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Who Will Win DWTS? The Latin Soap Star, The Football Player, Or The Opera Diva?

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It all comes down tonight’s Dancing with the Stars Finale!  After they perform one more dance, that was given to the three couples in the running for the Mirror Ball Trophy shortly after last night’s episode, combined with the at home vote, we will know who will take home the trophy in the most hotly contested finale in the 14 seasons of the smash hit ballroom dance series!

A look at last night makes it a very tight race to the finish line:  Latin soap star and heartthrob William Levy and his partner, Cheryl Burke were first up with their do-over Cha-Cha, and then for their final number of the night the Freestyle, buttons were a poppin and hips were grinding on the very sexy Levy!  The judges gave Levy and Burke a perfect 30 for their Cha-Cha and a 29 for their Freestyle.

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Katherine Jenkins the opera singer, and her dance partner Mark Ballas were given the Paso-Doble to redo by the judges for the final round and the judges went nuts with Bruno Tonioli yelling, “Technical Brilliance!”  Needless to say the duo scored a perfect 30 for their dance, and then topped themselves in the Freestyle routine!  Jenkins even sang, and then she and Ballas launched into a melting pot of a Lindy hop swing dance! Judge Carrie Ann Inaba yelped after, “The dance of a champion!” Once again Jenkins and Ballas scored a perfect 30 leaving them at the top of the leaderboard at the end of the night’s competition.

But then there is Green Bay Packer all-star wide receiver, Donald Driver and his partner Peta Murgatroyd, who wanted to pull out all the stops to give Driver his first perfect score of the season!  First up, they had to performer a redo of the Argentine Tango.  And, even though the judges all loved the performance, judge Len Goodman still refused to give Driver a perfect 10   So the duo left the dance floor with a 29!

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However, then came the Freestyle in which Driver delivered the performance of the night with his original Texas country-style routine dressed in the green and gold of the Green Bay Packers and complete with a football field projected on the dance floor!  And with that, Driver won over the in-studio crowd and the judges and received for the first time in the competition, a perfect score of 30!

So who should win Dancing with the Stars tonight?  Levy, Jenkins or Driver? Let us know who you think will win and who you are rooting for! Watch Driver’s fantastic Freestyle below!  And don’t forget to watch the Results Show tonight on ABC.

 

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I don’t watch ABC anymore since they cancelled the soaps, but GO DD!!! Love Donald Driver and my husband and I actually peeked in on DWTS one night just to see how he was doing. Hope he goes all the way. He’s more than just a great football player, he is an awesome and inspirational human being. I almost watched ABC just to see him;)

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WOW! Apparently DD’s a great dancer too! Thanks for the video, Michael.

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They all did really well. It’s hard to choose a winner. Too bad they can’t all win.

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Yeah DD wins! A great competitor and a class act.

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AW and OLTL Alum, Robyn Griggs Dead at 49

In more heartbreaking soap news this weekend, Robyn Griggs had lost her battle with cancer.  The actress, best-known to daytime viewers as Stephanie on One Life to Live and Maggie on Another World, passed away at age 49.

The news came on Saturday via Griggs’ official Facebook posted, where in a statement it noted: “Hi everyone, With a heavy heart, I am saddened to announce Robyn’s passing. However, she is no longer suffering and would want us to remember that and the good memories. I will never forget how open she was to telling her story, and accepting of me helping her tell it. She wanted to help people and spread the word of her story to do it. I was honored to do so. RIP my friend, I love you and smile when I think of you.”

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From 1991-1992, Griggs found her first soap success playing the part of One Life’s Stephanie Hobart.  Later, in 1993-1995, she played AW’s Maggie Cory.  Robyn was also a singer and signed a recording deal with RCA Records.

Robyn had been battling stage 4 Endocervical Adeno cancer.  Back on July 7th, Griggs had taken a turn for the worse, sharing on Facebook, “Unfortunately, I have 4 new tumors …2 new tumors on my liver, one on the abdominal muscle, and a large one on the right side lymph node.” On August 11th, her father shared Robyn was put into hospice care.

Share your remembrances and condolences for Robyn Griggs Riley and her loved ones in the comment section below.

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Anne Heche, ‘Another World’ Alum and TV and Film Star, Dead at 53

Following a catastrophic brain injury from crashing her car into a home last week and suffering severe burns, actress Anne Heche has been declared brain-dead at the age of 53.

In a statement from a rep for Heche’s friends and family, they expressed: “Today we lost a bright light, a kind and most joyful soul, a loving mother, and a loyal friend.  Anne will be deeply missed but she lives on through her beautiful sons, her iconic body of work, and her passionate advocacy. Her bravery for always standing in her truth, spreading her message of love and acceptance, will continue to have a lasting impact.”

Heche is legally dead according to California law, although her heart is still beating she has not been taken off life support in order to allow for organ donations to take place and to find the right recipients.

 

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Anne’s eldest son, Homer 20, said in a statement to PEOPLE on his mom’s passing:  “My brother Atlas and I lost our Mom. After six days of almost unbelievable emotional swings, I am left with a deep, wordless sadness. Hopefully my mom is free from pain and beginning to explore what I like to imagine as her eternal freedom. Over those six days, thousands of friends, family, and fans made their hearts known to me. I am grateful for their love, as I am for the support of my Dad, Coley, and my stepmom Alexi who continue to be my rock during this time. Rest In Peace Mom, I love you.”

The talented actress is best-known to soap opera fans for her Daytime Emmy-winning dual roles as twins, Vicky and Marley Hudson on Another World.  She had two sons, Homer with her ex Coley Laffoon and Atlas, 13, with actor James Tupper.

Throughout her career Heche appeared on TV shows and films includingL Men in Trees, If These Walls Could TalkDonnie BrascoI Know What You Did Last SummerSix Days, Seven Nights, and Gus Van Zant’s 1998 remake of Psycho. Back in 2020, Anne became a celebrity contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.

Heche’s stormy relationship with Ellen DeGeneres made headlines throughout her career, and today, DeGeneres shared: “This is a sad day. I’m sending Anne’s children, family and friends all of my love.”

Michael Fairman chatted with Anne back in 2020, in a memorable conversation for You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel touching upon her career start on Another World, being a champion for the LGBTQ community, her relationship with DeGeneres, the ups and down in her career, and her demons and childhood past.

You can watch the conversation below.

Now, share your thoughts, condolences, and remembrances for Anne Heche via the comment section.

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Anne Heche ‘Not Expected to Survive’; Suffered Severe Brain Injury From Fiery Crash

In just heartbreaking news, Daytime Emmy-winner, Anne Heche (Ex-Vicky/Marley, Another World), is not expected to survive after days in the hospital following being severely burned in a fiery car crash when her vehicle struck a home in Mar Vista, California last Friday.

According to family and friends of the motion picture and television star in a statement, “Unfortunately, due to her accident, Anne Heche suffered a severe anoxic brain injury and remains in a coma, in critical condition. She is not expected to survive. It has long been her choice to donate her organs and she is being kept on life support to determine if any are viable.”  Deadline notes, the actress will be taken off life-support.

The statement went on to say, “We want to thank everyone for their kind wishes and prayers for Anne’s recovery and thank the dedicated staff and wonderful nurses that cared for Anne at the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills hospital.  More than her extraordinary talent, she saw spreading kindness and joy as her life’s work — especially moving the needle for acceptance of who you love. She will be remembered for her courageous honesty and dearly missed for her light.”

There are plans for Heche to get an Honor Walk, which is a hero’s goodbye donor patients receive by hospital staff as they are wheeled into the operating room in their final journey.

Heche will be featured on Lifetime’s Girl in Room 13, set to premiere this fall in September. Lifetime’s Executive VP  and head of programming, Amy Winter, revealed earlier this week at the TCA press tour, “As many of you know, Anne remains in critical condition and all of us here at Lifetime are deeply concerned for her and everyone affected. This project is important to Anne, along with each and every one of us. We all sought to make a film that would bring attention to this appalling issue of human sex trafficking.”

In addition, TMZ had reported that following toxicology reports, Cocaine was found in Heche’s system following the crash. They also found fentanyl. However,  sources say fentanyl can often be used as a pain medication in hospitals, so there is no confirmation that it was in Anne’s system at the time of the crash.

Anne was an amazing actress with such a tortured life.  We send thoughts and prayers to all her loved ones during this difficult time.  Share your thoughts on the latest update on Anne in the comment section below.

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