We have a rare treat here at “Soapbox” with a report from guest blogger Robert Janjigian, fashion editor of the Palm Beach Daily News.
He is one of the best writers I know and he’s an incredibly hard worker, always juggling multiple assignments. I may be a tad biased, but, in my opinion, he’s the best fashion writer in the country.
If you enjoy fashion (and who doesn’t) then check out his blog Styleland.
INTERVIEW WITH LISA RINNA IN PALM BEACH
By Robert Janjigian, fashion editor of the Palm Beach Daily News
People still remember Lisa Rinna as Billie Reed on Days Of Our Lives, a role she played from 1992 to 1995
Rinna was at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach Tuesday night for the debut of L.A. skin-care specialist Kate Somerville at the hotel’s spa, whose treatments she said she swears by. Rinna took a few minutes to talk about what’s going on in the current, and real, days of her life.
Rinna, who is 45 (she will be 46 on July 11), just completed her second-annual stint hosting the award season of red carpet coverage for the TV Guide Network said she has no plans to return to daytime soaps.
“It’s way too much work, but it was a great experience, which I recommend to all young actors just starting out,” she said.
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Most people nowadays recognize her as one of the most polished recent contestants on ABC’s hit series, Dancing with the Stars.
“That really changed my life,” Rinna said, adding that she remains an “ambassador” for the show and has designed a cardio-ballroom exercise routine that she herself practices to maintain the svelte figure she attained while training for the dancing competition.
Rinna has also authored a book, called Rinnavation; which will be released on May 19.
“It’s an autobiographical self-help book,” she said. “In the book I talk about everything I’ve learned, in a self-deprecating way, about diet, exercise, motherhood, spirituality.”
And, considering she stopped being Billie Reed more than 15 years ago, you can be sure there’s no soap talk included.

The fangs are coming out again among the Dancing With The Stars judges.
And that translates into All My Children’s Cameron Mathison (Ryan) needing soap fans to rally for him.
I say that because the judges’ fangs came out big time towards General Hospital’s Kelly Monaco (Sam) who danced in season one – ultimately coming out the champ.
The first couple of weeks they were brutal in their remarks and consistenly gave her the lowest marks – unjustly in my opinion.
This season, the judges are targeting another soap star: Mathison.
Last week, judge Len Goodman scored Mathison with a 7 and Wayne Newton with a 6.
A one-point difference between the two?
Come on!
Although I admire his great attitude, Newton didn’t come close to Mathison’s performance and Newton – rightly so – was eliminated last week.
And the week before, Judge Bruno Tonioli told Mathison he looks like Superman and dances like Clark Kent!
One thing that really bugs me about this competition is that every year they have contestants who have substantial dance experience.
This year it’s Cheetah girl Sabrina Bryan and Spice Girl Melanie “Mel B” Brown aka Scary Spice.
No wonder they both consistently come out on top. They both have dance backgrounds.
How exactly is that fair?
On top of all that, Mathison is working his tail off.
They show the rehearsals and he is a work horse.
That’s not even factoring in his demanding AMC schedule, where he is involved in a front-burner storyline, and the bicoastal travel.
AMC is filmed in New York City and DWTS in Los Angeles.
And on Tuesday night, after the DWTS results show, Mathison will host the live finale of I Wanna Be A Soapstar 11 p.m. (EST) on SOAPnet.
Bottom line: Mathison needs your help.
Dancing With The Stars airs tonight (Monday) 8 p.m. (EST) on ABC.
You can vote by telephone from the start of the show. I usually vote by phone during the show. It’s easier to get through that way. But you only have up to a half hour after the show ends to vote by phone.
The phone number to vote for Mathison and his professional dance partner Edyta Sliwinska is 1-800-VOTE4-07. There’s no charge by the way.
You can also vote online up until noon on Tuesday.
The third option is to text your vote, but it’s only for AT&T customers and there’s a charge. Click here to access the DWTS website.
The couple’s score is divided evenly between the judges’ scores and the fans’ votes. The couple with the lowest combined score will be eliminated from the ballroom at the end of the results’ show on Tuesday 9 p.m. (EST).
Don’t let that couple be Cameron and Edyta.
As the saying goes in Palm Beach County – Vote Early and Often!

All My Children fans will want to tune in tonight to Dancing With The Stars, 8 p.m. on ABC to lend support to Cameron Mathison (Ryan Lavery).
Mathison could put the soap world on the map for a second time in season five of this popular primetime show. This season’s roster of 12 celebrities is the largest to date.
Kelly Monaco (Sam McCall on General Hospital) took the top prize in season one, boosted by the outpouring of soap fans who voted for her and kept her in the game to the end.
The three judges – Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman – were particularly harsh on Monaco during the first two weeks – unjustifiably so in my opinion. Kelly really did a wonderful job, certainly as well as any of the other contestants.
And she showed tons of class.
When the judges lobbed cruel criticisms about her dancing, Kelly just stood there and listened.
Instead of responding with negativity, she practiced harder, coming back stronger and stronger each week – ultimately emerging the winner.
Now it’s Mathison’s turn and he’s going to need support from the soap world.
He has a lot on his plate. In addition to a front burner storyline on All My Children, Mathison hosts the SOAPnet reality show I Wanna Be a Soap Star and now adds the grueling DWTS schedule.
DWTS began last night with the six female celebs strutting their stuff – Jennie Garth, Marie Osmond, Jane Seymour, Sebrina Bryan, Josie Maran and Melanie Brown (aka Scary Spice).
Tonight, the men take the floor – Wayne Newton, Helio Castroneves, Albert Reed, Floyd Mayweather, Mark Cuban and Mathison.
Wednesday is elimination.
The star who gets the least number of votes gets booted from the show. Fans can vote online, by telephone or text message.
And as the saying goes in Palm Beach County – Make Every Vote Count!