• Kristyn Burtt

Your Burning 'Dancing With the Stars' Questions Answered

Updated: Mar 8




On Wednesday, the Dancing With the Stars Season 28 cast was revealed. The shock of no troupe, new pros and a questionable cast member or two has led to a week of confusion, controversy and questions.


Dance Dish is here to answer those questions. We will continually update this page leading up to the premiere, so be sure to bookmark it as a handy guide.


When is the premiere?

Monday, September 16 at 8 p.m. e/7 p.m. c


Who are the pros?


Brandon Armstrong

Lindsay Arnold

Alan Bersten

Cheryl Burke

Witney Carson

Val Chmerkovskiy

Sasha Farber

Jenna Johnson

Daniella Karagach

Keo Motsepe

Peta Murgatroyd

Pasha Pashkov

Gleb Savchenko

Emma Slater


Who are Daniella Karagach & Pasha Pashkov?



Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov are a husband-and-wife ballroom team who are the seven-time United States 10-Dance Champions and Latin Champions. Fans of World of Dance remember their incredibly beautiful work on Season 2. Daniella most recently toured with Derek Hough as his lead dancer.


Who are the celebs for Season 28?


Christie Brinkley

James Van Der Beek

Karamo Brown

Hannah Brown

Kel Mitchell

Sean Spicer

Ally Brooke

Kate Flannery

Lauren Alaina

Ray Lewis

Mary Wilson

Lamar Odom


Why are there only 12 celebrities, but 14 pros?


The DWTS team looked to Strictly Come Dancing and took elements of the show that worked well in the U.K. Viewers will see some of the Strictly format make its way to DWTS this season. Eliminating the troupe and calling everyone a pro — even those without a celeb partner — is a part of the show revamp.


What will the two pros without a celebrity do on the show?


Their roles will be very similar to what the troupe did in prior seasons. They will be a part of group numbers, assist in rehearsals and act as a stand-in if a pro is injured, etc.


UPDATE 8/26: On SiriusXM's On the Pulse Morning Show, Tom Bergeron revealed Keo Motsepe and Daniella Karagach will be the two pros in this position.


Who will not be on Season 28 of DWTS?


Artem Chigvintsev

Sharna Burgess: E! reported her absence is due to budget cuts.

Morgan Larson

Vlad Kvartin

Britt Stewart

Hayley Erbert

Artur Adamski

Choreographer/Creative Producer Mandy Moore


Where is Mandy Moore going?


She has taken on a new project with NBC. She is choreographing Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist, a show about "a whip-smart computer coder forging her way in San Francisco. After an unusual event, she starts to hear the innermost wants and desires of the people around her through songs."


Peep the trailer here. It's going to be a fantastic series! You might also spot Britt, Morgan and Robert Roldan in the pilot.


Who is choreographing the group numbers and bumpers now?


The show will be using a variety of outside choreographers for the opening numbers as well as some of the pros, who are interested in choreographing for the show.


Val, assisted by Jenna, choreographed the number for the Good Morning America reveal on Aug. 21.


How much are the celebrities getting paid for Season 28?


While all of us would probably enjoy this paycheck for DWTS, the celebs are taking a pay cut in 2019, according to Variety. In prior seasons, stars earned up to $345,000. This season, the starting pay is "$125,000 for the show’s rehearsal period and their first two weeks on the air." If they make it to the finale, their pay will top out around $295,000.


When will we know who each pro is paired up with?


Everyone is going to have to wait until Monday, Sept. 16 to find out who the pros will be dancing with. However, the DWTS fans are the best sleuths on the internet, so everyone might have it figured out before premiere day.


UPDATE 8/24: Executive producer Andrew Llinares is claimed at D23 Expo on Friday that he was the only one who knew the pairings, but Dance Dish has learned that some of the pros already know their partners.


UPDATE 8/26: Confirmed Partnerships:

Kel Mitchell & Witney Carson

Lauren Alaina & Gleb Savchenko

Ray Lewis & Cheryl Burke

Hannah Brown & Alan Bersten


UPDATE 8/27:

Sean Spicer & Lindsay Arnold

Karamo Brown & Jenna Johnson

Lamar Odom & Peta Murgatroyd


UPDATE: 9/7:

Ally Brooke & Sasha Farber


UPDATE: 9/16:

Mary Wilson & Brandon Armstrong

James Van Der Beek & Emma Slater

Kate Flannery & Pasha Pashkov

Sailor Brinkley Cook (New Celeb) & Val Chmerkovskiy

What is happening with the voting?


There will be a live voting element for Season 28 and in fact, results will be released the same-night based off of the dances the viewers saw in that same episode. While the West Coast will be able to vote, they will not be able to see the dances live unless they have the East Coast feed for DWTS.


The judges will also have some additional capabilities that have yet to be announced. Are we finally getting a Judges' Save?





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