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Dancing With The Stars Season 19 Cast Revealed: Antonio Sabato Jr. Paired With Cheryl Burke!

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This morning on Good Morning America, the new season of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars celebrity contestants were announced, and as On-Air On-Soaps previously reported former General Hospital, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Melrose Place star, Antonio Sabato Jr. will be dancing in the competition. This morning we learned that Antonio will be paired with two-time Mirror Ball professional dancer, Cheryl Burke!

DWTS co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced the celebrity cast live today on GMA.  In addition to Sabato Jr., here are the contestants and their pro dance partners: Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas, Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater,  Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe, Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker (Soap fans may remember Bennett played JR Chandler from 2001-2002 on All My Children), Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev, Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff, Janel Parrish (Pretty Little Liars) and Val Chmerkovskiy, Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd, Bethany Mota and Derek Hough, Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani, and Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess.

This season’s cast of celebrity dancers that includes a fashion icon, a YouTube sensation, a NASCAR legend, and a movie star, to name a few will hit the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars, which airs Monday night, September 15th (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET).  One couple will be eliminated on the Dancing with the Stars results show the following day, on Tuesday, September 16th (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

So, do you think Antonio and Cheryl could be one of the early favorites on paper?  Who do you think has the best shot of winning the Mirror Ball from the dance pairs?  Let us know!

 

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I will be watching for Antonio Sabato Jr and Thomas Chong. It would be cool if Richard “Cheech” Marin made an appearance in the audience.

Timmm
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Timmm

He should. C&C reunited and have recently toured.

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

I’d want to see how they dance first before i’d pick a favorite…i usually pick before the show starts and then end up liking someone else!!!

Timmm
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Timmm

Pick Tommy Chong. He will SMOKE the rest of the competition!

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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jimh(leave it to beaver)

To bad Cheech wasnt on the show too…

Mary SF
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Mary SF

The show seems be really scrapping the bottom of the celebrity barrel this year for contestants. I know this show can never attract A list celebrities, but there isn’t even one B list celebrity in this group– or perhaps I’m too out of the loop of who’s in these days. Anyway, don’t know how many soap fans will watch just for Antonio, it seems to me you have to be the fan of the show to enjoy it, rather than just watch for one “celebrity” over another. But I wish him well– Derek seems to win most seasons, so Cheryl… Read more »

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davlestev1

Mary SF the show is good for all types of reasons. You don’t have to be “A-List” -whatever that means-since you’re not outside the most happening club in the city trying to make it through those velvet ropes. I much prefer watching the whole cast of older celebs than the young up and comers who can two step all over everybody else because their careers and lives are just beginning. Give me the old time “B-Lister’s” any season. It’s great to watch. Even the fake meltdowns.. and you really feel the true ones.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I wasn’t dishing the show, just surprise that this crop of stars are so obscure. I been a loyal and faithful viewer since season one and usually there are few stars fairly well known in their field. I got nothing against the older folks, loved Jennifer Grey, Valerie Harper, Jane Seymour, Susan Lucci, and etc. I was talking more about name recognition that’s all, not cool factor, or who’s in who’s out that type of thing, just people I at least heard of. I never expect them get Brad Pitt just to get a name for the show– because like… Read more »

Tsuds
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Tsuds

I agree.. I rarely know anyone on this show.. def will not be watching..

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Elite Advisors

I have to admit, when I read the names of the new cast, I did not recognize most of them! I guess that means I have officially lost my cool factor, as my nephew likes to tell me!

Timmm
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Timmm

Cheryl is VERY good. Those two could win it all!

janet
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janet

Anthony has a good dancer and a good teacher. Cheryl seems to know what her partners strengths are and uses it. I will watch if nothing better is on opposite. But I do not vote because I believe the fix is in. The judges seem to get a lot of ways to nudge in the winners they want !

JUDY
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JUDY

WOW……ITS GETS HARDER EACH YEAR TO REALLY ATTRACT STARS…. BUT THIS YEAR…???…THINK MANY PEOPLE WILL NOT WATCH AND THEY WILL HAVE THEIR LOWEST RATINGS YET!!!!!

jaybird369
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jaybird369

OK…for this upcoming season of DWTS, I want either Alfonso Ribeiro or Lea Thompson to win. As for the rest of them??? Sorry but the rest just don’t interest me at all. Again…sorry.

Peace.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Nina Helps Sonny After Realizing He is Off His Meds

Wednesday’s episode of General Hospital, will no doubt lead to Sonny (Maurice Benard) and Nina (Cynthia Watros) becoming closer, because she was witness, went through, and helped the mobster get help while he was having a manic episode after being off his meds for bipolar disorder.

A disheveled Sonny was outside insulating the kids’ treehouse, didn’t sleep all night, is not eating, and tells Nina – who stayed the night at the Corinthos’ home on the couch – that he feels great.  Then, he tells Nina to stop telling him what to do and to stay out of his way.

Nina panics and calls Britt (Kelly Thiebaud) at the hospital worried that Sonny is off his meds, and she needs medical advice on what to do about it.  Britt tells Nina it’s important to get Sonny to a doctor and not argue with him, but to get him to acknowledge he is having a manic episode.

After the call, Nina asks Sonny not to leave and to explain bipolar disorder to her. He replies it’s like a nightmare but that’s not what’s happening now. Then, he grabs her wrists hard as she stands at the door, as he wants to leave, and Nina tells him, she is hurting her.  Sonny has a moment of realization and insists he does not hurt women. Sonny asks Nina if she is now afraid of him?  She tells him she isn’t. All of a sudden, Sonny feels exhausted.  He sits with Nina and starts to cry and admits he has been off his meds.  She gets him to agree that he needs to see Dr. Sullivan and get a refill.

Sonny and Nina arrive at GH, and Britt shows them to an examining room. Nina wants to make sure he’s OK, before she exits, but Sonny wants to make sure he did not injure her wrists. Nina says she is OK, but you could tell she is emotional from the entire encounter she went through with Sonny.

Maurice Benard took to Twitter within the last 24 hours stating about the storyline which is throwing Sonny’s love life in turmoil and working opposite both Laura Wright (Carly) and Cynthia Watros: “I go where ever it is best for the show and fortunately right now this story is doing well, even better than well, now you may not want to hear that. You already know I love Laura and Cynthia. I keep saying this is between history and change, I think after 20 years change is good.”

So, what did you think of the scenes between Nina and Sonny? Do you agree with us that Nina seeing Sonny having a manic episode will draw them closer together? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Helena, Jennifer Smith & The Ice Princess: What Did You Think of Luke Spencer’s Memorial?

Friday’s episode of General Hospital brought the highly-anticipated story around the apparent death of Port Charles iconic, Luke Spencer (Tony Geary), although many fans, and even some of the cast of the show, are not sold that Luke is “dead” dead.

During the show, characters spoke of some of the history of Luke in Port Charles, most especially Luke’s sister, Bobbie played by Jackie Zeman.  Throughout the years, Zeman is at her best when she is given material through the writing of the show to connect to the history of Luke and Bobbie.  She did so when Bobbie was remembering how Luke came to Port Charles to help her break up Scotty and Laura, in a discussion with her daughter, Carly (Laura Wright).

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As everyone is gathering at the Haunted Star to pay their respects to Luke, Curtis (Donnell Turner) arrives to support Laura (Genie Francis), Felicia (Kristina Wagner) and Anna (Finola Hughes) arrive together, Nikolas (Marcus Coloma) and Ava (Maura West), as well as Spencer (Nicholas Alexander Chavez  also show up. It is through Nikolas’ conversation with Laura that we learn why Luke’s sons, Ethan and Lucky, can’t make the funeral and, of course, we know why Luke’s daughter Lulu can’t make it because she is in a coma!

Victor (Charles Shaughnessy) shows up and snipes at everyone and then leaves.  Tracy (Jane Elliot), who has arranged the memorial, is with an urn supposedly filled with Luke’s ashes and Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) finds her on the deck of the Haunted Star and talks her into giving her planned eulogy.

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Meanwhile, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) finds his dad, Sonny (Maurice Benard) drinking at Charlie’s, and later Scott (Kin Shriner) and Robert (Tristan Rogers) stop in and heated words are exchanged between Sonny and Scott. Victor shows up and instead of Scott and Sonny pummeling each other, they get into a fight against Victor.

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As Scott and Robert are about to be on their way to the Haunted Star, Scott stays behind because of his past with Luke.  Then, Sonny tried to patch things up with Carly before they head to the memorial.

Back on the yacht, Anna and Felicia find a note and a flash drive, after hearing a commotion on the yacht.  When the note says “play me”, none other than Helena Cassadine (Constance Towers) addresses Luke’s friends and family from apparently the great beyond.  As Helena spews her venom against Luke, Laura has enough and pulls the plug on Helena’s video speech.  Tracy looks concerned, like she may want to hear whatever else Helena had to say.

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Next, Tracy does her best in short order to eulogize Luke.  That is juxtaposed with Scott trashing Luke.  Later, by herself on the deck, Tracy spreads Luke’s ashes over the waters of Port Charles. Back on the pier, Scott relishes Luke being gone, and that he is still standing saying, “You lose you son of a bitch!” Just then Luke’s ashes blow in into his face.  When Bobbie arrives, and see Scott full of ashes, she asks what happened.  Scott says, “I caught the bouquet,” an obvious nod to the Luke and Laura wedding of the past, where Scott returned at their wedding and caught the wedding bouquet.

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Back on the Haunted Star, Tracy then has a gift in hand for Laura, but she tells Tracy if that’s the Ice Princess she does not want anything to do with it, and tells Tracy to keep it.  Spencer sees this go down and his interest on the diamond is instantly piqued.

Back at Charlie’s bar, Victor has an ominous toast to Luke saying, “The good people of your fair city are in for a big surprise!”

At the Haunted Star, dressed in black with black veil, Jennifer Smith reveals herself to a shocked Laura.

So, what did you think of Luke’s memorial episode? Favorite parts of it? Least favorite? Share your thoughts in the comment section. But first, check out Helena’s videotaped speech and Tracy’s eulogy to Luke below.

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(WATCH) GH’s Genie Francis Shares: “I Just Have a Hard Time Believing, In My Heart, That The Great Luke Spencer Died in an Accident”

Today’s Friday episode of General Hospital, is set to feature the funeral of the iconic Luke Spencer (Tony Geary).

While family and friends will gather on the Haunted Star to memorialize him, what been teased by the ABC daytime drama is it will also set a whole storyline in motion.

ABC7 entertainment guru, George Pennacchio, spoke to several of the GH cast, who are involved in the episode including: Luke Spencer’s long-time love, Laura played by Genie Francis.

Francis exclaimed on the whole story: “I just have a hard time believing, in my heart, that the great Luke Spencer died in an accident.  No one stays dead on a soap. I don’t know how many times I’ve been dead. Really!”

Genie added: “I feel like they’re setting the stage, really, for a wonderful comeback and I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for that.”

Luke’s longtime friend played by Tristan Rogers (Robert Scorpio) shared: “And has it actually happened? I mean, frankly, we have a little urn about this big that’s supposed to contain him and that’s it.”

And Luke’s sister, Bobbie, played by Jackie Zeman, also weighed-in if Luke is really a-goner: “Sometimes you get these little red herrings so, as you know, George, you know, you never really know.”

Watch Pennacchio chat with the GH stars below.

Now weigh-in, do you believe Luke is very much alive and well? Held captive, or “dead” dead? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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