Is Hannah Brown Joining Dancing With The Stars? Here's When DWTS 2019 Cast Will Be Revealed
Bachelorette Hannah Brown may have a big week ahead. She's showing up on Bachelor in Paradise 2019 -- although not to actually join that cast to date anyone -- and she should have her name announced with the Dancing With the Stars Season 28 cast.
I previously speculated that both Bachelorette Hannah B. and her runner-up Tyler C. might be cast for Dancing With the Stars 2019. That's still possible, but spoiler guru Reality Steve was only confident about Hannah being on the show. He didn't think Tyler would be cast. To me, it would be great to have both Hannah and Tyler C., since he's arguably the most popular Bachelorette guy they've had in years, he's an ABC star, and they might even get Gigi Hadid to show up in the audience. Plus, if he's not the next Bachelor and he's not on DWTS .. what a missed opportunity to capitalize on Tyler C.'s popularity, ABC. (But that would be in keeping with Tyler Cameron as the new Peter Kraus.)
At any rate, spoilers point to Hannah B. on Dancing With the Stars, and that spoiler should be confirmed when the full cast is revealed. When will that be? Well, the first two names were supposed to be announced two weeks ago, but ABC postponed the reveal due to the shootings. Now Good Morning America has announced the new reveal date for the full cast will be next Wednesday, August 21:
Nice. We've been told that Dancing With the Stars has some format changes ahead, but they're meant to be the kind of changes fans want -- per host Tom Bergeron -- with the goal to keep the show on the air for many more seasons. DWTS used to air twice a year, in spring and fall, and it's not clear if the show will ever return to that format. I'd imagine ratings for the fall 2019 Season 28 will be a major factor. Last fall's Season 27 left fans with many complaints. Before that, we had the shortened all-athletes season, which also didn't seem to be what fans wanted.
Dancing With the Stars 2019 is meant to have bigger stars, and some fans might think that would leave out a Bachelorette star like Hannah Brown. But she's officially a TV star after The Bachelor and Bachelorette, with millions of followers after a very highly rated season.
Dancing With the Stars likes to cast the same types of people over and over. Maybe that will change this year, but there have been several Bachelor Nation alumni over the years. Bachelor Season 13 alum Melissa Rycroft is the only one to win, and that came on her second try in All-Stars Season 15. Trista Sutter, Jake Pavelka, Sean Lowe, Chris Soules, Nick Viall, an Joe Amabile haven't danced up to Melissa's standard. It's about time the Bachelor franchise sent over another woman, and it speaks to Hannah B.'s popularity that she was picked as the third woman to dance.
And since Bachelorette Hannah B. is single, maybe they'd find a single pro for her to dance with? Dancing With the Stars is known for its showmances, but also for starting several real-life romances.
Speaking of romance, Bachelor in Paradise is still airing, but I'm thinking The Bachelor 2020 is going to be pilot Peter Weber. He's the kind of (bland) guy the franchise loves, and fans really didn't seem to care about how he treated his ex-girlfriend, partly because they think he's cute and also because Jed and Luke P. were there to make him look better.
I'd still prefer the Bachelor to be Mike Johnson or Tyler Cameron, if Tyler isn't too serious with Gigi Hadid. It's not like Bachelor Ben Flajnik didn't go on a date with Jennifer Love Hewitt before his season, so there's precedent. (Not that things ended well for Bachelor Ben.)
The Dancing With the Stars cast (and the all-important pros!) will be revealed Wednesday, August 21 on Good Morning America. The season premieres Monday, September 16 on ABC. Who do you want to see in the 2019 cast?
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