Loved how Kellie chatted with the audience before her dance, no wonder Ellen loves to have her on her show :biglove
Here is a list of some that requested their pros (not a complete list). Using Derek as an example Nicole, Jennifer, Ricki, Kellie…all asked for him. Kirstie asked for Max and Bristol Mark. This year Wynonna requested Tony. I am sure if certain celebs request a certain pro they do their best to accommodate them. They want them to be on the show, so it makes sense. Since Derek is such a wonderful choreographer it would make sense that most would want him as a partner (if possible). Unless the show does a dance tryout ahead of time I don't know how they would know who turns out to be good unless the person has had extensive dance.
I agree with you regarding Sharna and Tristan and not sure if Dorothy requested him. Since this is Sharna's first year as a pro I am sure especially now that I see what she has done with Andy that the show knew she would be the best for him. Now that she has exposure as a pro she may be getting requests herself. I expected Tristan and Dorothy to go fairly far, but who could forsee an injury?
Just an interesting tidbit that I saw while perusing the web, Kellie and Kree (AI) are friends in Nashville. They have an ink pact if they both win.
Kellie is my favorite girl, but I have to say Jacoby is my favorite guy! :biglove IMO I think Zandaya is the one that will be the hardest to beat for either of them.
I just heard that Kellie and Derek are going to be dancing to a song sung by her husband. I didn't even know she was married. :D