I thought he had one more year on his contract.
He has said all this before, although I will do a :yay if he does leave. I doubt very much he will get another gig thats as good as this one. Maybe its not good to keep dating all these others on the show? tsk tsk
I wonder what happened to Derek and Cheryl taking this season off? Derek said at first he was completely done, then just done for this season, and now here he is. Cheryl hinted she wanted a break.
More news on the pro front: Sharna Burgess of the troupe is in, rumor has it Henry from the troupe is also in, and that Peta is out as well. I'm going to guess Louis is also out this season. With 12 couples, we have:
Males: Tony, Derek, Val, and Henry (unknown of the regulars is Tristan and Mark, although I'd be shocked-but happy-if Spatz was intentionally left out). Maks was going to take part in his last season of his contract, but something seemed to change. I hope it's all a publicity rumor created by the show.
Females: Cheryl, Lindsey (SYTYCD fame), Sharna. Haven't seen any confirmation on Karina anywhere. Kym, Anna, and Chelsie are out.
With 12 couples, we're still missing 3 female pros and 2 male pros. As much as I love and adore Tony, I'm surprised that TPTB are bringing him back this season. It seems like if they'd choose to sideline anyone when it looks like they are overhauling the pro line up to a more theatrical, younger group, they'd get rid of him. I wouldn't be surprised if we have all of the veterans who have been with the show since the first 3 seasons gone in the fall. At least there's one plus, but I really hope the new pros concentrate on their celebs, and don't pull a Mark Ballas where they put the attention all on themselves. I think the days of getting yourself famous on this show as a pro are long gone. Never liked Henry in the troupe; definitely too much 'look at me' but I actually enjoyed him last season when he did the 3-way dance with Melissa and Tony. Sharna I always liked. Seemed more like a legit ballroom rebel. Don't know the SYTYCD girl.
Oh no, Anna and Chelsie are out? There goes my fave 2 female pros. :( Was there a reason given?
FYI, one of the soap reporters said Friday that another General Hospital star is on the cast for this season. Kelly Monaco and Val had a fan event tonight (and another one tomorrow), and allegedly Kelly said it's a female.
Rumors on the soap sites are it's either Finola Hughes or Nancy Lee Grahn.
If I were to guess, I would have thought it would be Genie Francis since she has wanted to do the show and is buds with Tom, but since as of now she is only back on GH for 3 months, she may not have had the time to do it.
Lindsay (SYTYCD) is one of the Utah ballroom blonds from last year. Other DWTS pros have made a big deal about the ballroom training and talent in Utah, so I'm not surprised. At least those who watch SYTYCD will recognize her.
Her photobucket photo is gone, but here is her bio piece from that show.
Lindsay Arnold currently lives in her hometown of Provo, Utah where she was born and raised. Lindsay just recently graduated from Timpview High School and plans to attend Utah Valley University. She has been dancing since she was 4 years old and her specialty is Latin Ballroom.
I really liked her. I remember when Cole and her did 'Gravity' I guess its nice to have a new face :) because the rest will be the same old same old.
I don't really care for any troupe members, so it doesn't excite me that any of them have been bumped up to pro status.
I never thought I'd say this, but I miss Lacey and kind of wish she would make a return!
So, is Derek leaving after this season? I thought last season was it for him? Oh well, this cast isn't seeming to intriguing anyways. Hopefully they nab a good football player cause that is basically always who I end up rooting for in the Spring season!