Three big new names reported to be joining 'DWTS': exactly what fans wanted

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 05, 2018
05:04 A.M.
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Recent reports have revealed three athletes that will be joining Dancing With The Stars. One of them is an Olympic snowboarder while the other two are figure skaters.


The announcement of the full cast will be made on April 13, 2018, according to Closer Weekly. Fans will be delighted to find out that one of their favorites, Adam Rippon, made the cut.

Us Weekly reported on Wednesday that figure skaters, Tonya Harding and Adam Rippon, will be competing on the four-week version of DWTS. Olympic snowboarder, Jamie Anderson, will also take part.

Rippon took over fans' hearts at the recent Winter Olympics. He’s expected to join the show despite his schedule conflicting with the dates of his already confirmed Stars on Ice tour.


The tour will run from April 6 to May 20, 2018. When Entertainment Tonight asked Rippon about appearing on the show, he didn't deny it.

"I think it would be a great opportunity and it would be really fun," he said during a Facebook Live interview. He did admit, however, that it would be a crazy schedule for him.

"It would be really fun. I've always wanted to learn how to dance, because I've just been a solo act, like a one-man show."

Adam Rippon, Entertainment Tonight, April 4, 2018

Rippon shared that it would require a lot of traveling. He added that he’d never danced with a partner before and thought his dancing skills were more on the solo side.


"Usually I'm a crazy person, like really outgoing, kinda, like, loud, so when I go out, I'll just start dancing a little bit and I'll be having a good time and usually people think like, 'Oh, she's crazy,'" he said as he poked fun at his dance skills.


He joked that when he danced it usually it looked like he was going to hurt himself. Rippon added that he didn’t know what insurance there was that he wouldn’t hurt his dance partner.


Harding, who is most famous for her feud with Nancy Kerrigan, returned to spotlight this year with the release of Oscar-nominated I, Tonya. Kerrigan had competed on season 24 of DWTS, and would reportedly make her debut in the ballroom this season.

Anderson won snowboarding gold in the women's slopestyle competition and silver in big air. With her killer moves and athletic ability, she’s sure to give everyone a run for their money.

Dancing With the Stars' all-athlete season will premiere on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.