Joe Amabile has been cast in the upcoming 27th season of “Dancing with the Stars.” Affectionately known as “Grocery Store Joe,” Amabile’s claim to fame is “The Bachelorette” and spin-off series “Bachelor in Paradise,” which just concluded on September 11. Because ABC airs both “DWTS” and the “Bachelor” franchise we’ve seen a number of contestants from the dating show cross over to the dancing show, but without much luck so far. Can Amabile break the curse? Let’s consider his pros and cons.
Amabile’s “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” seasons just aired over the summer, so enthusiasm for him is still fresh. That should help him attract votes from viewers at home, especially since the audiences for “The Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” might translate well to the fan base for “Dancing with the Stars.”
He’ll be partnered with Jenna Johnson, who doesn’t have an extensive history as a pro dancer on “DWTS,” but she’s coming off a big success: she won the Mirror Ball Trophy this past spring with Adam Rippon during the show’s special “Athletes” edition.
Thus far, six “Bachelor” or “Bachelorette” alums have competed on “DWTS,” and almost all of them have finished in the middle of the pack. The sole exception was Melissa Rycroft, who finished third in season 8 and then won the Mirror Ball when she returned for “All-Stars” in season 15. Meanwhile, the men have been cursed: Jake Pavelka finished seventh (season 10), Sean Lowe finished sixth (season 16), Chris Soules finished fifth (season 20) and Nick Viall finished sixth (season 24). Will Amabile be the latest to be eliminated halfway through the competition?
Johnson is the defending Mirror Ball champion, but “DWTS: Athletes” was a shortened season. The only time Johnson competed in a full-length season as a pro was season 23 when she was paired with Jake T. Austin — they were eliminated first. So Johnson remains an uncertain wildcard.
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