ETA: Updates are in red.
Note: John taught us a new trick – we can now “stickie” a post to the top of the page and add new posts below it. Which is what I’m going to do with this post, so don’t miss anything down below. ETA: You can tell a stickied post by the lovely blue color.
Okay, so the pros supposedly find out if they are competing on Monday, but in seasons past they actually start getting confirmed this weekend. If you believe @DWTSGossip on Twitter, 8 have been confirmed and 4 are waiting to find out. She also says there will be three “new faces” on the dance floor with partners. Which means only ONE of the currently unconfirmed pros will be getting a partner, according to what she wrote about it. I’m still wondering if it just means 3 new Troupe members, but she implies three new faces competing with celebs (which means they don’t necessarily have to be Troupe, since those aren’t technically “new”). Wow. I just made my own brain ache. I hope you all followed that.
I’ve noted all those called “confirmed” by @DWTSGossip, below. All that said, a word of caution: I do think that @DWTSGossip has a source that is reliable. I say that’s likely because I’ve had them before and @DWTSGossip has been on target in the past. HOWEVER, as with anything you read on the net, it is not “for sure” until it comes from the Pros themselves, Tom Bergeron or DWTS producers via GMA. We’ve seen a previously reliable source (TMZ) go down in flames this season and they were right the last two seasons. Just be cautious before you start throwing parties…or go into mourning. I think she’s (?) probably right…but that’s what I said about TMZ as well. ;-) ETA: Please note that nothing is certain until we hear it from the Pros or the show. Don’t yell at me if something turns out to be incorrect.
Derek Hough – YES, per Deena Katz on Ryan Seacrest’s Radio Show and @DWTSGossip
Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Most likely, per Maks’ twitter, and yes per @DWTSGossip
Mark Ballas – Yes, according to @DWTSGossip
Louis Van Amstel – unknown
Tony Dovolani - Yes, according to @DWTSGossip
Dmitry Chaplin – unknown
Corky Ballas – unknown
Val Chmerkovski – according to @DWTSGossip
Tristan McMannus – according to @DWTSGossip
Cheryl Burke – Yes, according to @DWTSGossip
Kym Johnson – Yes, according to @DWTSGossip
Chelsie Hightower - OUT according to @DWTSGossip
Lacey Schwimmer – Yes, according to @DWTSGossip
Karina Smirnoff – Yes, according to @DWTSGossip
Anna Trebunskaya – IN
Peta Murgatroyd – Definite, per Damian Whitewood
Ballroom Battlers - confirmed by Louis
Louis Van Amstel
Could the “new faces” be coming from the Troupe, below?? Who knows? I’m inclined to think we’re going to see TWO new guys as potential replacements for Derek and Maks, but that is pure speculation on my part. It would make sense that they need to try to find two new fan favorites for the eventuality of those two leaving. Do YOU think Derek is bulking up just for DWTS?? Read what he ate for breakfast the other day!! And Maks has already dropped large hints. My other question is…how tall are Oksana and Nicole?? Shorter than Chelsie?? If so, she might be in line for Chaz Bono. And if Ted is one of the new faces and Nicole also – meet the new Derek and Julianne. As if!! :::sniff::: ;-)
Tristan MacManus – Yes
ETA: In the category of “Things that make you go hmmm…” is the tweet from Tony to Val that you see below. So could Val be a new pro?? A member of the troupe? I’m starting to think that we won’t lose 3 of our regulars and that the new faces could be for the troupe – or it could be some mixture thereof. We’ll see!!