Dancing with the Stars Season 22 begins on March 21 on ABC. As recently reported by The Inquisitr, Julianne Hough will not be returning to the hit show this season, but her spot at the judging table will be filled by DWTS veteran judge Len Goodman. An official announcement regarding the new cast of celebrity dancers that will compete in Season 22 will be made on Good Morning America, but there are some rumors about names that may be on that list as well as some about names that were considered but are not likely to be included.
Chances are high that Jodie Sweetin will be one of the celebrity competitors in the Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars. Earlier this month, Us Weekly reported that an insider had informed them that the Fuller House star had signed on and Sweetin co-star and Dancing with the Stars Season 18 finalist Candace Cameron Bure told Wet Paint that she had been giving Sweetin “unsolicited advice” about being a contestant on the show. Bure came in third place when she competed, so Sweetin would probably do well to heed her advice.
Four other celebrities have publicly voiced a desire to join the Dancing with the Stars cast for Season 22, but we can’t confirm one way or the other if that will happen. Three of these celebrities are sports figures. First is New York Giants running back Rashad Jennings who said back in December that he was close to reaching an agreement with ABC to appear on the show. There hasn’t been a public confirmation or denial of a final agreement since then. If Jennings were to appear in Season 22, he would be one of several football players to compete on Dancing with the Stars, including Emmit Smith, Hines Ward, and Donald, all of whom took home the coveted mirror ball.
Carolina Panther Jonathan Stewart and Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu took to social media to voice their interest in being part of Dancing with the Stars Season 22.
Orange is the New Black actress Taryn Manning posted this cryptic tweet, which could mean she’d like to appear on DWTS or could mean that she has signed to appear. No official word on this one either.
It has also been reported that Dancing with the Stars approached reality-TV stars Teresa Guidice and Scott Disick about joining the new cast, but both turned down the offer, for two very different reasons.
For Teresa Guidice, Dancing with the Stars is not a priority at the moment, and rightfully so. In December, Guidice finished serving almost a year in prison for mail, wire, and bankruptcy fraud. Husband Joe Guidice will begin serving 41 months for the same crimes.
The last celebrity who is rumored to have been considered for Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars is Scott Dissick, who is best known as the father of Kourtney Kardashian’s child. Dissick is said to have asked for more money than DWTS was willing to pay.
We also don’t have an official list of professional dancers that will appear in Season 22 of Dancing with the Stars, but it seems reasonable to believe that long-time DWTS professional dancers Mark Ballas, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, and Emma Slater will return again this year unless they suffer an injury.
Dancing with the Stars is based on a British reality show titled Strictly Come Dancing. They’ve aired 382 episodes since 2005. Among its many award wins and nominations were 2013, 2014, and 2015 Primetime Emmy Nominations for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron has been nominated for seven Primetime Emmy awards for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. He has won that award once, in 2012.
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