We’re quickly approaching the premiere of the landmark 25th season of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” and we still don’t know which celebrities will compete for the Mirror Ball Trophy, though we’ve been speculating, and speculating some more, and speculating some more. However, ABC will finally reveal its roster of pro dancers on “Good Morning America” on Thursday, August 24. Could the celebrity lineup be far behind? The new season premieres in exactly one month, on Monday, September 18.
One burning question is whether “DWTS” will finally invite troupe member Alan Bersten to compete as a pro. In season 22 Bersten stepped in as a substitute pro partner for celebrity dancer Paige VanZant after Mark Ballas was sidelined due to injury. Then in season 24 he came to the rescue again, pairing up with Heather Morris after Maksim Chmerkovskiy was injured. He was such a clutch performer that both Maksim and his brother Val Chmerkovskiy recommended on the air that he be promoted for the upcoming season.
Who else has the potential to return? Val Chmerkovskiy has competed for the last 12 seasons in a row, winning twice and making the finals seven times overall. If he wins again he would be only the second pro to win the show three or more times — the other is Derek Hough, who holds the record with six Mirror Ball Trophy victories. Then there’s the defending champ Emma Slater, who was the surprise winner in season 24 with football player Rashad Jennings. She has competed in seven seasons, with mixed results — Jennings was the first celeb she ever took to the finals. And perhaps we’ll also see another appearance by perennial dark horse Lindsay Arnold, who has made the finals three times in her five seasons, including better-than-expected finishes for Alek Skarlatos (third place, season 21) and David Ross (second place, season 24).
Or perhaps “DWTS” could recruit dancers from its fellow competition series “So You Think You Can Dance,” as we suggested in our recent poll (vote below). Which pros would you like to see compete next season?