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DWTS Pro Alan Bersten Dishes On His First Performance With Debbie Gibson (Exclusive)

Alan Bersten chatted with JustJared.com about his first week as a pro, and it went amazing!

The Dancing With the Stars pro dancer dished about letting out that deep breath he’d been holding in enjoying every moment, and how he’s working with partner Debbie Gibson.

“There’s a huge sigh of relief, actually,” Alan told us about getting through his first show as a pro. “It felt amazing to dance officially as a pro with my own partner.”

He adds, “I think [Debbie] killed it and just left everything out on the floor. She really got to sit back and enjoy it. That’s the most important thing is enjoying the dance.”

One thing they’ll be working on in rehearsals is definitely shoulders.

“[Judge] Bruno [Tonioli] mentioned that her shoulders are really high and Debbie, she feels the emotion, whatever it be, and uses it and all those emotions are going to her shoulders,” Alan says. “It’s like she’s happy, which is a good feeling to have, but we have work on keeping her shoulders down and keeping her frame strong.”

“[And] Now that the judges have mentioned it, that’s exactly what they’re going to be looking for every week.”

Click inside to see how Alan is taking Debbie’s Lyme disease into consideration with every moment…More Here! »

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Artem Chigvintsev Blogs About DWTS Elimination: 'I Wish We Weren't Leaving'

Every week, professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev will be writing a blog for JustJared.com and sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Dancing With the Stars.

This week, Artem opened up about the elimination with partner Maureen McCormick, being thankful for their time on the show and their Eras Night performance.

“I’m feeling sad that we have to go home. I wish we weren’t leaving on this particular week,” he wrote about their elimination. “I was bummed about slipping on the floor and not finishing the dance. I wish it could be a better dance for us, but it’s okay. I mean, everyone has to leave at some point. So, it is just what it is.”

“Yea, it’s sad but someone has to go home and unfortunately it’s us. It’s been an incredible journey. I’m so glad to get to know Maureen on so many different levels and it’s been a great partnership. I will remember it for a long time. I’m excited to see how the rest of the season unfolds!”

If you missed it, you can watch Maureen and Artem‘s final dance — an 80s inspired Tango — on JustJared.com.

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Artem Chigvintsev's DWTS Blog Week 6: 'I Couldn’t Be Prouder of Maureen'

Every week, professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev will be writing a blog for JustJared.com and sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Dancing With the Stars.

This week, Artem opened up about his partner Maureen McCormick‘s progress, guest judge Pitbull and getting ready for their next dance.

“I am extremely proud of how far Maureen has come on the show and her exponential growth. She loved doing her dance this week and that was very apparent, as said by all of the judges,” Artem wrote.

He added, “This week’s dance was a little faster paced which was a bit of a challenge. Obviously I was a little disappointed in Pitbull’s score, however its just giving us more motivation to go there and really kill this next week! I couldn’t be prouder of Maureen.”

In case you missed it, watch their Salsa on JJ now!

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Artem Chigvintsev's DWTS Blog Week 4: 'Maureen McCormick Had A Break Through'

Every week, professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev will be writing a blog for JustJared.com and sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes information from Dancing With the Stars.

This week, Artem opened up about the struggle that viewers saw in their video package on Monday night (October 4), and how partner Maureen McCormmick‘s break through.

“This was a tough week! We went into elimination thinking we might go home. We are so happy we got through. We are looking forward to the next two weeks,” Artem wrote.

Maureen had a break through this week. It’s been so tough and she came out on top! She’s feeling much stronger, there’s been less crying and she’s seeing herself in a brand new light! I couldn’t be prouder,” he added.

If you missed it, watch their Argentine Tango on JJ now!

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Artem Chigvintsev's DWTS Blog Week #2: 'I Don't Think The Judges Scored Us Fairly'

Every week, professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev will be writing a blog for JustJared.com and sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Dancing With the Stars.

For week two, Artem dishes about his Quickstep with celeb partner Maureen McCormmick, where they paid tribute to The Brady Bunch and even recruited Maureen‘s on-screen mom, Florence Henderson for the performance.

“The best behind the scenes moment of the week was for sure when one of the troupe dancers [Hayley Erbert] totally fell during our dress rehearsal! I posted it on Instagram yesterday.

“Our costumes this week required a lot a googling of the 70’s. We took advice from Maureen because she knows best. This week I really felt like we overcame Maureen’s nervousness. She did much better! I think the judges didn’t score us fairly. But I could be bias.

“This week’s inspiration was the Brady Bunch! This week I’m just continuing to learn more patience. The biggest surprise of the week was Sasha [Farber] and Terra [Jole]. She did great!”

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Artem Chigvintsev Thinks Maureen McCormick Deserved Higher 'DWTS' Premiere Scores - Read His Week One Blog!

Every week, professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev will be writing a blog for JustJared.com and sharing exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Dancing With the Stars.

For week one, Artem opens up about his Viennese Waltz with partner Mauren McCormmick, set to “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” which earned them 22 points.

“I am so proud of Maureen, I think that she did amazing,” Artem writes. “Obviously we need to clean and fluff up the routines. The scores were kind of lame, I think she definitely deserved higher, but maybe I’m bias. I’m glad to have the first dance out of the way. I’m excited for the season!”


Artem Chigvintsev & Maureen McCormick – Viennese Waltz 9/12/16
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Dancing With The Stars' Artem Chigvintsev Returns at JJ's Blogger For Season 23!

JustJared.com is thrilled to announce that Artem Chigvintsev will be returning to blog for the Dancing With The Stars season!

The 33-year-old pro dancer will be penning a blog every week, where he’ll dish on partner Maureen McCormick, rehearsals, the show, and more.

Artem and Maureen will be performing a Viennese Waltz to Mary J. Blige’s version of “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” for the premiere.

In case you missed it, check out all the song and dances for the premiere episode over on JustJaredJR.com

Dancing With The Stars premieres on Monday, September 12th 21st @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

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