Dancing with the Stars returns for a 14th season on Monday, March 19th and the cast rumors are already running rampant. So, who may be slipping on their dancing shoes and getting a spray tan when DWTS returns to the ABC line-up in just a few short weeks? Also, which professional dancers will return? Just this morning, Derek Hough let it slip that he is definitely onboard for the new season.
The latest cast rumors (according to ABC, Huffington Post and Yahoo TV) for the new season of Dancing with the Stars include:
- Taylor Armstrong from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
- Past presidential candidate Herman Cain
- Victor Cruz from the New York Giants
- Country cook Paula Deen
- Singer Gavin DeGraw
- Actress Jackee Harry
- TV personality Pee-wee Herman
- Gossip blogger Perez Hilton
- Kris Jenner from the Kardashian family
- JWOWW from Jersey Shore
- Actress Jenny McCarthy
- Singer Dolly Parton
- TV veteran Regis Philbin
- Elvis’s daughter Lisa Marie Pressley
- TV personality Giuliana Rancic
- Israeli model Bar Refaeli
- Sherri Shepherd from The View
- Actress Tori Spelling
- TV correspondent Lara Spencer
- Tim Tebow from The Denver Broncos
- Eagles quarterback Vince Young
- Singer Stevie Wonder
Of course, this list is complete speculation, but in the past some of the rumors have actually come to fruition. One thing is for sure, professional dancer Derek Hough is set to return because he let the news slip just this morning.
Hough appeared today on Live with Kelly and the professional dancer revealed that he’ll be returning when the new season of Dancing with the Stars begins. Although Hough doesn’t yet know who his new partner is going to be, he did admit to Kelly Ripa that he’s been on the show for eight seasons and that this will be his ninth. Oops. His revelation may have been a slip-up because the professional dancers aren’t supposed to reveal if they’re returning or not until after the new cast is announced on February 28th on Good Morning America.
Derek Hough was invited to Hawaii to participate in Live with Kelly’s wedding special. He co-hosted the show last week with Kelly Ripa and was tapped to give dance tips to Ellen Bellew and Kevin Houston for their dream wedding. The season’s veteran pro is the show’s only three-time champion. Hough took home the coveted mirror ball trophy with partners Brooke Burke, Nicole Scherzinger and Jennifer Grey in seasons 7, 10 and 11. Last season, he was partnered with Ricki Lake and the pair came in third place.
So far, Hough’s fellow dance pros are choosing to remain mum about their return to Dancing with the Stars. Pro Louis Van Amstel tweeted just today, “When I know myself, I’ll be sure to announce it to the world.” Hollywood Gossip posted the following comment about Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s return for season 14…
He certainly didn’t endear himself to the judges last season when he made arrogant quips to Len Goodman about how the elder statesman should leave the show. Even though he claimed in the same breath that ‘this is my show, you know,’ is Maks calling it a career? He’s hinted that he might, and ABC won’t comment.
The stars, the drama, the glamour and the glitter are back on ABC when Dancing with the Stars returns for Season 14 on Monday, March 19th (8:00-10:01 p.m. ET) with a sensational two-hour season premiere, and then on Tuesday, March 27th, with the premiere of the first results show (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET).
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