ABC has been playing around with some casting gimmicks for their most recent seasons of Dancing with the Stars (all athletes, all kids), but they’re going back to their roots for the 27th season. And by roots, I mean any variety of adult celebrity that’s willing to cha-cha-cha for a check. Michael and I discussed a few of the rumored cast members competing for the DWTS trophy on the Dlisted podcast last week, but now we have the full list of everyone who is thanking their agents today.
The 26th season of Dancing with the Stars started last night, and as we already knew, the cast is filled with athletes. Tonya Harding made her DWTS debut last night, and she just barely escaped from the shameful title of “First eliminated.”
The cast for the 26th season of Dancing with the Stars will be comprised of all athletes this time. And UsWeekly claims that two such athletes who will be trading in their Jacksons for Capezios are former disgraced skater-turned-still kind of a mess Tonya Harding and everyone’s Olympic crush Adam Rippon.
Tonya’s rival Nancy Kerrigan competed on the 24th season of DWTS. First Nancy, then Tonya? I hope they’re working their way through the 1994 Winter Olympics female figure skating roster, and that one day Oksana Baiul or Josée Chouinard are going to do the cha-cha-cha with Mark Ballas to “I Like to Move It.” I’ve put in my time with this dumb show, I deserve to be rewarded for my loyalty.
As for Adam Rippon, it’s not too much of a surprise that he would sign up. Back in March, UsWeekly spoke to Adam about the possibility of appearing on DWTS, and he said he thought “it would be fun” if the opportunity came up. Sources claim that Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson will also be in the cast.
ABC declined to comment, and the full cast list will be announced on April 13th on Good Morning America.
Anyone who watches DWTS knows that throwing in a ringer like a professional figure skater is basically one step removed from scratching their name on that mirror ball trophy. So they might as well just go ahead and crown Adam the winner. With that being said, being the clear front-runner comes with a price, especially when you’ve got Tonya in the cast. But I think Adam will be safe from any kneecap-smashing. Adam has a sixth sense for haters, and the second he feels one coming at him, he’ll devastate them with a confidence-shattering “oh that’s cute” death smirk.
“Dancing With The Stars” Partners Vanessa Lachey And Maksim Chmerkovskiy Reportedly Can’t Stand Each Other
Both UsWeekly and People are reporting that Dancing with the Stars could be changed to Drama with the Stars, because there’s all kinds of rehearsal room drama between Vanessa Lachey and her dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. You’d think that becoming a dad would have mellowed Maks out a little, but apparently he’s still kind of a high-maintenance diva dick.
It might be a little hard to tell through that heavy real-life Haylie Duff filter that seems permanently applied to her face. But no, it’s not Haylie Duff. It’s 1980s teen pop legend and one-time perfume mogul Debbie Gibson! I really should have made it easier by Photoshopping in a pastel peach Sharp Boombox.
Another season of Dancing With the Stars (or as it’s known in my house, “Okay, but why is the British version called Strictly Come Dancing?“) will soon be upon us. Stars and the star-adjacent are begging their agents or whoever has a phone with a couple free minutes left on it to get them a spot on the 25th season. Handsome house fixer-upper and aspiring Hallmark movie boyfriend Drew Scott was the first to confirm that he has joined the cast. Great news for anyone who has ever wanted to see a come-to-life male department store mannequin attempt to cha-cha-cha. Another cast member that has been confirmed is former Malcolm in the Middle star and sometime mess Frankie Muniz.