Well, Robin Leach of Las Vegas Weekly is now reporting “strong rumors” that Carson and Joey will return. The report also says Maria could be given a second shot “but probably with a different partner.”
What about Derek Hough? Does that mean they are saving Derek to dance with someone else, perhaps his Season 7 partner and current co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet? Joey and Carson weren’t mentioned as being potentially re-paired, so does that mean they are on track to stick with their past partners, Edyta Sliwinska and Anna Trebunskaya, respectively? Or is Robin just repeating the same rumors we’ve all heard at this point?
Speculation is always fun, but take the rumors with a grain of salt until real news is released — hopefully in the next few weeks, but at least by late August.