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Y&R’s Michelle Stafford Delivers Bravura Performance as ‘Phick’ Implodes

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On Wednesday’s episode of The Young and the Restless, although it seemingly came out of nowhere, Phyllis (Michelle Stafford) and Nick (Joshua Morrow) have an argument that brings up old wounds and signifies the end of the couple known as “Phick”… for now.

Nick, who is getting more heated and jealous of Phyllis and Jack’s (Peter Bergman) enduring relationship, feels Phyllis is rubbing her flirtation with Jack in his face. Phyllis fires backs that unless they are having sex or playing video games, Nick does not treat her well and that she wants something more than superficial moments in their relationship.

This all seems to stem from Nick wanting to be there for the Newman Family and Phyllis being at odds with it.  Then, in an emotional outburst, Phyllis says that she has been turning herself inside out to make Nick happy.  However, Nick feels it’s not cool of her to ask him to distance himself from his own family.

Phyllis then unloads on Nick, expressing that this is not her first ‘Newman rodeo’ and she has first-hand experience from where she speaks.  She wants more from Nick, more understanding, while he feels it’s hypocritical of her to take the high road, given her past.

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Then, Phyllis tells Nick she wants him to choose her over his family. She tells him that she thinks he is so miserable over Adam (Mark Grossman) and what’s going on with Victor (Eric Braeden) and Victoria (Amelia Heinle) that he doesn’t see things straight, and that their relationship will always suffer because of it.

Phyllis says she can’t do this anymore, and Nick is getting ready to walk out on her, when her cell phone rings, and it’s Jack calling adding fuel to the break-up.

In the scene, Michelle Stafford was on fire, giving us one of the performances that reminds us all why she has always been one of daytime’s best.  You can watch it below.

So, what did you think of the Phick break-up scene? Do you want Phyllis to end up with Jack, or back with Nick? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Congratulations to our Michelle Stafford fans who got the best of Phyllis this week! Though I hate seeing her with Jack who can’t get her out of his system,hope he doesn’t forget he asked for this. He tried to help she and Nick work it out, but Nick was always aware of his presence. Now I expect he will get back with Chelsea, whom I liked him with before she and Adam got back together, but now I don’t know. Can’t believe we had to watch all this fighting and squabbling between Phyllis and Nick, which we all knew was… Read more »

Margherita
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Margherita

I agree 100% Violet. Michelle drives me nuts but she did a great job with Phyllis. I wish Y and R would bring back Ronan, Nina’s other son who Phyllis had immense chemistry with before he left GC.

Su000
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Su000

Michelle will always be Phyllis.. I honestly, at the moment, don’t recall who she portrayed on GH ____________ I hope she will be alone until they bring in an exciting man for her personality to hook up with_________________ If, she goes with Jack he will bring her down to a blah old boring lady as he is an old boring man.________ There is no sexual spark– no nothing just a yawn. I can’t even envision them kissing without gagging.!_____________ Phyllis needs a new man that is an exciting challenge for her and her age. Most all Y&R men are quite… Read more »

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO,
Hi, you always make such good points. The thing with Jack and Phyllis is, they’ve been there and done that too many times. Jack is in his sixty’s and they are trying to prolong the agony of him aging. Believe me, nothing works, even he and younger women. Im a Nick fan from way back, I think he’s adorable and Iam very fussy about whom he’s with and Phyllis has never been my first choice. Remember he’s like a grandson to me and Iam very particular.

Delonjo
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Delonjo

The performance is new (is it?) but the story is the same: Phyllis prostrating herself for uncaring Nick.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

Did I miss something, or did this pop out of nowhere??

Barbara from Atlanta
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Barbara from Atlanta

I thought the same thing. It is hard to rave about an actor’s performance when the writing the poor actor is given is lousy.

Giovanna Saponare
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Giovanna Saponare

EMMY EMMY EMMY.

Drake
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Drake

A life of nookie and video games with Nick. Sign me up! lol.

Soaphound
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Soaphound

Me too, Drake. Oh, except for the video games.

Ozette Lee
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Ozette Lee

Like it’s been said…this came out of nowhere but, we knew it was coming. Same story, different day…with these two. New head writer needed ASAP.

Celia
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Celia

Amazing !!!!—-Michelle, once again, owned IT!! I am your forever fan since I was a teen…..you are the best–❤️

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I agree 10,000 percent, Celia. I’m honestly shocked at so many negative posts here. Michelle brought me to tears when she said Nick puts her in a box.. wow, do I know how that feels. She moved me deeply.

Celia
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Celia

The negative responses are usually clinical—-I think we’re all guilty of that, to a point. But, I do agree—-I look at the depth of feelings. And, to your point, to be sensitive to someone else’s pain and emotional feelings, he or she must have experience that same turbulence some time or other…..Having gone through emotional turmoil, sometimes leaves invisible scars. It makes no difference how young or old we are—-I was fifteen—-funny how those feelings make such an impact at such a tender age, but remain within us for a lifetime, albeit I did eventually marry the bad-boy— LOL and… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

I call them “Internal Bruises.” I explain to people that don’t understand abuse, most will look for a scar, stiches, bruises or a broken arm, all good examples of physical abuse but to be in a relationship where everything is one sided, never good enough, need to lose a couple pounds or when are we going to have sex or else, these are hurtful things many people carry in the inside of them that no one can see and many of us never know about. Be as kind as you can be and ALWAYS communicate with whomever you are in… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

I never experienced any of what you so eloquently describe, T—but any person with an open heart, open mind and kindness can see the invisible scars. I was young, pining over a boy a few years older than I. I was invisible to him and thus ignored me because of my age, or so I thought—it hurt my teen heart so much, I remember that year with lucidity. Stupid, kid stuff, but hurtful nonetheless. Any actor or actress who can “stand” there and be able to move an audience, must have had a very painfully difficult experience at one time… Read more »

Damien
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Damien

How is this even a ‘story’?! Has-been Phick has a disagreement and breaks up while has-been Phack burns on the sideline ?! Omg, this show is beyond tired ! Poor Michelle Stafford, she was screeching and crushed like their was some big development or actual plot that helped break Nick and her up but it was just her trying to make the most of Griffiths usual boring garbage. Jack mulls around town woo is me all year, and Josh Morrow is all hot and being wasted on this third attempt at Phick, while Sharon Case is equally wasted on Rey!… Read more »

Su000
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Su000

Hi Damien ..
Most all I read notes Y&R is horrible.
The stories are awful. No drama no intrigue no anything, actually.

And yet– it’s the #1 soap..
There is something tragically wrong with that.
Seems there is dirty play with the Y&R ratings IMO..

And Y&R plays the same couple’s characters over and over and over again- a never-ending circle of changing sex paetners, over and over and over again. —

Nobody would want to be reunited with an X after
he/she has had a relationship and Sex and more sex with all their friends and family members over and over again, and again!.. YUCK!!

Soaphound
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Soaphound

I know, Su000. But soaps have always been guilty of this. ATWT did it with Jack & Carly, Lily & Holden, even Lisa & Bob. GL was Reva & Josh, Vanessa & Billy, Roger & Holly… but it just seems like it happens more frequently these days. Maybe that’s just my age. I do feel for Phyllis this time; I think Nick has been overly critical and more than his usual self-righteous. But Phyllis and Jack again? That’ll give me a bad case of Phack. Phyck? Jallis? Whatever.. you get my point.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Soaphound,
I have never been a Phyllis fan so it’s hard to critique her fairly.
I felt that someone decided that Phyllis would be better off back with Jack and that’s when everything went sideways with she and Nick. Jack didn’t make it any easier by letting the couple know of his feelings for Phyllis, still. Every time Nick saw the two of them together, it fueled his jealousy and resentment.Now friends are telling Phyllis that she probably still and always has had residual feelings for Jack and she’s starting to believe it, I think.

Lew S.
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Lew S.

That’s what I am talking about! Much ado about nothing! As much as I loved Jack and Phyllis together many years ago, their time is over. I see him as her confidant.

Timmm
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Timmm

All the actors involved are great BUT its just a retread. And this Nick and Phyliss split came out of nowhere and us fans are not stupid enough to buy the shakeup. It is either the lack of money on hiring or bringing back previous actors to revive Jack, Nick or Phyliss’s love life or just lazy writing. This show and its ratings uses its past reputation to stay number one. NOTHING right now is “Must TV tune in or else!” They ruined Mariah, the NuNoah can act but is bland with no story, too lazy to rehire a Chance… Read more »

Su000
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Su000

Hi Timmm–
A new hance has been cast..
I knew that a week 10 days ago..
I saw his picture, a good-looking guy..
and seen all his pics on Instagram..
It’s excruciating to watch Abby crying 24/7
it overkill of FF annoying junk.
He/Chance is Not dead and soon to return.
And he’s going to be messed up in the head..
A good case of PSTD I’d assume.

Su000
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Su000

0ooh and–
If Jack and Phillis are reunited= ISH!
Michelle/Phillis having sex with Jack turns my stomach..

I gag at the thought of them kissing..
He is too old and dull and lifeless to be with fiery Phillis..

A horrible mistake to put them together..
Phyllis needs a younger challenging man, not old blah Jack.

Timmm
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Timmm

Jack is too old and Phyliss is too loud and devious! Jack needs to find someone who is chill. Phyliss needs to sink her teeth into a young buck and ride him! OMG, what about NuNoah! Nick would freak out!

Celia
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Celia

Oh, my gosh, T—–Treading in deep waters there!!
LOL
When Nick and Phyllis were married, Noah was a little boy—-Phyllis took care of him now and again. Can you imagine? Nick would have a fit and a heart attack. But, hey—-wouldn’t be the first time for any soap to spin in that direction.
She will be labeled a Jezebel and shunned—
“Get thee to a nunnery”— LOLOL.

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

Timmm,
So would I, freak out. Noah’s girlfriend is coming to town, but he also has eyes for Mariah’s partner, whose name scapes me.

Celia
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Celia

Hey, SusieQ—-Never liked Jack. I get it. But, he must have magic fingers—-He did “land” Sally—young enough to be his granddaughter. The storylines su€k—-but, Michelle Stafford, in my eyes, is the Giving Tree over and over, regardless of the asinine stories and mismatched couples. The writers are suddenly making Nick look like a fool. Why separate him and Phyllis? There must be some new character moving to GC. Perhaps Chelsea is destined to be with Nick upon her return? I, too, get grossed out by Jack, the presumed stud, kissing anyone—-just as I almost upchucked when Olivia kissed Robert on… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

C, speaking of giving, Michelle’s Thanksgiving stand-alone show was great! It was custom made for you!

Celia
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Celia

Gee, what a guy, T.—-if you’re talking about Michelle’s heartfelt performance? I thank you.
If you’re referring to her generous heart of giving away hundreds of turkeys to families in need? I thank you, as well.
It does the body and soul good to give.
Hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!❤️

Timmm
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Timmm

Michelle is the best! One thing she does have in common with her character is a good heart. I want Y&R to cast a new guy, someone at the Hotel who does maintenance. A normal guy who she falls for and takes a lot of heat for dating a “Regular” guy. It would be something different and let her use some of her comedic skills, as well. Meanwhile, as a young man, Mr. Maintenance Guy did blue collar work to put himself through school so he does his work at the Hotel and is secretly sabotaging Red’s business for a… Read more »

Celia
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Celia

Oh, absolutely, T. Phyllis deserves someone vibrantly alive as she. TPTB don’t seem to have an optimistic vision for her. Between you and me,, they merely recycle ‘her’ men. Jack is too old and Nick is too stiff. For some reason ye gods persist injecting Jack into the younger crowd—-meanwhile he has a son, Kemo, in his fifties, I think.
I most certainly would love to see a demigod of a maintenance guy for Phyllis—if not Ronan ( Jeff Branson) then a tall hunk with tools. Pardon the pun.
Happy Holidays to you and yours, as well.
Blessings!!❤️

Violet Lemm
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Violet Lemm

SuOOO
Figured we’d get a messed up Chance back, if any. Don’t think Devon will like watching him raise HIS son, if they ever turn him into a real baby instead of wrapped up like a loaf of stale bread.

rose
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rose

Timmm and Su000…I never watched Y&R until the cancellations of OLTL and AMC. But Michelle was still there as Phyliss. Wasn’t she married to Jack and Victor messed that up at the time? I think she plays Phyliss better than Nina on GH. And she’s doing a great job in reevaluating her relationship with Nick. But if she could get herself all tangled up in Summer and Sally why can’t she allow the same curtesy to Nick’s feelings toward Victoria and family? And I love the way she looks and dresses. I did like a more strong Jack than how… Read more »

Timmm
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Timmm

Michelle Stafford was born to play Phyliss! I was excited to see her on GH but it was a bust! She just didn’t click with anyone. Cynthia Watros is amazing as Nina and both those women are where they are suppose to be! Carly is going to mess up and really pizz Sonny off and I bet he and Nina find their way back to each other.

Timmm
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Timmm

rose, Michelle has been there through thick and thin and she has touched toes with Victor, Jack, Nick and so on. NOBODY plays Phyliss like Michelle!

Celia
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Celia

Agreed, T. What ye gods should do is get Jeff Branson (Ronan) back. Not only did he and Michelle Stafford sizzle, but they also lit up the screen with their impeccable acting. Those two really connected sensually and had such smooth camaraderie.
Every word, every gesture, every movement was executed with skillful ease—“par excellance!!”
Sharon and whatshisname truly bore the ambiance and atmosphere. Rey is a useless character.
Something else which makes me want to scream the most? That wailing, swaddled doll who never moves and has not grown an ounce since birth. An appointment with the pediatrician is in order.

Timmm
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Timmm

Rey was brought in along with his ex-lover, brother and mother, ect. They are all gone and he should be to. There is nothing for him to do and Sharon will always bebop from Nick to Adam and back to Nick and so on!

Richard
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Richard

Her performance was absolutely outstanding! While the current yandr writing regime is a bore the writing for Michelle was amazing and she delivered. Bravo !

Jamesj75
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Jamesj75

Michelle Stafford deserves all the accolades she is receiving. I remember when I was a regular Y&R viewer: Stafford gave the most natural (real) performance I have seen on soaps. She made Phyllis so believable. I will take believability over histrionics or woodenness any day…

Tani Sterling
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Tani Sterling

For me, the performance was quite a display of talent. However, it was way out of equilibrium with the script. Still behind in watching but don’t favor Jack with another young woman. What’s wrong with a mature relationship; not necessarily an intimate one?

Harlee
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Harlee

ABSOLUTELY!! Loving me some Phack…keeping my fingers crossed. MS & PB IMO has so much more chemistry together then Phick. Jack understands Phyllis in a way Nick doesn’t having himself been cagey and deceitful and winning at all cost in Jack’s younger days.

General Hospital

GENERAL HOSPITAL: Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud Deliver One-Two Punch as Britt & Carly Grieve the Loss of Jason

When General Hospital goes for the emotional jugular, it is very often top-notch daytime drama, and that was on full display through Tuesday and Wednesday’s episode of the ABC daytime drama series in key scenes as the news of Jason’s ‘death’ hit Port Charles.

In the wake of Steve Burton’s (Ex-Jason) dismissal from the show for not adhering to the vaccine mandate, it did open up the story and provide for a huge fallout for those who loved the mob hitman.

In the end, it was Carly (Laura Wright) and Britt (Kelly Thiebaud), who seemingly felt the loss the hardest.  Initially, upon learning how Jason ‘died’ helping Britt locate her mother, Liesl (Kathleen Gati), a defiant Carly blamed Britt for Jason never coming home.

In Wednesday’s episode, we saw how Carly and Britt tried to cope with the knowledge that Jason was buried under a rubble in a cave, with no sign of life, or his body found.

Overwhelmed with grief, Carly heads to the footbridge to be close to the spirit of Jason and to mourn him as tears flow.  She is stunned to see Britt show up there, too.  Carly is surprised that Britt even knew about the bridge that Jason had rebuilt thank to a generous donation from him.  Britt tells Carly that she and Jason had a lot of time to talk while they were on the run.  After Carly explains that Jason was her person and had been her other half, Britt offers to leave. S he expresses that she thought coming to the bridge would make her feel closer to Jason.

Then, in a heartbreaking moment, Britt assures Carly that she blames herself for what happened to Jason and hates herself.  Then, Carly has a moment of clarity that Jason would want her to forgive Britt.  Generous thoughts never come naturally to Carly, but Jason always set her straight on how to handle life’s most difficult situations.

In the final moments of the episode, with both women in tears, Britt moves to the center of the bridge with her arm around Carly, after Carly tells her she doesn’t want her to go.  The two stand together bonded over the man they both loved.

These scenes were masterfully played by Laura Wright and Kelly Thiebaud. They were gut-wrenching, powerful, and sad all at the same time.  We think many viewers needed several hankies during these scenes.

So, what did you think of the Carly and Britt bridge scenes …. and the work of Laura and Kelly? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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Days Of Our Lives

DAYS OF OUR LIVES: Julie Stands Up to MarDevil; Susan Seaforth Hayes Reminds Us Why She is Soap Royalty

Friday’s episode of Days of our Lives brought with it, let’s just say, not your typical Turkey Day episode in Salem.  It also moved the story along with MarDevil being exposed!

At Julie’s (Susan Seaforth Hayes) Thanksgiving, Doug (Bill Hayes) shouts that Marlena (Deidre Hall) is the devil. However, Marlena still insists that Doug is delusional and needs to be locked back up.  It is then that Julie stands by her husband.  Julie is on to Marlena and wonders if she should call “Marlena,” who she truly is at the moment, “Satan”.

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Shawn (Brandon Beemer) and Belle (Martha Madison) also believe something is terribly wrong.  Marlena tells them this is ridiculous, but Belle wants to hear what else Doug has to say.  Then, Shawn handcuffs Marlena to take her down to the station for questioning.  Julie doesn’t believe for one second that handcuffs will restrain the devil, and she was right! MarDevil breaks the cuffs and flings Shawn across the Thanksgiving dinner table complete with food-a-flying, leaving him unconscious.

Now with yellow eyes and lights flickering, MarDevil goes after Doug and Julie, but Julie stops Satan in his tracks professing “Not today, Satan!” Just then, MarDevil grabs a knife and in a counter move, Julie holds out her rosary saying love is the power and that the God of love is stronger than the devil! Julie defiantly tells MarDevil that the truth is out and Satan’s reign of terror is over! But MarDevil turns the tables and sneers, “It will never be over!”

It was in these scenes opposite Deidre Hall, that Susan Seaforth Hayes shined as she has done for decades given the material, as Julie went the toe-to-toe with the devil and Susan made us believe that love can win out over everything, especially the love of Doug and Julie.

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In another touching moment in the episode, Susan Banks (Stacy Haiduk) tells EJ (Dan Feuerriegel) from her hospital bed, how she used herself as a human sacrifice for the devil to keep John alive and to protect her son.  An emotional EJ can’t believe that Susan was willing to die for him. However, Susan explains that a mother always protects their child and she would do it all over again when faced with that decision.  Haiduk and Feurriegel also delivered in these scenes.

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With John (Drake Hogestyn) freed by Anna (Leann Hunley) and Tony (Thaao Penghlis), he eventually makes his way into the Horton house to confront MarDevil, but Satan is gone.  Instead, John finds Shawn with Doug and Julie and they inform him that MarDevil had left to fulfill her true purpose.  Just then, Marlena arrives at Ben (Rob Scott Wilson) and Ciara’s (Victoria Konefal). We fade to black.

Now below, check out Susan Seaforth Hayes in a scene from Friday’s episode as Julie fends off the devil.

Then, let us know, what did you think of Susan’s performance? What do you think MarDevil will do next to Ben and Ciara and “their” baby? Did you enjoy the Susan and EJ scenes? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Dancing with the Stars

DANCING WITH THE STARS: Iman Shumbert & Pro Daniella Karagach Win The Mirror Ball Trophy Making Show History

Monday’s night’s season 30 finale of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars was markedly the best in the series history, with some of the finest routines delivered by the four couples vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

In the end, it was former NBA basketball player Iman Shumbert, who made history along with is pro dance partner, Daniella Karagach, when he beat out Jo Jo Siwa and her pro partner, Jenna Johnson for the top prize.

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Rounding out the competition: fourth place went to The Talk’s Amanda Kloots and pro Alan Bersten, and the third spot went to Peloton instructor, Cody Rigsby and pro Cheryl Burke,

With the win, Shumbert becomes not only the first basketball star to make it to the finals, but the first-ever to win the coveted Mirror Ball,

The judges and the at-home audience were blown away by his final dance of the competition – an epic freestyle to Missy Elliot’s “Lose Control”  and “Bounce” by DJ Clent.  Iman is married to singer and dancer, Teyana Taylor.

After the big win, Shumbert told Entertainment Tonight, “Hats off to the work that we put in. I think me and Dani set our mind to that when we got that 40, that we don’t want to just to drop off now and just steam out of the competition. I think we just put in a lot of hours and when it was time to perform, it got easy.”

Check out Iman and Dani’s final routine below.

Now let us know, were you rooting for Iman and Daniella to win the Mirror Ball? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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