Dancing with the Stars announced the full cast of their upcoming 25th season, which airs on September 18.
The biggest surprised is that Sasha Farber is being regulated back to the Troupe! Why the demotion? Would he have been one of the actual dancers if he had married Emma during the off season? Did ABC want them to get married on the show and they refused? They couldn’t hurt Emma, as she’s the reigning champion but Sasha is fair game. I’ve performed a quick Google search and there were no reasons behind why he got demoted. He thanked his Twitter followers for causing an uproar but that’s about it.
Anyway, conspiracies aside, let’s get into the cast.
Nikki Bella, the future Mrs. John Cena. So expect to see him on a couple nights – except it looks like he’s currently a “Free Agent” in the WWE, appearing on both shows. So if he’s RAW during this show’s run, then he won’t be making any appearances. I still haven’t seen Nikki in anything, besides like one minute of WWE Total Divas, which featured Cena in the scene. I had to turn it off, WWE just isn’t for me, anymore. Apparently, she’s also the longest reigning Women’s champ at 301 days, so she must be quite popular. Cena makes that possible, I’m sure, but she’s earned those fans legitimately by now. Nikki is paired with Artem, who I imagine Sasha could have taken his place and regulated him back to the Troupe.
My wife will recognize Jordan Fisher from Secret Life of the American Teenager. I should recognize him from both Teen Beach films, but I don’t. He also wasn’t on the episodes of Secret Life that I’ve seen, or the portions of episodes, that I’ve seen. It is a real shame that Francia Raisa doesn’t work more. Fisher was also in Grease : Live but, again, I don’t know him. I could have seen his two episodes of Teen Wolf but there is a high chance, that he showed up after we gave up on that show. MTV was not kind to its releases, I want to say we gave up in the beginning of Season Three. He’s paired with Lindsay Arnold, so he should do good.
Nick Lachey and his wife, Vanessa, are dancing this season. They are paired with married couple, Maksim and Petra – not respectfully. Which is a cute pairing and I’m sure we’ll see lots of time committed to seeing these two couples. Which, with two couples, I wonder why they didn’t want to do three couples and include Sasha as one of the professional dancers?
Does the Troupe even do anything, now that we’re down to one episode? We just see them, for barely a full minute, as we come back from the commercial break. I guess we’ll see Emma and Sasha dance together during those forced trio dances and such. Not like that is what I want to see. Though, they are doing more and more dances that include Troupe members, which I’m not a fan of. If the official pair can’t perform a dance good enough on their own, then they gots to do go. It is really diluting the Free Style dance.
Oh and Jenna Johnson is going back to the Troupe, but that reads to me like she wasn’t ready for the official competition. She’ll come back when one of the other ladies needs a break.
Frankie Muniz, the Malcolm in the Middle, is being paired with Witney, so they should look cute together. He’s only 31 years old. Apparently he gave us acting to pursue a legitimate racing career. From what I’m reading, he wasn’t good at it but I’m sure he loved it.
Oh my. Pretty Little Lairs, a show I still have no interest in, ended so Sasha Pieterse is available. She’s tenth listed on the Wikipedia page. She’s one of the five Lairs though, so that’s still a get. I wonder why she’s not higher on the list, one would think that you list the five gals and then love interests or so. That show was on the air for seven seasons and also was treated to a time jump. She’s paired with Gleb, whose name, I just love to repeat once I hear it. GLEB, but I saw it super low like as if a frog would say it. It is fun. Yet another professional that Sasha could have replaced.
Poor Emma, she’s paired up with Drew Scott, of Property Brothers fame. I type “fame” but I don’t know him. I doubt he’s an amazing dancer, so why pair him with the reigning champ? Does she not get a say in who celebrity partner? I would think she gets first pick but I’m not sure who would be better suited for her. Drew is the real estate pexpert and his brother, Jonathan, is the contractor.
Val gets paired with Victoria Arlen, a former Paralympic swimmer, who developed two rare conditions known as transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyeltis. Who expect her “most important year” to be intense! Also, that year will most likely be either 2010 or 2012. Even 2016, when she started reclaiming the ability to walk!
Shark Tank’s Barbara Corcorna gets Keo, yet another guy escaping the Troupe punishment. Also, Keo’s record on the show is absolute shit. He does suffer from having to dance with the old ladies, so that doesn’t help. He’s usually out the third or fifth week. Except for his amazing season with Jodi Sweetin. They were Top 6!
Sharma gets former NBA point Guard Derek Fisher. He played for the Lakers, Warriors, Utah Jazz, Lakers again, Oklahoma City Thunder, Mavericks and ended with Thunder. he spent two years as the coach for the New York Knicks. There are times when I’m tempted to name Sharma the hottest dancer of the show but it is tough with Emma and Cheryl around.
Cheryl gets former NFL wide receiver, Terrell Owens. Makes sense these two get the sports guys, that’s who they usually get. Emma does usually get paired with reality television stars. He’s had quite the career himself – 49s, Eagles, Cowboys, Bills, Bengals, Wrangers and he practiced with the Seahawks in 2012, only.
Man, I missed Debbie Gibson’s name, she’s a big get (for this show). She is paired with Alan Bersten, who doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page! So they should go super far!
Finally, Mark Ballas gets paired with violinist Lindsey Stirling! I do enjoy Stirling, I have a Chrono Trigger channel on Pandora and her music shows up quite often. Which is irriating, as I just want Chrono Trigger music (which there are loads of sweet homages and tributes to that legendary soundtrack) on my Pandora channel but I created a Lindsey Stirling channel, as I did enjoy so many of her songs until I had to start down voting those songs on the Chrono Trigger channel. It got so bad that I heard five of her songs, in a row! Oh Pandora, how I have to train you, with every new channel. Which, I do have to admit, I become obsess with.
Have I miss Ballas? Not at all. He’s cute for his first interactions with Len but after Len gives Ballas his first piece of constructive criticism, Ballas really needs to get in line. Or have Len leave the show, I’m fine with that choice too.
Dancing will be around for at least this season and season 26. I imagine it keeps getting renewed until Season 30, who ends a show on Season 28? That is just awkward but the show might be reaching its time.
Referring to the judges, let’s hope Carrie Ann Inaba (which I still hear as Inhabor) quits becoming the female Bruno. It is getting worst, with each season. Good thing Julianne Hough is there to balance everyone.
Like every season, I’m dismissive of the cast but they quickly grow on me. Besides the ones that are clearly destine to be eliminated early and those who should have left early and don’t.
Do I miss the Macy’s dancing segments? No. I think two hours of this show, a week, is just enough.
13 pairs, with no one leaving week one and another week where no one leaves (the reason changes every season) so probably get 15 episodes out of this, plus one for the finale.
Ballas has been gone since season 22, he was second place with Paige VanZant, who I barely remember. Peta won with Nyle DiMarco.
I do recognize that Ballas returning is what knocked Sasha off the list, for some reason.
I really do hope that they quit the “partner switch up” as it is super annoying and nothing really comes out of it. I’m pretty sure that’s the new reason for the no elimination for the week, buying us an additional week of an episode.
I do look forward to Most Memorable Year and Disney Night, this year should give us a Halloween theme episode and the show should be over by the time Thanksgiving comes around, right?
I’ll be rooting for Debbie Gibson, Frankie Muniz and Lindsey Stirling, one of them is bound to be in the finale.
I’m still waiting for the dream season of James Van Der Beek, Fred Savage and of course, Dean Cain. If you haven’t watched Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23, you are missing out! Krysten Ritter and Dreama Walker are super great in it, but JVDB steals that show! His Dancing with the Stars episode is Season One’s finale, Shitagi Nashi.
Make it happen, ABC! Just pay them a bunch, and it would be amazing to have them all in one season!