DANCING WITH THE STARS kicks off its 19th season tonight on ABC, with not one, but two soap alums on the roster. Both Antonio Sabato, Jr. (ex-Jagger, GH, et al) and Jonathan Bennett (ex-J.R., AMC) will be hoofing their way to the mirror ball trophy — at least they hope so. For his part, Sabato is determined to give it all and enjoy the ride.
“I’ve just got to keep working hard and listening to Cheryl [Burke, his dance partner and two-time champ] and watching the videos of ourselves rehearsing and staying healthy and smile and have a good time,” the actor tells Digest. “You can take the competition seriously but at some point, you really have to have fun. I want to keep smiling and enjoying it, whether I’m there for one dance or the whole thing. It’s been a long time coming and now I’m finally here."
DANCING WITH THE STARS premieres tonight, Monday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m., ET on ABC.