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The contestants for this season of Dancing with the Stars will be announced tonight. But we can say this already: the cast will be much uglier than last year.

That's because Maksim Chmerkovskiy won't be included in it.

"He just needs a break," said an ABC spokesperson of Maksim to take a season off from the series. "He is part of the Dancing family, and he will be back."

A fan favorite (i.e. a complete and utter hottie!), Chmerkovskiy may appear on several of Dancing with the Stars' results shows when the pros are featured in group-choreographed dances.

In the meantime, he's putting the finishing touches on a fitness DVD with fellow pro Cheryl Burke. He's also appearing on the February 26 episode of All My Children, teaching various characters how to pole dance.

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As Monique Coleman prepares to shoot High School Musical 3, she's perfecting her moves on the Dancing with the Stars national tour.

Below, she blogs about the experience with People magazine:

Not only am I reunited with my old favorite dances, but I'm back with Louis van Amstel (pictured), my season three partner. He has been a dream to dance with again, especially without the pressure of trying to learn dances in less than a week's time and then go out and compete. The show was stressful, but the tour is relaxed and fun.

This time around, the dancing is for pure pleasure and audience enjoyment â€" and the audiences have been phenomenal!

It's been fun to meet new people, reconnect with the dancers, and have some time to myself on the road. I was on tour with High School Musical last year and that was fun â€" but a lot more hectic. For starters, I shared a bus with Ashley Tisdale. This time, I've got my own tour bus and so after each show I come back and just chill. It's heavenly!

My friend Autumn has been traveling with me and we're having a ball. The past couple of nights we've been catching up on our [TV] viewing. I was traveling a lot last year for HSM so I missed some of my favorite TV shows. I'm catching up with season three of Grey's Anatomy and bawling my eyes out.

I'm friends with Sabrina Bryan and we're having a great time spending time together and catching up. The other night after the Cleveland show we had a little party in her bus. We played Nintendo Wii and hung out and had a blast. I got to meet Wayne Newton and he is such a great guy.

What a legend! That was an honor for sure.

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The new season of Dancing with the Stars begins March 17.

In the meantime, a series of past stars of the show are touring the country. Among them is High School Musical star Monique Coleman, who is paired with professional Alec Mazo.

Here's what she had to say about the tour to TV Guide:

TVGuide.com: Why did you decide to go on tour?
Monique Coleman: Because I didn't get to do it last year. It's the holidays and there's not much going on. And because of the passion I have for dancing ever since doing the show.

Monique Coleman Photo
Before she begins filming High School Musical 3, Monique Coleman is Dancing with the Stars again.

TVGuide.com: But you're not going to be dancing with Louis van Amstel, your partner on the show. You're going to be dancing with first-season champ Alec Mazo?
Coleman: Right. Louis is doing the choreography. Alec is definitely tough, but he's amazing at what he does. I can't wait to dance with him.

TVGuide.com: Why has the show meant so much to you?
Coleman: I feel like this is a really tough time in the industry and I feel fortunate to have been a part of two projects that have been hugely successful. If anything, going on tour is an opportunity to express some gratitude to my fans and to get to see them in person. I wouldn't have made it as far as I did if it weren't for people all over the country voting for little me.

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The next installment of Dancing with the Stars just got a lot better looking.

"I am not quitting the show," Maksim Chmerkovskiy said Wednesday, backing off previous comments he had made that suggested he was through with the reality competition.

The dancer's claims about departing the show were made "at a time when I was very stressed out. Sure, there's lucrative offers. There are things that I really want to do with my life other than this show, that's a given. After coming down from two seasons back to back, ten weeks each season, it takes its toll."

It certainly takes its toll in the love department, if you ask Sabrina Bryan, Mark Ballas, Mario Lopez or Karina Smirnoff!

Chmerkovskiy says he regrets speaking so casually about his future on Dancing with the Stars.

"This show is amazing and it's rewarding. After last season I thought there's no way I could top off the experience with [Laila Ali] and then I get [Melanie Brown] as a partner this season. I want people - especially my fans - to know that I appreciate their support. I am not turning my back on the show. I don't want people to feel betrayed. I love this show."

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Don't worry, you haven't seen the last of Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough.

The Dancing with the Stars champions - and rumored lovers - will be taking their act on the road, joining the 37-city Dancing with the Stars national tour "for about a week's worth of dates," says Hough, who is vacationing in Hawaii.

The popular tour will also feature Marie Osmond, Sabrina Bryan, Wayne Newton, Drew Lachey, Joey Lawrence and Monique Coleman. It begins December 18 in Seattle.

"Helio saw that everybody wanted to do the tour and didn't want to be left out," said Hough. "I had a blast doing the last tour and if we could pop in there and do a few dates, that would be great."

Hough added it appears as though the pair will perform in Indianapolis (1/18), Nashville (1/19), and Greensboro, North Carolina (1/26).

Sp, stop ogling Heather Mills nude pictures and get your tickets now, fans!

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After Marie Osmond was rightfully eliminated first on the Dancing with the Stars results show last night, it came down to the two celebrities who have been favored all season long.

And while many felt as though Melanie Brown was the best pure dancer (probably because she does that for a living!), race car driver Helio Castroneves took the checkered flag in the end.

"It feels totally different from winning a race," Castroneves said after the show, as he celebrated with partner Julianne Hough. "I wasn't kidding. This goes right between my two Indy trophies. Otherwise, it would have been a big blank space."

Congratulations to Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough for winning this season's Dancing with the Stars.

Other highlights on the show last night included a return by Sabrina Bryan and Mark Ballas, as well as a shirtless Cameron Mathison. Yum.

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Maksim Chmerkovskiy likes and respects Marie Osmond as a person. But as a dancer?

Let's just say he was less than enamored with her "living doll" performance on last night's Dancing with the Stars season finale.

"I guess she came out trying to do something... Whatever it is, I guess it's between her and Jonathan. But nobody else knows what it is," Chmerkovskiy told OK! Weekly after the broadcast.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is really, really handsome.

The handsome partner of Melanie Brown also didn't take back his comments from last week, when he said many other competitors, already eliminated, were more talented than Marie.

"I just said what everybody else was thinking," Chmerkovskiy sai. "To add to that, Marie is one of those people you can't find any flaws with. I have nothing but the utmost respect for her. God knows this woman went through a lot this season. But, having said that, this is a dance show."

Will Maks' remarks backfire? Find out tonight on the two-hour results show!

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Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Victoria Beckham and Geri Halliwell reunited last night at the Dancing with the Stars season finale.

They turned up to cheer on fellow Melanie Brown, who's probably considered the favorite heading into tonight's two-hour broadcast. Check out her routine below:

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke Photo

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We may be getting ahead of ourselves with that headline... but, come on, it's simply time for Marie Osmond to be voted off Dancing with the Stars.

Last night's performances proved - once again - that she isn't in the class of the two other celebrity finalists, Melanie Brown and Helio Castroneves.

Our staff would be thrilled if either of those stars took home the crown, but we'd prefer to see it sitting atop Helio's head. After all, Mel B is a Spice Girl. Doesn't that mean she's already a dancer? We pointed this out last year regarding Joey Fatone. People who dance for a living should be disallowed from competing.

Anyway, read through this Dancing with the Stars recap right now to get the full scoop. Then, say a little prayer that Marie goes home early tonight.

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Give Maksim Chmerkovskiy props for more than simply being hot and talented; the man is honest, as well.

When asked whether voters made the right decision sending Jennie Garth home on Dancing with the Stars last week, here's what the professional dancer had to say:

Ricki Lake, Derek Hough Pic

"I think Jennie was better than Marie Osmond. Frankly, I think there are a lot of other people better than Marie."

It's a view shared by many, as Marie has gotten by on public sympathy more than talent. That being said, who does Maks think ought to win the competition?

His partner, Melanie Brown. After all, "she's hands down the best dancer left... [the] most capable, most natural," he said.

In the end, though, true ability can get trumped.

"History shows [Dancing's celeb champ is] either a cute man or somebody with a huge fan base and I think Marie has both [Helio Castroneves] and Mel's fan base combined times five."

We'll find out tonight, as the Dancing with the Stars season finale airs on ABC.

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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