- - Wednesday, May 23, 2012

He already has a Super Bowl ring, and now football player Donald Driver can add the “Dancing With the Stars” mirror ball trophy to his awards collection.

The Green Bay Packers receiver won the ABC show Tuesday after wowing audiences and judges with his kickin’ country-themed freestyle routine. He and partner Peta Murgatroyd hoisted the glittery prize above their heads after being named the new “Dancing” champs.

Streamers and confetti rained down from the ceiling, filling the ballroom as they celebrated. Driver’s wife and children joined him on the dance floor.

With just one point separating the three finalists, it was up to the viewers to pick the winner.

He and his fellow finalists, Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins and Cuban actor William Levy, each earned perfect scores for their last performances Tuesday. Miss Jenkins came into the final contest with a perfect 60 points; Driver and Mr. Levy each had 59.

Judges’ scores combined with viewer votes determined the result.

Contestants eliminated throughout the show’s 10-week season reunited for the two-hour finale. Martina Navratilova, Gavin DeGraw, Jack Wagner, Jaleel White, Sherri Shepherd, Melissa Gilbert, Roshon Fegan, Maria Menounos and Gladys Knight all donned costumes Tuesday for one last dance.

Miss Knight did double duty, also singing “The Way We Were.” Kelly Clarkson also performed on the show.

The next round of “Dancing With the Stars” will feature contestants from past seasons.

Judge dismisses part of suit over broadcast copyright

Aereo, a startup that takes live TV broadcasts and sends them to mobile devices in New York for a monthly fee, has won a partial victory in court over the media companies that are suing it.

U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan in New York dismissed one of three claims made by a group of broadcast companies, including News Corp.’s Fox, PBS and others in a ruling released Monday.

Judge Nathan dismissed the claim of unfair competition, saying it was pre-empted by the Copyright Act.

Two claims of copyright infringement remain in the Fox-led suit, as does a separate copyright lawsuit that includes ABC, CBS and NBC as plaintiffs. A hearing on a preliminary injunction for both suits begins May 30.

The broadcasters have argued that Aereo is copying and retransmitting their programming over the Internet unlawfully. Aereo contends that by assigning miniature antennas to each of its users, it is providing legal access to free over-the-air broadcasts.

An Aereo spokeswoman declined to comment.

A spokesman for News Corp.’s Fox said the judge’s dismissal of the unfair competition was on “technical grounds” and didn’t affect the merit of the copyright claim.

“We look forward to our day in court to prove that Aereo’s unauthorized streaming of our content constitutes copyright infringement,” the spokesman said in a statement.

CBS Corp. said in a statement that the ruling “should have no bearing on the core claim that Aereo is clearly violating the plain language of the copyright law.”

The case is being closely watched because of the precedent it could set. Broadcasters owned by the Walt Disney Co., CBS Corp. and Comcast Corp. have deals to collect hundreds of millions of dollars annually from cable and satellite TV providers for the right to retransmit their signals to subscribers.

Such signals also are available free to viewers using an antenna, but most TV households pay for service through a provider. If Aereo’s service is found not to infringe on broadcasters’ copyrights, it could upend a system that has created a profitable new revenue stream for media companies.

West leads nominations for July’s BET Awards

It’s a family affair at the upcoming BET Awards: Kanye West has the most nominations with seven, while his mentor, Jay-Z, earned five, and Jay-Z’s wife, Beyonce, received six.

Jay-Z and Mr. West collaborated last year on the album “Watch the Throne.” Their songs — “In Paris” and “Otis” — are up for video of the year. Beyonce has two nominations in that category with “Love on Top” and “Countdown.” The fifth nominee is Usher’s “Climax.”

The nominations were announced Tuesday in New York.

Samuel L. Jackson will host the July 1 show, which will be held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles and broadcast live on BET. Chris Brown and Nicki Minaj will perform.

Other multiple nominees include Mr. Brown, Lil Wayne, Drake and J. Cole. Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will receive a lifetime achievement award.

Bristol Palin’s reality show to premiere June 19 on Lifetime

The Lifetime network has set a premiere date for its new reality series about Bristol Palin’s home life in Alaska.

The network said “Bristol Palin: Life’s a Tripp” will debut June 19 with two new half-hours airing weekly.

The 14-episode series stars the daughter of former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and will explore the pressures she faces raising her toddler son, Tripp, as she maintains her close relationship with the larger Palin clan.

Miss Palin became one of the nation’s most prominent single mothers after the 2008 birth of Tripp. In 2010, she competed on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.” Last June, she published a best-selling memoir.

Compiled from Web and wire reports

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