GERALDO RIVERA & EDYTA SLIWINSKA RE-UNITED
|Geraldo Rivera And Edyta Sliwinska|
This season’s finale of Dancing with the Stars is bound to be the biggest yet – spanning two days, two stages and two audiences!
Eight weeks have passed since 12 teams braved the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities left their comfort zones and endured hours of grueling rehearsals to master technical choreography and entertaining performances. In the end, only one couple will rise above the rest to be crowned champions and win the coveted Mirrorball Trophy.
Geraldo Rivera, previously a finalist on reality business show The Apprentice: Celebrity Edition, rejoined the Season 22 cast for one last performance together with his dancing partner Edyta Sliwinska.
Geraldo is currently host of Geraldo Rivera Reports on Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 after a career spanning CNBC, ABC’s 20/20 and being one of the original cast of Good Morning America. Geraldo reported 22 times from war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan and is proud to have broken the news on live television of the death of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Rivera is the recipient of some 170 journalism awards.
Geraldo’s dancing partner in the show was dance professional Edyta Sliwinska who returned to the show after a break from her record breaking 10 season participation in Dancing With The Stars, where she previously partnered with Evander Holyfield, George Hamilton, Ashley Hamilton, Aiden Turner, Joey Lawrence, John Ratzenberger, Cameron Mathison, Jason Taylor, Jeffrey Ross and Lawrence Taylor.
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (America’s Funniest Home Videos) and Erin Andrews (sports host and Dancing with the Stars Season 10 finalist), Dancing with the Stars is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts including head judge, Len Goodman, dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. The competing couples of celebrity and dance professionals are Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas, Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd, Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe, Ginger Zee & Val Chmerkovskiy, Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess, Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani, Mischa Barton & Artem Chigvintsev, Von Miller & Witney Carson, Kim Fields & Sasha Farber, Doug Flutie & Karina Smirnoff and Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold.
About Geraldo Rivera
Geraldo Rivera is currently host of Geraldo Rivera Reports on Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a war correspondent. Rivera began his career as a reporter for WABC-TV in New York where he presented a series exposing the deplorable conditions at the Willowbrook State School for the mentally ill. These award-winning reports led to a government investigation and the institution was eventually shut down.
Before becoming a member of the original cast of ABC's Good Morning America, Rivera presented the first television broadcast of the infamous Abraham Zapruder film of the assassination of President John Kennedy as host of ABC's Good Night America. He then began an eight-year association with ABC's 20/20 as an investigative reporter. One of his hour-long reports, The Elvis Cover-Up was for more than two decades 20/20's highest rated shows. In 1987, Geraldo began producing and hosting his ground breaking talk show The Geraldo Rivera Show for 11 years. In 1998, he hosted a series of highly rated investigative specials on NBC.
The winner of the 2000 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award (his third) for his NBC News documentary on Women In Prison, and the Scripps Howard Foundation national journalism award for Back to Bedlam, Rivera has received more than 170 awards for journalism, including the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award, three national and seven local Emmys, two Columbia-Dupont and two additional Scripps Howard Journalism Awards.
Rivera is a veteran foreign correspondent who has been on the frontlines in virtually every international conflict since 1973. He has expertise in the Afghanistan region, covering the international drug wars of tribal territories in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. His vast war experience has spanned the violent coup in Chile and the Yom Kippur War to the civil wars in Guatemala, the Philippines and Nicaragua as well as the ethnic conflicts in Lebanon (1980-83) and Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo (1998-1999). In 2000, he went to Colombia to cover the country's civil war.
Prior to joining Fox News, Rivera served as host of CNBC's number-one rated prime time show, Rivera Live, where his critically-acclaimed coverage of the O.J. Simpson civil trial verdict set an all-time CNBC ratings record.
Rivera is a graduate of the University of Arizona and Brooklyn Law School and is the author of seven books. Follow Geraldo @GeraldoRivera
About Edyta Sliwinska
Edyta Sliwinska was born in Warsaw, Poland. She started to dance when she was 10 years old. Edyta became a successful ballroom dancer in Poland and achieved a world-class status representing Poland on International competitions all over the world. In addition to that she appeared in several Polish TV commercials and magazine ads. She moved to America in 2000 to pursue her dance career, after she met Alec Mazo at the ballroom dance competition in Blackpool, England. Edyta and Alec became a successful partnership ever since. They were four times US finalists and represented America on many international championships.
In the summer 2005 Edyta appeared on the first season of Dancing With The Stars, one of the most popular shows on TV. Edyta is known for being the only professional dancer to appear on all 10 seasons of Dancing with the Stars. In addition Edyta guest starred on the CBS hit series CSI: NY. Edyta choreographs all her performances and is known for her teaching skills, helping her celebrity partners always achieve their best. Edyta and her partner and husband Alec Mazo produced an instructional DVD Dancing like the Pros and a fitness DVD Fitness with the Pros. For Edyta dancing is a great passion and a way to express herself. Follow Edyta @Edyta_Sliwinska
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