'Dancing with the Stars' Season 12 Sets a Date for the Premiere and Cast Announcement
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Has your Dancing with the Stars withdrawal reached its breaking point yet? Do you feel like you can't go on another day without a bedazzling tango performance? Are you missing hot dancers performing with celebrities you may or may not have heard of?

If the answer is yes, then your wait is almost over. ABC has announced the premiere date and will soon announce exactly which stars will be dancing for our pleasure.

ABC announced that the premiere episode of their hit show will air on Monday, March 21 at 8pm (Eastern and Pacific). As you might expect, this will be a two-hour premiere, full of pomp and glitz. With any luck, that premiere will also entertain us with a star or two who really, really can't dance.

Who will the stars be on season 12? Despite rampant speculation, none of the celebrity contestants' names have leaked at this point. ABC would definitely like to keep it that way, since they now have a date and occasion for the official Dancing with the Stars announcement.

On Monday, Feb. 28, during the regular airing of The Bachelor, the full cast will be announced. Will someone appear as a front runner from the initial announcement? How many of the celebrities will actually be known to the general public? And will there be another politically-divisive dancer in season 12?

While we wait on further news about the celebrity casting, there is already word that at least one of the more familiar professional dancers will be missing from season 12. Derek Hough, the three-time Mirror Ball winner (including last season with Jennifer Grey), will miss the season in order to act in his upcoming New-Orleans-street-dancer-meets-Korean-drummer-from-a-rival-group movie, Cobu 3D.

Will the other familiar professionals return? Maksim Chmerkovskiy is in question -- should we expect him to dance when he's busy finding love as the Ukrainian Bachelor? And the other professionals will depend on schedules and celebrity pairings.

Are you planning to watch The Bachelor in order to know who will be on next season's Dancing with the Stars? Who do you hope to see among the cast? Can any cast bring in the viewers and controversy that we had in season 11? Do we even want that? Leave a comment below to tell us what you think!

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