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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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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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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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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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‘Dancing with the Stars’ Cody Rigsby Tests Positive for COVID-19 Following Dance Partner Cheryl Burke’s Diagnosis

UPDATED: Cody Rigsby, the Peloton fitness instructor, who is competing for the Mirror Ball trophy in the all-new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars has been diagnosed with Covid-19.

The news comes just days after his pro dance partner, Cheryl Burke announced she tested positive for Covid-19 and had to quarantine, thus she and Cody did not dance in the ballroom on Monday night.  However, they were judged by one of their rehearsals, which was pre-taped.

However news on Friday morning revealed that Cody and Cheryl will dance this coming Monday night in a unique format – dancing in separate rooms next week. Good Morning America retweeted the news, from ABc7 Los Angeles correspondent Zohreen Shah. ( You can see the tweet below)

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Previously, now comes word via an Instagram post and message from Rigsby himself  that he, too, is now  sidelined from the competition.

Cody expressed: “I have tested positive for Covid again, the second time this year. I right now have really mild symptoms: congestion, little bit of a headache, cough, but in comparison to when I had Covid earlier this year, it is night and day, so that must be the vaccine and the antibodies working. So we’re super grateful for that. As far as my fate on Dancing With the Stars, we are still trying to figure that out right now, so please be patient with that answer.

In his written post, Rigsby added: ” Hi friends, I wanted to check in with you to share some news. While I am fully vaccinated and took many precautions, following CDC guidelines, I recently tested positive for Covid-19. To properly rest and recover as well as avoid exposing others, I will be taking a break in the coming days. I appreciate all your support, and I’ll be back as soon as I am ready.”

So, what do you think of Cody now being diagnosed with Covid after Cheryl? What do you think about the latest update that they will dance on Monday in a unique format? Share your thoughts below.  We are wishing Cody and Cheryl speedy recoveries!

 

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Cheryl Burke Tests Positive for COVID-19 Ahead of Tonight’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Dancing with the Stars’ Cheryl Burke announced via an emotional Instagram video on her account on Sunday that she was not feeling well, and tested positive for Covid-19.  Burke had been vaccinated and is another breakthrough Covid case.  Burke had been fully vaccinated via Moderna.

Burke’s diagnosis means that she must quarantine for the next ten days and will miss tonight’s second episode of the new season of the ballroom-dance competition series.  She has been partnered with Pelonton’s Cody Rigsby.

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How will Burke’s departure affect Rigsby in terms of the competition? ABC says it will address it on Monday’s night’s show.  However Good Morning America” reported that Rigsby has been tested for COVID-19, and if he comes back negative he will perform with an alternate pro dancer.

It is now also most certain that Burke will miss next week’s show as well.

In her post, Cheryl shared to her fans she was on her way to get a Covid test, then she shared after getting tested: “I am positive which means I have Covid.”

She went on to say, “It’s so overwhelming because it’s Sunday and the show’s tomorrow. I figured I should let you guys know since I’ve been as open and as a real and as vulnerable as I could be here.  I just hope I didn’t spread it. For those of you who don’t think COVID is a real thing, it’s f–king real, dude.”

The pro dancer also related how upset she was to let her celebrity partner, Cody Rigsby, down by having to exit the show for now.

So, what do you think about Burke’s exit from the series and her emotional message? You can watch it below. Then, share your thoughts via the comment section.

 

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Brian Austin Green, Martin Kove (Ex-EON), The Miz, Amanda Kloots, Matt James & More Revealed as Celebrity Contestants In New Season of ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Wednesday morning on Good Morning America, the celebrity contestants were unveiled in full for the upcoming 30th season of Dancing with the Stars.

The ballroom dance competition hosted by Tyra Banks will kick-off on Monday, September 20th at 8pm EST/PST on ABC.

The celebrities include: Brian Austin Green (Ex-90210 and Knots Landing), Martin Kove (Cobra Kai and ex-Romeo, Edge of Night), the WWE’s Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and former ‘Bachelor’ lead, Matt James.

In addition, other celebrities dancing for the Mirror Ball Trophy include: Country singer Jimmie Allen, Spice Girl Melanie C, Christine Chiu (Bling Empire), Melora Hardin (The Office) Social media star Olivia Jade, Gold medal Olympian Suni Lee, Kenya Moore (The Real Housewives of Atlanta), Peloton star instructor Cody Rigsby. NBA star Iman Shumpert, and Popstar JoJo Siwa.

The celebrities and their pro partner will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough.

Watch the video announcement of the cast below and then let us know, who you on paper looks like the top choice to take home the Mirror Ball and what you think of the 30th season cast via the comment section.

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