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Glee's Amber Riley Bests OLTL's Corbin Bleu & Is Named Champion Of Dancing with the Stars 17!

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After weeks and weeks of competition, it all came down to the two celebrities that did seem the odds-on favorites to win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy on season 17 of the ABC ballroom dance competition series, Dancing with the Stars!

Last night, after performing one final dance, a fusion combo, Glee’s Amber Riley and her partner, now a five-time champion, Derek Hough, landed the only perfect 30, and with a late surge in the competition in the final weeks, things seemed to be going their way.

As for One Life to Live and High School Musical star, Corbin Bleu and his partner, Karina Smirnoff, they landed a 27 with their fusion combo, but even though the judges cited Bleu for falling out of synch with Smirnoff, he later conceded that he was so lost in the moment of this being his final dance with Karina ,and his adoration for her, that may have been the cause.  All throughout the season, Corbin showed incredible dance prowess and truly seemed to be the strongest dancer in the competition.

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After the emotional favorites, Jack Osbourne and dance partner, Cheryl Burke received third place, it came down to Amber and Derek and Corbin and Karina, and in the end … it was Amber Riley (who has battled  through knee problems throughout the competition) and Derek Hough who were voted the Mirror Ball Trophy!  Riley said she wanted to show women everywhere, no matter what size, if you put your mind to something you can have a favorable and wonderful outcome.  For One Life to Live’s Corbin Bleu, a terrific season where viewer sentiment could have leaned more towards Amber Riley which in the end that could have cost him the title, in what he related was one of the highlights of his professional career … getting to be on DWTS and to dance with Karina.

So, what did you think of Amber Riley winning DWTS? Did the right celebrity take home the Mirror Ball Trophy? Comment below!

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Lois
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Lois

Amber was amazing. But she was not my choice to win. I wanted another pro to have the chance to win with their celebrity. I wanted Bill but realistically I knew he wouldn’t. I wanted either Jack or Corbin.

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

Amber was ok but i liked Corbin better!

emlons
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emlons

I am glad amber won, but I would have liked to have seen Leah win or male it to the final. Because she truly is a non dancer and she improved so much

Mary SF
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Mary SF

Amber surprised me. When the match ups were first announced I thought they gave Derek the overweight celeb on purpose so he wouldn’t win again– but dang that girl prove them all wrong– she could move and dance her heart out. I honestly don’t know if she would have won without Derek because the man is genius choreographer who just seems to have a knack for bringing out the best in his partner and making them the star. So although I hated that Derek got a 5th mirror ball– it was a well deserved win for Amber.

Nikki
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Nikki

I was rooting for Jack to win. For someone who had zero dance experience, plus a debilitating disease like MS, it was amazing how much he improved and how many weeks he could do with his condition. He truly was inspiring.

Jeff
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Jeff

The fix was in. There was no way that Derek was going to lose face after winning an Emmy for his choreography. From what I’ve read, he’s ready to bolt DWTS and this might reel in his ego for one more year.

Joshua
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Joshua

This is completely non-soap related.

And don’t bring up the Corbin Bluecard. He was as much of “One Life to Live” as my cat.

Robert Lee
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Robert Lee

amber totally deserve the win Corbin was awesome Jack was amazing and I’m really glad bill went home however he was entertaining to watch too

mollie
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mollie

My pick was 1st Amber and 2nd Corbin. They both the tops. I have to say that Amber surprised me because, dang, that girl can move and she puts it all out there–heart and soul. Corbin is charming and talented as well. I have zero problem with Derek H. winning again. I think he is fantastic and the very best pro…though Karina is also smashingly good. In general, I think viewers don’t respond as well to men “stars” because their female pro does most of the flashy dancing. Where as the female “star” does most of the flashy dancing with… Read more »

mo
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mo

I didn’t watch much of the finale. I wasn’t invested in any of the finalists. I did vote for Corbin, just thought he was better over the season. I vote for the star, not the pro.

This season didn’t really excite me. I hope they get better stars next season.

kaffe
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kaffe

Amber was the best
Congrats to her!!!!!!
Corbin slightly behind

Bill was the worst(was the Repub.voting him ??????????)

But Corbin danced his ass off!!!

Charday
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Charday

Amber could move, especially for a big girl, but I was rooting for Corbin.

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WATCH: Cast of Y&R Recite Maya Angelou’s ‘Equality’ in Honor of Black History Month & Women’s History Month

As Black History Month comes to a close and with Women’s History Month beginning next week, Sony Pictures Television has released a viral video featuring several of the cast of The Young and the Restless reciting the words of Maya Angelou’s important poem and work, Equality.

Participating in the video are Y&R cast members: Mishael Morgan (Amanda) Jason Thompson (Billy), Jordi Vilasuso (Rey), Bryton James (Devon), Michelle Stafford (Phyllis), Brytni Sarpy (Elena), Sean Dominic (Nate), Camryn Grimes (Mariah), Christian LeBlanc (Michael), and Christel Khalil (Lily).

Equality was first published in 1990 and was said to address how black women are seen and treated in the eyes of men, and calls for an end to gender and racial inequality.

Watch  and listen to the important words of Maya Angelou performed by the cast below.

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Emmanuel Acho Replaces Chris Harrison as Host of ‘The Bachelor’ Finale ‘After the Final Rose’ Special

Former NFL linebacker and Fox Sports analyst and host of the weekly web series Uncomfortable Conversations With a Black Man, Emmnauel Acho has gotten the nod to replace longtime ‘Bachelor’ franchise host, Chris Harrison, for this season’s ‘After the Final Rose’ special.

On Saturday, in an Instagram post confirming the news, Acho wrote, “I’ve accepted the Rose and am honored to be hosting the @bachelorabc After the Final Rose this year. It’s been a pivotal season, and this episode will hopefully be one of the most storied shows in TV history. Empathy is needed and change is coming. Share the news! I’ll see y’all then!”

Previously, Chris Harrison revealed that he was stepping aside from The Bachelor after he made controversial remarks to Rachel Lindsey during her interview with him on Extra.  At that time, Harrison and Lindsey, who was the first Black Bachelorette in the series history, were discussing current contestant Rachael Kirkconnell’s controversy, which included photos of her attending an antebellum-themed college party in 2018, and allegedly liking and sharing social media posts with the Confederate flag and Qanon conspiracies.  Harrison’s comments seemed to indicate he felt people were passing judgement on Kirkconnell on this time of ‘cancel culture’ in our society.  Those remarks inflamed viewers and Lindsey.  As Bachelor Nation knows this season featured Matt James as the first Black bachelor ever within the franchise.

As for Acho, he will anchor the After the Rose special airing on Monday, March 15, immediately following the season finale of The Bachelor. He will sit down with James as well as the three finalists Kirkconnell, Michelle Young and Bri Springs, which is said to include talon the past racist remarks made by Kirkconnell and Harrison’s exit for the special.

So, what do you think about ABC’s choice to replace Chris Harrison for the ‘After the Final Rose” special?  Has this whole season of ‘The Bachelor’ backfired when it should have been groundbreaking? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

 

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‘Pine Valley’s’ Leo Richardson Teases First Episode Script of All My Children Primetime Reboot

On Friday, soap fans were abuzz on Twitter, when head writer and executive producer, Leo Richardson of the All My Children reboot in development, showed off the script cover of the pilot and first episode of Pine Valley.

The series is currently in the works over at ABC with former AMC favorites, Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos and Rebel’s Andrew Stearn as the other executive producers.

Richardson shared along with the script pic, “A year and a half of work comes down to just 60 pages. And off she goes… #PineValley””

Fans of All My Children are thrilled at Richardson’s news and now will await word on what will happen with the proposed show.

Leo has also written the long-running British soap, EastEnders and for Lee Daniel’s Star.

Check out his tweet below.  (UPDATED: Since this original posting, Richardson’s tweet was taken down)

Now, let us know if you are excited to find out just what characters are in the script of Pine Valley in the comment section.

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