'Dancing with the Stars' Season 28: What to Expect
"Dancing with the Stars" Season 28 Premieres on September 16 at 8 p.m.
A new season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars premieres on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 8 p.m. Fans are looking forward to it after the reality show took a season off. Either regular viewers will love it or hate it because there have been a few changes, and some of them seem unfair.
Two Favorite Pros Weren't Invited Back
Two of the favorite professional dances were not invited back. Sharna Burgess had been with the show for twelve seasons from Season 16 through Season 27. Last season she finally won her first mirror ball trophy with Bobby Bones, but she was not invited to return this season. Bobby called Sharna and asked her if he was the reason they cut her from the team.
Artem Chigvintsev had been with Dancing with the Stars for nine seasons from Season 19 through Season 27. He also wasn't invited to return. Both Sharna and Artem thanked the show for giving them the opportunity to be pros for the years they were there. However, they will miss being on the show. After Artem received the surprising news he said it was like going through a breakup.
Since Sharna and Artem were not invited back to Dancing with the Stars, they both have joined Fox's So You Think You Can Dance as choreographers. This shows that when one door closes, another one opens.
No More Troupe
Dancing with the Stars no longer has a Dance Troupe. That was a group of dancers who performed intermittently on the show, but they aren't paired with a celebrity to train. The Dance Troupe had been around since Season 12.
Most of the professional dancers started out with the troupe. In fact, both Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev were part of that group. Sharna was promoted to a pro in Season 16. Artem was promoted from the troupe to pro during Season 19.
From Season 12 through Season 27, others who were promoted include Peta Murgatroyd, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Emma Slater, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson, Gleb Savchenko, and Keo Motsepe. The troupe was discontinued after season 27, and the last two troupe members to be promoted are Daniella Karagach and her husband Pasha Pashkov, They will perform the first time with celebrities during Season 28.
The New Cast of Celebrities and Pros
The new cast of 12 celebrities is very interesting. As usual, there is a diverse group of people from different walks of life and careers, including athletes, singers, actors, reality stars, and a politician. The age range is from 24-78.
The cast of celebrities in alphabetical order includes Lauren Alaina, Christie Brinkley, Ally Brooke, Hannah Brown, Karamo Brown, Kate Flannery, Ray Lewis, Kel Mitchell, Lamar Odom, Sean Spicer, James Van Der Beek, and Mary Wilson.
The pros in alphabetical order include Brandon Armstrong, Lindsay Arnold, Alan Bersten, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, and Emma Slater,
Partners for the new cast have not been revealed as in previous seasons. Viewers will not know who they are until opening night. It was revealed that Daniella Karagach, a new pro and returning pro Keo Motsepe will not have partners this season. We will have to see what that is like.
Will the Voting Process Change?
Longtime host Tom Bergeron hinted on Twitter that all three judges are returning but not their 10 paddles they have used in the past to judge outstanding performances. It will be interesting to find out what they will do instead.
In prior seasons, the show gave equal weight to the judges' scores and viewers' votes. Bobby Bones won last season because of votes from his many fans even though he received low scores from the judges the entire season. Viewers are claiming that the show has turned into a popularity contest instead of contestants winning based on their dance skill.
Viewers are expecting some changes in the voting process, but ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told Deadline that format changes were still in the works and fans should expect a “big season.” She added that some tweaks and tinkering have been done to make the show more enjoyable.