This is an interesting new scoop from Kristyn Burtt below. She mentions that no one from the troupe of Dancing With The Stars has been notified to dance yet. It makes me wonder if there will be a troupe and if they are planning to do something new? I’m kind of wishing they’d do something new and be more flexible with it. Why not have a bigger mix of pros from the past (Gleb, Sharna, Anna, Dmitry, Kym, Chelsie, Lacy, Louis, Tristan, etc?), present, and new pros on it too. Keep us guessing for who might show up next every week. Whatever the case, I have to admit I wasn’t that impressed with the troupe last season. I was missing Gleb Savchenko in the troupe especially. What are your thoughts on the troupe right now? Let’s see what Heidi and Court think too.
Courtney: If I remember correctly, the troupe is usually the last thing that gets booked each season – I feel like we didn’t know the entire troupe until right before the actual cast announcement last season. But it does seem to bug that nobody from last season’s troupe (minus Artem, who was upgraded to pro) has heard a peep from TPTB. And considering that Gleb’s wife mentioned he would be back on the show in some capacity this season and then he posted this and this on Instagram last night, I wonder if TPTB are backpedaling on some deals they might have made. I think having the troupe has worked too well for them in the past for them to scrap it altogether, but maybe they’re cleaning house and going for a brand new troupe – all new faces that they could potentially see as pros in a future season. Paul Karmiryan? More borrowed talent from SYTYCD? Pros from other versions of DWTS? Who knows. If I’m being honest, I think the only person that’s probably worth saving from last season’s troupe is Jenna – Lindsay has just been stagnating in the troupe for a year now, and as I’ve said before, Sasha’s height is a very limiting factor despite his talent. Then again, maybe they have every intent of resurrecting last season’s troupe, and are just in no hurry to do so – with a new executive producer at the helm, we just don’t have any precedent for the timetable on which these things might happen.
Heidi: I’m inclined to think that they just haven’t decided anything yet. They might see the troupe as something of an after thought. Is that callous? Sure it is. But it’s Hollywood. It’s a very callous business. If they see a benefit to the troupe, they will have one. Will they have new faces? Probably, if the intent is still to have it as a breeding ground for future Pros. As for Gleb…if you Read more..