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



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.

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

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!!!

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

To bad Cheech wasnt on the show too…

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 and him have their work cut out for them.

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.

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 you said the best stars are those who truly want to be there and really want to put on a good show for us. I will take a hundred Bill Nyes over one Billy Ray Cyrus who hated every minute he was on. But I at least knew who they were, but other than Antonio and Tommy Chong, this year I never heard of these people and others have said the same thing.

So I wasn’t trying to put down the show–maybe I just misusing the term, A list and B list, because I thought it referred to name recognition, not cool factor– so I was just saying wish there were some more people I heard of on this season. Bu in the end most fans like me, watch the show for the show, and not for the celebs. If the success was just in the celebrities then other shows, like Diving with the Stars, or Skating with the Stars would have been hits too, but they weren’t. Why? Because the real star of Dancing with the Stars, has always been the dancing.

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

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!

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

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 !


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.


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General Hospital’s Adam J. Harrington Weighs-in On John and Carly, and How it’s ‘Starting to Get Very Complicated”

On recent episodes of General Hospital, Carly (Laura Wright) came to John “Jagger” Cates (Adam Harrington) rescue as he was beaten down in an assault. Carly put on her “nurses cap,” sort of speak, and got John to his hotel room and watched over to him, to make sure he didn’t lose consciousness.

GH fans also got their first glimpse of what may be a new romance for Carly, if she and John continue to bond.  If John and Carly were to have a relationship, it would certainly have a ripple effect with Jason (Steve Burton) and Sonny (Maurice Benard).

Adam J. Harrington shared his view on the scenes and what might be next between the two. Speaking to Soap Opera Digest, Harrington shared, “I thought it was written in a way where there’s an understanding and a respect between them both. I don’t think there was any moment where she was not aware that he’s an FBI agent, and there was no moment that he wasn’t aware of her history and relationship to other people in the town. I really liked it. I was really looking forward to shooting it with Laura and we had a really nice time shooting it.”

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When Carly and John part ways, it seems there were some romantic sparks, as Harrington puts it, “Isn’t that interesting that sometimes with people, the one moment they actually show how they feel is when they know there’s an escape hatch. They know they’re about to walk away. So, it’s almost safe in that moment to do it. I thought that was really special about how (the writers) handled John and Carly. Even the music in that scene was beautifully done.”

Where is this all heading? Conflict! Internally and professionally, and as Adam explains, “Who Carly was to John on paper as just a tool to be used as bait is starting to get very complicated.”

What would you think of a John and Carly pairing? Would you prefer him with Anna, or neither of them? Let us know via the comment section and take our poll below.

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General Hospital’s Steve Burton Reveals the Emotional Scene He Almost Could Not Get Through

On a recent episode of General Hospital, Jason received a message from his mother, Monica Quartermaine (Leslie Charleson) via a note. The effect it had on Jason’s portrayer, Steve Burton turned out to be quite visceral.

As GH fans know, although Jason’s bio-mom was Susan Moore, he was raised and adopted by Monica. Speaking on his Daily Drama podcast with his co-host and GH co-star, Bradford Anderson (Spinelli), Steve shared some insight on the difficulties he had getting through that scene.

Burton shared that in the key moment, “Brooklyn (played by Amanda Setton) came in and that’s where she gave me (Jason) the letter from Monica. That was a very hard scene for me to do. That was a tough one. That was the one time I was almost going to call ‘cut!’  It read ‘Jason, I believe in you.’ I was literally going to walk off the set.”

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To clarify and in the story, Monica was saying “I believe in you” and that she knows Jason didn’t shoot Dante (Dominic Zamprogna). Steve added, “It was tough, man. Emotionally, it was a tough scene. It was overwhelming in the moment.”

Steve went on to detail to Anderson, “She (Brook Lynn) pushed it to me and I read it and she was walking out and I had to stop her, but I was so emotional I couldn’t even get it out.  And at that point, I’m like, ‘Do I just keep going … or do I just walk off the set right now?’ But, I knew just to stay, because it’s so hard to get back there, once you shut it down. I knew, the next take wasn’t going to be the same.”

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It’s clear that Leslie Charleson is so missed on-screen as Monica by all of her castmates, and that Jason and Monica had a very special mother/son relationship throughout the decades on GH.

What did you think of the moment when Jason got a note from Monica that said, “I believe in you?” Were you touched as well? Let us know in the comment section. You can check out the latest episode of Steve and Bradford’s podcast below.

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George Russo to Appear on General Hospital as Carmine Cerullo

Coming up, it looks like Brook Lynn’s (Amanda Setton) grandfather, Carmine Cerullo is headed to Port Charles.

According to casting news from the ABC soap opera, George Russo will take on the role. Russo will tape his episode next week on April 15th and will appear on the May 15th episode of the long-running daytime drama series.

If George looks familiar he has been in numerous primetime television shows and motion pictures including: The Offer. Winning Time, Grand Crew and Shameless.

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Longtime GH viewers will recall that Lois’ (Rena Sofer) dad, Carmine, was previously showed up in Port Charles on and off from 1994 to 1996 and was played by John Capudice.

Clearly, it seems that Carmine will be a part of Chase (Josh Swickard) and Brook Lynn’s wedding.  Will it go off without a hitch? Are you looking forward to it? Stay tuned.

Who else would you like to see attend the nuptials? Gloria Cerullo (Ellen Travolta), any other blasts from the pasts who should be present? Let us know in the comment section.

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