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Sharna Burgess returns to 'DWTS' with celeb partner Tavis Smiley

Dancer/tv personality Sharna Burgess attends OK Magazine's So Sexy L.A. Event at LURE on May 21, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Angela Weiss

Fans were elated when Sharna Burgess shared the good news that she would indeed be competing in season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars." Now it has been announced with celebrity she'll be dancing with. The show's co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced the celebrity competitors and who they have been paired up with on "Good Morning America" on Thursday, September 4.

Sharna has been paired up with activist and talk show host Tavis Smiley. He currently hosts the daily online radio program "Tavis Talks" on BlogTalkRadio.

Sharna certainly seems happy with who she ended up with as partner. Right after the announcement was made, she tweeted that she doesn't call Tavis "T-Smiles for nuttin" and that she's so excited that everyone now knows. Attached to the tweet was a photo of them smiling and pointing at each other in what looks to be a Los Angeles news broadcast room.

When the list of the pro dancers who would be competing in season 19 was announced on "Good Morning America" in mid-August, Sharna's name was not on it. She immediately made her disappointment known by tweeting about how much everyone's words of support and love meant to her and that she loves everyone back in return.

It seems that the show's producers quickly realized that they had made a mistake by leaving Sharna out. Or perhaps it was their plan all along to build fan excitement by having a mystery 13th pro dancer. In late August, Sharna tweeted that she was so excited to finally be able to tell her fans that she will be back on the dance competition as the 13th dancer. Her announcement certainly made her fans happy. One person even wrote that she "literally screamed" when she read the good news.

The big question now is how far Sharna Burgess and Tavis Smiley will go on season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars." Will Tavis' dance moves be as smooth as his words?

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