“Dance with the Stars” professional dancer Val Khmerkovsky returns for the 31st season that fans are looking forward to. But some of them aren’t happy about who he’s paired with, namely “Bachelorette” Gabby Windey.
Here’s what you need to know about her and why fans are upset:
Val & Gabby say they are so excited for the show
The cast for season 31 of Dancing With the Stars was announced on Thursday, September 8th. Both Chmerkovskiy and Windey can be seen on Instagram posted photos together and Windey wrote, “It’s happening!” on her Instagram Stories and “dream team” on Chmerkovskiy’s Instagram post.
In the comments and on her own Instagram Stories, Chmerkovskiy’s wife and colleague Jenna Johnson wrote, “Ahhhhh!!! So excited to see these two skyrocket this season on @dancingwiththestars! Get ready to vote for my favorite couple!”
Windey’s Dancing With the Stars bio reads:
Gabby Windey is an American television personality who most recently appeared on ABC’s ‘The Bachelorette’ opposite Rachel Recchia as one half of the show’s first-ever co-lead season! She previously appeared on the 26th season of ABC’s The Bachelor. Windey is much more than meets the eye. Not only is she beautiful, but she also has quick wit, substance, emotional depth and a wealth of lived experience. Windey worked as an intensive care unit nurse at the University of Colorado Hospital throughout the pandemic, and before that she was a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos. She currently resides in Los Angeles, California with her beloved Goldendoodle Leonardo.
Fans are very divided on the cast of Windey
Some fans are super excited and say this is their favorite season 31 couple.
“My favorite professional and favorite celebrity! It’s going to be ICONIC.” wrote a fan.
Other wrote, “AAAHHHH I’m so happy you’re going to be a part of this season! I can’t wait to cheer you guys on!!!”
“Thank you Valentin for being on ‘Dancing With the Stars’. It would never be the same without you. I hope this partner will take you far.” wrote a third fan.
However, some fans aren’t pleased to see another member of the “Bachelor” nation on the show, wondering why she’s considered a “star,” adding that they thought Chmerkovskiy was dating TikTok dancing sensation Charli D’Amelio to be paired.
“Rename the show ‘Dancing with the Reality Stars’ because they make up the majority of the ‘stars’.” wrote a fan.
“This longtime #DWTS watcher just doesn’t care about this season. These “celebrities” are of no caliber to warrant a subscription
@DisneyPlus. Influencers and bachelorettes don’t interest me at all. Real “stars” don’t seem interested either. Time to cancel DWTS” wrote another fan.
A third fan wrote“And here I thought with the move [to Disney Plus] there would be a shortage of ‘bachelor’ candidates.”
“Obviously they’ve run out of ‘stars’. If the pros have bigger draws than the celebs, maybe it’s time to call it quits.” wrote a fourth fan.
“She’s so annoying” added a fifth fan.
Dancing With the Stars returns Monday, September 19 for its 31st season on Disney Plus.
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