Below are photos of the remaining season 18 stars – Amy Purdy, Billy Dee Williams, Candace Cameron Bure, Charlie White, Cody Simpson, Danica McKellar, Diana Nyad, Drew Carey, James Maslow, Meryl Davis, & Sean Avery – with their pro partners.
I admit that I am not a sports fan and I don't know much about Erin Andrews, but I was hoping she would be a step up from Brooke Burke as co-host on Dancing with the Stars. The more I read, however, the more I think this will not be the case. Not even close.
First I read that Erin's worried about living up to Brooke's legacy. Huh? She's striving for vapid nonsensical chatter? Okay, then. Next I see that she's girl crushing season 18 competitor NeNe Leakes. I'm not really a fan of the Real Housewives of Atlanta star, so this pains me to read.
ABC revealed the season 18 cast of Dancing with the Stars yesterday. The cast consists mostly of athletes, pop stars, and uber popular 90s sitcom stars. Then there's NeNe Leakes. Then there's a real [movie] star. Bloop.
New this season are Erin Andrews, who has replacedBrook Burke as Tom Bergeron's co-host, and the Switch Up twist. For the first time ever, the stars will dance with new pro partners – chosen by America's votes – at some point in the season.
Personally, I'm not excited about either addition, Erin or the twist that reeks of desperation, but oh well. Also – noTristan MacManus. 🙁 Someone at ABC hates me. Anyway, check out the cast photos and bios below, as well as a few candid shots of NeNe and Tony.
So there are whisperings that Brooke Burke-Charvet'ssudden departure from Dancing With the Stars in favor of sportscaster Erin Andrews is due to ABC's desire to draw more male viewers to the competition show. Um, is Erin planning on being naked for the duration of the upcoming season? I really don't think there is another way to get young guys to watch a ballroom dancing competition that should have tapped its way off our small screens a while ago…and I still watch religiously!
Brooke, who co-hosted with Tom Bergeron for seven seasons, is reportedly "in shock" from being fired, but she's handling it like the classy champ she is. Bad move, DWTS. Bad move…although I do love some Erin.
NeNe Leakes is among the front-runners rumored to be appearing on the upcoming season. With her acting career stagnating and her Housewives career obviously too lowly for her, what else has she got going on?
The cast list is being kept secret until March 4, but sources tell E! News that NeNe, along with former Full House star Candace Cameron Bure, have already been cast for the 18th season, which will premiere March 17th.
Dancing With the Stars is continuing to shake things up as they clean house heading into the new season. First they fired their 28 piece Harold Wheeler Band and now they've fired Brooke Burke!
After seven years in the ballroom, Brooke was let go yesterday. She Tweeted the news and it sounds like Brooke didn't see it coming. "Weird day….Shocking pre-season elimination #DWTS…ME. @Tom_Bergeron didn't even read my name. I won't be returning to the show this season." Later on she wrote, "Thanks for all the love & support. I loved my time in the ballroom & I'll love my next chapter too. Change is positive. Love you guys!"