This Monday the world gears up for yet another season of Dancing With The Stars. If you've been watching even half of the seasons, you're more than familiar with the dancers, but do you know how they pick their celebrities? I always assumed it was all on the dancers to decide who goes with whom, but executive producer Ashley Edens says that's not the case and explains the process below:
Sounds like way more thought than I ever thought went into it! I guess it's fair that the dancers don't get to pick their talent, and the height thing makes sense as well. Obviously, it would look a little funny for the 6'2 Nick Viall of The Bachelor to be paired with 5'3 Witney Carson, as well as make dancing a little bit more difficult. It's odd how the casting process sounds like you're searching for soulmates rather than a dance partner!
That comparison is not lost on the Dancing With The Stars executive producers either. Both Ashley Edens and fellow executive producer Joe Sungkur feel like they're setting people up to create some chemistry. The real challenge, according to the producers, is finding a way to create a story through a strong dynamic of the pairings. Obviously, if the celebrities don't care much for their partner, they aren't going to be as fun on television, which, in turn, won't be fun for anyone. Sungkur shares more on the process below:
While some may be excited for Charo, I'm pretty pumped to see Mr. T put on his dancing shoes! The Dancing With The Stars producers tell THR the former A-Team actor has been on their list for a long time and they think audiences will respond well to his positive attitude and warm nature. Another star to watch will be recent Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, who will join the ranks of Olympians to appear on the show. While he might not be as high on the list for others, I'm also excited to see former Saturday Night Live star Chris Kattan and see if he pulls any Night At The Roxbury dance moves out on the dancefloor!
Season 24 of Dancing With The Stars returns Monday, March 20th on ABC. Check it out as well as other returning shows on our midseason premiere guide, and while you're at it, get a jump on Summer with our Summer premiere guide!
Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.
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