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'DWTS' 2014 news: Which pro almost sat out season 19?

Long-time "DWTS" pro initially decided to sit out the reality competition's 19th season, but had a last-minute change of heart.
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Just a day after the "Dancing with the Stars" season 19 pro cast list was made public during "Good Morning America," an Aug. 14 edition of entertainment correspondent Kristyn Burtt's "15 Second Dance Scoop" revealed that a last-minute change of heart by one long-time participant changed the look of the lineup. So which well-known pro decided she wanted to be paired up with a celebrity partner after initially planning to sit the season out?

Per Burtt, two-time champion Cheryl Burke intended to take a break after competing as a "DWTS" pro for a whopping 17 straight seasons, and producers planned to promote "So You Think You Can Dance" alum Jenna Johnson from the troupe to take her place. Although Burke's late-game decision bumped Johnson from the cast of coaches, Johnson still has a chance to once again appear on the show as a troupe member.

Burke, 30, won the second and third seasons of "DWTS" with singer Drew Lachey and NFL star Emmitt Smith. She's also scored two second place finishes: one with actor Gilles Marini during season eight, and the other with reality star Rob Kardashian during season 13. Most recently, she finished eighth with comedian and "Let's Make a Deal" host Drew Carey during season 18.

Johnson, 20, competed during season 10 of "So You Think You Can Dance," and placed in the top eight. Had Burke not opted to continue on as a pro coach, Johnson would've been the second troupe member to be promoted to coach for season 19. Artem Chigvintsev, who danced in the spring 2014 "DWTS" troupe, is part of the pro coach cast.

In addition to Burke and Chigvintsev, the cast list includes a mix of familiar and new faces. The other competitors are Witney Carson, Emma Slater, Peta Murgatroyd, Karina Smirnoff, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Keo Motsepe.

"Dancing with the Stars" season 19 begins Sept. 15 on ABC. The celebrity cast will be revealed during the Sept. 4 edition of "GMA."

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