Now that the cast of Season 9 and their partners have been revealed, who will you be cheering for? Upon first glance, I would say that Mya and Dmitry will be the pair to watch. Mya’s dance background combined with Dmitry’s choreography will certainly be something to watch. In fact, Dmitry is nominated for an Emmy award this year for “Outstanding Choreography” for an Argentine Tango he choreographed on Season 4 of “So You Think You Can Dance”. Click here to watch Dmitry’s Emmy nominated piece which was performed by SYTYCD Season 4 winner Joshua Allen and DWTS own Chelsie Hightower.
As for the other contestants, I wouldn’t misjudge the power of the mirrorball trophy. Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas have both earned 2 mirrorball trophies, can one of them add a third? Derek Hough has one mirrorball trophy under his belt, can he get a 2nd win this season? Don’t forget that Alec Mazo was the first DWTS champ, so maybe with an Olympian on his side he can achieve another win. I also wouldn’t rule out the power of a fan base. In the last few seasons Derek, Julianne, Mark, and Lacey have emerged to be the audience favorites on more than one occasion, so I wouldn’t expect any of them (minus Julianne since she is taking a break this season) to leave the competition too early.
Entertainment Weekly ranked the Season 9 pairs and they chose Donny Osmond & Kym Johnson for the win. I think it is too early to tell seeing as we haven’t seen any of the pairs dance yet, although I’m not sure if I agree with Donny Osmond as being the Season 9 winner. Check out EW’s DWTS rankings here. Tune in on September 21, 2009 for night one for the 3-night “Dancing with the Stars” premiere.
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- Aaron Carter partnered with Karina Smirnoff
- Natalie Coughlin partnered with Alec Mazo
- Mark Dacascos partnered with Lacey Schwimmer
- Tom DeLay partnered with Cheryl Burke
- Macy Gray partnered with Jonathan Roberts
- Ashley Hamilton partnered with Edyta Sliwinska
- Melissa Joan Hart partnered with Mark Ballas
- Kathy Ireland partnered with Tony Dovolani
- Michael Irvin partnered with Anna Demidova
- Joanna Krupa partnered with Derek Hough
- Chuck Liddell partnered with Anna Trebunskaya
- Debi Mazar partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- Mya partnered with Dmitry Chaplin
- Kelly Osbourne partnered with Louis Van Amstel
- Donny Osmond partnered with Kym Johnson
- Louie Vito partnered with Chelsie Hightower