Last night was the season 19 premiere of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars and in the celebrity line-up is former General Hospital, and The Bold and the Beautiful star, Antonio Sabato Jr! When the show began, it was none other than Antonio, and his dance partner two-time champ Cheryl Burke who had been given the task of being first on the floor, and out of the gate of the competitors vying for this season’s Mirror Ball Trophy!
In their rehearsal segment package prior to their Cha Cha, Cheryl says she is happy to have “a “sexy” partner, (Sorry, Jack Osbourne)” this time around, and that an Antonio “wink” and working his good looks, along with using his feet to do the moves, can help him win this thing!
After hitting the dance floor on the live show, the judges were a tad harsh on Antonio, in our opinion, especially with him being first up. After all was said and done the judges scored Antonio 25 out of 40 and he remains now towards the bottom of the leaderboard going into tonight’s live elimination Results Show!
The lowest score of the night was given to fashion designer Betsey Johnson and partner Tony Dovolani. Betsey had a prop wardrobe malfunction with a boa, and then scored a 20. Olympian Lolo Jones and partner Keo Motsepe scored a 22 for her Cha Cha, after Lolo repeatedly told the audience and the judges she could have done much her routine better …. blaming it on a text message mishap at the top of her number! And NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and his dance partner Emma Slater tie dwith Sabato Jr. and Burke with 25 points after their Cha Cha! The judges take the time to remind everyone that Emma was paired with Bill Engvall last year, and seemingly gets the older men, “daddy” types to dance with each season!
In additional news for Antonio and Cheryl, the two-time dance champ revealed all signs point to this season of DWTS being her last! Cheryl had told ABC that: “As of now, this is probably going to be my last season. After doing something for a decade, you know, I started when I was 20, I’m 30. I want to try new things, just see what’s out there.”
Watch Antonio and Cheryl’s first dance of the season after the jump! Then weigh-in, who do you think should be sent home tonight on the Results Show? How do you think Antonio and Cheryl did in their first dance? Remember, every vote counts! So if you want to keep this soap favorite in the game, you have to dial in and cast your vote each week! And don’t miss Antonio on Thursday night’s Soap Nation Live! with Michael Fairman!