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Karina Smirnoff Gears Up For Fitness DVD Release

Dec 15, 2010 03:02 PM

KS_ShapeUpBan150new.jpgFresh off her success on Dancing With The Stars with partner The Situation, dancing pro Karina Smirnoff is getting ready to help the world shed any extra holiday pounds with the release of Shape Up, a dance-inspired workout DVD hitting stores just before Christmas.

Karina tells X17online exclusively:

    "It's a whole body workout that will concentrate on getting rid of those love handles. The dance moves will also target that little pouch underneath the belly button that never seems to go away."

Smirnoff, who's engaged to St. Louis Cardinals baseball player Brad Penny, says that she's inspired every day by her man, whom she says, "lost 40 pounds already so he can be in the best possible shape for the upcoming baseball season."

With so many marriages failing in Hollywood, the newly engaged dancer tells us:

    "All you can do is hope for the best and focus on how you’re in love right now. Both my parents and Brad's parents have been married for over thirty years so we have great examples to go by. The sad thing is, if you've made it as a married couple in Hollywood for five years, then people joke that you've made it. So many get married for all the wrong reasons."

Aside from auditioning for potential movie roles, Karina says that her boot line with Bearpaw will be coming out before the new year.

We love how Smirnoff's (also the name of Vodka) married name will be Mrs. Penny once she and her ballplayer head to the alter. She jokes, "Brad and I always laugh that our names combined will represent 'one cent liquor.'"

There's a penny for your thoughts.




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Karina Smirnoff Is Engaged

Nov 7, 2010 09:58 AM

karinaengaged.jpgKarina Smirnoff is engaged to her boyfriend Brad Penny, and the professional dancer debuted her massive engagement ring last night in Las Vegas.

Penny, who is the starting pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, asked Smirnoff to marry him after a taping of Dancing With The Stars last month. "I was in the middle of the show and had no clue what was cooking behind my back," Smirnoff tells Us Weekly. "The dinner meeting was set up at a restaurant in Malibu. When [my manager and I] got there, it was completely empty. She excused herself to take a call and while I was sitting there alone, Brad came in."

"I had crazy hair and black lipstick on and was just concerned about looking like the Bride of Frankenstein," she continued. "Even after Brad got down to one knee and opened the box with the ring, it still didn't register." Karina added, "I'm the happiest I've ever been and Brad is the sole reason for that." Aww!




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X17 EXCLUSIVE - Karina Smirnoff Confirms The Situation Will Reveal Abs On Tonight's Dancing With The Stars

Oct 4, 2010 12:33 PM

situation460wm.jpgThree weeks into Dancing With The Stars, and finally tonight, The Situation will be revealing his trademark abs, according to dance partner Karina Smirnoff.

As for why it has taken so long for the reality star to show his trademark midsection, Karina tells X17online exclusively:

    "Not showing his abs has been a strategy. I want America to meet the guy that I've gotten to know from our 8-hour rehearsals. We've all seen his abs, and yes, they're spectacular. But he goes beyond the abs and beyond Jersey Shore. I can say tonight, viewers will get a peak at his situation, but not the entire situation. We're doing the fox trot to a hip hop song, and we have to keep the hold and positioning. But I'm telling you, women are going to be yelling at me saying 'Girl, move over, you're covering The Situation.""

Karina, who calls her DWTS partner "Boo Boo" while on set, says The Jersey Shore star is surprisingly respectful ... and definitely has his gassy quirks.

    "Sometimes while we're rehearsing, he'll randomly burp, and even though it was a little shocking at first, it’s the nature of working so closely with someone. But I've realized that whenever he's uncomfortable with a dance move or a situation, he goes to his iPad and starts emailing like crazy."

As for joining the reality show circus, looks like Karina isn't saying no to a possible appearance on The Jersey Shore. Although MTV hasn't asked her yet to make a cameo, she tells us, "I'm definitely ready to get my fist pumpin' on!"

The two may have incredible chemistry on the dance floor, but don't count on a real-life romance. "I love Sitch, but it's a strictly professional relationship," she adds.





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X17 XCLUSIVE - Karina Says Bye-Bye To DWTS!

Feb 25, 2010 06:41 PM

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karina3.jpgphotos courtesy Hydroxycut Advanced

Karina Smirnoff has been booted off Dancing With the Stars, X17online has learned. The Ukranian dancer will instead be serving the show as a choreographer behind the scenes. A source tells us: "She'll be choreographing and working with many of the major recording artists performing on the results shows ... and even possibly helping a celeb or two out if called upon." Slam!

The source tells X17online.com exclusively the real reason behind the removal of Karina from an on-camera position with the show is that she was getting a bit big for her spandex britches and demanding to be a HOST!

Well honestly, we think she coulda been a good host and the more diva the better! Now Brooke Burke's in line for the job or maybe Vanessa Minnillo. Other web sites reported Mel B may be up for the job too but sources tell X17 that's B.S. Scary Spice is in talks to star on a show called Dance Your Ass Off. -- No, seriously!

In the meantime, Smirnoff snagged a job as a spokesperson for Hydroxycut Advanced -- she says "I use Hydroxycut Advanced to keep me energized and my metabolism up. I love Hydroxycut Advanced!" Whatever she's doing, it sure is working! Check out the gallery of sexy pix below!




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Maksim Peaces Out...

Nov 4, 2009 03:18 PM

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jeans jacket dancing with the stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy

While Karina makes an appearance with her new boyfriend! Hmm, think it's awk for Maksim - still single - to see his ex with a new man so quickly after the breakup?

The DWTS dancers were out at STK in WeHo last night and, regardless of the awkwardness of the split, at least Karina and Maksim are looking better than ever! K's outfit might be weird, but she pulls it off.




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This Is What Maksim Is Missing Out On...

Oct 14, 2009 01:10 PM

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Yes yes, I know Karina Smirnoff is a great dancer with a great body, but this is a funny-looking pic! And you know that backstage at DWTS is sooo much fun.

Or so much drama! Either way, it's entertaining. Check out our gallery below!




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Love The Bag...

Oct 13, 2009 09:39 AM

Karina Smirnoff dancing with the stars hand bag scarf

...but the rest of Karina Smirnoff's outfit plus her makeup and hair? Not so much!

Sorry Karina! I know you have a killer body (not to mention killer moves), but as Tim Gunn would say, last night's outfit is a "whole lot of look."




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Karina Finds A New Man While Maksim Gets Behind The Wheel...

Oct 6, 2009 04:24 PM

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dancing with the stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy car driving roosevelt hotel

...they're clearly over each other! But you can't live separate lives in this town, especially when you're both on the same TV show.

Karina AND Maksim both partied at the Roosevelt in Hollywood last night, but not together. She was getting cozy with a mystery man while Maksim, looking all partied out, drove home alone.

Sidebar, Maksim recently told Life & Style that, as opposed to what Karina says, he is not friends with his ex whatsoever. "It's done. It's over with," he claims.

Dunzo!




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