“Dancing With The Stars” Pros NOT In “Revolt,” Despite Report

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Dancing with the Stars Pros Divas

By Gossip Cop Staff |

Dancing with the Stars Pros Divas

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The “Dancing with the Stars” pros are NOT staging a “revolt,” despite a report. Gossip Cop can correct the seemingly fabricated story.

With season 24 of the show set to premiere in a few days, RadarOnline is announcing, “Backstage Drama Explodes On ‘DWTS’: This Time, It’s The Pros At War!” According to the webloid, the new cycle could be “the most dramatic season ever” because “the show’s professional dancers are starting to revolt!” It’s even said, “The biggest divas this season AREN’T the celebrity contestants.”

“The professional dancers for the show are now more famous than the stars that are being cast, and they know it,” says a so-called “show insider,” who notes, “Dancers Witney Carson and Valentin Chmerkovskiy are featured in the newly released poster promoting the new season, not the celebrities.” The site goes on to assert “the dancers are now coming in with hefty demands of their own!”

The outlet’s alleged tipster claims, “Now the dancers are demanding more perks and higher pay. They know that they are the stars and are demanding that they be treated like it! They want drivers, massages and extra pay for promotional events.”

But this is a misrepresentation of the show and a sensational take on its dynamics. The ballroom competition’s pros aren’t all of a sudden becoming known as stars in their own right. It’s been that way for years. Cast members like Derek Hough, Cheryl Burke and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and many others, have been famous for quite a long time now.

It’s also become the norm for the “DWTS” promotional posters to feature the pros. Highlighting Val Chmerkovskiy and Witney Carson this time around isn’t anything out of the ordinary. Furthermore, contracts are renegotiated each season, and obviously there’s going to be pay increases based on longevity and other factors. The pros haven’t “revolted” because they are grateful for the show’s exposure, and ABC, as well as the producers, treat them appropriately.

It’s also rich that RadarOnline is declaring “the biggest divas this season AREN’T the celebrity contestants” since the bad blog has already run “diva” stories about Nick Viall, Heather Morris and Nancy Kerrigan. And in seasons past, the site has used the same designation for contestants like Ryan Lochte and Amber Rose. It’s a manufactured storyline repeated each season, with this new version focusing on the pros. But this latest tale is just as misguided as all the rest.

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