'Dancing With the Stars' Season 16: Buzziest Moments That Weren’t the Same Old Song and Dance

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Karina Smirnoff and Jacoby Jones perform on "Dancing With the Stars."

You'd think after 16 seasons on the air, "Dancing With the Stars" would be the same old song and dance. Not the case! As we head into the Season 16 finale (Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff; Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough; Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas; and Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy are all set to compete for the mirror ball trophy), here's a look back at five of the most buzzworthy moments from a season that was anything but dull.

Dorothy Hamill drops out

The Olympic ice skater's inspirational premiere night contemporary to Elton John's "Tiny Dancer" was truly magical. In fact, she tied for second place on that week's judges' leaderboard, making it seem as though she would be a major contender this season. But by Week 2, the 56-year-old skating legend announced that she was withdrawing from the competition on doctor's orders. "I'm taking the advice of my spine surgeon, and I need to withdraw from the competition," she said. "I have an injury that could be irreparable -- and nerve damage -- and it would be completely unfair for me to stay in this and have any of these people go home."

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Dorothy joined the ranks of past "DWTS" contestants Sara Evans, Misty May-Treanor, and Tom DeLay, whose dancing dreams were cut short when they were forced to drop out of the competition. 

Hamill takes herself out of the competition: 

Carrie Ann disses Giggy

Judge Carrie Ann Inaba is known for her colorful critiques, but she may have spoken out of turn when she dissed contestant Lisa Vanderpump's beloved Pomeranian pup, Giggy. After the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star brought her popular pooch to the ballroom, Carrie Ann tweeted:

Some fans cried foul over the judge's remark about a contestant who was still competing on the show, and on CBS's "The Talk," Sharon Osbourne defended the reality restaurateur, saying she routinely brings her own dogs to Lisa's elegant eateries.

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D.L. feuds with Len

Comedian D.L. Hughley's run on "Dancing With the Stars" wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs. He started the season off with the lowest of low scores -- a nearly unheard of triple shot of 4s -- and used much of his time on the show to complain about judge Len Goodman. D.L told E! News of the show's cranky head judge: "I don't like the idea of somebody having a mic and me not. That to me is cowardly. What did I do? Did I dance so poorly that I made [Len] upset that I get to dance again? This experience is starting to be horrible for me. It's not fun. It's like going to school and the principal has it out for you."

For the show's "Best Year of Their Lives" theme, the comic even quipped, "In the best year of my life, Len wasn't there!"

So what did Len have to say for himself? "I can't get over how kind I've been this season, honestly," he told D.L. on the Week 3 results show. "I'm normally so much harder. I thought I was a bit generous last night, actually. I was about on the money."

Of course, the outspoken comedian got the last word in. On the night of his elimination, D.L. had some parting words for the judge: "Len, you need to watch your hip action. The hip replacement Bruno [Tonioli] said I should have, I'm willing to you."

D.L. gets slammed by the judges:

Karina reunites with Maks

In Week 5, Len Goodman's "Side-by-Side Challenge" signaled the return of nine pro dancers and troupe members to the ballroom. While fan faves Anna Trebunskaya and Tristan MacManus were in the house, the most buzzed-about reunion was between Maks Chmerkovskiy and his former fiancé, Karina Smirnoff. The two traded moves in an awesome group opening number, then teamed up for the jive. Considering they had a nasty breakup in 2009 (Maks once told the New York Post of his ex, "I will never speak to that person again"), things definitely could have been awkward. Instead, the whole event went down sans drama. After the show, Maks told Xfinity, "There was zero tension. We spent a week together. We were having great fun -- and personal things are going to stay personal."

Check out their reunion:

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Len has a major meltdown

We've seen Len lash out, but never before has he blown as gasket like he did over Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough's Week 8 paso doble. The master judge went on a major tirade over the trio routine (Tristan helped out with the dark dance), screaming about the "flashing lights and crashing music," and calling the choreography "a hodgepodge of moves just to titillate the taste buds!" After getting into a shouting match with the other judges (he actually screamed at Bruno, "Your vocal cords are stuck up your a---!"), Len made a statement by slamming the trio with a 7 (Bruno and Carrie Ann each awarded them a 10). In the end, a befuddled Tom Bergeron summed it up best: "I don't even know you anymore."

Watch Len's meltdown:

The two-part "Dancing With the Stars" Season 16 finale airs on Monday, 5/19 at 8 PM, and Tuesday, 5/20 at 9 PM on ABC.


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