9 Things That Are Pretty Much Guaranteed to Happen on This Season of Dancing with the Stars
THERE WILL BE … INJURIES
Remember when Little House on the Prairie actress Melissa Gilbert was rushed to the hospital after finishing a near-perfect performance with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy on season 14? No one's safe off the stage, either: Former Wonder Years star Danica McKellar broke a rib during rehearsals.
THERE WILL BE … FALLS
THERE WILL BE … TEARS
Over the course of just one episode during the All-Stars season, both happy and sad tears were shed in excess (let's be real, it's a common occurrence). Kelly Monaco cried when she was spared from elimination, while Karina Smirnoff got weepy following her hip-hop number with Apolo Ohno, during which she'd fallen.
THERE WILL BE … SEQUINS
It's safe to expect glitter, spray tans, plunging necklines, shirtless dudes and, of course, campy costumes of all sorts. From Maria Menounos's sexy vampire dress (and coordinating fangs) to season 8's parade of sparkly, fringed corsets, the DWTS styles keep the performances interesting, even when the dancing is not.
THERE WILL BE … GIMMICKS
THERE WILL BE … CONTROVERSY
Viewers questioned the legitimacy of the DWTS voting system – for which the judges' scores are weighted equally with the audience's – when Bristol Palin made it to the finals after surviving nine weeks of eliminations despite receiving consistently low scores.
THERE WILL BE … TALKING BACK
THERE WILL BE … ROMANCE RUMORS
When a duo has powerful on-stage chemistry – there is lots of gyrating, after all – viewers love to imagine passionate off-stage affairs. Season 19 dancers Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy were just the latest to stir romance rumors, which they fervently denied.