Just hours after fans endured the shock of seeing popular professional dancer Sharna Burgess excluded from the "Dancing with the Stars" season 19 cast, the talented performer took to Twitter to address the situation on Aug. 13. In light of previous reports, Burgess' tweet served up a welcome bit of relief for disgruntled show viewers.
Immediately after the pro cast list was revealed during "Good Morning America," Burgess' boyfriend Paul Kirkland posted a series of tweets criticizing "DWTS" for treating the gifted dancer with less respect than she deserved. Although many of those posts have since been deleted, a large number of fans echoed Kirkland's sentiments, calling the decision everything from flat out wrong to "appalling."
Eager to clear the air, Burgess' late-day tweet contradicted Kirkland's claims. After thanking fans for their "amazing" support, she wrote "please know 2day wasnt a shock 2me! #dwts has been very respectful! Keep an eye out 4 me very soon #dwtsfam."
Although entertainment correspondent Kristyn Burtt's mid-afternoon edition of "15 Second Dance Scoop" confirmed that none of the potential "DWTS" troupe members had been notified of their show status, Burgess' tweet came much later in the day and could suggest that she'll appear on season 19 in that capacity. The field of potential troupe members also includes, among others, Sasha Farber, Lindsay Arnold, Jenna Johnson, and Paul Karmiryan.
The list of professional dancers who will team up with celebrity partners in the quest for the mirror ball trophy includes a mix of long-time favorites and newcomers. Included are Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, Witney Carson, Allison Holker, Tony Dovolani, Val Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Artem Chigvintsev, and Keo Motsepe. Motsepe, who hails from South Africa and performs as part of the cast of "Burn the Floor," tweeted his excitement following the cast reveal, writing "It's my dream, come true, to be a Pro on DWTS."
To see which celebrities join the season 19, tune in to "Good Morning America" on Sept. 4 for the official full cast announcement. "Dancing with the Stars" season 19 premieres Sept. 15 on ABC.