Dancing with the Stars Season 22 – PRO WATCH!!

It’s that time of year again and who knows what kind of funky will go down this season. Will Derek finally hang up his DWTS shoes? Will Artem get hosed again in favor of the ever annoying Val? Will Sasha finally get his chance? Will Sharna continue to follow in the wrong footsteps, making unwise statements? Who will take Allison’s spot? These questions and more will hopefully be answered soon. πŸ™‚

I don’t want to hear about Jenna being dance captain. I think that is likely decided among the dancers themselves and I doubt it has any significance in regard to the show – maybe she’ll be a pro, maybe she won’t. Derek and Julianne’s dance captain was someone you’ve likely never heard of. So what?

Kristyn Burtt claims that the pros have been told rehearsals start on February 22 – it remains to be seen if that is true or if it actually happens. Last season was so…fluid…that we’ll have to wait and see. I do think we’ll start to hear stuff from those with a lack of ability to keep their mouths shut. πŸ™‚ There are some Derek fans that worry his media sweep happening next week will include an announcement about his status. The media sweep is because of Disneyland 60 – if an announcement happens, it will likely be that he’s out. If he says nothing or hems and haws, it might be that he’s in. He’s a tough call, as usual

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ETA: Sad to report that I may have just discovered that Derek is going to be a pro on this season. Since just yesterday he sounded like he was out, this may be a new development. Anyway, he was scheduled to be in Iowa next Friday the 26th. The group hosting him just announced that it had to be rescheduled to the following week due to Derek’s “contractural obligations”. What, you might ask, could he be contracted to?? Well, DWTS. GMA is in LA doing a Pre-Oscar show on the 26th. Coincidence? I kinda doubt it, unfortunately. Normally the cast is announced the Tuesday AFTER the Oscars…but Derek’s schedule change is interesting to say the least.

Also, recently, Mark, Val and Sharna have all implied they intend to be on this season – that is not a confirmation, though, as they’ve said similar things before just meaning they will be there if they get a partner. But that does answer the Mark question. He wants to be there.

ETA2: Tom Bergeron told DWTSGossip that the cast announcement is NOT on the 26th – but the mystery regarding Derek’s obligations continues….

ETA3: According to an ABC email sent to subscribers, the DWTS pros are once again going to be on the Post Oscars Party on Live with Kelly and Michael – February 29th

ETA4: Thanks to Clair on Twitter who found this photo by Andy Grammer which is apparently a rehearsal photo for Kelly and Michael? Notice who’s missing?? Now, last season there were pros missing at Kelly and Michael who ended up being on the show, so can’t put too much stock in it, but if you watch these interviews with Derek on PDH…well, they’re kinda weird. He’s acting weird. πŸ™‚ I’m sure there are also people in this photo who WON’T be pros…but it’s fodder for discussion. πŸ˜‰

ETA5: Just Jared just published the DWTS pros going into rehearsal. Once again, the absences are more notable than who’s actually there. They got eight of last season’s pros plus Emma.

ETA6: Vogue here and it’s a NO for Lacey Schwimmer.

ETA7: According to a new interview in Life and Style Magazine, Val is on Dancing With The Stars this season. You can read more about it in this post. ~Vogue

ETA9: Forgot one tidbit. We have strong reason to believe that the rumors are true – Edyta is back after a 6 year absence. Discuss. Also, DWTSGossip says Jenna is still troupe.

ETA10: And DWTSGossip says Derek is out. This coincides with our source who has seen hide nor hair of Derek – no indication that he’s on this season.

ETA11: DWTSGossip is also reporting Louis as in for the season. ~Vogue

ETA12: Karina has been spotted around McCadden, so we are calling her IN. We were never sure Louis was back, and now DWTSGossip is saying he’s been replaced, so I’ve changed him to a big question mark. I’m putting Hayley back in the troupe just because I don’t think she would have been at Kelly and Michael today if she weren’t troupe…although I find it odd that she was not seen in any photos at McCadden last week cuz she was rehearsing with Derek the whole time. Odd. And I didn’t see Emma on Kelly and Michael, but Kristyn and DWTSGossip say she’s troupe, so that’s where I’ll put her. Odd though. We’ve not heard a peep on Tony, but DWTSGossip says he has an NYC celeb and I can’t imagine they will ever replace him, so I’ve marked him IN.

ETA13: Tony and Keo are in for sure, as is Witney. All have partners.

ETA14: According to DWTSGossip, Sasha is a pro this season!! We have not corroborated this (I don’t think..I lose track), but I’ll buy it. πŸ˜‰ Artem also has a partner, as you will see when you check our couples spoiler post.

ETA15: Source is about 90% sure Lindsay has a partner – so in light of nothing being reported to the contrary, I’m changing her status to “most likely IN”. -Court-

ETA16: Just for the sake of clarity – Lindsay has a partner.Β  And no, I have heard nothing about Derek and/or Emma getting a partner at the last minute and being a “surprise announcement” come Tuesday. As of right now, this season has 12 couples, period. -Court-

The lists below reflect who was a pro last season and who wasn’t. I don’t really think Louis will be back because Paula asked specifically for him. Kym? Who knows?

Male Pros
Val – IN
Tony – IN
Mark – IN
Artem – IN
Keo – IN
Derek – OUT!
Sasha – IN!
Louis – OUT

Female Pros
Sharna – IN
Peta – IN
Emma – Troupe
Witney – IN
Allison – OUT (due to Pregnancy)
Karina – IN
Edyta – IN
Lindsay – IN

Status of Former Pros
Gleb Savchenko –Β Strictly Come Dancing
Tristan MacManus –Β Strictly Come Dancing
Anna Trebunskaya – ??
Kym Johnson – ??
Lacey Schwimmer – No
Cheryl Burke – Out – committed to another network
Maksim Chmerkovskiy – retired

The Troupe
Emma Slater – OUT for season 22 according to her instagram.
Sasha Farber – promoted to pro
Henry Byalikov – ??
Jenna Johnson –Β IN
Brittany Cherry – ??
Alan Bersten – ??
Hayley Ebert – IN?
New male troupe member – ??