There are big changes coming up for Dancing with the Stars 2018, as reported by E! News. Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will return as hosts, but the season 26 contestants will be limited to just 10 contenders. And, these contestants will be athletes only. Perhaps this choice was made because of the popularity athletes have had on the show in recent seasons. But, this means that no pop stars, actors, musicians or army heroes will appear.
With the Winter Olympics almost here, the show is sure to be doing some fishing for cast members after watching the competitions. So, what athletes have been included in the cast scouting so far … ?
In past seasons, there have been rumors that the show was looking to bring Caitlyn Jenner on board. Now, Page Six has reported that the show is courting the 68-year-old Olympic gold medalist. Several of her family members have competed on the show in the past, like Kim Kardashian and Rob Kardashian, so it’s not a far-fetched concept. But, according to Us Weekly, Jenner will not be joining the cast.
The Inquistr has reported that figure skater Tonya Harding is a possibility this season as well. With all the hype surrounding Margot Robbie’s film I, Tonya, it would definitely make sense. Plus, Harding’s former Olympic nemesis, Nancy Kerrigan, was previously a contestant opposite pro dancer Artem Chigvintsev.
Currently, last season’s pro dancers, along with celebrity contenders Frankie Muniz and Jordan Fisher, are on the national Dancing With the Stars tour, but People has reported they had to cancel yesterday’s show after one of their tour buses was involved in a fatal car accident in Iowa. Fortunately, the dancers and crew are all okay, though some suffered minor injuries. An alert to DWTS fans was posted online after the incident, which read, “Given this unforeseen accident, and the fact that the safety and health of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance, tonight’s show at Stephens Auditorium in Ames, IA has been cancelled. To anyone involved in the accident, the entire cast sends their best wishes for a speedy recovery, and their deepest apologies to all of the fans who have been waiting to see the show tonight. Information regarding rescheduling and/or refunds will be available soon.” The pro dancers on the tour right now are Keo Motsepe, Emma Slater, Sharna Burgess, Artem Chigvinstev, Gleb Savchenko, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Jenna Johnson, Hayley Erbert, Brandon Armstrong and Sasha Farber.
On a lighter note, another new development in the Dancing With the Stars realm is Dancing With the Stars Junior, according to TV Guide. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey talked about Dancing Junior and made it clear that the all-athlete edition of DWTS season 26 is not a replacement for that idea. Dungey said, “We were in the early stages of talent search for Dancing Junior and it wasn’t going to come together as quickly as we would have liked. We’d been talking for awhile about trying to do an all-sports edition, but the problem is that athletes have such tight schedules it’s hard to do a whole 13-week run. This actually slotted in perfectly, so we’re going to try that and see how it goes.”
Buddy TV has reported that the premiere of the upcoming season of Dancing With the Stars premieres on April 30, 2018. The show airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT on the ABC network.