The new “Dancing With the Stars” cast list won’t be announced until Sept. 4, but let’s face it, the popular pro dancers are the real stars of the show anyway. In a Twitter status posted on Tuesday, ABC teased the announcement of the upcoming season’s pro dancers, revealing the exclusive reveal would happen on Wednesday morning on “Good Morning America.”
And the live announcement didn’t disappoint! While the long-awaited list of pros featured a few surprises (like three newcomers to the show!), it was no surprise that longtime show alum Maksim Chmerkovskiy didn’t make the list. Following his mirror ball winning paring with Olympic ice dancer Meryl Davis last season, the Ukrainian dancer went on record as saying he was done dancing on the show.
So who will trip the light fantastic on the upcoming season of the celebrity ballroom competition? Here is the official list of “Dancing With the Stars” season 19 pro dancers.
In addition to the pro dancer announcement, a few other season 19 tidbits were revealed on “GMA.” Several of the dancers dished that the Tuesday night results show will be back for the first two weeks of the competition, and guest judges and a partner switch up will also be featured.
When asked how it will feel to dance on compete on the show without his brother this season, Val Chmerkovskiy replied, ‘It will feel perfectly normal.”
Before the cast announcement, “DWTS” show runner Rob Wade told E! News that he was still holding out hope that Maks Chmerkovskiy would return in some capacity.
"I'm absolutely hoping Maks comes back to the show,” he revealed last month. “I don't know whether it's going to be as a dancer. I think there's a number of different things we can talk to him about and the way he'd be involved in the show. Maks will always be part of ‘Dancing With the Stars’ in some way."
There could be room for Maks as a guest judge, especially since Len Goodman will be sitting out part of the season.
The celebrity cast announcement is several weeks away, but rumors are flying as to the names of the stars who have signed on to compete for the show’s 19th mirrorball trophy. Some of the rumored names include “Real Housewives” alums Kandi Burruss, Kyle Richards, Vicki Gunvalson and Tamry Barney, soccer pros Tim Howard and Landon Donovan, pro wrestler James Storm, and recent “Bachelorette” star Andi Dorfman.
“Dancing With the Stars” Season 19 premieres Monday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.