So You Think You Can Dance alumna Chelsie Hightower will join the cast of Dancing With the Stars. People Magazine reports that she will be partnered with rodeo star Ty Murray. Also joining the cast will be So You Think You Can Dance alumni Dmitry Chaplin and Lacey Schwimmer (who partnered with Lance Bass last season on Dancing With the Stars).
As a Latin ballroom specialist, Chelsie Hightower is clearly in her element on Dancing With the Stars. Chelsie Hightower and partner Mark Kanemura were one of the most memorable pairs on So You Think You Can Dance. They were eliminated just one week before the finals. Their best performances included Bleeding Love, Beautiful (choreographed by Mia Michaels), and their salsa number.
Although Chelsie Hightower was considered a shoo-in for the finals on So You Think You Can Dance, it’s possible that as a ballroom dancer, audiences preferred her pairs numbers to her solo routines. She also appeared on a season that favored hip-hop dancers such as Joshua Allen and Stephen “Twitch” Boss. She may more of an advantage on Dancing With the Stars since Len Goodman prefers the ballroom style.
Chelsie Hightower Joins Cast of Dancing With the Stars: Other So You Think You Can Dance Alumni
It will be interesting to see how Chelsie Hightower compares to other So You Think You Dance alumni. Lacey Schwimmer debuted on Dancing With the Stars last season with Lance Bass and it was a dream partnership. Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer had cutting edge choreography and were not afraid to take risks. They were a nice contrast to the technically flawless though more conservative Brooke Burke and Derek Hough.
Along with Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin will also debut on Dancing With the Stars. As a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance, Dmitry Chaplin was best known for his fiery Latin numbers and shirtless performances. He is also an accomplished choreographer, an asset that would help his partner Jewel on Dancing With the Stars.
Still, if you are superstitious, then you might remember that three of Dmitry Chaplin’s partners Joy Spears, Aleksandra Wojda, and Ashlee Nino were eliminated consecutively on So You Think You Can Dance. Hopefully, he has broken the curse. While Chelsie Hightower will probably win over Len Goodman, Dmitry Chaplin may become a favorite of Bruno Tanioli.
Given the talent of So You Think You Can Dance alumni Chelsie Hightower, Dmitry Chaplin, and Lacey Schwimmer, I would not be surprised to see all three in the finals on Dancing With the Stars.
Dancing With the Stars 8 premiers March 9 on ABC.