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New ‘DWTS’ Cast Announced — Is It Fair?

Dancing With The Stars is shaking things up this year! With the early elimination on Brooke Burke Charvet and the live band, viewers are left wondering what to expect from this season.

This morning on GMA, they announced the new cast and their pro partners:

Danica McKellar (a.k.a. Winnie Cooper from The Wonder Years) with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Cody Simpson 
with pro Witney Carson
Billy Dee Williams 
with pro Emma Slater
Diana Nyad 
with pro Henry Byalikov 
NeNe Leakes with pro Tony Dovolani
James Maslow 
with pro Peta Murgatroyd
Sean Avery 
with pro Karina Smirnoff
Drew Carey 
with pro Cheryl Burke
Candace Cameron Bure 
 (a.k.a. DJ Tanner) with pro Mark Ballas
Charlie White with pro Sharna Burgess
Meryl Davis 
with pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Amy Purdy
 with pro Derek Hough

So, now for my little rant…

I think this is a very strong cast. They have notable and likable “stars”. However, I think it is a bit weighted this year…and by little, I mean, you’ve got to be kidding me!!!

You might know by now that I LOVE the Olympics and everything to do with them. Charlie White and Meryl Davis captured the first gold in ice dancing for the United States just a couple weeks ago. It was a couple of amazing performances with an amazing story.

However, how can you have two contestants whose career literally has the word “dancing” in it?! One of their Olympic routines was choreographed (that’s right, that’s a dance term) by DWTS pro Derek Hough! How is this fair at all?

You have people that have to waltz, tango and do any other traditional dance on ice! How is Drew Carey supposed to compete with this? DJ Tanner was too busy taking beer away from her dates to do any dancing at her school dances! NeNe Leakes…is NeNe Leakes. So now we have actors, hockey players, swimmers, socialites and DANCERS competing to win a dancing show. Who do you think has the leg up?

I’ll probably still watch…with a chip on my shoulder.

DWTS premieres Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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