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DWTS All-Stars Finale: Melissa & Tony Crowned Champs! GH's Kelly & Val Take Third!

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After performing one last dance routine in the Insta-dance round, the three finalists for the Mirror Ball Trophy gave their all as the season 15 season champs were crowned tonight on the finale of Dancing with the Stars All-Stars.

General Hospital’s Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy performed the jive which was fun, bouncy, and sexy all at the same time.  After their final performance, judge Carrie Ann Inaba said of Kelly and Val, “They’ve won our hearts.”  Kelly and Val scored a 28,5 for their last dance.  However, just before receiving their scores, leave it to DWTS All-Stars co-host, Brooke Burke-Charvet to once again try to get the scoop on what exactly is going on between Kelly and Val, whose chemistry is undeniable.  Kelly revealed, “Listen, I hope everybody can have friendships like this. This is the foundation of an amazing friendship.”  “It’s unconditional love,” Val adds,  “It doesn’t have to be boyfriend and girlfriend.”

But in the end, when it was time to get down to the results, it was Kelly and Val who were sent home first, ending their season in a more than respectable third place finish! After being eliminated Monaco said, “It’s a completely different experience for me than season one. The journey was amazing.  This guy is the most incredible man and he’s the most talented dancer out there.”

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That left two powerhouse dance couples Olympian Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough vs. Reality star and TV host (and former Dallas Cowboy cheerleader) Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani.

And when host Tom Bergeron revealed the winner, it was Melissa and Tony who got the prize and two very special Mirror Ball Trophies! What was so special about their win was that they were the only couple to not to have previously won a season of DWTS.  And as for the very popular Dovolani, it took 14 seasons for him to score his first victory.  From the on set celebration, you could genuinely tell that the cast, and especially the professional dancers were thrilled for him.

So are you happy that Melissa and Tony were crowned the champs? Do you think it should have been Shawn and Derek, or Kelly and Val, instead?  And do you believe that Kelly and Val are just very dear friends?  Weigh-in!  Plus, make sure to watch Good Morning America tomorrow morning when the three couples jet to New York for a very special interview!

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Loretta Justice Jamar
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Loretta Justice Jamar

I definitely think Kelly + Val were the best but Val doesn’t have the following that Derek and Tony have, so I knew they wouldn’t win but was hoping that Shawn + Derek would if Kelly/Val didn’t but NOT Melissa and Tony. She has no rhythm and they are boring.

Sharon
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Sharon

I’m disappointed that Kelly didn’t win as I thought her dances, especially last weeks and last night and tonight were the best of all!!! I felt that the judges deliberately graded her on a different scale than the others based on their own personal preferences for the entire season. Melissa’s first dance last night was great but her second not so much. And yet she got all 10s and Kelly’s beautifully danced freestyle got 9 1/2s! And Melissa’s dance tonight was terrible but she got the same exact score as Kelly whose instant dance was absolutely fantastic and deserved all… Read more »

Sunnee
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Sunnee

It seemed to be a sit up from the start, because Melissa was not that good and yet she keep getting high scores from the judges. Why didn’t they put up the total for fans votes? Kelly and Shawn robbed before they even danced. Mel always had some reason why she couldn’nt do this or that and her partner run his mouth to much. Kelly and Shawn didn’r have a chance. Show up the numbers of fan votes,we how what the judges did to keep her in.

Carly
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Carly

Sharon .. I agree with you a 100% and I would like to add that Melissa didn’t have any passion when she danced… she was like a robot. Like you said …. I think it was fixed from the beginning, and Shawn was doing gymnastics NOT dance ……

margie
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margie

Our Kelly I wish.

Elhu
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Elhu

All three couples did exceptionally well and earned their spot in the final three, and while I love and was pulling for Kelly and Val, Melissa and Tony deserved the win. Much congratulations to all !!!! As for are they or aren’t they a real couple, it certainly looks like they are (astounding chemistry and respect for eachother), and they sure do make an adorable couple, but if Kelly said this is an “amazing friendship” than I will go with that, because what happens off of the dance floor is their business.

rebecca
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rebecca

LOVED that Tony won! Seems like a terrific guy…great dancer/choreograher…great spirit…perfect pairing with Melissa. His happiness emanated from the screen!

As for Kelly and Val; I’d think they were just friends since her boyfriend sat in the audience next to Nancy Lee Graham the entire season!

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mo

YES! I’m thrilled that Melissa and Tony won. I was rooting for them the first time around and even more this time.

All three did great with their instant dances.

Kelly and Val came in third, which was right. They seem like they have a great connection and could be more than friends, but I read Kelly has a bf so maybe they’re just really good friends. Whatever. Enjoyed their dancing and am happy they made a new friend.

CONGRATULATIONS MELISSA AND TONY!

Enaira
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Enaira

I think it’s great that Kelly and Val placed third since she’s already got a mirror ball trophy. Over the last few weeks Melissa and Tony really stepped it up and showed us what they’re made of. You just never know with DWTS so I’ve always got my DISH Hopper recording the new episodes each week once the show is back on the air and thanks to PrimeTime Anytime it does it automatically on the big four networks. I was really impressed with their dances the night before the big finale and their scores. The judges saw their growth as… Read more »

Ces
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Ces

I was pulling for Kelly and Val all season and they made it to the 3 spot which is a great accomplishment, however, Melissa & Shawn were really, really good!!

I think DWTS got it right with Melissa & Tony. They led the leaderboard with perfect scores, had they not won then Shawn and Derek would have been my choice.

In the end, perhaps Kelly & Val got something even bigger than the trophy – they found each other 🙂

Solonge Vaden
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Solonge Vaden

Who is Mel? I do not believe that she has a fan base as large as Kelly and Shawn. Lets see the number of fan votes for them. She was always complaining about something on her and her partner talked to damn much. this is bull. POST the numbers!

Mary SF
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Mary SF

I agree the numbers should be posted, there should be some form of accountability to ensure the home votes are being counted accurately and fairly. This would remove the stigma the show has had for years that votes are tampered with in some manner.

Carly
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Carly

I didn’t know who Mel was either until my sister filled me in .. she won a Bachelor show once and then the guy dumped her and went with the runner up! I think she got pity votes from all the “Bachelor” show watchers???

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Melissa and Tony were the sentimental favorite, more for Ton’y’s sake than hers. Every year the show pairs him with the worse dancers and pair the better ones with the pro darlings like Derek and Mark. On Melissa’s original season she was a last minute substitution for Nancy O Dell who would have never made the finals. So this was Tony’s second and most likely last chance for a mirror ball, so I am glad he got it.

aria
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aria

Kelly did great, everyone did, but kelly proved that she deserved to win in the first season, i doubt if john hurley would of made it this far this time around.

Christy
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Christy

of the three, I was rooting for Melissa and Tony to win. If not them, then Shawn, so it actually went in that order. So happy for Melissa!

susan M.
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susan M.

Third time is a charm! Maybe Kelly will try DWTS again..

Marisa
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Marisa

Let’s face it the contest is FIXED. Any fool could see it.

Doe
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Doe

I think some of the fans are right about the judging.Why bother to vote on line or call in if we never know the numbers totals by the fans? I do agree that Shawn is a gymnast first and foremost which precludes actually just dancing.I love Kelly and Val, but i thought all along it would be Melissa and Tony. and I’m glad he won after so many years. Let’s face it..this was great entertainment all around..

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WATCH: The Cast of ‘Studio City’ Talk On the Latest Five Episodes & The Making of the Critically-Acclaimed Digital Drama

It’s one of the most talked about digital dramas out there, with a look and feel all its own, containing smart, witty, and dramatic plots and dialogue, and stellar performances abound.

In Amazon Prime’s Studio City, the story about life on a soap in front of the camera juxtaposed with the often harsh reality of life behind the scenes, will have any fan of the genre getting a kick out of some of the very familiar soap tropes contained within balanced with the five-hankie moments throughout  And now, Studio City has dropped their latest five episodes picking the story back up from where it left off.

Michael Fairman chatted with the cast of Studio City in his latest interview for The Michael Fairman Channel on You Tube. Those taking part in this virtual conversation included: Sean Kanan (Sam), Sarah Joy Brown (Laurie), Tristan Rogers (Doc), Carolyn Hennesy (Gloria), Scott Turner Schofield (Max), Anna Maria Horsford (Jolene), and Justin Torkildesn (Jacob).  Ronn Moss, who also appears in the series playing a version of himself, was filming a movie during the scheduling of this chat, but his presence is felt when some hilarious moments featuring him and Sean Kanan were discussed.

Soap fans know these actors very well.  Kanan, Brown, Hennesy and Rogers have all, or are presently appearing, on General Hospital.  B&B fans recognize Torkilden, Horsford, Moss, and Schofield along with Kanan from their work on the CBS Daytime drama.

Getting a show up and running and then taped during the Covid-19 pandemic is no easy task as Kanan shared in the group interview.  As well, Anna Maria Horsford and Sarah Joy Brown share how they came to their parts and the rapid-fire pace in which their scenes were shot.  Tristan Rogers, who won a Daytime Emmy last year for his performance as Doc, gives another heartbreaking turn, and reveals his thoughts on the work he did, plus shares his remembrances of his late friend and GH co-star, John Reilly.

Scott Turner Schofield talks about how Sean and his wife Michele Kanan, two of the creators of the show, have given him and the transgender community a space with Max’s storyline in Studio City.  GH favorite, Carolyn Hennesy shares how she crafted her role of Gloria, the executive producer, after Jill Farren Phelps, and Daytime Emmy winner Justin Torkildsen shares how he wound up with a part in the digital drama and the scenes he shares with Hennesy.

You can check out the full Studio City cast interview below.  Then let us know, have you checked out the series? What have been your favorite moments and performances in it? Let us know in the comment section.

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GH’s Lisa LoCicero Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

This week on General Hospital the truth came out on all fronts; as Olivia (Lisa LoCicero) put two and two together and realized Ned (Wally Kurth) cheated on her with Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn).  Meanwhile, Alexis figured out Tracy (Jane Elliot) framed her to make it look like she passed out drunk behind the wheel.

Throughout, there were great performances from Wally Kurth, Jane Elliot and Nancy Lee Grahn, but it was soap vet, Lisa LoCicero, who for us was given the material and stole the show with her heartbreaking performances as a woman scorned.

LoCicero plays Olivia Falconeri from Bensonhurst, so believably, that viewers understand her every woman, who married into the well-to-do Quatermaines, and who has a much higher moral and ethical standard then the Q’s.

In key scenes at the Quartermaine mansion, Olivia confronts Ned about the night he never came home, and she wants the truth.  She also rightly accuses Tracy on being part of the cover-up.  A caught Ned confesses.  He tells Olivia he was in a terrible place, and jumped to the wrong conclusion about her and Robert (Tristan Rogers), and began drinking, which Sam (Kelly Monaco) overhears and can’t believe he was drinking with an alcoholic. Olivia says that Ned is incapable of being trustworthy after spending his entire life amongst a house full of liars and cheats.  Meanwhile, Alexis shows up in the middle of all this to confront Tracy on her machinations setting the stage for a showdown between Olivia and Alexis.

When Alexis and Olivia talk in private, the former legal eagle apologizes to her friend for sleeping with her husband; saying they both knew it was wrong right after it happened, but Olivia quickly points out that they didn’t seem to stop themselves or think it was wrong, while he was unbuttoning his pants or she was taking off her blouse!

Olivia stands her ground through her devastation and is appalled that Alexis calls her a “friend” and how she is only showing remorse because she has been caught!

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When Ned tries to talk to Olivia and professes how much he loves her and how sorry he is for having sex in a drunken stupor with Alexis, Olivia is gut-punched.  Ned continually says he thought Olivia and Robert hooked-up thanks to Brook Lynn deleting messages meant for Ned.  The fact that he would assume the worst of her, only made things worse for Ned, and then to go as far as having revenge sex with Alexis, made Olivia feel her husband had sunk to new lows.

It is then Olivia has a moment of reckoning; wondering what is her role in the Quartermaine family anyway, and how she doesn’t really fit in.  Ned promises to wait for her and begs her not to give up on them.  When he leaves, Liv breaks down … her marriage in pieces and betrayed by all those she thought she could trust.

Each of the aforementioned moments were played to perfection by LoCicero, leaving the audience wondering just what will Olivia do next and how will she bounce back from this betrayal.  That is why Michael Fairman TV names Lisa our pick for The Power Performance of the Week.  And, if it’s one thing we know about Olivia, she is a scrappy fighter, a survivor, and in the capable hands of this actress, we will be rooting for her all along the way.

So, what did you think of the performance of Lisa LoCicero?  Do you hope Olivia and Ned work things out and they stay together, or do you want to see if she and Robert Scorpio might have a new romance? Comment below.

 

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Lexi Ainsworth Teases Her Return to General Hospital

With her father Sonny Corinthos (Maurice Benard) presumed dead (although viewers know he is very much alive with amnesia), it looks like Kristina is on her way back to Port Charles – which would be a welcome return to the role for Daytime Emmy winner Lexi Ainsworth.

Rumors began circulating on Inauguration day Wednesday, when Ainsworth shared a pic on her Instagram Story of her watching the ceremonies from a dressing room at Prospect Studios in Los Angeles, where GH is taped.

Later, after reports had surfaced on social media that Ainsworth might be returning to her signature role, the actress shared some of those on her Instagram Story as well, which was seen as her way of confirming she is back on the show.

Lexi has been recurring on General Hospital for the last several years, so there is no telling how long she will be on-screen this time.

While there has been no official confirmation from GH, chances are that if there is a funeral ahead for Sonny, Kristina of course would be there to mourn her father. Stay tuned.

So, excited that Lexi will be back on-air on GH? Comment below.

 

 

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