Since 2006, “Dancing with the Stars” has received at least one Emmy nomination for Best Choreography every year, resulting in three wins. It’s the co-reigning champion, for choreographer Mandy Moore, along with “So You Think You Can Dance.” As one of the few dance-centric programs on the air, it’s probably good for another nomination this year, but who of the “Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” pros would you nominate?
To be clear, both Season 25 last fall and the all-athletes edition are eligible, but since “Athletes” just ended and had a lot more newer faces, let’s focus on that. The four-week season didn’t allow for a ton of routines, but we did get some memorable numbers and some people really stepped up their game. Jenna Johnson was eliminated first in her previous season, so we never got to see what she was made of until now, and she came up with some stellar stuff for Adam Rippon.
Similarly, Sasha Farber choreographed to Tonya Harding’s strengths and knew how to craft a complete story and routine for her. Plus, we finally got to see a Sasha freestyle! The veteran of the pros this go-around, 11-time pro Sharna Burgess was ever consistent and put on another showstopper for Josh Norman’s freestyle.
And then there was two-time pro Alan Bersten, who threw a ton of content Mirai Nagasu’s way, and Lindsay Arnold, who found creative ways to deal with the height difference between her and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Eight “Dancing” pros have received Emmy nominations: Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, Louis van Amstel, Julianne Hough, Derek Hough, Chelsie Hightower, Mark Ballas and Witney Carson. A ninth, Allison Holker, was co-nominated with Derek in 2013, but that was before she joined “Dancing” as a pro. Derek has won twice: in 2013, beating himself and Holker, and in 2015, shared with his sister Julianne and Tessandra Chavez.
Which pro do you want to get an Emmy nomination?