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Ziering dances no more

By TIMES WIRES
Published May 16, 2007


LOS ANGELES

He earned a perfect score and glowing praise from the judges. But that wasn't enough to keep Ian Ziering on Dancing With the Stars. The 43-year-old actor was booted from the ABC dance-off Tuesday during the competition's semifinal round. "We're in it to win it, " the Beverly Hills 90210 alum said before his performance. Judges' scores are combined with viewer votes to determine which couple is eliminated. The three remaining celebrity dancers - Laila Ali, Joey Fatone and Apolo Anton Ohno - begin the competition's final round on Monday.

LAS VEGAS

Chesney collects again

Kenny Chesney collected his third consecutive entertainer of the year trophy Tuesday as the Academy of Country Music also paid tribute to a youngster and some oldsters. The academy honored veteran George Strait, newcomer Carrie Underwood and gave an unprecedented 14th vocal duo award to Brooks & Dunn.

Strait claimed the first award of the night, winning song of the year for Give It Away.

"I'm old enough to be Carrie Underwood's grandfather, " the 55-year-old said of his 24-year-old fellow singer.

Underwood, the 2005 American Idol winner, won album of the year for her debut CD, Some Hearts, and was honored as top female vocalist.

Miranda Lambert won new female vocalist. Brad Paisley was named male vocalist of the year. Rascal Flatts captured best vocal group.