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Normani Kordei Joins “Dancing With The Stars,” Tony Dovolani Leaves “DWTS”

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Normani Kordei Dancing with the Stars

By Shari Weiss |

Normani Kordei Dancing with the Stars

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Normani Kordei has joined “Dancing with the Stars” for its upcoming 24th season. But missing from the show will be longtime pro Tony Dovolani.

Kordei, a member of Fifth Harmony, will be one of the celebrity contestants on the next cycle of the ABC ballroom competition, which is slated to premiere next month. Fortunately for Harmonizers, the singer plans to balance her music obligations with her new commitment to the dance show. That means even traveling back and forth to Asia to participate in both Fifth Harmony’s “7/27 Tour” and the weekly live “DWTS” tapings.

Other stars expected to compete alongside Kordei include Simone Biles and Mr. T, while Nancy Kerrigan is said to be on board as well. But Dovolani, who joined as a pro all the back in 2006’s season two, is not returning to the dance floor. The one-time winner (with Melissa Rycroft during the “all-star” season 15) also skipped out on season 23 last fall.

But his decision to sit out for season 24, too, suggests his time with the show may really be over for good. “I wanted my fans to hear it from me first. I will not be on Dancing With The Stars this season, season 24,” Dovolani announced on Instagram on Friday afternoon.

He went on, “While I will miss the show and interacting with our wonderful audiences, both at home and in the ballroom, I will continue to focus on growing my Dance With Me USA studios and teaching. I will also be traveling across the country performing and making personal appearances.”

As Gossip Cop reported, new parents Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are returning, and the latter’s brother Val, who is the reigning pro winner, is scheduled to be back, too. The full cast of stars and pros will be revealed Wednesday on “GMA,” in advance of the March 20 season premiere. Gossip Cop will have full coverage.

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