The professional dancers on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” have long been recognized as stars themselves. The announcement of which pros will be competing in Season 19 of the hit dance competition show was made on “Good Morning America” this morning and reported by People on Aug. 12.
It is no surprise that reigning champ Maks Chmerkovskiy will not be back. The dashing pro announced his retirement from the competition recently. So just who will be back? Here are the professional contenders.
Maks’s brother Val Chmerkovskiy will be back along with Emmy-winning choreographer and five-time champ Derek Hough. Two-time winner Cheryl Burke is also returning. Other returning pros include Karina Smirnoff, Mark Ballas, Tony Dovolani, Emma Slater, Peta Murgatroyd and Witney Carson.
Rounding out the 12 contestants are Artem Chigvintsev, Allison Holker and Keoikantse Motsepe. Chigvintsev is a champion on the U.K version of the show and appeared in the troupe last year on the U.S. show. Holker is herself an Emmy-nominated choreographer and Motsepe joins the cast as a dancer from South Africa.
Cheryl, Tony, Val and Karina appeared first on the morning talk show and chatted about the show and some of the upcoming changes according to Yahoo! News. Cheryl pointed out that she and Tony have appeared in 18 of the 19 seasons as competitors. Season 19 will bring back the results show but only for the first two weeks. It will also see the return of the “Switch Up” where celebrities will switch partners for one week. The show will continue to use guest judges but as a replacement for one judge who will be missing for part of the season. Though they didn’t identify the judge who will be missing, it is probably Len Goodman who has been very vocal about the strain the travelling puts on him.
Rumors are rampant as to who the 12 celebrities will be for the “Dancing with Stars” Season 19. The official announcement will take place on “Good Morning America” on Sept. 4. The series will kick off Season 19 on Monday, Sept. 15.