Dancing with the Stars season 33 could get a cast shake-up with the pro dancers


Dancing with the Stars season 33 is on our minds. Sure, it's the summer, and we won't see the competition return until the fall--It'll air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on ABC--but we can't help our excitement.

Last year's run of the show was a ball with Alfonoso Ribeiro and Julianne Hough as hosts and stars like Ariana Madix, Xochitl Gomez, and Charity Lawson burning up the dancefloor with their routines. But it was also a bittersweet time as this was the first season without legendary ballroom dancer and judge Len Goodman who'd passed away in April 2023. The mirror ball trophy has been renamed in his honor.

Ribeiro and Hough have been confirmed as returning to host this season. As for the pro dancers, according to Gleb Savchenko, they won't know which of them are coming back for the season until the last week in August. That's quite a long time to wait, especially when we may get the celebrity cast list sometime in July like we did last year.

In his interview with The Sun, Savchenko teased that we could see some cast shake-ups, though he couldn't definitively say there will be an overhaul for the pro dancer line-up.

"A friend of mine just said it to me yesterday. 'The show will definitely, at some point, get a facelift.' And facelift, meaning it has to be updated with maybe dancers or whatever. But I'll tell you one thing, even though I'm 40 years old, I don't look like I'm 40. I don't feel like I'm 40. I'm freaking in the best shape of my life...I look like 30. And this is my prime time. For me, this is the best time I can possibly wish for and just kind of continue what I'm doing. And, yeah, I don't think I need a facelift yet."

Savchenko wouldn't definitely say yes if he gets the call to compete in season 33. He's still on a journey to win the trophy as he's yet to snag the prize. But, it is clear that at some point the powers that be at Dancing with the Stars are going to want fresh blood among the pro dancers. Last year saw the introduction of Rylee Arnold, Lindsay Arnold's sister who competed in Dancing with the Stars Junior with black-ish star Miles Brown as her partner.

As an adult pro, she competed with Harry Jowsey and came in sixth place, which wasn't a bad showing for her first outing. The year before that, Koko Iwasaki joined the pro dancer ranks. We've yet to see a new male pro dancer be brought into the fold but perhaps we will for season 33.

A good portion of the pro line-up have been on the show for years and are considered veterans of the series. While we'd hate to see some of our favorites leave, even if it's only for a season to let untried dancers have their turn on the dancefloor, it does make sense for Dancing with the Stars to test out new dynamics and give younger dancers an opportunity to shine and show their creativity.

Stay tuned to Hidden Remote for more news and coverage!