On the morning of August 24 “Dancing with the Stars” announced its cast of 12 pro dancers live on “Good Morning America,” but it turns out they missed a spot. We noted the unusual gender imbalance in the pro dancer lineup — seven men, five women — but it turns out there is a 13th. Entertainment Tonight reports that Cheryl Burke is returning to the show as well.
Burke is one of the show’s longest-running pro dancers, having competed for the first time back in season two. She actually won the Mirror Ball Trophy that season with boy band member Drew Lachey, and then won again the very next season with Emmitt Smith. That was her last “DWTS” victory so far, but she did come close a few more times, finishing third with Cristian de la Fuente (season six), second with Gilles Marini (season eight), second with Rob Kardashian (season 13), third with William Levy (season 14), and third with Jack Osbourne (season 17). After season 19 in fall 2014, she took three seasons off from the show and returned for season 23, finishing seventh with Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte. The fall season of “Dancing with the Stars” will be the show’s 25th, but it’s also a big deal for Burke as it will be her 20th season in competition for the Mirror Ball Trophy.
Of course, having 13 pro dancers means there will be 13 celebrity competitors, up from 12 last season. We already know who two of them are: ET recently reported that “Property Brothers” host Drew Scott and WWE wrestler Nikki Bella would be among the celebs on the dance floor.