Only the pro dancers cast were announced on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday for “Dancing with the Stars”. True to his word in a recent statement, the fan favorite and now champion, Maks Chmerkovskiy, is not returning in Season 19. His brother Val is coming back.
Besides Val Chmerkovskiy, the other seasoned pro dancers gracing the dance floor once again will be: Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, Karina Smirnoff, Mark Ballas, Witney Carson, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, and five-time champion and Emmy-winning choreographer Derek Hough.
Welcome a new addition of dancers who have performed on the show in some capacity. Artem Chigvintsev was formerly with the DWTS troupe. Allison Holker has been a guest dancer with Derek, and was formerly on FOX’s “So You Think You Can Dance.” Keoikantse "Keo" Motsepe comes to the show from the Broadway production of “Burn This Floor,” a Latin and ballroom dance show.
During the pros only cast announcement, the Results Show will return for the first two nights this upcoming season. One new twist from last season that was highly successful, and will be returning, is the Switch Up. This is where celebrities get a new pro dance partner. It proved to be extremely popular in Season 18.
The celebrity cast announcement will take place on Thursday, September 4. Some of the casting rumors include country singer Shania Twain, World Cup U.S. Men’s National Team goalie Tim Howard, gymnast Kacy Catanzaro, and a “Bachelorette” and her winning new boyfriend compete against each other, a la ice dancing partners, Meryl Davis and Charlie White did last season.
Even though Maks will not be back dancing, it’s a strong possibility he may return either as a guest judge, like he did during Season 17 or replace head judge Len Goodman. You’ll have to wait and find out when “Dancing with the Stars” premieres on Monday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET.