ABC announced the Dancing with the Stars season 20 stars this morning on Good Morning America. I watched. I took notes. I’m still waiting for the stars to be announced. I kid, but seriously, this is the least exciting cast in several seasons. However, as a huge fan of Shark Tank, I was pleasantly surprised to learn one of the “sharks” will dance.
ABC also revealed that Derek Hough will compete despite his promise to stay away, err, despite his role in New York Spring Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall. He and his star will split their time between L.A. and NYC. Cheryl Burke and Karina Smirnoff will not dance this season. Check out the cast list below and let us know if you plan to watch.
Sadie Robertson was the “reality star” pick for Dancing with the Starsseason 19. During her introduction, the Duck Dynasty star mentioned that dancing is strictly prohibited at the Christian school she attends in Louisiana. The 1984 cult classic Footloose immediately came to mind for many, myself included.
So is dancing truly 100% prohibited at Sadie‘s school? According to the school’s principal, YES! The school has a long-standing ban on school dances, including prom, he confirmed.
Some seasons, like this one, the only reason I turn on the premiere is to see my favorite pros dance. Luckily I always find a star or two to root for along the way. But my interest fades a little bit each time one of the pros I like to watch – Anna Trebunskaya, Tristan MacManus, Chelsie Hightower, Kym Johnson, and Maks come to mind – leaves the show.
Thursday’s new cast reveal did not impress me, but I will tune in to cheer on my favorite pro dancers. When did the pros become a bigger draw than the stars?! That said, I remember not knowing much about Emmitt Smith, Gilles Marini, Donald Driver, and Zendaya beyond their profession, but I grew to love each of them on their season. So I hope the same happens this time around.
Below are photos of the stars – Antonio Sabato Jr, Betsey Johnson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Janel Parrish, Lolo Jones, Tommy Chong, Bethany Mota, Randy Couture, Michael Waltrip, Sadie Robertson, Tavis Smiley, Lea Thompson, and Jonathan Bennett – with their pro partners. This coming Monday brings us the Bachelor in Paradise finale – who’s watching that hot mess?!? – then the new season of Dancing with the Stars kicks off Monday, September 15.
Most of the rumors were true. Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson will dance. When asked how her family reacted to the news, Sadie said, “They thought it was hilarious. We don’t really have that much dancing experience in the family, but it’s going to be really funny to see them all at the show.”
But a few of the rumors missed the mark. Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman did not make the cut. I’m not sad about it. Oh, you know who else is missing? THE STARS. Seriously, if I have to Google more than half of the cast, they are not stars. <sigh> Check out the complete list below and let us know what you think.
Following the announcement that former competitor, Julianne Hough would be joining the judges’ table this season, most of the comments have been quite positive. But Karina is not so sure that Julianne is ready for the judges’ table.
Unsurprisingly, Bachelorette star Andi Dorfman is rumored to be dancing. A few sources even claimed that her chosen one, Josh Murray, will compete too. That’s never been done before and ABC is normally dreadfully predictable, so I fully expect to see Josh seated in the audience only.