Credit: Christopher Polk/ Getty Images Photo: Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani and a Guest at the ESPY Awards on July 13, 2011

For many Dancing With the Stars fans, the pros are the real celebs. We look forward to seeing our favorites every season and miss them when they’re gone. So even though the Season 13 “stars” will be announced on Monday, August 29, we’re just as curious about which professional dancers will be returning for the fall season, which starts September 19.

According to @DWTSGossip, two of last season’s DWTS pro troupe members are moving to the competitive side and dancing with celebs this fall. Also, one occasional ballroom visitor will finally get full-time attention — and not just as Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s brother. However, these new moves means some of our favorite pros will not be competing this season. However, all is not lost: We should see them in little mid-season segments like the new “Ballroom Battle” and on Results Shows.

So here is the *rumored* lineup of who is in and out, as posted by @DWTSGossip:


Maksim Chmerkovskiy (dancing with soccer star Hope Solo?)
Tony Dovolani
Mark Ballas
Derek Hough
Val Chmerkovskiy (Maks’ younger brother)
Tristan MacManus (former pro troupe member)
Cheryl Burke
Karina Smirnoff
Kym Johnson
Lacey Schwimmer
Anna Trebunskaya
Peta Murgatroyd (former pro troupe member)


If that list is correct, that means these pros are out of the running for a Mirror Ball trophy:

Louis Van Amstel (but he’ll at least do the “Ballroom Battle”)
Chelsie Hightower
Dmitry Chaplin
Edyta Sliwinska
Alec Mazo
Jonathan Roberts
Corky Ballas
Damian Whitewood
Ashly Costa
Anna Demidova
Julianne Hough

If these lists are accurate, who are you most excited to see return? Who will you miss the most?

Source: @DWTSGossip