With just days to go before the "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2013 cast reveal during the Sept. 4 edition of "Good Morning America," the reality dance competition's official Instagram account piqued viewer interest with an Aug. 31 video clip that came dangerously close to revealing the identity of long-time pro Karina Smirnoff's newest partner.
The teaser begins with Smirnoff asking fans if they'd like to know the identity of her new partner, and then the camera pans to rest on the unnamed male celebrity's feet. The shot then moves upward before stopping just below his neck. Smirnoff then mouths the word "psych" as it's said aloud by an unseen male voice.
Although the man pictured appears to be lighter-skinner than "High School Musical" star Corbin Bleu, who is rumored to be part of the "DWTS" season 17 cast, other evidence suggests that he may well be Smirnoff's partner after all. Bleu's arms and thumbs, as pictured in an Aug.28 TMZ article announcing his alleged participation, resemble those of the man in the video.
Additionally, when Smirnoff dished about her new better dancing half during an Aug. 29 interview, she said that she'd previously mentioned his name as an "incredible" potential show participant. In a 2009 She Knows interview, Smirnoff expressed appreciation for Bleu's "rhythm" and "natural ability" and said she thought he'd be a good celebrity partner.
Finally, the folks at PureDWTS pointed out on Aug. 30 that Smirnoff recently began following Bleu's Twitter account.
The sole strike against the theory that Bleu is Smirnoff's partner came during an August Entertainment Tonight interview that featured Smirnoff and fellow "DWTS" pro Cheryl Burke talking about the show. Although she wouldn't be specific and it was hard to tell if she was being serious, Smirnoff claimed that her partner's name is Ryan. That video clip prompted speculation that she's paired up with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, though Lochte's name hadn't been floated as a contestant as of press time.
To see whether or not Corbin Bleu will work with Karina Smirnoff, watch the Sept. 4 "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2013 cast reveal on "Good Morning America."