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.
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.
Last night Kim Kardashian was at the VMAs sans her musical genius husband Kanye West. Kim attended with her sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner and she also came on stage to introduce Sam Smith’s performance. Did anyone watch the VMAs? They had SNL’s Jay Pharaoh on the show, doing bits pretending to be Jay Z. and then Kanye. Kendall and Kylie were in hysterics and Kim was smiling blankly at the camera and looking at her sisters like “Whaaat did he say? Should I be laughing?” I added the video below.
Sources connected to the show reveal that Julianne has been made an offer to join the show as the fourth judge, which means no one is being replaced or fired, they’re simply adding a magical extra! Julianne’s people are in negotiations with DWTS to make the deal, which is supposed to happen soon. Julianne had a trial run last season which didn’t go well, but apparently ABC is still happy to have her return.
Rumor has it Maks was initially supposed to nab the extra judges spot, but instead they went with Julianne. Perhaps when Len Goodman takes that retirement…