“America’s Next Top Model” alum Nyle DiMarco just booked himself a new gig — in the ballroom! According to reports, the Cycle 22 winner will step away from the world of modeling to compete on Season 22 of “Dancing With the Stars.” But will the photogenic hunk earn a perfect score for his smizing?
A source revealed the exciting news to E! News, divulging that the “ANTM” champion would shake it out when “DWTS” returns for its spring installment on Monday, March 21. This will be the ABC series’ second deaf contestant to compete on the show following Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin. Matlin participated during the sixth season of “DWTS” alongside her partner Fabian Sanchez. The duo were the sixth couple to be eliminated from the competition.
Although DiMarco has been named as the first two-stepping competitor set to compete for the Mirror Ball trophy in the 2016 installment, the official Season 22 cast will be unveiled on Tuesday, March 8, during “Good Morning America.” Thus far, several red carpet stars have been theorized to appear on the show, like “Fuller House” star Jodie Sweetin.
“Omg! So many rumors flying around!” the Netflix star wrote on Twitter following the buzz surrounding her participation on the show. “I AM a fan!”
It was also confirmed that Len Goodman will be returning to his chair as a judge. The grumpy judge announced he would be reprising his role during the Season 21 finale of “DWTS.”
“Listen up: Len is coming back next season. And I don’t want any of your nonsense,” he quipped.
Back on DWTS season 22. So nice people are welcoming me back. Be careful what you wish for.
— Len Goodman (@GrumpyLGoodman) November 25, 2015
While Goodman steps up to the plate, Julianne Hough, who judged four seasons of the show, will take a seat in the bleachers to pursue other “exciting stuff.”
"I will miss being on the panel for Season 22, but have a lot of exciting stuff coming that I look forward to sharing," the "DWTS" champ explained to People magazine. "The pro dancers, producers and crew at 'DWTS' will always be my family."
Hough has promised that fans haven’t seen the last of her in the ballroom.
“Dancing With the Stars” Season 22 will premiere on ABC on Monday, March 21.