The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” is right around the corner, and fans can't wait to see how the casting falls into place. This will be the show's first “All-Star” season, and Monday some delightful news came to fans via Twitter. Usually it would be a while yet before the cast is announced, but Monday morning ABC shared that fans won't have to wait as long this time around. The Season 15 cast of DWTS will be announced Friday, July 27. Just who seems to be likely to be on this “All-Stars” season?
Plenty of celebrities have said they would love the opportunity to return, while others seem terrified of the idea. It will certainly be interesting to see how the show handles matching up the pros, because some will be quite in demand. The show has indicated that they are going to stay away from controversial celebrities such as Bristol Palin and Kate Gosselin, but when push comes to shove, will they keep their word? Here are some of the names that seem to be getting a lot of buzz, as PureDWTS has been keeping track of the rumors:
- Mel B., formerly paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- Gilles Marini, formerly paired with Cheryl Burke
- Carson Kressley, formerly paired with Anna Trebunskaya
- Maria Menounos, formerly paired with Derek Hough
Some other names with buzz that would make sense, but don't seem to be a lock by any means include:
- Bristol Palin
- Chelsea Kane
- Erin Andrews (though it seems she has other commitments this fall)
- Evan Lysacek
- Joey Lawrence
- Kelly Osborne
- Kendra Wilkinson
- Kirstie Alley
- Mario Lopez (he is the one who initially spilled the beans, but has lately said his schedule won't allow for it)
- Ralph Macchio (he is said to be hesitant to consider it)
- Rob Kardashian
- Sabrina Bryan
- Stacy Keibler
What hasn't been made clear yet is whether celebrities will be with their original dance pros, and whether former winners will be returning. At first ABC indicated that there wouldn't be winners on Season 15, but that quickly seemed to be modified. If winners can come back, Drew Lachey, Donny Osmond (says he's too busy), Emmitt Smith, Brooke Burke-Charvet and Helio Castroneves are names that definitely get mentioned frequently as the casting buzz escalates.
It's too early to pin down the dance pro list, but barring any shockers it seems almost certain that Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke, Kym Johnson, Karina Smirnoff and Mark Ballas will be on the list to return.
Who do you think will be brought back to dance this season on the “All-Star” edition of “Dancing With the Stars”? Do you want to see the original pairings maintained, or would you like to see them switch things up? Stay close to the net on July 27, as the cast will be announced at the TCA and news will hit the web shortly after.