Markus Ballas is back in the ballroom for the first time in five years.
The popular pro and two-time Mirrorball Trophy winner has been paired with TikTok star Charli D’Amelio and the two seem more than ready to go head-to-head, as evidenced by their social media activity.
On September 12, 2022, ABC revealed the first official photos of the cast. Ballas took to his Instagram feed to share the picture he took with D’Amelio ahead of the Sept. 19 premiere. This is the first time Ballas has posted anything to his Instagram feed in almost a year.
“Idk, that sounded like fun. Let’s go Charls,” Ballas joked his return to the show. In the photo, Ballas wore his hair down – as opposed to in a bun – and wore sunglasses. Fans have reacted on Instagram.
Here’s what you need to know:
Fans are loving that Ballas is back
It’s clear that Ballas and D’Amelio are going to be having lots of fun together this season, and their first official photo for Dancing With the Stars proves it. Fans are super excited for Ballas’ return, and D’Amelio has millions of them fans behind.
Several DWTS fans took to Ballas’ post’s comments section to share their feelings about the upcoming season — and about Ballas’ return (and his look). No wonder fans are freaking out over everything.
“Mark is back!! We now know who will win!!!” one person commented.
“The king has returned!!!!!!!!” someone else added.
“Very excited to see you back in Th [sic] ballroom!!!” repeated another.
“Taking home the mirror ball trophy! a winning couple” read a fourth comment.
“I’m so happy my favorite pro is back to serving just the flavor you can!!” said another Instagram user.
Ballas & D’Amelio are already favorites to win
Although the season hasn’t started yet, many fans believe Ballas and D’Amelio will win with ease. Not only is Ballas super popular, his return to the show is getting people talking. Additionally, D’Amelio has an incredible following on social media with more than 49 million fans on Instagram.
Shortly after the pairings were announced, fans took to Reddit to discuss how they think things will play out this season. Many seem to think Ballas and D’Amelio have a great shot at the mirror ball.
“Mark being back for the first time in 5 years will bring all of Derek’s fans back to vote for him so I think he would have come a long way no matter who he was with. And Charli will probably be fine.” one person commented in a Reddit thread about the potential finalists.
The biggest contenders could very well be Witney Carson and Wayne Brady, who are also top picks for Season 31, according to fans.
The new season of Dancing With the Stars will stream on Disney+ and is available to subscribers only. Voting is open to residents of the United States and Canada.
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