Itâ€™s that time again for a new season of Dancing with the Stars! Itâ€™s Season 19.Â The biggest addition this season is that Julianne Hough is now a full-time judge along with our original three (Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno). I think it creates an interesting new energy to the show.Â There’sÂ also a new crop of celebrities. Here are some thoughts on the partnerships:
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker
Most people will know Jonathan as the aim of Lindsay Lohanâ€™s affection in Mean Girls. Even though his partner’s a new pro, sheÂ knows what she’s doing. On So You Think You Can Dance, Allison was not just a finalist, she was one of the show’s all stars for several seasons. Plus, her real life hubby is another amazing SYTYCD all star and pro, Twitch. Jonathan is in good hands.
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd
I donâ€™t know why this makes me so happy. But I personally think that Tommy Chong of the famous Cheech and Chong comedy team will surprise everyone. I have a feeling that he will be really relaxed while dancing. And maybe a little giggly, too.
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff
Could the producers find a better partner for Karina? A wrestler? She is hard-core so that could really work. Wrestlers have to learn choreography but will that be enough? Will these two strong personalities butt heads or be BFFs?
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani
You know her as a crazy creative designer, but how is she at dancing? You know this woman has flair, so she will be fun! Tony has his hands full.
Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe
Athletes usually do very well but will that happen again? Another new pro: does Keo have what it takes to take Lolo, an Olympian, to the finals?
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough
I had no idea who Bethany was and how she landed Derek. Apparently, though, she is an Internet sensation. Derek knows how to win and can perform magic. I always know he will bring it, so Bethany better work it, too!
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy
Val has a lot to live up to this year since his big brother was the champion last season. Janel is a singer and actress so she probably has a fair chance. But does that mean she is a good dancer? And does she have a vocal and passionate fan base?
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson
This might be a little unfair since the guy did dance with Michael Jackson when he was a kid. Yes, the guy was Carlton on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air but did you know he was on Broadway? He will probably be a favorite. With a couple of seasons under her belt, could this be Witneyâ€™s time to shine?
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas
One of the women of Duck Dynasty and Mark Ballas. Is this another Bristol Palin situation or can she actually dance? Mark hasnâ€™t won in a long time and you know he is itching for anotherÂ mirror ball.
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke
I donâ€™t need to write anything, do I?
Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess
I have only seen Tavis Smiley be serious so this can go either way. But Sharna has proved to be a great teacher.
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev
Before she was Michael J. Foxâ€™s Mom in Back to the Future and Caroline (in the city), she was a ballet dancer.Â Her partner –Â Artem — is a newbie pro but was in the troop last season. He’ll have to show how he is as a teacher and will have to find a way to putÂ the Switched at Birth star’sÂ strengths out in the forefront.
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater
Being a racecar driver can either be really great or could be really uncomfortable. After all,Â Helio Castroneves won the Mirror Ball. He is a Race Car Driver too!Â But Emma did wonders with Bill Engvall.
Anything can happen on the new season.
Dancing with the Stars Season 19 airsÂ Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.
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