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'DWTS' fall 2014 update: 'Good Morning America' teases big announcement

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is the reigning 'DWTS' pro champion.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is the reigning 'DWTS' pro champion.
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The "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2014 season premieres Sept. 15 on ABC as an all-new cast of celebrity characters begins the quest to capture the coveted mirror ball trophy. Although the proposed lineup of stars and their professional partners is still tightly under wraps, an Aug. 8 reveal by the official Twitter account for the popular ABC show "Good Morning America" teased a big announcement for the week of Aug. 11.

The excruciatingly vague tweet read "Get ready to rumba! Big @DancingABC news next week on @GMA that we can't wait to share...Stay tuned! #DWTS." The post gave no specific date for the planned announcement.

The post ignited a blaze of fan speculation. Twitter user @StefaniaGreco72 theorized that the announcement would reveal season 19's pro cast, and hoped to see her three favorite men in the mix. She tweeted "...I hope I hear the word Chmerkovskiy , Dovolani or Byalikov!! Otherwise I won't be happy..."

The Twitter account for the "Wendy Williams Show" tossed out a different theory, suggesting that the big reveal might have something to do with former pro and reigning "DWTS" champion Maksim Chmerkovskiy's show status. Although the tall, Ukrainian heartthrob previously announced that he wouldn't return to the show in search of another trophy, he didn't rule out the possibility of assuming a seat at the judges' table. With head judge Len Goodman's status uncertain, Chmerkovskiy could take up a pair of paddles alongside long-time panelists Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

The big announcement could also be something as simple as the official date for the cast reveal. Although spoiler source @DWTSGossip previously shared that the lineup will be made public on Sept. 4, neither the network nor anyone from "DWTS" has yet to confirm the report.

Other than Chmerkovskiy's decision to retire from the competitive side of "DWTS," little is known about the upcoming season's pro cast. No dancers have confirmed their respective returns, and only two have confirmed that they will not return. Tristan MacManus, who last worked with legendary actress Valerie Harper during season 17, will dance as part of the cast of "Strictly Come Dancing," while Kym Johnson will continue her duties as a judge for "DWTS Australia."

"Dancing with the Stars" season 19 begins Sept. 15 on ABC. Follow the show's official Twitter page for updates.

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