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52 May 15th, 2015 General Hospital Goes Live Today and Monday! Cast Members Getting Ready & Others Rooting Them On!

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It all comes down to this! Today, General Hospital goes live for the first of its two day special event!

Fans on the east coast will see the episode performed live and then a second live performance will follow that. However, fans on the west coast will not get it live.

Anticipation and excitement is high from the cast members who are participating in the first GH live show, and are at the ABC studio in Los Angeles getting ready, while others who are not part of the episode are cheering them on from at home or the sidelines!

Kirsten Storms (Maxie) gave the audience the command via Twitter this morning that if someone makes a blunder to: “You take a shot (or eat an Oreo) when someone messes up a line.  #GHLIVE

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Ryan Paevey (Nathan) tweeted to his castmates: “All the best to my #GH family today on their live episodes…you guys got this.”

Michelle Stafford (Nina) posted a photo and related: “Waitin to get made up! #GHLive today is the day!!! ”

Frank Valentini (EP of GH) posted: “Live. Live live. @GeneralHospital #GHLive

Are you ready for GH Live? Remember use the hashtag #GHLive on social media and show GH some love today. Remember, you can also view behind the scenes action on the new Twitter app, Periscope if you have an Iphone or IOS device!

So, how do you think GH Live will be?  Do you think everyone will be on their A-game?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. Risa says:

    All the actors on GH are professionals and I think they will do a spot on fantastic job!

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    Jane replied

    I couldn’t have said it better, can not wait for Mondays show.
    I see no one complained about the news interruption, that was my one complaint
    and they knew it could wait.

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  2. Johnny says:

    Frank Valentini you saved GH, from being cancelled. I love Gh, great soap and great actors. Frank Valentini is one fine sexy man. He is tall and one hot man lol.

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    Omar replied

    Yes he did, and it sure help that characters from OLTL where written on the show after the show was cancelled and that brought many fans to tune in to GH, including myself with the baby switch story and Baby Hope and Cole’s death.

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  3. Carol says:

    Everyone was not on their A-game. There was definitely some overacting and some who needed direction from the director of the show. Not the best but not the worse live show I have seen.

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    Nick D. replied

    I thought most of the actors were very good. Many of them (Maurice Benard, Kelly Monaco, Billy Miller, Roger Howarth, etc.) gave basically flawless performances exactly if it had been on tape. Certain others were slightly awkward here or there, but basically on point.

    The only glaring problem for me was Grayson McCouch – his performance stood out to me as not up to snuff with the rest of the ensemble.

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    Alicat replied

    Kelly flubbed her words in one scene, and there were definitely some extended awkward silent pauses that should have been thought out (speak slower, add lines, etc.) but overall pretty good.

    Jane replied

    So disagree with you.

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    CeeCee replied

    Elaborate. If you mean Alicat, I thought she hit the nail on the head. Everything happened the way she wrote it. And, I agree with her.

  4. Annaluvsduke says:

    Cant stand franco and nina. they arent really connected to any other story. its almost like they are on a different soap. pointless filler moments with them.

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    Omar replied

    I have to agree with you..Their “story” is so boring and pointless..I used to love Roger and Michelle, but in this show due to poor writing for them, they annoy the hell out of me..I never care for a recast of Franco, that is the worst move the current regime as done..Roger deserves better..As for Nina Clay, she was fun when she was crazy and dangerous, now its just boring..Make her psycho crazy like Heather Webber, let Michelle run with this role.

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    Shay replied

    This is true…particularly with that over-the-top meringue of a wedding gown! What the?????

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    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Shay, girl.
    Lol. Isn’t a meringue wedding dress poofy with layers of frills and lace?
    I must admit your description is very funny, though. At first, I thought the same thing as you…”What the??????”. But, then, as I already said, I really think it was a spoof…meant as a caricature, which GH is wont to do more oft than not.
    I just wish we could be treated with some of Dr. O’s spoofish self. I would love to see her parading around with a real meringue wedding dress, waiting for Faison. Well, perhaps in the form of a dream? What fun!!! Later.

    Annaluvsduke replied

    I want to burn my wedding gown. It looked just like the one she wore! Where in hell is Monica, Mac, and Felicia? These three icons should be honored in a live show! What a disgrace!

    Shay replied

    @CeeCee….Well, yes, technically, it was “half-meringue” with the way the ruffles and frothy flourishes stuck out from the back and train, but having said that, it definitely was TOO MUCH for Nina! With her tall, lanky frame, she should have had something lean, lacy and slinky….what they are currently showing on the bridal runways! Plus, I thought the whole look was a bit too “young” for her, too. (Uh oh, did I just set off the self-appointed “age discrimination” officer again??? LOL….) At any rate, this whole scenario stuck out like a sore thumb from the rest of the so-so episode….between this farce of a nuptial tease and the broken coffee table gag, I just wanted to gag! P.S. Do you think the prospective “spouse” at the door could be Pete “Rent-A-Groom?” We know he is prepared with that tux at the ready! And yes, it would be a real laugh riot to see Dr. O. gussied up in her marital best awaiting her “Prince Faison” at the altar….only to be left jilted….’twould make a fine flashback/dream sequence!

    Shay replied

    @Annaluvsduke…No, no, not at all!!!! It was a perfectly lovely wedding gown, just all wrong for Nina, not to mention the circumstances! That particular style was far too fussy and festooned for MS….she looks best in simple, sleek silhouettes! And I agree with your notions about the vets….Luke, Tracy, Monica—even Alice—-should have been included. I care not for the mouthy Hayden or the insipid Sappy…..having to put up with her simpering, sobby stuff totally ruined the scene with Anna. Could the Divine Devane not have been paired with a real pro????? Sigh…..

    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Shay.
    You know what? As much as I love Michelle, I am starting to see Nina, just a bit, mind you, with your eyes. What the hey???? So bizarre….it looked like a skit right out of someone’s deranged mind…..is Nina dreaming, Franco or Rick? If not, then Rick must be in dire circumstances. She’s doing it for spite or to prove a point to Franco…..why is Rick doing it? Will being married to her give him the right to retrieve the money that is temporarily frozen?…..very unsettling scene. Woe is me ! LOL.

    CeeCee replied

    ‘Morning, Shay….
    ….late start this morning. Late night, as well. We were in the city at THE RED NOSE DAY Telethon (Rockefeller Center). ……shout to everyone…give a couple!!!!
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    ….not a stab in the dark, at all, Shay, with your assumption of Mad-Maddie. As I have already suggested, money is involved, somehow.
    Whether it be with Maddie or just his own devilish brainstorm, Rick certainly has that avaricious streak ( or two, lol) to take advantage of people’s weaknesses. When Nina’s patrimony is back in her possession, we’re talking about more that a substantial sum or pittance. Billions, maybe?
    The entire scene is staged. Perhaps Nina knows what she’s doing……in complete control of her wits. It may be a mise en scene, on her part…..contrived to prove or seek something she wants….such as her money. We could turn the tables and say she’s using Rick. We could turn the tables and say she is taking HIM for a ride….who’s the fool, then? Go girl!!!!!!
    I will give her the benefit of the doubt. Will she be the cat who ate the cream?

    CeeCee replied

    Hi, Annaluvsduke…..Awwww. I hope you will change your mind. You just ‘gotta’ wait for it. Lol.

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    Alicat replied

    AGREED !! Franco and Nina can’t be cra-cra ALL the time, they have a good storyline together. You never know WHAT you’re gonna get with those two !!

    Annaluvsduke replied

    Wait for what? There is nothing to wait for. i tried to like them. they are like a bad joke someone told me. unfunny and dont make sense. Nothing against you. You like them and so do others. im fine with that. They will never be my cup of tea!!!

    CeeCee replied

    @Shay….
    Everything you wrote is true.LOL. just because I love Michelle does not mean I like everything Nina does or wears. I am sure the dress was chosen for her. I don’t know, but, I am still of the persuasion that the entire scene was meant to be ridiculous…I said earlier that it is an exaggeration of what and who Nina and Franco are as characters…..and, our perception of them…off kilter.
    I wish I could talk to you privately, sweetie. But, yeah…do not rattle the cage….Lol.

    Shay replied

    My dear CeeCee….Do you know what I most appreciate about our “correspondence?” (Hint: No, not our mutually-wicked sense of humor, although I adore that, too!….) It’s that we share such an honesty and conviviality when it comes to our differing views, be they on “Nina” and MS, or any other subject—no remarks, no matter how candid, or even opposing… ever come between us ….we don’t allow them to get in the way of a fine friendship! (Personally, I cannot for the life of me comprehend being so invested in any fictional character or the person who portrays them that a well-aimed negative crack or two could arouse ire and animus….what a waste!) Having said that, I, likewise, would absolutely love to have a real, proper chat with you…’twould be an epic experience, to be sure—and undoubtedly, the great beginning of an endless conversation! However, our limited back and forth posts of the written variety shall simply have to suffice! Alas, I’m just grateful for this lovely opportunity to communicate with you, not to mention all the other wonderful people we’ve “met” here at MFSoaps! (And I know that you’re equally thankful, since you’ve so graciously stated as much on previous occasions.) P.S. In terms of the Nina/Franco farce….if it were purely intended to come off as ridiculous, then it rates as a magnificent success! LOL….

    Shay replied

    Yes, CeeCee, today’s episode was certainly underwhelming in many different aspects, not the least being the Nina-Franco-Ric nuptial triangle! It was just surreal….and totally went down a dud. I could conjure up no sensible reason for this odd trio, but you may have a point about that sneaky snake of a shyster Lansing being Nina’s legal means to reclaiming her fortune….not to mention that the showrunners had to find some plausible explanation for keeping that creep on the canvas…I know I’m ready to see the back of him! Other than that, I’ve got nothing….I found the whole scenario to be a right waste of time!

    Shay replied

    Know what, CeeCee? This is just a stab in the dark, but I’m thinking that Ric may be in cahoots with Madeline. She’ll never stop trying to get back the fortune she considers to be her due and what finer way than to employ that oily eel of an attorney—now better known as her son-in-law—Ric? That would make this impromptu marriage have some semblance of logic, because you already know that Lansing certainly didn’t wed Nina out of the goodness of his heart! Hmmm…..

  5. vinman says:

    Loved the “credits” girl @the end.

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    Rebecca1 replied

    Perhaps you know this, vin man…but that was the actress that played Sonny’s deceased wife, Lilly. He suffers guilt regarding her because she was blown up in a car bomb meant for him.

    That was years ago…fun touch to ” bring her back” to roll the credits…

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    vinman replied

    Thanks Rebecca…knew that,but comment got cut off….after my reply!

    rebecca1 replied

    oh! ya, didn’t want to assume but figured I’d fill you in just in case. you’re welcome!

  6. aria says:

    okay, just saw the live show, and i honestly thought it was going to be bad mainly because it started out with michele stafford and it was bad, it took a few scenes with the other actors on the show and then it was game on, everyone brought their A game, but Michelle Stafford acted even to out of balance for Nina, again i love the actress,but Franco and Nina were two characters whose “story” seem so out of place in todays episode especially considering every other character on today had to do with Jake/Duke story. So glad Anna shot Carlos, but the blood splattering on her, was freaky, and for a trained former spy, she seem so weird in the way she shot Carlos and just stood there like it was her first time ever shooting someone. Then when the credits roled and Lily Melgar was just standing there with a big grin, they sure took forever to cue her to say her lines, but it was funny especially when Maurice and Billy came out at the end too…

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    Jane replied

    Are you an acting teacher???? A columnist? The show was great.
    Nina is a bit off balanced and feeling her way to a new life. Michelle got it right.

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    Aria replied

    I think Michelle Stanford rocks, I’m happy shes at GH but on the live show I just felt she was off even for the character, that’s all especially when comparing her performance to everyone else, maybe on Mondays show she’ll be more on point but for she was off..

    CeeCee replied

    Aria…I took the entire scene between Franco and Nina as a spoof. So strategically-out-of-place-…… It was meant to be that way. It is a morbid sense of humor, yes…but I get it. They are presumably and undeniably the crazies in the show….therefore, we were presented with an out-of-touch-, out-of-place interaction between the off-the-wall protagonists. Great stuff…kudos to the writer who thought of it.

    It might even be labeled as comic relief. But, for those of you who are not fans of these characters, I can understand how irritating it may be. I will grant you that. By the same token, because I love them so very much, I enjoyed the shenanigans; the weirdness very much. So there!!!! LOL.

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    Aria replied

    I love those two cray cray characters myself wish they would be more integrated with other characters, love the Ava / Nina rivalry especially, those two know how to raffle the other. B

    CeeCee replied

    @ Aria.
    I love Nina and Roger also, Aria. But, by the same token, I understand why the character turns some people off. She came on too strong from the onset. Perhaps if I weren’t already a fan from her years on Y&R, I would feel the same way. I am just waiting for the writers to give both her and Roger, a significant and intelligently written storyline.

    Shay replied

    And a very late good evening to you, CeeCee!!!! Sorry it took so long for me to respond….busy week! Hope you enjoyed your night at Rockefeller Center! I read a bit about this year’s Red Nose event in NY, although I have to say it really didn’t seem to make the impact that it normally does in the UK…over there it is beyond HUGE! I have yet to see a complete list of the acts, but thus far, the only person who stood out for me was Benedict Cumberbatch….he is an absolutely amazing actor and his background is so very interesting…definitely not your typical Hollywood type! I love him! (Quite the opposite of the obnoxious Gwynnie P……I’ll bet the telethon would have made a mint if they had just left Goopy hanging all night….people would have definitely paid to see that happen…LOL!) At any rate, I have to say that I do admire your dogged dedication to the notion that one day a normalized Nina will prevail over her demons….both inner and in the form of her mother. Personally, I think of her character as a lost cause….she has been so poorly defined up until this point that I truly cannot envision a plausible way out of her crazy corner, be it with Ric, Franco or whomever. It simply wouldn’t ring true. She cannot suddenly start behaving in an ordinary fashion because it would come across as merely an act….it’s as if all that’s left for her is totally going off the deep end, once and for all. Given the fact I so enjoy the magnificent Donna Mills as Madeline, I’m actually rooting for her to be the winner who takes all in this feud for the family fortune….plus, I’m looking forward to more of her backstory with Liesl. For me, that is where the true Westbourne gold is buried…with the two Swiss siblings. Nina is only incidental to that tale, and she really is wearing out what little welcome she initially had. Hence, were she to go away tomorrow, I certainly wouldn’t miss her! (Okay, truthfully, I would love to see her gone….) Having said that, best wishes for a great holiday weekend! Later, Girl!!!!

    CeeCee replied

    @Shay.
    Hello, there!
    The British Red Nose Day is certainly grand and spectacular, no doubt. But, Shay, we are newbies….and, the intent is THE CHILDREN and the CAUSE. I really could care less who sang or what clothing was worn, albeit, I agree that Paltrow is the same in person, as she appears on our screen….a Prima Donna. She is far from being First Lady (woman).
    She is a product of New York’s upper crust….I could name a few more with no real genealogy of which to speak, but I won’t. You have heard of the nouveaux riches, I am sure.
    I must emphasize that behavior is not practiced by all…..including my family.
    Any charity to do with kids? I’ll be there…I love ALL children. The squalor that some of these kids live with, day in, day out, ……the disease and desperation, is like a vise in my heart.
    Kudos to Jack Black…..so invested in making a difference.

    Back to Nina. I agree. TPTB have ruined only the character, but the impeccable image of Michelle, as an actress cannot be obliterated. Those of us who are familiar with her thespian attributes, and then some, are pretty ‘pissed’ off…I know, I am. Nina should have never been introduced as such.
    I do love MadMaddie, , albeit her eyes are starting to scare me….I wonder if she is able to close them? However, she put all this in motion when she decided to play God. I believe there was always something between mother and daughter, since childhood, that did not jive between them. Lord only knows what Nina witnessed, as a child….and, why did Maddie not seek REAL help for her child, if she had noticed anything untoward? ….it has always been about me, myself, and I with MadMaddie.
    I hope and pray that Maddie’s return gives us a believable storyline and that the writers delve into the past of this mismatched mother and daughter. I refuse to believe that Nina’s temperamental (lol…will not call her crazy) behavior is due only to herself. MadMaddie watered that seed.
    So, WRITERS!!!!! Give us some pulpy action…..C’mon, now!!

    CeeCee replied

    @Shay.
    How remiss of moi, Shay. I reciprocate your wishes of a great holiday-weekend. Sometimes we forget about the meaning of MEMORIAL DAY
    I suppose the soaps will be pre-empted? See what I mean? Just kidding.
    Oh, yeah…..I would enjoy more interaction between MadMaddie and Liesl. What a pair!! …same DNA, but, boy, they are miles apart in character….or so it appears…..later, Girl…..

    Shay replied

    Oh, CeeCee….Needless to say, I’ve no doubt that you and yours would never behave in the often atrocious manner of the “noveaux riches!” Your words alone bespeak of that well-born sensibility better known as “noblesse oblige”…..it’s highly apparent that you possess such a huge, generous heart— particularly where children are concerned—hence, you are the epitome of the concept! Quite frankly, I’ve never understood the newly-affluent’s frequent tendencies for louche, low-brow antics…one would think they’d simply display some gratitude for their great fortune in life, instead of being boorish and overbearing. (As I was always instructed, good manners and morals are priceless commodities, and yet, they cost nothing, so there is no excuse under the sun for anyone not to employ them…but then, it takes all kinds!!!) At any rate, of course, you are right when you state that the Red Nose telethon was more about results than the actual show itself. I did not partake of the program, but read about it in the British press, so that is how I came to know of certain aspects of the presentation….for a first-time effort, it had an admirable outcome. As for the true meaning of Memorial Day, we are also on the same page…I was brought up with a deep respect for the military and those who fought for our freedom…I think the holiday lost much of its solemnity and impact when the notion of a three-day weekend was introduced in place of the original commemoration that was always marked on the pre-designated May 30th date….back then it was all about respectful memorials and honorary parades before picnics, barbecues, parties and other such merriments were even allowed to commence. Sadly, this is just another example of an old-school tradition now sadly consigned to the ash heap of history. As for the subject of “La Nina,” I think it shall be nearly impossible to right that ship as it has sailed so far off course…you had a horribly-drawn character, a hideously over-acted role and a ridiculous storyline….there is no saving grace to be derived from that terrible trifecta. Still, I’m anxiously anticipating the return of Madeline/Magda, although I’m not certain that we shall ever be enlightened as to the true origins of Nina’s condition (Nature vs. nurture, so to speak….) You’re already aware that I remain on the side of her being afflicted from birth, or at least early childhood, and I do believe Maddie made some effort to deal with her “problem offspring” via the expertise of Dr. O., but it was all for naught. Me thinks Mama Reeves simply gave up in utter exasperation, and in the process, created the CrayClay monster we see today. Having said that, for me, the real event is the upcoming reunion of the Sisters Westbourne… that is where the true substance of this saga exists and I cannot wait to savor the sight of those Swiss Sibs once again sharing the same frame—or jail cell, as the case may be…LOL!!!! Should be both a treat and a thrill!!! By the way, speaking of Donna Mills’ eyes, have you seen that popular YouTube of her cosmetic tutorial featuring the brightly-hued shadows of the ’80′s??? It’s a real nostalgia trip, but naturally, she looks absolutely gorgeous all the same!….Anyway, I really must go now…it’s the wee hours of Tuesday morning, and after having lost this response once before (late last evening) I am trying to replicate it as best I can recall….I do hope you had a lovely weekend, and thank you for your similar greetings. Later, Girl!!!!

    Rebecca1 replied

    I didn’t see Billy at the end…just Maurice with Lilly!

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  7. Tima says:

    I liked the episode and like many others felt Nina and Franco’s section was out of place given the focus of everything. The actors did a great job even though I felt there were some awkward moments everyone held up really well. I get the feeling they really wanted Roger to be in these episodes because he was part of OLTL’s live shows, but his monologue while waiting on Nina was odd and a clear ruse to buy her time to change. It felt like he was talking to dead air and I wouldn’t be surprised if most of that was ad libbed. Overall it was still great and I’m looking forward to Monday.

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  8. Lucy D. says:

    I like it for the most pa–especially Liz, Nik & Hayden. Even liked Sonny–and I”m not a big fan.

    Thought Sam overacted–and wins the prize as hypocrite of the month (maybe year). I did like the way Jake exploded in rage–very emotional.

    I’m not convinced Anna pulled the trigger.

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    Alicat replied

    Well Carlos was shot in the chest and there was blood, so I’m pretty convinced Anna pulled the trigger. Unless somebody else snuck up behind her, like Commish or Jordan. But doubtful. This will be why Anna leaves, she has to go away and “assess her life” and how she could have done that. ??

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    CeeCee replied

    Wow, Alicat. I did not even pause to think that someone else might have shot Carlos. Good theory. We shall see.
    It could even have been Julian himself to stop Carlos from talking.

  9. Jane says:

    Excellent job, One Life To Live did it before being cancelled and they were excellent too.
    Very cool seeing Sonny and Jake Doe briefly towards the end. It was weird seeing
    that lady flip the huge cards.

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    Aria replied

    That was lily, son us wife who got killed in a bomb explosion meant for sonny.

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    Shay replied

    Now I know why so many were deliriously happy when she was supposedly “blown up!” Can you say annoying? That was like an ending to a tacky telenovela… LOL! Personally, I would have preferred Anthony Zaccara doing the honors….especially with his “Venus” in the frame.

    Aria replied

    Sonnys first wife who blew up in a car explosion!!

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    CeeCee replied

    Yeah, especially that big, toothy smile pasted on her face. What was that? She looked like she didn’t know left from right….very pretty, though.

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  10. Aria says:

    Here’s my rating the performances

    Finola Hughes – A- only criticism (maybe I’m comparing Anna to all those kick ass prime time girls but why does Anna an experience ex wsb operative hold a gun like a rookie??? It really annoys me she always looks afraid holding a gun,..

    Rebecca buding A- does she have theatre experience? She looked the most comfortable performing live.

    Teressa Castillo – A.- didn’t seem nervous and cried on cue and seem natural.

    Maurice Benard. A – as usual over the top but like I said as usual.

    Rebecca Herbst A – slightly animated / maybe nervous but she made it through.
    Kelly monoco. B/to animated drama queen!!
    Billy miller B/ Kelly as his partner in their scenes was to animated a his reaction to her to spaced out.
    Tyler Christopher A/ like Rebecca buding he looked at ease like he’s done this before.
    Michelle Stafford C intentional or not her performance was out of place. Still love her though.
    Roger Howarth. A. He still gave his usual performance his scene with Stafford seem out of place in this episode but he was still his usual self.
    Shawn/ Julian/Carlos : didn’t care for much. Give all three B-
    Jordan and sloane. B. Not bad not great.

    Overall I like the episode my ” critic/ criticism is more of my observation, it made me realize how much fun it is to watch a live performance any it makes you appreciate how much those who edit the show together and give it a clean pace are needed to make the show look clean and smooth if you will.

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    CeeCee replied

    Well, Aria. I give you an A+… I agree with your rating and grading.

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    Aria replied

    Ohhh, thanks CeeCee!

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