There will be big changes to Season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars.” As it was reported last week, Erin Andrews is the new co-host of the reality TV dance series — replacing poor Brooke Burke-Charvet, who was unceremoniously booted for the hot blonde. The unsinkable Tom Bergeron will still there.
In addition to Andrews, the new cast was just announced yesterday (see below). And hey, look who it is: Sochi Gold medal winners Meryl Davis and Charlie White. ABC is playing it up that the Olympic ice dancers will be competing against one another, hopefully so we'll overlook that the two are, um, trained dancers at the pinnacles of their careers.
I'm no reality TV / sports expert, but isn't the schtick of "DWTS" that "celebrities" are teamed with professional dancers? Doesn't having trained dancers and trained dancers compete together stack the deck a bit? Or will thinking too deeply about an ABC reality TV program only cause me pain?
"Real Housewives of Atlanta"starNeNe Leakes.Dance partner,Tony Dovolani
Olympic figure skaterMeryl Davis. Dance partner,Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Olympic figure skaterCharlie White.Dance partner,Sharna Burgess
Candace Cameron Bure. Dance partner,Mark Ballas
Drew Carey.Dance partner,Cheryl Burke
Retired hockey playerSean Avery. Dance partner,Karina Smirnoff
SingerJames Maslow. Dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd
Long-distance swimmerDiana Nyad.Dance partner,Henry Byalikov
Danica McKellar. Dance partner,Val Chmerkovskiy
Billy Dee Williams. Dance partner,Emma Slater
Pop singing sensationCody Simpson. Dance partner,Witney Carson
Snowboarding champ (and double amputee)Amy Purdy. Dance partner,Derek Hough