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Meet the Star: Corbin Bleu

Corbin Bleu is best known for his role as Chad in the Emmy award-winning Disney Channel Movie High School Musical, its sequel, High School Musical 2 and feature film High School Musical 3: Senior Year. He also starred in the hit Disney Channel Movie Jump In and will be seen again starring alongside Stephen Lang in the highly anticipated thriller The Monkey’s Paw this fall. Bleu had his producing debut in 2008 for the movie Free Style, in which he also starred, and again in 2012 for Scary or Die.

Other television credits include The Good Wife, Flight 29 Down, Hannah Montana, ER, The Amanda Show, Cover Me, Malcolm & Eddie, Franklin and Bash, Blue Bloods and Psych. He can currently be seen playing the role of Jeffrey King on One Life to Live. On stage, Bleu most recently starred as Jesus in Godspell and other theater credits include In The Heights and Hairspray.

In 2007, Bleu’s debut solo album, Another Side, featured the hit single “Push it to the Limit” and in 2009 he released his second studio album, Speed of Light. Bleu's first leading film role was in Catch That Kid and other film credits include Soldier, Galaxy Quest, Mystery Men, and Family Tree.

Bleu was born in Brooklyn, New York and currently resides in Los Angeles and New York City.

Meet the Pro: Karina Smirnoff

Karina was born in the Ukraine before she made her way to the U.S. with her family at the age of 12. And speaking of her family, we're giving a great big shout out to Karina's folks for getting her started with ballet lessons when she was five. Think they had any idea what they started?!

At the age of nine, Karina was introduced to ballroom dancing and fell in love with it. After high school, she graduated from Fordham University but put her academic studies on hold to pursue her ballroom dancing career in the United Kingdom.

We first fell in love with Karina during Season 3 when she swung into a second place finish with partner Mario Lopez. Not bad for a DWTS rookie. The next season she finished fifth with Billy Ray Cyrus. The two would team up again after their last dance when Karina guest starred on Hannah Montana. And in Season 13, she went all the way, winning the mirror ball trophy with J.R. Martinez as her partner.

Karina and her former partner Slavik Kryklyvyy shared tremendous success winning the U.S. Championships and many other world titles and were ranked second in the world in the Latin division.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

• Five-time U.S. National Champion
• World Trophy Champion
• Asian Open Champion

PRIOR CELEBRITY PARTNERS:

• Jacoby Jones
• Apolo Anton Ohno
• Gavin DeGraw
• J.R. Martinez
• Ralph Macchio
• Mike Sorrentino
• Aaron Carter
• Mario Lopez
• Billy Ray Cyrus
• Floyd Mayweather Jr.
• Rocco DiSpirito
• Mario
• Steve Wozniak

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