“Dancing With the Stars” pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy got his wish.
During the Women’s World Cup earlier this summer, Chmerkovskiy lobbied for U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo to be part of the cast, and specifically to be his partner. ABC announced the pairings for this season on Tuesday (Aug. 31), and Solo is indeed partnered up with Chmerkovskiy, who has finished second twice in his time on “DWTS.”
Here are the rest of the pairings, including a few new professionals joining the show:
David Arquette is paired up with Kym Johnson, last spring’s champ with Hines Ward.
Ron Artest will dance with Petra Murgatroyd, who’s making her “DWTS” debut.
Chaz Bono will partner with Lacey Schwimmer, who finished second last fall with Kyle Massey.
Elisabetta Canalis dances with newcomer Val Chmerkovskiy, Maksim’s younger brother.
Kristin Cavallari is paired up with Mark Ballas, who danced with Chelsea Kane last season.
Nancy Grace partners with another new professional, Tristan MacManus.
Rob Kardashian gets two-time champ Cheryl Burke as his partner.
Carson Kressley is paired with Anna Trebunskaya.
Ricki Lake will dance with Derek Hough, who won with Jennifer Grey last fall.
J.R. Martinez will dance with Karina Smirnoff, who made the semifinals in the spring with Ralph Macchio.
Chynna Phillips is dancing with Tony Dovolani.
“Dancing With the Stars” premieres Monday, Sept. 19 on ABC. Based on the pairings, who do you think is the early favorite?