Just to be clear, the giant sparkly "10" is for "perfect 10," not Season 10. There have been TWICE that many seasons. Which is both awesome and insane.
Whoa whoa whoa: It's SEASON 20 of "Dancing with the Stars"? Can we talk about this? I was finally wrapping my head around the fact that "So You Think You Can Dance" is gearing up for its 12th (!) season—and then, BOOM, the press release for the Season 20 "DWTS" cast landed in my inbox. Time flies when you're having dance-y fun, apparently!
Anyway, yes: Everyone's favorite ballroom extravaganza is gearing up for another bedazzled run, and we now know (almost) all of the celebs and dancers who'll be competing. Highlights of the celebrity lineup include Olympian Nastia Liukin (whom I've always wanted to slap pointe shoes on—doesn't she look like she'd make a beautiful ballerina?), TV star Suzanne Somers, music legend Patti LaBelle, The Hunger Games' Willow Shields and actress Rumer Willis.
For us nerds, though, the pros are the true celebrities. So the happiest news of all is that many of our favorite superdancers will also be taking the floor this season—among them Derek Hough, Allison Holker, Mark Ballas and Sharna Burgess. Last season's champ, the fantabulous Witney Carson, will be returning, too, though her partner is TBD.
Here's the complete list. Tune into ABC on Monday, March 16 at 8 pm EST for the "DWTS" premiere!
Noah Galloway with Sharna Burgess
Robert Herjavec with Kym Johnson
Patti LaBelle with Artem Chigvintsev
Nastia Liukin with Derek Hough
Riker Lynch with Allison Holker
Charlotte McKinney with Keo Motsepe
RedFoo with Emma Slater
Michael Sam with Peta Murgatroyd
Willow Shields with Mark Ballas
Suzanne Somers with Tony Dovolani
Rumer Willis with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Witney Carson with TBD
It seems like only yesterday that Disney debuted its first Broadway musical, Beauty and the Beast. But that's just because time flies when you're having theatrical fun: Beauty actually opened in 1994—which means that Disney on Broadway turns the big 2-0 this year. And what would a Disney birthday be without a giant party?
The Newsies boys are ready to celebrate! (photo by Deen van Meer, courtesy Disney)
To mark the anniversary, ABC will air "Backstage with Disney on Broadway: Celebrating 20 Years" on Sunday, December 14. Hosted by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, aka The Greatest "So You Think You Can Dance" Judge of All Time™, the special will give viewers an insider's look at all eight musicals in the Disney canon.
There'll be especially fun footage from the three shows currently running: an actual performance of Aladdin's showstopping "Friend Like Me" number, a Lion King rehearsal and a look at life on the Newsies national tour. Disneytastic!
Birthdays: part of the cirrrrrrcle of liiiiiiiiife (photo by Joan Marcus, courtesy Disney)
Derek and little sis Julianne on "Dancing with the Stars."
Good news—there's another reality dance show hitting the airwaves this month. "Family Dance Off," a competition featuring five families and their mad dance skills going head to head for a $10,000 prize, will premiere Sunday, August 25 on ABC. I don't know about you, but I'm pretty darn excited about this. I'm sure we're in for some serious Dad Dancin' (oh, the shoulder shrugs and stank faces!), and I can only hope we'll see a few grandmas busting a move.
And guess who'll be hosting? None other than "Dancing with the Stars" pro Derek Hough! He couldn't be more perfect for the gig: He comes from a seriously talented dance family, he's totally easy on the eyes and he has a likeable, charismatic personality. (On a side note, Derek has officially signed on for another season of "DWTS!")