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Antonio Sabato Jr. Makes His DWTS Debut With A Cha Cha! Will This Be Dance Partner Cheryl Burke's Final Season?

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Last night was the season 19 premiere of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and in the celebrity line-up is former General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Antonio Sabato Jr!  When the show began, it was none other than Antonio, and his dance partner two-time champ Cheryl Burke who had been given  the task of being first on the floor, and out of the gate of the competitors vying for this season’s Mirror Ball Trophy!

In their rehearsal segment package prior to their Cha Cha, Cheryl says she is happy to have “a “sexy” partner, (Sorry, Jack Osbourne)” this time around, and that an Antonio “wink” and working his good looks, along with using his feet to do the moves, can help him win this thing!

After hitting the dance floor on the live show, the judges were a tad harsh on Antonio, in our opinion, especially with him being first up.  After all was said and done the judges scored Antonio 25 out of 40 and he remains now towards the bottom of the leaderboard going into tonight’s live elimination Results Show!

The lowest score of the night was given to fashion designer Betsey Johnson and partner Tony Dovolani.  Betsey had a prop wardrobe malfunction with a boa, and then scored a 20.  Olympian Lolo Jones and partner Keo Motsepe scored a 22 for her Cha Cha, after  Lolo repeatedly told the audience and the judges  she could have done much her routine better …. blaming it on a text message mishap at the top of her number!  And NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and his dance partner Emma Slater tie dwith Sabato Jr. and Burke with 25 points after their Cha Cha! The judges take the time to remind everyone that Emma was paired with Bill Engvall last year, and seemingly gets the older men, “daddy” types to dance with each season!

In additional news for Antonio and Cheryl, the two-time dance champ revealed all signs point to this season of DWTS being her last!  Cheryl had told ABC that:  “As of now, this is probably going to be my last season. After doing something for a decade, you know, I started when I was 20, I’m 30. I want to try new things, just see what’s out there.”

Watch Antonio and Cheryl’s first dance of the season after the jump!  Then weigh-in, who do you think should be sent home tonight on the Results Show?  How do you think Antonio and Cheryl did in their first dance?  Remember, every vote counts!  So if you want to keep this soap favorite in the game, you have to dial in and cast your vote each week!  And don’t miss Antonio on Thursday night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman!

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I’ll miss Cheryl.

I think Antonio did a good job.

Jeff
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Michael Waltrip was awful. There’s no way he should be tied with Antonio.

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I think they had a hard time casting this season…. they will need a ratings boost to compete against the Voice next week! I am a DWTS fan…and I couldn’t get into it at all.

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Well it is a grueling show so I wouldn’t blame Cheryl if she had enough of it. As for the show itself, it seemed a tad disorganized — as if production team lost interest. Frankly I miss the old band and the old stage. It so flashy now, it doesn’t even look like a ballroom anymore. I thought Antonio had a good start– he should make it to at least the half way point.

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@Mary SF….totally agree! I absolutely love dance and I love to dance as well. When this show came on I absolutely reveled in it! To me, it was the epitome of joy and I just couldn’t get enough of it. Great music, comraderie, banter, costumes, choreography…not to mention beauty on every level. I also love music…and am a big fan of The Voice. Ultimately, I watched The Voice and caught DWTS either on a makeup show or OnDemand. But as to what you said I thought the same thing. Last night seemed completely disorganized….I, too, miss the old band and… Read more »

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Julianne was a guest judge a couple of times last year, but she hasn’t been a dancer for quite a while. I think they may be grooming her to take over Len’s spot, since he mentioned at the end of last season he might be quitting the show this year– I also think the reason the show might be off technically this year is because the person who used to produce the show left at the end of last year and whoever is doing it now obviously needs more experience with live television because it seems so rushed and mixed… Read more »

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Well I have to say tonight’s show was excellent! I actually felt the old magic back! Loved Smokey Robinson’s number complete with Mark Ballas and the new dancer…(always loved those entertainment/dance numbers)…enjoyed watching “Carlton’s” dance again….and felt the whole show much more cohesive on this second night. Len leaving? If so…he’d be missed by me. I like the dynamic of the original three. As for Julianne, always loved her as a dancer. Adorable and incredibly talented! Both she and Derek are amazing! I also think the sports-like commentators with Jerry Rice, Kenny Mayne and Len are hilarious…hope they still continue… Read more »

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I thought Antonio and Cheryl did an AMAZING JOB. OMG they were hot and have the chemistry.

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GH’s Rebecca Herbst Thanks Fans for the Birthday Love

She is not often on social media, but when she does show up, it delights so many of her enduring fans. General Hospital’s Rebecca Herbst (Elizabeth), who yesterday celebrated her birthday on May 12th, took to Twitter to share warm ‘thank you’s’ to a few fan factions who sent her some lovely gifts in honor and support of their favorite soap star.

Herbst expressed: “Yesterday was such a beautiful day! THANK YOU for all your sweet Birthday messages! #Friz & #Liason showered me with the most gorgeous flowers, cakes & goodies. And #Friz donated $2500 to #SmileTrain.  I felt very loved. I’m so grateful for each & every one of you. …XO”

Of course, the Friz fans loved Liz with Franco (Roger Howarth) and the Liason fans are those who love Liz with Jason (Steve Burton).

Now with Roger Howarth returning to the show – in what is at this juncture still a mystery as who he will play – will Rebecca be paired with Roger in story again, or not this time?  Do you think Liz might end up romantically with Finn (Michael Easton), or is there still a chance that down the line Liz and Jason could get back together, or could Liz meet someone new? Only time will tell!

For now, Herbst was thankful for the money donated to the Smile Train charity and all the wonderful gifts and messages that came her way.

So, what did you think of Becky’s thank you message?  Who are you hoping Liz winds up with romantically in the future?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL Touches on Racial Profiling, Social Injustice and Bias In Key Scenes with Portia and Jordan

This week ABC’s General Hospital took the opportunity to write in to their scripts and story, the issue that has been so prevalent in our country now and for decades that of racial profiling, injustice, bias, gender equality and more rolled into scenes featuring: Brook Kerr (Portia), Briana Nicole Henry (Jordan), Sydney Mikala (Trina) and William Lipton (Cameron).

When Portia comes to the boxing gym for a workout and comes upon Jordan hitting the boxing bag hard over the the incident with Cameron in the hospital garage, it spurs a greater conversation.

Jordan tells Portia about the situation that arose with Cameron and a gun, and Portia says she heard about it.  Jordan knows if Cameron’s skin was a different color, she may not have been able to de-escalate the situation and talk her officers down, if she had not arrived on the scene in the nick of time.

This launches the two women into an important conversation on racial profiling, social injustice, white privilege and gender bias that they have found themselves dealing with in their professions (Portia is a doctor and Jordan the police commissioner) and their children’s lives.

Later in another scene, Trina reminds Cameron how they, along with Joss (Eden McCoy) were pulled over by a cop last summer when they were driving around the backroads.  She goes on to say when Cameron questioned why they were being stopped, it scared her.  She feels if Joss and Cam were not there, she would have likely been pulled out of the car and pinned to the ground by the cop.  Trina notes she put aside her fear and never said anything to them, because they would never understand.  Trina tells Cam he needs to realize how lucky he was the other night when nothing happened to him after his run in with police.

You can watch the conversation below in scenes with Briana Nicole Henry and Brooke Kerr.

Then let us know, did you like how GH wove this social message into the story?  Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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GH’s James Patrick Stuart in the Cast of Disney Channel’s Super-Villains Pilot ‘Amy From Amarillo’

Casting news was recently announced for the Disney Channel’s upcoming half-hour live-action comedy pilot with a working title of Amy From Amarillo.

According to Deadline, while the series has named actress Isabella Pappas in the title role of Amy, none other than General Hospital star James Patrick Stuart (Valentin Cassadine) is also noted to be a part of the cast.

In story, the project follows a family of super-villains who must go on into hiding in Amarillo, Texas when they fall afoul of the League of Villains and are about to be liquidated.  Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.

Those joining Stuart and Pappas in the cast include: Hilda Spellman, Patricia Belcher, Kayden Muller-Janssen, Malachi Barton, Reed Horstmann and Lucy Davis will plays Amy’s mom, Eva aka Spark, a feisty supervillain who shoots electrical current out of her hands.

Production on the pilot is set to begin this month.  Stuart will be continuing his role on GH as per usual.

Furthermore, James took to Twitter this morning to clarify for inquiry GH fans who were concerned about the status the project might cause for his role on the ABC daytime drama series: “I am currently working on a Disney Channel comedy pilot. We film 15 minutes from the GH stage so, should the show get picked up for series, and while it would create scheduling headaches for some very cool people, I have no plans to hang up Valentin’s dancing shoes any time soon.”

So, intrigued by this pilot and what role James will have within it? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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