California, here she comes!
According to reports, “The OC” alum Mischa Barton is heading to Los Angeles to compete on Season 22 of “Dancing With the Stars.” “Entertainment Tonight” unveiled the exciting news, noting that the 30-year-old “Notting Hill” actress will pair up with the “DWTS” pro Artem Chigvintsev on the ABC series. Chigvintsev earned first-place during Season 8 with his partner Kara Tointon but can the Russian ballroom dancer take home the Mirror Ball trophy again?
Although the official Season 22 roster for “DWTS” won’t be unveiled until Tuesday, March 8, it’s already been teased that Barton and Chigvintsev are up against some competitive opponents. US Weekly revealed that ABC’s “Good Morning America” meteorologist Ginger Zee will take a break from weather patterns to learn some smooth moves. The 35-year-old TV personality will be shaking it out with Season 20 winner Val Chmerkovskiy.
On Wednesday, “Fuller House” star Jodie Sweetin confirmed that she and Keo Motsepe would be partnering up for the 2016 installment.
FINALLY!!! I can share the fantastic news that I'll be joining DWTS @dancingabc season!! Can't wait!! The big announcement was on @goodmorningamerica this morning!! I have the amazing @keo_motsepe as my partner on this wild ride!! #teamkeoandjodie #dwts #season22 Dress- @kevanhalldesigns Jewelry & Shoes- @gwtcorpferi Handbag- @nicolasfelizola hair @brianmagallones makeup @janicekinjo stylist @shannonmcclure68
“I’m glad I can say something because I’ve been keeping it bottled up!” the “Full House” alum said on “Good Morning America.” “I’ve always loved to dance and Stephanie was a dancer on the show. I don’t call myself a professional but I have experience and rhythm.”
Sweetin divulged that rehearsals for the upcoming season, set to premiere on Monday, March 21, have already begun. “We got through basic moves and had a lot of fun with it!” she added.
It was also unveiled that another TV star will be joining Season 22 of “DWTS” — someone who is familiar with competitive, small screen series. E! News announced that “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 22 winner Nyle DiMarco has signed on to compete in the forthcoming season.
While audiences will welcome newcomer to the ballroom, fans of the long-running series will say farewell to a few of their favorite cast members. Derek Hough, a six-time Mirror Ball champion, is biding the ballroom adieu as he makes his way to Broadway. The Emmy winner is starring as the lead in the Théâtre du Châtelet’s production of “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Hough’s younger sister, Julianne Hough, is also leaving the series. The “Grease: Live!” star, who competed on the show for five seasons and served as a judge for three, revealed that she’s leaving the sure to pursue “exciting stuff.”
"I think she did three great seasons, and it's time for her to go," Hough responded to his sister's decision during an interview with "Entertainment Tonight." "She's got great things on the horizon, and she's doing great things. Len [Goodman]'s coming back, and so, you know, I think four judges feels a little redundant anyways, so I think it's the right thing to do."
“Dancing With the Stars” will return with Season 22 on Monday, March 21, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.