As Dancing with the Stars enters its 20th season in just two weeks, one very important question has yet to be answered: Who will dance alongside Witney Carson, the winner of last season’s mirror-ball trophy?
Many have speculated that The Bachelor‘s Chris Soules is a contender for that last spot in the DWTS cast, but the farmer from Arlington, Iowa, has been very vocal about his lack of any inherent musicality.
(Remember when he rapped? Game though he was, it still may have been the most embarrassing thing to happen on a season in which one contestant had a black censor bar covering her butt’s every short-shorted move.)
However, there have been hints. When DWTS host Tom Bergeron made the cast announcement on Good Morning America on Feb. 24, he said that the last contestant “couldn’t rose – I mean, rise early enough” for the big reveal.
Furthermore, Carson posted a selfie of herself on Instagram just one day prior to the announcement in the middle of nowhere – like Arlington, perhaps – with the caption, “Just moments away from meeting my new partner!”
That said, these could all be red herrings devised by ABC to drive us all mad from speculation.
Just in case Soules is not the mystery contestant, we’ve compiled five perfectly great contenders from other ABC franchises (plus one bonus) for the DWTS producers to consider. You’re welcome! (If any of them end up getting cast, we want a finder’s fee.)
Grey’s Anatomy‘s Jesse Williams is not only the star of one of ABC’s biggest shows, but he’s also a pretty talented basketball player. He made the roster for the 2015 NBA All-Star Game and, despite a mild knee injury, his on-court skills painted the picture of somebody who could no doubt do a foxtrot. Just saying, there’s a reason why football players are made to do ballet. (That’s what they do in cartoons anyway – we don’t know how sports work.)
2. Matt McGorry
The star of another one of Shonda Rhimes‘s monster hits, Matt McGorry plays Asher on How to Get Away with Murder. Like Williams, he’s an athlete – he used to be a bodybuilder before he switched careers and became an actor, rising to prominence as John Bennett on Orange Is the New Black. While a second season of HTGAWM was indirectly confirmed by an ABC promo, what’s one more TV show for McGorry to add to his docket?
Ryan Phillippe’s Secrets and Lies premiered Sunday to generally positive reviews, but the outlook is not overly sunny. What better way for Phillippe to boost the show’s profile than a tango or two with the lovely Carson? Besides that, it would fulfill countless teenage dreams.
Speaking of teenage dreams Chad Michael Murray. While the first (and possibly last, though we try not to think about that) season of Agent Carter has just finished airing, there’s no reason why the former One Tree Hill actor can’t recreate his dancing scene with Hilary Duff in A Cinderella Story on DWTS‘s 20th season.
5. Scott Foley
Neither Scandal nor its cutest male lead, Scott Foley, necessarily need the DWTS bump; however, we do know that Foley can sell a dance. Remember when Jake told Olivia (Kerry Washington) “Man, do I love you,” following a Stevie Wonder dance-off? It may be imprinted on our brains forever but we need to see it again … and again and again.
BONUS: Jamie Dornan
Okay, fine, Jamie Dornan is no longer playing the Huntsman on Once Upon a Time, and he has since leveled up to playing an emotionally damaged, flogger-wielding billionaire in Fifty Shades of Grey. However, our longing for the bearded Dornan of yore is true and real, and there’s no reason he can’t rock an off-season beard in between Fifty Shades flicks while he leads Carson on the dance floor.
Dancing with the Stars‘ 20th season premieres Monday, March 16, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.