'Dancing with the Stars' News Roundup: An Engagement, a Star You Won't See and Instant Dancing
'Dancing with the Stars' News Roundup: An Engagement, a Star You Won't See and Instant Dancing
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Now that we're into week 8 of Dancing with the Stars, it's a safe bet that the most important news will emerge from the dance floor itself. Who will go, and who will stay? Whose dance rocked the ballroom? Still, there's some other news worthy of attention.

Karina Smirnoff Gets Engaged
No, she's not engaged to The Situation. That would have merited an entire series of articles instead of a quick blurb. But while The Situation remains free to roam the wilds of New Jersey, hunting for his prey, Karina has chosen to settle down with baseball player Brad Penny.

As it turns out, the happy couple has been engaged for over a month -- since Oct. 4 -- although they only announced their impending nuptials on Saturday. Penny, who plays for the St. Louis Cardinals, proposed to Karina as a surprise shortly after a Dancing with the Stars taping. Smirnoff and Penny have been together for a little more than a year, having met shortly after Karina and colleague Maksim Chmerkovskiy broke off their own engagement.

Carol Burnett Picks Glee over Dancing with the Stars
Carol Burnett, the iconic comedian and entertainer, is poised for a Betty White-style resurgence, thanks to her upcoming appearance as Sue Sylvester's mother on Glee. But this does not mean that Burnett will parlay her enhanced prominence into a Mirror Ball attempt.
According to an interview with TV Guide, Burnett says: "You might first see me getting root canal before I would go on Dancing with the Stars."

That would be a "no" then.

Instant Dances! Improved Musical Efficiency!
As part of DWTS' work to fill that two hours with fewer and fewer dancers, this week brings us Instant Dances. Each couple will be responsible for two fully choreographed numbers. The first number will follow the standard pattern: choreography and dance style will match a predetermined song. For the second number, however, the dancers will need to choreograph a dance without knowing the final music.

While we of course wish the dancers well, it's safe to say that a poor choreography choice could lead to some very entertaining results on tonight's dance floor. They'll all be kept on their toes anyway!

What are your opinions about this week on Dancing with the Stars. Let us know in the comments section!

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