'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18: The Return of Maks and Casting Rumors
'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18: The Return of Maks and Casting Rumors
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
The 18th season of Dancing with the Stars is coming soon, and there's already been a flurry of activity in preparation. The Harold Wheeler Orchestra was fired and co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet was replaced with Erin Andrews. Now comes news of the return of one of the all-time favorite pro dancers and some rumors about the cast.

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The cast of DWTS season 18 will be announced Tuesday, March 4 on ABC's Good Morning America. The new crop of celebrity contestants, plus their pro partners, will all be revealed. But there are some spoilers about what fans can expect to see.

The Return of Maks

According to Us Weekly, Maksim Chmerkovskiy will make his triumphant return to the ballroom as a pro partner this season. The Russian bad boy took the past two seasons off, though he did appear in season 17 as a guest judge. This time, however, he'll be back to dance and try to finally win the Mirror Ball Trophy. Maks has appeared in 13 seasons, but his only appearances in the finale include two third-place finishes and two second-place finishes.

Maks' brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, will also be back as a partner, giving the family two chances to finally win. Val has been on five seasons and made it to the finale twice, though like his brother, he has never won.

Casting Rumors

The full cast will be revealed Tuesday, but E! is already reporting two of the contestants who will appear on season 18. According to their sources, the cast will include stars from Full House and the Real Housewives.

Candice Cameron Bure, best known as D.J. Tanner from Full House, is one of the stars reportedly set to dance on season 18. The actress is also set to guest star in an upcoming episode of ABC's The Neighbors where she will reunite with Steve Weinger, who played D.J.'s boyfriend Steve on Full House. Weinger is also a writer for The Neighbors.

The other star set to join DWTS season 18 is NeNe Leakes from The Real Housewives of Atlanta. She has also had roles on Ryan Murphy's Glee and The New Normal. That gives her connections to DWTS season 17 winner Amber Riley, also from Glee, and Bure herself, as Full House's John Stamos guest starred on several episodes of The New Normal.


Who are you most excited to see: D.J., NeNe or Maks? Find out who their pro partners are and what other celebrities will be competing on Dancing with the Stars season 18 on Tuesday. The new season begins Monday, March 17 at 8pm on ABC.


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