Two days after spoiler source @DWTSGossip revealed via Twitter that the pro cast of the "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2014 season would be announced live during the Aug. 13 episode of "Good Morning America," ABC confirmed the news Aug. 12. The confirmation came in the form of a brief commercial break promo that aired during "The View."
After promising "a live television first" for fans, the promo confirmed that the identities of the professional dancers who will make up the "DWTS" season 19 cast list will be officially revealed to America during "GMA." Per @DWTSGossip, the dancers will likely learn their respective fates on camera during the live broadcast, and will enter the show unaware of their status.
With the potential for public embarrassment and disappointment looming large, some fans questioned new show-runner Rob Wade's decision to go with a live announcement. Twitter user @TheCode_D called the move both "cool and cruel."
Others speculated that the pros invited to attend the "GMA" announcement would all be given parts in season 19, and would simply enter the live show unaware of whether they'd be taking part as pro coaches or as members of the non-competitive "DWTS" troupe.
For their part, the professional dancers have remained most mum regarding their season 19 status. Five-time mirror ball trophy winner Derek Hough has repeatedly told the press that he's unsure if he will return to the show as a competitor. Also tight-lipped about her potential participation is "DWTS" mainstay and two-time champion Cheryl Burke, who in July told Access Hollywood that she had yet to make up her mind about whether or not she wanted to return.
But not everyone has been silent. An Aug. 11 tweet by dancer Elena Samodanova directed to husband and former "DWTS" pro Gleb Savchenko said "u gonna rock @DancingABC," suggesting that the talented performer will appear on season 19 as either a member of the troupe, or for a second go at the trophy.
A small handful of others are definitely out for the season. Included are reigning pro champion Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who has hinted that he's interested in taking a seat at the judges' table with Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman; Tristan MacManus, who will compete as a pro on "Strictly Come Dancing"; and Kym Johnson, who will head down under to judge the Australian version of "DWTS."
To see which pros are named to the cast, tune in to "Good Morning America" on Aug. 13. The "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2014 season premieres Sept. 15 on ABC.