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Karina Smirnoff says her reason for posing in Playboy was to test her limits.

We're not too sure what that means, but Hugh Hefner's reason was simpler:

She's hot as hell and has a huge following on Dancing With the Stars.

  • Karina Smirnoff of DWTS
  • Old But Still a Playa

Hugh's eighty freaking five and still a playa.

"I think it's obvious," Hef told People at his 85th birthday party Saturday. "She has a very good following from the show and the pictorial is unforgettable."

The Playboy founder, who still plans on marrying Crystal Harris this summer, wasn't at the shoot but has seen the spread, which incorporates Karina's dancing.

"It's a beautiful shoot and I'm very proud of it," said Hefner, who adds that Karina is perfect because "Sexy is the comfortable feeling of being who you are."

[Photos: WENN.com]

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On Monday's Dancing With the Stars, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino showed signs of improvement for the third consecutive week. That's the good news.

The bad news? A wacky version of the foxtrot set to the Black Eyed Peas' hit "Boom Boom Pow" that had the judges panel scratching its collective heads.

Check out Mike's latest rug-cutting effort below ...

Using a time machine as a prop to tell a story through time, The Situation and Karina Smirnoff's effort was summed up by judge Len Goodman as such:

"If that's your future, I am glad I live in the past. I don't wanna be nasty, but if you were dancing in my backyard, I'd have to draw the curtain." Ouch.

Bruno Tonioli called it a "land of the lost fox trot," though he added it was "entertaining ... in a very weird way." It did earn a reasonable 20 out of 30 ...

What do you think of Sitch's foxtrot?

 

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Among the many burning questions surrounding the new season of Dancing With the Stars is whether Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino will find time to prepare with his partner Karina Smirnoff, given his busy Jersey Shore filming schedule.

We also wonder if he'll hit that.

Despite what a player this guy is - or thinks he is, as evidenced by his dry humping of many females on last week's Jersey Shore episode - some are skeptical.

  • Situation Shirtless
  • Karina

Will there be any dirty dancing between these two?

"Mike doesn’t have any game," Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi said at the MTV Video Music Awards. “He thinks he does, but he doesn’t. Karina’s just going to run away.”

Even Sitch’s partner-in-crime, Pauly D, thinks Smirnoff will be tough to pursue. “That’s going to be a challenge for him,” he says. “I know he likes the challenge.”

Ronnie Magro probably had the best take on The Situation-Karina situation, however, opining: “He can try to hook up with her. For her sake, I hope he doesn’t.”

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There's a reason why the recently-released set of Dancing with the Stars promotional photos is missing a well-sculpted six-pack of abs:

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino is yet to even meet partner Karina Smirnoff, a major obstacle in the path of this pair's championship hopes.

  • Got a Situation
  • Karina

"I think were literally the only couple who will only have about five days to get ready for the premiere on national television," Smirnoff told MTV. "Everyone else is going to have three and half weeks. I know I have to be very clever in the choreography... we might try to implement the fist-pumping for the first episode."

Or there's gotta be some routine that features tanning and laundry, right?

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On Monday, ABC will announce the new cast of Dancing with the Stars. It will only be comprised of 11 celebrities, which means a few professionals won't return to the competition.

Foremost among them? Karina Smirnoff.

Anna and Evan

While the brunette beauty won't be seen on camera, she'll be "helping with choreography," a source told E! News. "It's just going to be behind the scenes."

Added another insider: "She's always been choreographing for the show. She's a big part of the result shows. She's like family there."

The family will shrink a bit in season ten, however, as Lacey Schwimmer and Jonathon Roberts also haven't been invited back. One of these sources said the decisions to axe long-time contributors "wasn't easy," but:

"Producers cut people based on the celebrities and who they'd be a good match with."

So far, the only set of breasts name to have been leaked as part of the new cast is Pamela Anderson. She ought to make for a bouncy, poorly-dressed competitor.

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That's Mario, the R&B singer who uses only his first name (real name Mario Dewar Barrett), and not Mario Lopez, former Saved By the Bell Star.

Karina Smirnoff is partnering with the former on Dancing With the Stars this season. Three seasons ago, she partnered with Mario Lopez.

Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff fell in love and are still dating as a result of that season of Dancing With the Stars. All caught up?

The DWTS pro and certified cutie responded this week to rumors that she is hooking up with her current partner, the R&B singer Mario.

"We have a completely professional relationship," Karina Smirnoff said. "I have a lot of respect for Mario. He is a great person."

Mario and Karina Again!

Mario and Karina: The 2008 Dancing With the Stars edition.

The New York Post reported this week that the current DWTS iteration of Mario and Karina were "making out by the valet with their hands all over each other" at the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles. Juicy gossip!

Mario's rep denies the claim, saying "this did not happen."

But a source close to the talented singer insists "there is definitely chemistry and a flirtation between the two." Then again, it is dancing.

Ah, what would Dancing With the Stars be without constant hookup rumors? Or the incredibly attractive and somehow still chaste Julianne Hough?

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Evidently, three Super Bowl titles were not enough for Emmitt Smith. The NFL all-time rushing yards leader ran away with the fan vote on last night's Dancing with the Stars finale, as well.

Chaz Waves

Smith and Mario Lopez received identical scores on Tuesday night's show, but supporters pushed the running back over the top in the end, as he celebrated with professional dance partner Cheryl Burke.

"I am so proud of this trophy and I am proud to share it with Cheryl," Smith said. "We worked our tails off."

"Emmitt embodied what this competition is all about," season 3 contestant and Paris Hilton-hater Shanna Moakler said. "He deserved to win. Absolutely."

Other participants that had been kicked off earlier also weighed in.

"I don't think you could go wrong with either of these guys," Jerry Springer said. "They both had identical scores so it was who had the more compelling story and Emmitt's was the great American story. You saw his growth throughout the process and that's the great American story. That's the magic of this show."

For Karina Smirnoff, sadly, the magic felt like pure, unadulterated sadness. Tears streamed down her face as she reluctantly talked to reporters and the usually jovial Lopez tried to console her.

"Apparently world-class dancing wasn't enough. That wasn't the criteria it was based on," Lopez said to People magazine. "I don't really care about the trophy. I just wanted to win for Karina. She is honestly the best dancer in the world. No disrespect to the other girls on this show, but they don't hold a candle to her."

And with that, Slater and his date went to watch the Screech sex tape in order to feel better about themselves.

Meanwhile, Sara Evans attended the finale. For those somehow unaware, Evans withdrew from the competition after filing for divorce from political consultant Craig Schleske, her husband of 13 years.

"She was very relaxed, very happy to be here. Her kids are here and they are having a lot of fun. Her son Avery was doing some moves on the dance floor during rehearsals yesterday." dancer Louis Van Amstel said.

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Dancing with the Stars has seen Sara Evans drop out and Jerry Springer almost drop his pants.

Tonight, however, it will finally show fans a winner. The finals pit possible couple Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff against Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke.

Ricki Lake, Derek Hough Pic

Let's see who various celebrities support ...

Mario & Karina

Ryan Seacrest - "Mario Lopez ... he will take it and then the world will wait for him to announce his passionate romance with Karina ... They have to be hookin' up!"

Judge Marilyn Milian, People's Court - "I think Mario Lopez because that Latino is so hot to trot that I could watch him trot all night long."

Dayna Devon, Extra - "I think Mario will win because he works at 'Extra' and I am required to say that. Not to mention he is the best dancer!"

Howard Stern - Mario Lopez will win because he's had professional dance training, but Stern wonders if he "might reveal that he's gay, afterwards."

Emmitt & Cheryl

Rachael Ray - "I am rooting for three-time Super Bowl champ Emmitt Smith. When Emmitt came on my show he taught me how to cha cha, and when he wins I hope he comes back and teaches me all the dances he learned."

Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! - "Although I think Mario is excellent, I have a feeling that America will vote for Emmitt Smith because for him to be doing what he's doing as a dancer, after all the bumps and knocks he endured in his Hall of Fame football career, is truly remarkable."

Undecided Vote

Jerry Springer - "I can't imagine rooting for one over the other. I think Mario is an incredible talent. Emmitt is already a superstar and, when I grow up, I want to be just like him."

Jimmy Kimmel - "Emmitt Smith or Mario Lopez? I should point out there are absentee ballots that have not been counted and Joey Lawrence is extremely popular with our troops overseas."

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Is this Dancing with the Stars or Dating with the Stars?

It's hard to say. Just about every possible rumor is swirling around Karina Smirnoff and her partner on the ABC smash hit. Here's all we do know for sure:

Brooke and Tom

She is NOT one of the women in the Dustin Diamond sex tape. We assume.

But here is Karina, seen outside the studios with possible boyfriend, Mario Lopez. She doesn't seem very shy about their cavorting, does she?

We don't know what's going on with this pair, but gossip mills are churning out statements that Lopez has another hot female caller in newly single Eva Longoria.

This comes as no surprise to A.C. Slater followers, however. Those wrestling tights, that jeri curl, that playful banter with Jesse Spano. The high schooler always knew how to work it.

He was the Nick Lachey of Bayside High.

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Enough about the Dustin Diamond sex tape already!

What about the performance of his formed Saved by the Bell co-star, Mario Lopez?

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough

A.C. Slater and his Dancing with the Stars partner, Karina Smirnoff, did their best on last night's episode, despite the latter having pinched a nerve in her back only hours before the show began.

"We were kind of rushing to do the dress rehearsal and during the pull-out, a part of my rib twisted in and pinched a nerve," Karina said. "I don't even know what that means - I just know it hurt like crazy! But the doctor cracked me and said I should be fine in three to four days."

Based on this Ashlee Simpson picture, looks like she's been cracked out a few times herself.

Lopez added: "She's a trooper and so tough, but I was worried."

The dancing duo, however, did not receive the highest score of the evening. That honor went to Vivica Fox and someone named Monique Coleman.

But who cares? Let's get to the important dirt: Are Lopez and Smirnoff dating?

Mario denied rumors.

"We get along so well and we do love to make each other laugh, but truthfully, we can't entertain messing around because there's only so much time and you really need to focus," he said.

Wow. That's dedication, folks. Passing up a pretty lady to focus on your job? Patrick Dempsey should mention that concept to his alter ego on Grey's Anatomy.

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