes a few weeks to get everything set up for the operation anyway, so I went ahead and did the show. I had the surgery done as soon as I got back from America."

Feeling fine, Goodman points to the major downside of his cancer scare.

"You can't play golf, which is the biggest blow at the moment."

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Attention, readers: The Hollywood Gossip and The Sports Guy need your help!

Earlier this week, Bill Simmons - an ESPN.com columnist known as "The Sports Guy" - interviewed reporter Erin Andrews on his podcast.

Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya

She reiterated her desire, previously stated to The Sporting News, to appear on Dancing with the Stars. Andrews hilariously told that newspaper that she owed it to her network to make up for Kenny Mayne's pitiful season two performance on the series:

"I need to help ESPN's name on Dancing With the Stars. [Kenny] did nothing for us on that show."

Now, here is where you come in:

Simmons laid down the Dancing gauntlet to listeners, specifically those with a blog. He told his audience that he'd give props to the site that best helps to campaign on behalf of Andrews.

Let's make that The Hollywood Gossip. As fans of ESPN and of gorgeous women everywhere, we'd love to see this beautiful Florida graduate Tango her way to the top. How can you assist with this mission?

  • Leave a comment (below) on this post and tell the world that you're on Andrews' side.
  • Email ABC and demand the inclusion of Andrews on DWTS.
  • Flood Bill's inbox - it can be found HERE - with links over to this post, alerting him to our crusade. Together, we can make this happen!

After all, do you really wanna see another Steve Wozniak on Dancing with the Stars?!?

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While readers debate whether or not they wanna see Bethenny Frankel nude, here's another question focused on The Real Housewife of New York City:

Do you wanna see her on Dancing on the Stars?

When asked if she'd be up for that competition, Frankel told E! News:

"It looks like a good challenge, so yes - yes, I would definitely do it."

Bethenny Photo

But would she be encouraged, or discouraged, if Bethenny found herself up against show rival Kelly Bensimon on the DWTS floor?

"I love to dance and I think it would be so amazing," Kelly said. "It's out of the box for me, but I think it would be really fun."

Meanwhile, Aubrey O’Day seems to think she'd be as good at dancing as she is at posing naked:

"I hope they ask me to do it [because] I'll win it if I do it."

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Melissa Rycroft didn't want your pity when Jason Mesnick broke her heart on national television, and she doesn't want it now that she finished third on Dancing with the Stars.

"I wanted that mirrorball trophy, I really did," the beauty told Us Weekly. "But I don't need it because I know I've accomplished more than I ever thought I could."

Paso Doble Routine

After all, how can Rycroft complain? Considering where she's been over the last year, Melissa is just grateful to have been one of the final three competitors, along with champion Shawn Johnson and Sex and the City star Gilles Marini.

"Never in a million years did I imagine I'd be dancing with an Olympian and someone who was in a blockbuster movie. My life in the past 11 months has changed so much."

Will it change more in the future? Will Rycroft pursue other headline-making activities or roles?

"I really don't know. I'm not going to pursue anything right now, but if things come my way I will look into them. Never say never!"

We won't, M Ry. In the meantime, relive this star's journey on DWTS by clicking on the images below...

  • Rumbaing
  • Yay for Us!
You Da Woman!
  • Perfect Samba
  • Dipping While Dancing
  • Fine Female Finalist

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Shawn Johnson won four medals at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

So, where does the season eight title on Dancing with the Stars rank on her resume of achievements? Very high, apparently.

"I've loved every second of it," the 17-year-old champ said backstage before she hoisted the disco ball trophy. ""This has been the best experience ever. I've grown so much."

Dancing Celebration

According to host Tom Bergeron "less than 1 percent" separated Johnson from fellow finalist Gilles Marini at the end (Melissa Rycroft was voted out first last night and finished in third place).

"This has been, without a doubt the best season ever," said head judge Len Goodman. "We've got the three best dancers here in the final."

All three finalists performed one last dance - and all three earned a perfect score of 30 from the judges. In the end, though, like any winning gymnast, Johnson vaulted past her competition for the title.

Click on the photos below to relive Shawn and Marks journey on Dancing with the Stars:

  • Mark Ballas, Shawn Johnson Pic
  • Riding Her Partner
  • Semifinal Performance
  • Very Cute Couple

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Following last night's Dancing with the Stars performance show, Melissa Rycroft isn't clearing off any room on her mantel for a trophy.

Asked by Us Weekly how she felt after her Paso Doble and freestyle routines, the former Bachelor babe said:

"Not confident, just happy. We wanted to get out there and have fun, and backstage we were just relaxed and having fun... This was kind of our last performance, and I felt like there was nothing to lose!"

Dancing Duo

Should Melissa Rycroft feel more confident about her chances to win? Watch her freestyle performance now and let us know!

No matter the result, Melissa says her dancing days are done. But her pet-possessing days are just beginning!

"I'm going home to Texas, and I'm going to get a puppy!" she said. "[Boyfriend Tye Strickland] said he'd get me a dog if I made it to the finals, and now I've been telling everyone so he has to!"

Hey, Tye, there's a certain President that made a similar promise to his loved ones. Perhaps you should call him for advice.

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Melissa Rycroft, Shawn Johnson or Gilles Marini?

Dancing with the Stars fans tuned in to the first part of this week's finale, likely torn over who would be crowned champion. As the most even season in this competition draws to a conclusion, let's take a closer look at each tandem's routines last night...

First, there was the Paso Doble face-off; each couple did the same dance to Pink's "So What."

Johnson did her best French maid impression, as her and Mark Ballas were the cutest of the couples putting on this performance.

Rycroft stumbled a  bit during her part, unfortunately, though Bruno thought she "never looked more beautiful."

Marini and Cheryl Burke, meanwhile, wrapped up the opening numbers with ample amounts of body heat and a perfect score. The scores so far:
Shawn: 28; Melissa: 29; Gilles: 30

  • Very Cute Couple
  • Marini and Burke Pic

Leave a comment. Let us know your favorite final pairing.

Up next, the twosomes were all free to freestyle...

Johnson: There was serious flipping involved in this routine, as Shawn's gymnastic background made her a clear candidate to do a 360 in the air.
But Ballas also followed with a flip, helping the pair pull off a polished, well-choreographed and truly fun final number. Bruno wanted to award them an 11. Stupid rules.
Score: 30.

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On tonight's Dancing with the Stars performance show, the three remaining celebrities and their professional dance partners will dance the paso doble to the same song, while also performing their respective freestyle routines.

Then, tomorrow night, all three tandems return to perform their favorite routine of the season.

After that, finally, a new DWTS champion will be named on the season finale’s live results show.

  • Fine Female Finalist
  • Gilles and Cheryl Photo
  • Riding Her Partner

Click on the pics above to enlarge images of each DWTS finalist.

Follow all that? People spoke with previous winners to gauge their reaction to the current crop of contestants. Here's what they had to say:

Kristi Yamaguchi, on Gilles Marini: “Gilles’s biggest weakness is getting too excited while dancing and forgetting to pay attention to the technical details of the dances. In order for him to win, Gilles will have to pull out a crowd-pleasing freestyle with the WOW factor.”

Apolo Anton Ohno, on Shawn Johnson: "[She] has the technical side of the dances down. Now she’s got to really turn on her personality. She’s got to be animated and bubbly and showcase her goofy side this last week."

Helio Castroneves, on Melissa Rycroft: “She has habits, she was a ballerina for so long. She’s very graceful and we know she can dance. She already has the finesse, now she needs to perform to the audience even more.”

So, who do you think will win, readers?

 

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The on-screen chemistry between this season's top couples on Dancing with the Stars is evident.

But what about when the (moving) camera stops?

In this week's TV Guide Magazine, the publication takes fans behind the scenes with four of the show's most popular season eight stars: Cheryl Burke, Gilles Marini, Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft.

Backstage Photo
  • Slight Touch Up
  • Backstage Chemistry

Regarding her partner's energy, Burke said:

“When the music comes on in rehearsal, he brings it up 50 percent. But then in the live show, the audience feeds him even more energy and I change the way I dance. His adrenaline is off the charts.”

Meanwhile, Tony and Melissa had a trust issue to settle, following Rycroft's public heartbreak at the hands of Jason Mesnick.

“We didn’t talk about The Bachelor until after that first rehearsal,” Rycroft said. “But the trust was established very early on - and with dances like the Lindy Hop. Do you know how many times I fell, and he would have me by a pinky toe? I was nowhere near touching the ground.”

Who do you think will be crowned Dancing with the Stars champion next week?

 

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They vied for the affection of Jason Mesnick on The Bachelor, and were both unlucky in love. Only one special young woman, Molly Malaney, won his heart.

But despite falling just shot, Jillian Harris and Melissa Rycroft captivated millions of viewers, and have come out smelling like roses just the same.

Canada native Harris is ABC’s new star of The Bachelorette, and Rycroft is a contender to win the coveted mirror-ball trophy on Dancing with the Stars.

Jillian recently declined to elaborate on her infamous hot tub scene with Jason, but she did tell People she's cheering Melissa on every step of the way.

“We are such huge supporters of each other,” Jillian Harris says of Melissa, with whom she says she became really good friends on The Bachelor.

“I’m so proud of her. I wish I could watch her more often but I’m so busy with [The Bachelorette]. But I’m definitely rooting for Melissa.”

Rycroft, who is heading into the Dancing with the Stars finale, says the feeling is mutual and that her pal will make a great Bachelorette.

“She’s one of the most genuine, down-to-earth girls I know. I absolutely adore her,” said Melissa Rycroft, who's now dating Tye Strickland.

Harris is in the final weeks of filming the new season, which premieres Monday.

Her lips are sealed regarding Bachelorette spoilers, but Jillian does promise that no matter how her search for Mr. Right goes, she won't follow Rycroft’s Dancing path.

Ever.

“I am THE worst dancer in the world,” she says.