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‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’: Week 1 dances and songs revealed!

ABC has revealed the routines and songs for Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” premiere, which will have three cha-chas, three foxtrots, three salsas and one Viennese waltz on tap. Hope the Viennese waltz doesn’t feel too lonely. All four styles are typical Week 1 dances on the show, but this is no typical “Dancing” season. It’s four weeks long, and more than one couple will be eliminated at the end of the premiere based on judges’ scores and fan votes cast during the live Et/Ct broadcast.

Basically, it’s may not be a good thing to go last — aka the usual pimp spot on the show. ABC did not reveal the performance order. Here is the full list.

See Here’s how voting will work on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’

Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson: Cha-cha (Song: “Sissy That Walk” by RuPaul)

Arike Ogunbowale
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Dancing With The Stars: Athletes Compete for the Mirrorball!

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Turn in those uniforms and break out the sequins!

Dancing With The the Stars Season 26 has ten star athletes headlining a phenomenal four week event in the ultimate dance contest for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.

Can figure skating's bad girl, Tonya Harding, out shine six time NBA champion, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the dance floor?

Will NFL cornerback Josh Norman have the fancy footwork needed to out score Norte Dame's basketball star, Arike Ogunbowale?

And with 15 X Games medals, will snowboarder Jamie Anderson score enough points to slide past Chris Mazdzer who won and Olympic medal for Men's Single Luge.

Major League baseball star, Johnny Damon will have to out rhumba Olympic winning softball player Jennie Finch Daigle.

And when Olympic medal winning figure skaters Mirai Nagasu and Adam Rippon go head to head on the dance floor instead of the ice, who will slip first?

These athletes take off their
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Tonya Harding Opens up About Finally Getting "Respect" After All These Years (Exclusive)

In an interview with In Touch, notorious figure skater Tonya Harding says she is grateful to be back in the spotlight – in a good way. Last year the biopic I, Tonya was released to critical acclaim and three Oscar nominations — propelling her into the headlines again. And this time, people saw a different side to the story. "I'm actually getting respect. I haven't had that for a very long time," says the 47-year-old, who's getting a second chance at winning America over, this time with partner Sasha Farber on Dancing With the Stars. Although she says she doesn't know much about dancing, she is eager to learn. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) "I know some basics, but not really [anything]! Sasha gets to teach me everything. Skating didn't help me in anyway." "I've always wanted to be on the show, but I knew it would probably not be possible because you have to be nominated.
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‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ predictions: Tonya Harding rises as figure skaters dominate the top 3

‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ predictions: Tonya Harding rises as figure skaters dominate the top 3
With less than a week to go before “Dancing with the Stars” begins its special 26th season featuring only athletes on April 30, Tonya Harding moves up in our predictions for who will win the Mirror Ball Trophy. She now ranks third with 5/2 odds with the top two spots continuing to be held by Adam Rippon (first place with 17/10 odds) and Mirai Nagasu (second place with 11/5 odds). If we’re right that would mean a clean sweep of the top three for this season’s figure skaters.

Our odds are based on the combined predictions of hundreds of Gold Derby users who have made their forecasts thus far in anticipation of the April 30 season premiere. And it makes sense that our users would have high expectations for figure skaters given the previous Mirror Ball Trophy victories for Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6) and Meryl Davis (season 18). But not all figure skaters have made it that far.
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Allison Janney Joins Viola Davis in Bert & Bertie’s “Troupe Zero”

Janney on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”

More stars from “The Help” are reuniting. Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer have a holiday comedy in the works, and now comes word that Allison Janney is joining the cast of “Troupe Zero,” an Amazon Studios feature that Viola Davis is already signed on to. Deadline broke the news about Janney’s casting.

Directed by female directing duo Bert & Bertie (“Dance Team”), the plot for “Troupe Zero” is being kept under wraps. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” co-writer Lucy Alibar penned the script.

“Troupe Zero” marks Janney’s first big screen role since her Oscar-winning turn as Tonya Harding’s mother in “I, Tonya.” She’ll be re-teaming with Mckenna Grace, who played a young version of Tonya, on this new project.

Janney is a seven-time Emmy winner. She won trophies for her roles in “The West Wing,” “Masters of Sex,” and “Mom.” The latter
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Who will be the biggest surprise on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’? [Poll]

Who will be the biggest surprise on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’? [Poll]
It happens every season. You peruse the “Dancing with the Stars” cast, make your predictions based on name and reputation, and are proven wrong. There is always someone you underestimated or overestimated — whether it’s their dance ability or fan support or overall appeal, or all of the above — who does better or worse than most people expected. Who will be that person this season?

Our “Dancing” odds have Adam Rippon winning, with Mirai Nagasu and, perhaps most surprisingly, Tonya Harding, next in line to take home the Mirrorball. Harding’s casting has been very divisive, but she does have supporters and she can ride her redemption story. Or maybe folks are banking on figure skaters’ past success on the show? Chris Mazdzer, the first luger on the show, is in fourth place and Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, looking to be the fifth football player to win, is in fifth place.
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Lucifer Season 3 Episode 21 Review – ‘Anything Pierce Can Do I Can Do Better’

Tori Brazier reviews the twenty-first episode of Lucifer season 3…

Finally, after building to a head for three seasons, it seems that this could be the episode where Lucifer (Tom Ellis) will finally fully define and realise his feelings for Chloe (Lauren German), with Pierce (Tom Welling) seemingly out of the way… except that he still can’t truly admit them to himself. He is then supremely cheesed off to see Pierce still alive and at work the next morning, considering that he thought he had left him ready to dispatch himself to Hell the previous night, given his new, desperately longed for mortal status. Pierce has shared his theory with Lucifer about Chloe’s ability to make those she loves bleed as they are vulnerable, hence the sudden disappearance of his mark of Cain at the end of the last episode.

After promising not to interfere, a well-meaning Lopez (Aimee Garcia
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Will Olympic softball player Jennie Finch strike out the competition on ‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’?

Will Olympic softball player Jennie Finch strike out the competition on ‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’?
Jennie Finch has been the face of women’s softball since leading the USA to a gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics. She continued with the team at the 2008 Olympics, where she added a silver medal to her collection. Now Finch is the first softball player to appear on “Dancing with the Stars.” Will she hit a home run and take home the Mirror Ball Trophy? Let’s consider the pros and cons.

Pros:

Jennie has been a role model for young girls and has been outspoken about her Christian faith and her focus on her family after retiring from softball in 2010. So she should have no problem getting support from fans, since previous conservative or Christian contestants like Bristol Palin, Candace Cameron Bure and Sadie Robertson have done extremely well in their respective seasons on the show.

In addition, Finch is already rumored to be one of the contestants to beat this season.
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Allison Janney attending ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ premiere to support Tonya Harding

Allison Janney attending ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ premiere to support Tonya Harding
Tonya Harding and the real Lavona Golden may be estranged, but the same can’t be said for the figure skater and her movie mom: “I, Tonya” star Allison Janney will be front row and center to root on Harding on “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes.”

“Allison is coming for the first show,” Harding revealed to “Entertainment Tonight.” As for Margot Robbie, who played Harding in the dark comedy, the Oscar nominee is currently out of town. “When she comes back, if we are still in the competition, she’s going to come too,” Harding said.

See Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber want Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in their ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ routines

Harding and her partner Sasha Farber previously joked about having Janney and Robbie in their dances, but having an Oscar winner cheer you on works just as well. Here’s hoping Janney brings her trophy and Little Man.
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Here’s how voting will work on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’

Here’s how voting will work on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’
Lots of things are different about “Dancing with the Stars” this season — it will feature just athletes, will only last four weeks, will have double eliminations every week, and will have a new voting system. While ABC has not formally announced voting details yet, in a recent Instagram video, Sharna Burgess, who’s partnered with Washington Redskins cornerback Josh Norman, revealed how the voting will work.

So here’s how it goes:

– Voting will open at the beginning of the show and will close a few minutes after the last couple dances. Puerto Rico can also vote now.

– You can change your vote on the official “Dancing” website during the show. So if, say, you had already voted for Adam Rippon’s amazing tango, but Tonya Harding later throws down a killer cha-cha and you’re like, “Damn! I didn’t know she had that in her,” just log on and switch your vote.
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Amy Robach Snares Co-Anchor Duties on ABC’s ’20/20′

Amy Robach Snares Co-Anchor Duties on ABC’s ’20/20′
Amy Robach will take over as co-anchor of ABC News’ “20/20,” replacing the departing Elizabeth Vargas on the longrunning ABC News newsmagazine. She will work with David Muir.

“Amy’s already well-known to our ’20/20′ audience for her reporting on some of the program’s most compelling work,” said James Goldston, president of ABC News, in a memo to staff Monday. “She’s proved uniquely capable of connecting with a diverse and fascinating group of people to tell their stories, including Tonya Harding, Gretchen Carlson, Hulk Hogan, former Uva dean Nicole Eramo, and Monica Lewinsky for her first network interview in over a decade.
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Amy Robach Named David Muir’s ’20/20’ Co-Anchor

Amy Robach Named David Muir’s ’20/20’ Co-Anchor
Amy Robach has been named David Muir’s co-anchor on “20/20.” In December, TheWrap exclusively reported that Robach was the frontrunner to replace Elizabeth Vargas in the job.

Robach will still “report frequently” for “Good Morning America,” per ABC News President James Goldston.

“Amy joins David, Deborah Roberts and the 20/20 team at an exciting time,” Goldston said Monday in a note to staff announcing Robach’s appointment. “The newsmagazine continues to innovate 40 years after its launch, but great journalism and distinctive storytelling are always at the heart of what we do, and Amy will help make an outstanding team even better.”

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Here is Goldston’s email in its entirety:

Team,

I’m delighted to announce that Amy Robach will join David Muir as co-anchor of 20/20 starting at the end of May. In addition to her new duties she’ll continue to report frequently for Good Morning America and across ABC News when major news breaks.

Amy, as we know so well, is a brilliant journalist and a skilled interviewer. She has covered the biggest news events around the world, from the deadly terrorist attacks in Belgium and Manchester and the Pulse nightclub shooting to the poaching epidemic in Tanzania and the Olympic games in PyeongChang, Rio and Sochi.

Amy’s already well-known to our 20/20 audience for her reporting on some of the program’s most compelling work. She’s proved uniquely capable of connecting with a diverse and fascinating group of people to tell their stories, including Tonya Harding, Gretchen Carlson, Hulk Hogan, former Uva dean Nicole Eramo, and Monica Lewinsky for her first network interview in over a decade.

Her tenacity as a reporter has been matched by her passion to help others after her breast cancer diagnosis. Three years ago she wrote about her unexpected battle with cancer after an on-air mammogram on Gma. Her book, “Better: How I Let Go of Control, Held on to Hope and Found Joy in My Darkest Hour,” became a New York Times bestseller. By sharing her diagnosis and its aftermath publicly and candidly, she offers hope to millions across this country.

Amy joins David, Deborah Roberts and the 20/20 team at an exciting time. The newsmagazine continues to innovate 40 years after its launch, but great journalism and distinctive storytelling are always at the heart of what we do, and Amy will help make an outstanding team even better.

Please join me in congratulating Amy on her new role.

James

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Chicago Critics Film Festival 2018 Capsule Review – American Animals

The turning point where American Animals finally won me over and will for anyone else not entirely sold, boils down to a third act reveal that makes clear why writer and director Bart Layton has chosen to include documentary-style cutaway interviews to the real-life subjects of the Transylvania University art heist incident drip feeding different versions of the truth. Is it a little late to completely redeem the movie into something truly special? Yes, but by the end, there is no denying that Bart Layton (most known for the documentary The Imposter) has once again found a creative way to play with the structure of biopics and reality versus dramatization.

American Animals also has a terrific small ensemble of bright young actors, but it is Keoghan and Peters who stand out thanks to receiving the most material along with juxtaposed opposite lives despite their close friendship, and it’s great
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Will Adam Rippon become the first male figure skater to win the Mirror Ball Trophy on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’?

Will Adam Rippon become the first male figure skater to win the Mirror Ball Trophy on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’?
According to our early “Dancing with the Stars” racetrack odds for its special athletes-only 26th season, Adam Rippon is the man to beat. The 28-year-old figure skater is coming off of an Olympic Games where he won a bronze medal in the figure skating team event with his American teammates (including his “DWTS” rival Mirai Nagasu). His career has also included a 2010 Four Continents championship and a 2016 Us nationals championship. Will he add a Mirror Ball Trophy to his list of accomplishments?

Pros:

Figure skaters are an especially good fit for “DWTS” as they come to the dance floor with plenty of advanced physical training and experience with choreography, music and performing for a live audience. And of course they know what it takes to please a panel of judges. That undoubtedly helped two past figure skaters win the show: Kristi Yamaguchi (season 6) and Meryl Davis (season 18).

Rippon has already
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‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ cast reveals team names

‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ cast reveals team names
After pairings are announced for “Dancing with the Stars,” the next order of business is not to get to rehearsal — nay, it’s to come up with a team name. That’s not as easy as it sounds. You want to be fun, cheeky, succinct and hashtag-able. If you’re lucky, it can come easily to you; if you’re not, you could stress about it every waking minute.

This was true for some of the couples on “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,” but they persevered. See their team names below — and check back as the rest get announced.

See Will Chris Mazdzer do as well on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ as he did 80 mph down the luge track?

Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson: Team Just Friends

Get it? Because they’re just friends. Rippon has a boyfriend, Jussi-Pekka Kajaala, and Johnson is dating two-time “Dancing” champ Val Chmerkovskiy.
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Will Mirai Nagasu easily skate to a ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ victory?

Will Mirai Nagasu easily skate to a ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ victory?
Mirai Nagasu had been angling for a “Dancing with the Stars” spot since before she was done competing in the Pyeongchang Olympics, so it’s nice for ABC to make her wish come true. The Olympic bronze medalist, who became the first American woman to land a triple axel at the Olympics, became an instant favorite to win the Mirrorball with her partner Alan Bersten and is currently sitting in second place in our odds. But will she have what it takes to be the third figure skater to win after Kristi Yamaguchi and Meryl Davis? Let’s weigh the pros and cons.

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Pros:

There is a very common misconception that skating is just dancing with skates. That’s not true at all; they’re very different sports that require different muscles, skills and muscle memory — e.
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Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber want Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in their ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ routines

Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber want Margot Robbie and Allison Janney in their ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’ routines
If Margot Robbie and Allison Janney stop by “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” to cheer on Tonya Harding and Sasha Farber, they might not just be in the audience. Asked by “Access Hollywood” if the “I, Tonya” stars will visit, the pair had some big plans for their VIP guests.

“They’re gonna be in the number,” Farber says. “We want them in the number, right?”

“Yes, yes!” Harding replies.

See Tonya Harding is ‘perfectly fine’ with Nancy Kerrigan comparisons on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’

We can see it now: Harding and Farber will do a dance trio with Robbie, and then Janney will interrupt with Little Man perched on her shoulder and her shiny new Oscar in tow to declare, “Well, my storyline is disappearing right now. What the f—.”

In all seriousness, Harding has no idea if Robbie and Janney will stop by yet. “I hope so,
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Tonya Harding is ‘perfectly fine’ with Nancy Kerrigan comparisons on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’

Tonya Harding is ‘perfectly fine’ with Nancy Kerrigan comparisons on ‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’
Everyone and their mother will be pitting Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan against each other once again when the former starts her “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” run, a year after the latter competed. But that’s not going to faze the controversial figure skater.

“You know, I know that there are going to be comparisons and that’s perfectly fine,” Harding told E! News.

See ‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’ – Everything you need to know about season 26 of ‘DWTS’

Kerrigan was booted along with “The Bachelor” star Nick Viall in sixth place in a double elimination on Season 24. The skaters are, of course, inextricably linked thanks to the 1994 attack on Kerrigan orchestrated by Harding’s ex-husband Jeff Gillooly. Harding pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution of the attackers and was banned for life by the U.S. Figure Skating Association.

While the incident was a centerpiece of “I, Tonya,” Harding
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‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’: Which sports have the best track records?

‘Dancing with the Stars: Athletes’: Which sports have the best track records?
Seven sports are represented by the 10 athletes on “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes,” including some of the show’s staples. But which sport’s athletes have done the best on the show? You can probably guess. Let’s look at these seven sports’ “Dancing” histories.

Football (Josh Norman)

As everyone knows, football is by far “Dancing”’s favorite sport. They don’t even try to hide it. Nineteen football players have hoofed it before this season, and while they haven’t all made it to the business end of their respective seasons, football has produced four winners, three runner-ups and two third-place finishers. So, no pressure, Josh, to follow in these pigskin players’ footsteps.

See ‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’ – Everything you need to know about season 26 of ‘DWTS’

Figure skating

Figure skating is “Dancing”’s second favorite sport, though it’s still well behind football. Before this season, six
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Dancing with the Stars: Athletes: Competitors Announced for Special Season

Who's coming to Dancing with the Stars: Athletes? Today, ABC announced the competitors for their upcoming spinoff special.The special edition "welcomes 10 athletes to sparkle up their uniforms and lace up their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor." Sports stars include figure skaters Adam Rippon, Mirai Nagasu, Tonya Harding, basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Arike Ogunbowale, Chris Mazdzer, Jamie Anderson, Jennie Finch Daigle, Johnny Damon, and Josh Norman.Read More…
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