Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Cast, News, Rumors

Dancing With The Stars Season 22: Coming March 21

On “Good Morning America” today, Dance Captain Jenna Johnson started off the Dancing With The Stars celebration by leading the dancing before, during, and after the full-cast announcement for season 22. The next teaser opened with Witney and Keo, followed by the other pros.

The beautiful Edyta Sliwinska is back to light up the dance floor while leading her star contestant! Between the end of season 10 and now, Edyta pursued personal projects and had a baby in 2014.  Karina Smirnoff is back, too!


Here is your Dancing With The Stars Season 22 cast–12 stars and 12 pros:


Mischa Barton: Actress of film, TV, and stage. You may have seen her in TV’s “The OC.” Pro partner: Artem Chigventsev.

Antonio Brown: NFL wide receiver and punt returner for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown follows former Pittsburgh receiver and DWTS winner Hines Ward (season 12 with Kym Johnson) in urging the support of Steelers fans nationwide. Pro partner: Sharna Burgess.

Nyle Dimarco: Deaf actor and a former winner of “America’s Next Top Model” (Cycle 22). Pro partner: Peta Murgatroyd.

Kim Fields: Actress of TV and film fame. Some of you may remember her from TV’s beloved “The Facts Of Life”; more recently in the cast of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Pro partner: Sasha Farber.

Doug Flutie: Pro NFL quarterback whose last teams were San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. Now he works for NBC covering college (Notre Dame) and pro football. Pro partner: Karina Smirnoff.

Marla Maples: Star of stage and the big and small screens, host of TV shows and beauty pageants, philanthropist, and mother of graduating college student Tiffany Trump.  Pro partner: Tony Dovolani.

Von Miller: Denver Broncos defensive linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP in Feb. 2016.  Pro partner: Witney Carson.

Wanya Morris: From high school in the early to mid-1990s, he became famous as an original member of Boyz II Men, which became the bestselling R&B group of all time.  Pro partner: Lindsay Arnold.

 Geraldo Rivera: Award-winning journalist.  Pro partner: Edyta Sliwinska.

Jodie Sweetin: Entrepreneur, actress and author. As a child she starred on ABC’s long-running sitcom “Full House,” which still airs in syndication. Now she’s on the spinoff, “Fuller House,” which Netflix recently renewed for season two. Pro partner: Keo Motsepe.

Paige VanZant: The youngest and a top-ranked contender in the women’s straw-weight division of the UFC in mixed martial arts; also a lifelong dancer. only 21. Pro partner: Mark Ballas, an MMA fan.

Ginger Zee: Emmy Award-winning chief meteorologist for “Good Morning America” and ABC News, and new mom. Pro partner: Val Chmerkovskiy, who won the Mirrorball Trophy in season 20 with Rumer Willis.


Celebs Who May Have Been Invited or Wanted to Dance This Time:

Scott Disick has been invited several times. Others say that Olympic Gold Medalist Dominique Moceanu was interested, and that John Stamos, Lori Loughlin, and Teresa Giudice turned it down. “Bachelor” Ben Higgins, Kaitlyn Bristowe, and Jonathan Stewart (Carolina Panthers) were suggested. Sources say that all contestants receive the same guaranteed payment, that their earnings nearly triple if they are voted into the finals, and that many contestants donate the money to charity.


Absent Pros:

This year on the show many of us will miss siblings Julianne Hough (judge and sometimes pro dancer) and Derek Hough.  As you’ll recall, Julianne recently did a live version of “Grease.”  Because she has numerous projects in the works (any combo of dancing, singing, and acting) and she’s getting married this year, she’ll be away from the show at least for the spring season.  Len Goodman will return from England to reclaim his seat at the judges’ table.  It’s possible that she may return for a cameo now and then.  Meanwhile, look for her to cover the March issue of “Redbook.” I think she was on February’s “Cosmopolitan,” too. Derek is preparing to star on Broadway in the lead role that dancer/actor/singer Gene Kelly made famous in “Singin’ in the Rain.”  The show will open in January 2017, with previews likely this fall.  We’ll miss you, Derek!

Maksim Chmerkovskiy is retired, and Cheryl Burke is signed to another network. Allison Holker is out due to pregnancy; she and hubby tWitch are set to deliver their second child, a son, later this month.

Pro Kym Johnson and her star partner from season 20, “Shark Tank’s” Robert Herjavec, are engaged to marry.  Congrats!



Mark choreo’ed a trailer for a “sexy” new cat-and-mouse “game” on TV. It is said that “The Catch” will premiere on ABC on March 24. Also, he and BC Jean soon will release what I assume to be a new song, “The Thief.”

In case you missed it, Derek Hough and Witney Carson were the headline dancers on the Wonderful World of Disney 60th Anniversary Special on ABC in February.

The DWTS makeup crew and hairstylists won for Best Contemporary Makeup and Best Contemporary Hairstyling at The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards last month. We’ll watch for more great work from them this season.

At the recent Vanity Fair Pre-Oscar Party, Sharna was asked about the arrest of Nick Carter, with whom she danced last season.  Considering him “family,” Sharna said that people should be choosy in what they believe from national news, that she immediately got the true story from him, and she expressed continued support for Nick, who “is such a good person.”


Co-host Erin Andrews just settled a $55 million civil lawsuit against both a male stalker who video-recorded her nude through a peephole into her hotel room and the Nashville hotel where the incident occurred in 2008.  The jury found the stalker to be 51 percent liable and the hotel chain 49 percent.

Noah Galloway: The talented and inspiring Army veteran, who reached third place in the finals of season 20 with Sharna Burgess, has been visiting and lifting the spirits of hospitalized Army vets. What a great guy!

Maksim (Maks) and Valentin (Val) Chmerkovskiy: “Our Way!” This summer the brothers will present the story they’ve always wanted to tell about their lives, highlighting their journey and rise through the world of dance. Although no other names are available yet, the show will include many other dancers, likely many from their DWTS family, and be staged by some of the top choreographers. Without a doubt it will wow us with the creativity, elegance, passion, and seduction for which the brothers are well known. And, don’t forget the unparalleled skill and professionalism that we always see. Watch for “Our Way!” to be scheduled at a theater near you and buy tickets early! They are appearing on various TV shows and at events to promote the tour. Don’t be surprised if Val plays his violin, too.


RUMOR:  Val and Jenna are dating.  True?

“Grease”:  The “Grease Live” soundtrack is said to be soaring on iTunes and the DVD will be available today, March 8, at Amazon and Best Buy.


Please refer to all recent posts, too.


DWTS Live! “Dance All Night Tour”: The whirlwind tour finished on Valentine’s Day. I’m so glad that I got to see a performance nearby in late January and met some of the dancers! (Please refer to my post about that.)


The dancers sacrifice quite a bit in loneliness and maybe privacy to be away from their families and friends. They’re incredibly fortunate, though, that they have so many opportunities and methods to stay connected with loved ones and also to get more dance gigs (related to the show and otherwise).

When my father was a pro ballroom dancer in the 1930s/40s, communication was only by landline telephone, telegram, and the USPS. Because he and his partner traveled so often, they didn’t always receive communications in a timely manner and they missed some choice opportunities as a result. Travel between gigs was mostly on trains, sometimes on buses, and rarely on planes—often sitting to sleep but sometimes reclining horizontally in berths on trains. They also had to struggle through many other dangers and difficulties. Dancers today have life so much easier!

You can learn more on these topics and my father’s life in showbiz by reading the biography I wrote, “Dancing in the Stars: Carroll Webster, International Dance Luminary of Vaudeville and Hollywood.”  It will give you a better appreciation for the dance life.


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Writing has been an important talent and part of my life since I was a child.Professionally, after decades of employment for others, I founded Writestyle in 1996 to provide writing, editing, proofreading, training, and more to clients worldwide (www.writestyle.com).Clients often call my work “magic.”I have written and/or edited for “Coexistence Magazine” (national), for “Ohio Magazine,” and for various newspapers.In addition, I have edited or contributed to the writing of numerous books.Personally, I have written in various genres.I have always composed poetry; as such, I have won awards and publication for some of my poems, and I am compiling a book of my poetry.One of my children’s books is set for publication.With my second husband, family and friends in Ohio, I enjoy music and dance, aid charitable causes, and strive for beauty and harmony in life.
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