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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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James McDonald
James McDonald

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
Timmm

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

jimh(leave it to beaver)
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
Timmm

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

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

To bad Cheech wasnt on the show too…

Mary SF
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 and him have their work cut out for them.

davlestev1
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
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 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.

Tsuds
Tsuds

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

Elite Advisors
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
Timmm

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

janet
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
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
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 Kathleen Gati and Michelle Stafford Deliver The Power Performance of The Week!

A grieving mother and sister found themselves stuck in a revenge plot gone haywire, that provided the backdrop in which two accomplished actresses; Kathleen Gati (Liesl) and Michelle Stafford (Nina) were able to shine on episodes of General Hospital.

Although Peter’s kidnapping went on far too long, and fans on social media have their own viewpoints as to what they think of Mr. August aka Henrik Faison (Wes Ramsey), the final week of taking Peter hostage to torment him as payback for his part in Nathan’s death; gave Gati and Stafford scenes from the comedic, to the emotional, to the cray-cray, and more..

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On Thursday’s episode, Nina is trying to talk down Liesl from torching the place, but Liesl is becoming more unhinged and more grief-stricken.  She says to Nina, “I lost my son.  I gave Nathan up to protect him.  I spent my life not even daring to gaze in his direction for fear that Cesar would take him.  I never wanted my son to be like him, and now my beautiful boy is buried in the ground, while the other son is still breathing!  So, I must finish this my way, Nina  …  with or without you!”

Pleading, an emotional Nina responds: “Aunt Liesl, you are not the only one who lost time with Nathan.  I did, too.  I missed him growing up.  I missed his childhood, and seeing the incredible man he turned into.  I feel his absence and I feel the loss every second of every day.  I hate Faison, and I will for the rest of my life, and I hate Anna (Finola Hughes) just like you did, but that does not justify what I have done… being an accomplice in this crazy revenge.  None of that is going to bring my brother back.”   Nina goes on to say:  “I knew J would not want his mother grieving alone. This isn’t grief anymore … this is madness.”

Obrecht with rage and sadness in her eyes says, “The brightest souls like my Nathan are extinguished.”  And from there, as viewers know by now, Liesl sets the fire, which sets the stage for Nina’s rescue, and the Friday cliffhanger of Finn (Michael Easton) having to decide whether to go in the burning building and get Peter out, or not.

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Later on the pier, a stoic, but grief-stricken Liesl is arrested.  She spitefully tells Curtis (Donnell Turner) and Jordan (Vinessa Antoine), “Tell Anna something for me: ‘Now we are even!”‘

Earlier in the week, we saw how Kathleen Gati navigated the comedic yet dramatic moments as she had to knock Franco (Roger Howarth) out, while she was trying to get back to Spoon Island, as he realized Obrecht was the guilty party who took Peter.

Gati has made Obrecht, this one-of-a-kind character, come to life, no matter what the circumstances the writers put her in.  And as for Michelle Stafford, when Nina spoke of her brother and the loss she continues to feel, it was one of the most on-the-money moments for anyone who has lost a sibling that they looked to.

So, even through some of the absurdity of the circumstances, and as they were portraying two women trying to figure their way out of the mess they created,  Gati and Stafford never faltered as they committed to the material, and delivered this week’s Power Performance of the Week.

Share your thoughts on the performances of Kathleen and Michelle and what stood out to you via the comment section below.

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GH’s Billy Miller Lands Role In Apple’s Upcoming Thriller Series, ARE YOU SLEEPING

Exciting casting news for mutli-Daytime Emmy winner, Billy Miller (Drew, General Hospital).  Miller has been cast in the upcoming drama series thriller, Are you Sleeping to be on Apple’s streaming platform.

Are you Sleeping stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer along with Lizzy Caplan, and Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) with another Oscar winner, Reese Witherspoon serving as one of the series executive producers with the project through her production company, Hello Sunshine.

According to Deadline: Are You Sleeping, is based on the true-crime novel by Kathleen Barber,and provides a unique glimpse into America’s obsession with true-crime podcasts and challenges its viewers to consider the consequences when the pursuit of justice is placed on a public stage.

Code Black’s Moon Bloodgood is also set as a series regular. Brett Cullen (Devious Maids) and Hunter Doohan, will recur along with Miller.

In story, Octavia Spencer stars as Poppy Parnell, a relentless investigative reporter who looks to uncover the truth behind a decades-old questionable murder verdict through her new podcast. Caplan plays twin sisters Josie and Lanie, whose father’s murder decades ago is examined on the podcast. Paul plays convicted murderer Warren Cave, whose guilt or innocence has remained a question in many people’s minds for the past 20 years.

Miller will play the role of Lanie’s husband, Alex Dunn.

Elizabeth Perkins, Mekhi Phifer, Michael Beach, Tracie Thoms, Haneefah Wood and Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) also co-star in the series.

So, looks like Billy will be a part of a star-studded cast! Excited to see him in this role? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Does GH’s Margaux Have A Connection To Someone In Port Charles? If So, Who?

This week, General Hospital viewers saw that the ABC daytime drama series is teasing a potential pairing of Drew (Billy Miller) and the new district attorney in town, Margaux Dawson (Elizabeth Hendrickson), after the two characters run into each other at a concession stand at the cancelled baseball game.

As fans of the soap genre know, Miller and Hendrickson also played former love interests on The Young and the Restless as Billy Abbott and Chloe Mitchell.

During Hendrickson’s first #AskGH live Twitter Q&A when asked: “Is your character connected to someone on the show?”  Elizabeth responded: “As of now Margaux is new to town … but you never know, there may be some connection that has not be revealed yet :)”

That tweet has left fans speculating if perhaps Margaux, has an ex in Port Charles, is tied to a major family in someway, or perhaps has some legal trouble past?

Recently on GH. when Chase (Josh Swickard) arrived on the scene as the new cop (following Nathan’s (Ryan Paevey) untimely death), it was later revealed that he was actually the half-brother to Finn (Michael Easton).  And as we know in the soaps, connections are usually the key to more long term success in a role, rather than being just a standalone character, but there have been exceptions.

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So, who would you like to see Margaux have a connection to on GH?  What do you think will happen with her character? Comment below.

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