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DANCING WITH THE STARS: Anne Heche. Jesse Metcalfe & Chrishell Stause Make Their Ballroom Debuts; While Tyra Banks Bows As New Host

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Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars got underway last night, and with the pandemic the changes were noticeable.

Judges seemed more than six feet apart at the table, gone was the Sky Box interviews, gone was the live band,  but we did get canned crowd applause and noise which was too over the top without any audience members truly in the ballroom.

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Tyra Banks made her debut as the new host replacing Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, while Derek Hough took over Len Goodman’s spot at the judges table. With all of that; soap fans were intrigued to see how three of the contestants would do in the scoring with their first dance of the competition.

Anne Heche and dance partner Keo Motsepe (Cha-Cha):  Here we go – for pizazz and going for it … and doing well, we got to give it to Anne Heche (Ex- Vicky/Marly Another World) although at times her foot work was off, she really sold this dance with her enthusiasm and spunk.  Judge Carrie Ann had high praise for Anne as a potential star on the dance floor, and the duo danced to Dua Lipa’s Don’t Start  Now, which we love. Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Jesse Metcalfe and dance partner Sharna Burgess (Quickstep):  Metcalfe (Ex-Dallas, Passions, and Desperate Housewives) looked intense on the dance floor and got some critique for his posture and foot work, but the quickstep is such a hard dance to pull off in the first place.  The duo danced to Stevie Wonder’s Part Time Lover.  And of note: Sharna fangirled out meting Metcalfe whom she loved as Miquel on Passions! Judges’ Score: 18 out of 30

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Chrishell Stause and dance partner Gleb Savchenko (Tango): With mistakes that were noticeably caught by the judges, which they shared were about timing, footwork, and frame work, Chrishell (Ex-AMC, DAYS and Y&R) held it together and got through the dance in spite of it all.  She danced to Pink’s Raise Your Glass.  In a play on Stause’s Selling Sunset real estate gig and reality series, judge Bruno said Stause was “far from closing the deal” with that dance.  Judges’ Score: 13 out of 30.

At the top of the leaderboard after night one of the competition were: 18-year-old Skai Jackson with 21 points, as well as Justina Machado, then former ‘Bachlorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe with 20, along with Catfish creator and host Nev Shulman.  At the bottom of the score board was Tiger King’s Carole Baskin with 11 points.

Watch Anne, Jesse and Chrishell’s performances below.  Then let us know, what did you think of their first dance?  Who impressed you from the entire cast? What did you think of Tyra as Dancing with the Stars new host? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Suzie
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Lose Tyra, if Derek wasn’t judging, I wouldn’t watch. Hoping to see some Derek choreography at some point.

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WOW… NICE, ^^^”…if Derek wasn’t judging, I wouldn’t watch”

my thoughts ! PLUS, i will always root this lady. Ms. Anne Heche

Tyra standing their; argh! aing ! still counts on gussying up

come on Tyra !!!! you REACHED… truly you met… you’re just no match for ALL this flair

you rarely interacted with anything of note with the pairs standing their. relying on your panel. even with your panel… you had no repartee

you took modeling to fierce ends, are YOU going to at least dance. ACT

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Apparently on another blog or entertainment news a lot of fans are very upset with Tyra Banks as new host.Except for the horrible colored outfit, I saw nothing wrong with her hosting. First of all I watch to see the stars dance, not to criticize the host or hosts. My biggest complaint was the overly loud, canned applause making up for no audience. Also I do not think their music matches the dance. I felt kind of sorry for Chrishell doing the Tango to the crazy rock & roll music. I did not like all the nit picking made by… Read more »

francine
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francine

When a Black woman replaces a white man on TV or anywhere, white people can’t handle it. They say it’s about a million things other than her race but it’s not true. Happens every time. Read other threads here where the same thing happened if you don’t believe me!

Momo
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Momo

I thought they all did well. Anne seemed a bit loopy. Tyra is not a good fit, and that’s being kind. I fast forwarded through a lot of her.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Momo…oh I totally agree…Tyra Banks is NOT a good fit for DWTS…PERIOD!!!!! Oh…as for myself, whenever Tyra opened up her mouth to talk, I pressed the MUTE button on my remote control…lol.

francine
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francine

FYI the headline should say is “debuts,” not “bows,” which means the opposite. It’s been in a couple of your headlines lately that you might want to edit because you’re saying the opposite of what you mean.

Violet Lemm
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Francine
It’s just simantics. Don’t sweat it!

sonniorsolita
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sonniorsolita

Francine, you’re partially right. There is an expression in which “bow” can mean “debut” but the idiom requires saying “make her/his bow” so this headline is *almost* right. It probably should have read “While Tyra Banks makes her bow as host” to be strictly correct. Sorry but Len would have pointed that out, lol. Sort of confusingly, if you change one letter of the phrase — to “take one’s bow,” it means the opposite: to finish something. And there ends my English lecture!

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‘The Talk’ and DWTS Carrie Ann Inaba Tests Positive For COVID-19

In a day which earlier saw Ellen DeGeneres reveal she tested positive for the coronavirus, so did Carrie Ann Inaba.  The Talk co-host and judge on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars confirmed her diagnosis via social media.

During Thursday’s episode of The Talk, co-host Sheryl Underwood related that Carrie tested positive earlier in the morning, so she would obviously not be appearing on the show.

Carrie Ann has developed Covid-related symptoms including a fever.

 

On her Instagram, Inaba shared this message: “Hey Everyone, I have tested positive for COVID 19. I’m home with some symptoms and will be sequestering as per the CDC guidelines, resting and taking care of myself.   I have been in a very safe environment following all the guidelines and safety protocols and it still found it’s way to me. So, this is a friendly reminder to be extra careful this holiday season.  Wear your masks, socially and physically keep your distance, and wash your hands. Take care everyone. And I’ll keep you updated on my journey.”

The Talk also posted a special video message (you can see that as well below) sending a speedy recovery and well-wishes to their friend and co-star/

So, what do you think of Carrie Ann and more celebrities who are back at work In Los Angeles where the numbers of cases has spiked contracting COVID-19?  Comment below.

 

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Soap Vet and ‘Selling Sunset’ Star, Chrishell Stause Dating DWTS Pro Keo Motsepe

On Wednesday, former All My Children, Days of our Lives, Y&R, and current Selling Sunset star, Chrishell Stause had some intriguing personal news revealed.  She is now dating Dancing with the Stars pro, Keo Motsepe.

Stause, who also competed on this season’s ABC ballroom dance floor competition, was rumored to have been dating her actual pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, when Gleb’s marriage to his wife dissolved.  Chrishell shut down the rumor mill on social media and let it be known that she and Savchenko were nothing more than good friends.

But instead, it appears Chrishell is linked to another dancer from the show … enter Keo.   As DWTS viewers know, Motsepe was the pro partner of another former soap star, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marly, Another World) during the just completed season of the show,.

The couple made their relationship official on Instagram with Motsepe, posting a pic on his account of him giving Chrishell a kiss on the cheek. and another subsequent post on his Instagram story..  Meanwhile, Stause shared a workout of the two masked-up.

Stause was previously married to former soap star and current member of the cast of This Is Us, Justin Hartley.  The couple divorced in 2019.

So, what do you think about the news of Chrishell and Keo as a couple? Comment below.,

 

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‘Bachelorette’ Alum Kaitlyn Bristowe Wins The Mirrorball Trophy In Season Finale of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

In a season which saw a new host and executive producer, Tyra Banks, no studio audience due to Covid-19, three former soap stars in the competition and some too-close-to-call moments, four celebrity dancers and their pro partners danced their hearts out on Monday night in the season finale of Dancing with the Stars.

Hoping to take home the Mirrorball Trophy were: Kaitlyn Bristowe, Nelly, Justina Machado and Nev Schulman along with their pro dance partners.

The four couples danced two numbers – one dance they performed earlier in the season, and one freestyle.

When the dust settled with the judges scores combined with the popular vote at-home, and no judges ‘save’ at play to decide the final fate of the season, here is how it went down when the results were revealed,

In fourth place was Justina Machado and her partner, Sasha Farber.  In third place was Nelly and his pro partner Daniella Karagach,  That left two of the top celebrity dancers in the entire field as Tyra Banks handed down the results as Kaitlyn Bristowe and Nev Shulman held on to their partners for life hoping their name would be called.

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Next, Tyra announced that it was former ‘Bachelorette’ Kaitlyn Bristowe and her partner Artem Chigvintsev who won it all and took the coveted Mirrorball Trophy as a let-down Nev Shulman and his partner, Jenna Johnson looked on.

Interesting enough, Bristowe follows former ‘Bachelorette’ Hannah Brown as the champ of the ballroom dance floor competition, as Brown won the previous season 28

So, did the right couple win season 29 of DWTS? Let us know via the comment section below. But first check out Kaitlyn and Nev’s final performances that helped determine the winner.

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