The “Dancing With the Stars” 2016 cast rumors are in full force ahead of “DWTS” Season 22! Several popular sitcom actresses, an ABC meteorologist, a recent Super Bowl MVP and a reality television star are among the names being talked about as potentials for the DWTS season 22 lineup. Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli are set to return to critique the celebs, with Julianne Hough departing, while Derek Hough will also not be on board as a dance pro. That leaves the door open for a new dance pro to win the Mirrorball in this latest season. Which celebs might be participating though and who will be the early favorites to win the trophy? Here’s the latest speculation and news for the upcoming season.
According to ABC 13 News on March 7, two NFL stars are rumored to be joining the cast for the upcoming season of ABC’s popular dance competition. Outside linebacker Vonn Miller, who was the Super Bowl 50 MVP for the Denver Broncos, was originally confirmed by an ESPN source. Just recently, wide receiver Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers also confirmed on “SportsCenter” Monday that he’ll be joining the lineup as well. That means that two NFL stars will be competing on the dance floor, where several former pros have done well, or in fact won the whole thing. They include Emmitt Smith, Donald Driver and Hines Ward. In particular, Brown could make history as the second Steelers player to win the competition, joining Ward who won in Season 12. In addition to these two football stars, MMA star Paige Van Zant and former quarterback Doug Flutie are rumored contestants.
So who is joining the cast besides pro athletes? One star that was confirmed according to IBTimes on March 7 is actress Jodie Sweetin, known for her role as Stephanie Tanner on “Full House” and the newer “Fuller House.” She’ll be paired up with dance pro Keo Motsepe. Also said to be on the dance floor this season is “Facts of Life” and “Livin’ Single” star Kim Fields, “OC” actress Mischa Barton, and TV anchor/reporter Geraldo Rivera. Making things especially interesting are a few cast members who could bring controversy or headlines. One of them is Donald Trump’s ex-wife, Marla Maples, while the other is Kourtney Kardashian’s former flame, Scott Disick, who has appeared on several of the Kardashian reality shows. Former “Bachelor” Ben Higgins and “America’s Next Top Model” winner Nyle DiMarco are also being reported or speculated as potential contestants.
So when will these be confirmed? ABC’s “Good Morning America” will have the official “Dancing With the Stars” cast lineup announcement on Tuesday morning. The show usually goes live around 7 a.m. Eastern Time on ABC. In particular, the fact that “GMA” meteorologist Ginger Zee has been said to be joining the show, will help in bringing all the coverage exclusively through the ABC network. The actual “DWTS” Season 22 show premiers on March 21, giving fans two weeks to get ready and make their picks for the favorites. As of right now, one has to believe that based on previous sports stars, Antonio Brown and Von Miller will both be early favorites to win the Mirrorball!