‘Dancing With the Stars: Athletes’ – Everything you need to know about season 26 of ‘DWTS’

The line-up for the next season of “Dancing With the Stars” will be revealed on “Good Morning America” on April 13. While that’s a Friday, it is bound to be a lucky day for one of those taking part in this special edition of the Emmy-winning reality competition series, which will focus solely on athletes. We have been doing a lot of digging and have found out the following details for this upcoming season 26 of “DWTS.”

Who is competing?
So far, four Olympians are slated to be part of the cast. Two of these won medals at the recent Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea: figure skater Adam Rippon and snowboarder Jamie Anderson. A third, Jennie Finch, led the US women’s softball team to victory in the 2004 Summer Olympics and a second-place silver medal finish four years later. The last may not have won a medal but is the most (in)famous of this foursome: Tonya Harding.

This one-time US champion figure skater fell from grace following an attack on her 1994 Olympics rival Nancy Kerrigan. While Kerrigan staged a stunning comeback, winning a silver medal in Lillehammer, Norway, Harding faltered and finished only in eighth. The recent Oscar-winning film “I, Tonya” cast her in a sympathetic light and a well-received appearance on “DWTS” could do much to further repair her reputation.

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When does season 26 start?
“Dancing With the Stars: Athletes” is set to premiere on ABC on Monday, April 30 and will lead into the live results on “American Idol.”

How long will this season run?
These athletes will be working overtime as this edition will be only four weeks long. Compare that to upwards of 10 for previous seasons.

When is the finale?
There will be double eliminations each week and the finale is set to air on Monday, May 21.

Who is hosting?
Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will be back as hosts.

Who are the judges?
Likewise, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli are all returning to the judges table.

Who is the producer?
Behind the scenes, there is a new showrunner, Andrew Llinares, who worked with Simon Cowell on “Britain’s Got Talent” and the UK version of “The X Factor.”

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