“One of the major things I guess is that I’m a little more known now but still untested I guess to a certain degree in people’s eyes,” said Tristan. “I’m still having fun though! I think the comparing has increased since I joined — is he better than this person, is he nicer than him, funnier than him? I guess that’s the nature of the beast. It’s funny, but I just like getting on with what I do. It doesn’t matter if we place first or last so the comparisons don’t faze me. As far as everything else, I think the show knows now how to really get more out of the troupe and use them a lot more than our first troupe, so that’s great to see. There have been tweaks with certain pros swapping in and out so again most things have stayed the same. I think production-wise there have been a lot more changes than cast.”
To be honest, we’re a little worried about some of the pros swapping in and out for Season 16 (which starts March 18 on ABC). Kym Johnson is down in Australia, and both Cheryl Burke and Derek Hough have hinted to wanting some time off. (Plus, Maksim Chmerkovskiy has said he’s leaving when his contract expires at the end of this year.) We have no idea which pros will return, but obviously Tristan should be among them. And we have to note we’re as guilty as anyone when it comes to “comparing” pros — who is nicest, funniest, and (maybe too often) hottest. Tristan always wins!
Read the full Q&A here and check out Part 1 and Part 2 of Tristan answering fan questions on video because no Tristan experience is complete without the audio and visual elements!