With just hours to go before the Sept. 4 "Dancing with the Stars" season 17 lineup reveal during "Good Morning America," a Sept. 3 blog post by TV host and entertainment reporter Kristyn Burtt revealed surprising changes to the list of supposedly confirmed pro cast members.
According to Burtt's unnamed source, who she called both "reliable" and "solid," two dancers previously confirmed to be taking part in season 17 as pro coaches will actually participate as members of the slimmed down "DWTS" troupe. Essentially demoted from their roles as pro coaches during season 16 were Lindsay Arnold and Gleb Savchenko, who previously partnered boxer Victor Ortiz and "Real Housewife" Lisa Vanderpump, respectively.
Primed to step into their well-heeled shoes are a pair of newcomers in Sasha Farber, an alum of the troupe, and Tyne Stecklein. Although she's never appeared as part of the "DWTS" cast, Stecklein has visited the ballroom as a guest performer. Though an unquestionably talented dancer, Stecklein has also appeared in several TV shows and movies, including "Burlesque" and "Rock of Ages," and was part of Michael Jackson's "This is It" tour documentary.
The other dancers slated to round out the list of pro coaches include Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tristan MacManus, Tony Dovolani, Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Sharna Burgess, Peta Murgatroyd and Emma Slater. Returning dancers Witney Carson and Henry Byalikov will complete the four-member troupe.
"Dancing with the Stars" season 17 premieres Sept. 16 on ABC.