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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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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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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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