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Ximena Duque On Her DAYS Debut As Blanca: "At The Beginning She Was Flirting With Rafe, And Then She Ended Up Going Another Route, Which Was Great.”

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On the upcoming Tuesday June 7th episode of Days of our Lives, telenovela star, Ximena Duque makes her American soap opera debut as Blanca, the friend of Rafe’s (Galen Gering) mom, Adriana (Alma Delfina) from Mexico.

Duque, who was first slated to do 10 ten episodes, but revealed maybe she has done up to 25, according to Soap Opera Digest, will definitely be flirting with Rafe Hernandez, who is currently having some romance difficulties with Hope (Kristian Alfonso) at the moment.

In an interview with Yahoo TV, Duque explains about her entrance on to the Salem scene:  “You never know where the character is going to go. I can’t give you that much information, because I want you to see the show, but yes, at the beginning, (Blanca) was flirting with Rafe, and then (she) ended up going another route, which was great.”

When comparing the pace of her telenovela experience to that of daytime soaps, Duque expressed:  “Here in Miami when we shoot a soap opera, we do 20 scenes daily. At Days, they don’t do that many scenes, so even though I had to speak in English, and even though I had to memorize everything in English and that was hard, for me it was also kind of easy because we do a lot more scenes (for telenovelas).”

Duque says she would be open to returning if DAYS would want her back to reprise the role.

Which DAYS dude do you think Ximena’s Blanca will set her attentions on if not Rafe?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

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Mary SF
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Mary SF

Just another character that has nothing to do with any of the core characters — whose relationship with newer characters has all taken place off screen and who will take up air time telling a story that no one will care about– it is like the powers that be over at Days don’t even care anymore, so why should I? Honestly are you tyring to kill the show? If you are going to bring back a former love of Rafe’s to throw a wrench with his romance with Hope, if should be Carrie– they could have changed the paternity of… Read more »

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

A love triangle between Rafe, Hope, and Carrie is laughable. In order for it to work they would have to recast Carrie with another actress.

Mary SF
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Mary SF

What does the actress playing Carrie have to do with it, whether it is the same or a recast, the point of my post, was instead of inventing new characters to move story along that no one cares about they should use the characters already created and the history already established, history viewers are aware of instead bringing in a character whose history is off screen. A love triangle between Hope Rafe And Carrie is no more laughable than a love triangle between Hope Rafe and this new character. But I will say if there is a laughable part it… Read more »

Marie
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Marie

Rafe never really had a relationship with Carrie. It was all on her not him. Thank heaven she left. I dint believe Blanca came for a love triangle but a minor distraction. Probably Dario or Brady

Anne
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Anne

I understand your point completely, Mary, and totally agree. I think producers and writers no longer know how to develop compelling stories with core characters, so they rely on “new flavor” characters and plots to drive excitement.

jaybird369
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jaybird369

Mary…oh, I agree!!!!! Just what DOOL needs…y-e-t another new character…N-O-T!!!!!!!!!! At this point, I feel like DOOL is on life support (or whatever). Beyond sad.

Later, Mary.

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No1_ILoveLucyFan

More “angst” for Rafe & Hope – a disastrously bad & boring pairing. Why should I care about this character? Move on, please Days and get rid of Rafe…you’ve spent years trying to make him relevant & it ain’t working.

Lou Piikes
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Lou Piikes

My thoughts exactly. Rafe and Carrie were boring the first go round and I’m sure the 2nd go round won’t be any different.

Mo
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Mo

I don’t even remember Rafe and Carrie.

CindyHaskins
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CindyHaskins

I am a huge fan of hope and rafe.i have to say hope and rafe do work in so many levels and plus they do have chemistry.it is hope and aiden that don’t work at all.

molly
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molly

I think Rafe and Hope have a very natural, easy chemistry which is nice to see. There is great potential in terms of romance if the writing would allow for it, but it’s been constant drama and little romance. Would love more focus on developing romantic relationships like Rafe/Hope, and deepening of their bonds before throwing in unnecesary obstacles/triangles. Would prefer to see strong couples in meaningful relationships facing challenges together.

Judy
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Judy

Rafe and Hope are the worst pairing ever. Zero chemistry. Hope and Aiden have off the charts chemistry. Rafe and Nicole would be a great match. Heck I think him and Blanca would have been hot! The writers need to get a clue before cancelation. Ratings say it all.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

Let’s get real, DAYS…#CutTheRope!

Soapluv2010
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Soapluv2010

I’m with you. Rafe is about Shawn’s age. Yes, I said it, she’s old enough to be his mother and yes I know they do the same with male characters all the time but, I take a pass on those too when the relationship is as devoid of chemistry as Rope. Rafe is too milk toast for Nicole. I vote for Blanca. It’s an evolving story for a new character not a history lesson so I don’t need any new character to have roots going back decades. I just need them to be able to act. A decent story for… Read more »

gloria
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gloria

Rafe & Hope are wonderful togehter-let it happen. Aiden makes me sick-I don’t care what he says-he has a troubled past-who really killed his first wife-Chase or him? What the hell is up with the gambling debts? He borrowed money from Hope way back to pay for that. Then to find out the Dimeras brought him to town to kill Hope . . . seriously? He is a liar & a creep. Take Chase & GO AWAY.

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DAYS Billy Flynn Delivers The ‘Power Performance of the Week’

Let’s just start this by saying if you missed last Thursday’s episode of Days of our Lives on Peacock, you missed beautifully touching and effective performances by both Billy Flynn (Chad DiMera) and Marci Miller (ex-Abigail).

Leading up to it, Chad had a gut-wrenching week.  He figured out that Clyde (James Read) was the culprit that murdered his wife and later confronted him.  That led to key scenes where Chad confronts Clyde at Abigail’s gravesite and wants to hear all the gory details of how Clyde stabbed his wife, and then learned how the criminal covered his tracks, went after Sonny (Zach Tinker) and stabbed him, and framed Leo (Greg Rikaart) for the crimes.

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Throughout the reveal, Billy Flynn played all of Chad’s pain and horror, while holding a gun at Clyde baiting him on – problem was Clyde is so despicable he had no problem telling Chad the grisly truth.  During a struggle for the gun with Chad, it is EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) who saves the day and shoots Clyde.  The two brothers bond over their shared disdain for Clyde.

Later at the Salem PD, EJ apologizes to Chad for bringing Clyde into their lives and for what happened to Abigail.  Chad takes it in but does not explode, rather appreciates his brother for saving his life.

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However, the emotional rollercoaster that Chad went through, and the audience, in the expert hands of Flynn, was nothing compared to the heartbreaking scenes where Abigail visits Chad at her gravesite, now that he solved the murder mystery.

Abigail is proud that Chad found her killer and tells him that she wants him to love again and that it’s OK to move on.  She knows he will always love her, and she will always love him.  Then, when Abigail asks Chad to tell her what traits their children, Thomas and Charlotte, possess that remind him of Abigail, it was very tender and not overplayed.  When it was time for their final goodbyes, both Flynn and Miller reminded us all why #Chabby was one of the best duos in DAYS history.

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In the end, it was Billy Flynn who carried the ball all the way to the end zone and scored a touchdown in the conclusion of Chad and Abigail’s love story.  It is always a nice to see when DAYS decides to write for and feature material which plays to Flynn’s strengths, and this did.

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So, for all the reasons stated above, Michael Fairman TV names Billy Flynn’s work as the Power Performance of the Week.

What did you think of the Chad and Abigail goodbye scenes at her gravesite? What did you think of Billy’s performance and the reveal that Clyde Weston was Abigail’s murderer? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.  But first, check out our latest conversation with Billy, and his DAYS co-stars Greg Rikaart and Mary Beth Evans now on the Michael Fairman Channel below, where Billy discusses taping the pivotal scenes and more.

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DAYS Billy Flynn, Greg Rikaart & Mary Beth Evans Talk On: Abigail’s Murderer Revealed, Orpheus’ Poisonous Plot & the Move to Peacock

September had been a pivotal month for Days of our Lives.  After nearly 57-years on broadcast television, the long-running soap opera shifted from NBC to exclusively streaming on Peacock.  While fans have been adjusting and wrapping their heads around the change, the stories of the characters you love to love, or love to hate, are continuing to play out in Salem.

This week, after months of a whodunit and who is to blame for the death of Chad’s wife, Abigail DiMera, DAYS fans finally learned that the actual killer was none other than Clyde Weston (James Read).  Meanwhile, Kayla has taken ill along with Marlena (Deidre Hall) and Kate (Lauren Koslow), all a part of Orpheus’ (George DelHoyo) longstanding feud with the women and the men in their lives.

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Now on You Tube’s Michael Fairman Channel, DAYS stars: Billy Flynn (Chad), Greg Rikaart (Leo) and Mary Beth Evans (Kayla) discuss their latest storylines, plus their thoughts on the soaps move on Peacock and its future.

As viewers witnessed on recent episodes, Chad figured out that it was Clyde who murdered Abigail, and went after him with a gun. Chad decided he wanted to hear the entire sordid story of how Clyde killed her.  This led to the showdown scenes at Abigail’s gravesite which included a visit by EJ (Dan Feuerriegel), who saved his brother from Clyde. During this interview, Billy weighs-in on taping the climatic scenes, what it was like to blame multiple characters for months for Abigail’s death, plus what the future holds in store for Chad as he moves on with his life post-Chabby.

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Greg Rikaart shares his thoughts on if he ever thought Leo would turn out to be Abigail’s murderer since Leo had a revenge plot against those who wronged him. Rikaart also weighs-in on the story where Leo had a relationship with Craig Wesley, his enduring on-screen relationship with Emily O’Brien (Gwen, ex-Jana, Y&R) , plus working with Billy in the limited-series Days of our Lives: Beyond Salem, where Chad goes in drag as “Belinda Chinashop” and more.

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Mary Beth talks on Kayla’s latest plight; that  being kidnapped by Orpheus along with Marlena and Kate, the good doctor has become very sick while trying to maintain order at University Hospital.  Evans also shares her thoughts on the arrival of Abigail Klein as her on-screen daughter Stephanie, the departure of Marci Miller as Abigail, and more.

Check out our full interview with Billy, Greg and Mary Beth below, and make sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Michael Fairman Channel for more celebrity interviews, music videos, game shows and special event coverage.

Now let us know, what did you think of Clyde being revealed as Abigail’s true killer? What did you think of the confrontation scenes between Billy Flynn and James Read? What has been your favorite Leo moment since Greg came to DAYS?  Will Kayla figure out what Orpheus has done to her and others? Finally, are you enjoying DAYS on Peacock after its first few weeks of the series exclusively streaming? Share your thoughts in the comment section,

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Roark Critchlow on His Return to DAYS and Working With Cady McClain

It’s been 12 years since Roark Critchlow appeared on Days of our Lives as Dr. Mike Horton, the brother of Jennifer Horton Deveraux (Cady McClain). However, fans have been excited to see him back on their screens when the series teased his appearance in the extended fall preview.

Now with Jennifer spiraling downward (now that her pill-popping addiction is back), it seems like a good time for Dr. Mike to return to Salem to help his sis. (And if the promo for this week’s DAYS is any indication, it certainly looks like Jennifer is going to be involved in a car crash and need medical assistance or at least some brotherly love.)

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Roark initially appeared as Mike back in 1994 and left the soap back in 1999. He returned in 2010 for a few episodes honoring the late Frances Reid (Alice Horton) who was Mike’s grandmother.

In an interview about his return with Soap Opera Digest on newsstands now, Roark talks about working with McClain as Jennifer, when he previously worked with Missy Reeves in the part.

Critchlow expressed on sharing scenes with McClain: “Her character is going through a lot. She and I dropped in really easily, I felt. It was a very nice, natural care for each other. It wasn’t difficult, that’s for sure. Obviously, Missy is a super-duper person. But you don’t compare people. Cady and I chatted. We got on good. In terms of story, I thought we pulled it off nicely as being people who’ve known each other their whole lives.”

Look for Roark to make his DAYS re-emergence on the upcoming October 3rd episode of the Peacock streaming series.

So, looking forward to seeing Roark and Cady sharing scenes together? Share your thoughts in the comment section, but first check out this week’s promo for DAYS below.

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