‘Dancing With the Stars’ pros share their hopes for season 30, Len Goodman’s return, and more (exclusive)

Dancing with the starsSeason 30 may not start until later this year, but professional dancers already have some ideas on how to make the show “bigger and better” than ever!

ABC announced last month that the dance competition show would return this fall, with Tyra Banks as host and Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli as judges. The premiere date, celebrity contestants, and professional dancers will be announced at a later date.

Lindsay Arnold, who took a season off last year to give birth to her baby boy, Sage, told ET that she will definitely say “yes” to returning as a pro if she gets the production call.

“I have every intention of going back!” Arnold exclaimed. “I’m ready to go, I feel good, I want to dance again, I’m very excited about it. But as you know, we professionals can’t really decide if we go back. We can say we want to do it, but at the end of the day, [producers] “I have to ask us to get back on the show, which doesn’t happen until the last hour, I swear.”

“But that’s my plan. I’d love to get back on the show and I can’t wait to dance again,” she continued. “And I just miss it. So I’m so in … I’m ready to do it!”

Arnold also shared his hopes for his dream milestone season, telling ET that he would “personally love” to see another All-Star season.

“There are so many partners that I would like to have the opportunity to play mirror ball again, so I feel like it would be a lot of fun. Just for my sake. I don’t know if anyone else cares to see that, but I would love it!” he explained, adding that he would like to compete with Wanya Morris again. He was ranked fourth with the Boyz II Men singer during the show’s 22nd season.

“I should have been in the final!” Arnold argued. “Honestly, I think I could have, and I’d love to get another shot at him.”

“But also … I’d love to get another shot at David Ross!” added of his season 24 partner. “We got second place, so I think maybe we can do it! I think we can make it happen. He was truly, to this day, one of the funniest people I’ve ever done. known in my whole life. “

Another thing Arnold is particularly excited about is Goodman’s return as a full-time judge. The ballroom dancer appeared virtually last season, providing expert advice, but was unable to judge as he was in the UK and unable to travel due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“It will definitely be a tough, tough judging panel. I missed Len so much, just because he’s a classic on the show and I feel like his opinion really carries a lot of weight every season,” Arnold explained. “And I will say, of all the judges, Derek took over the role of Len. I feel like they had similar judging styles. So it will be interesting to watch. I feel like it will be like a little battle of who can be tougher, which is frightening for celebrities, and for me, if I am a professional! “

Earlier this month, Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko also reacted to the news of season 30 while speaking to ET at Cassie Scerbo’s 80s-themed birthday party (benefiting Boo2Bullying) in Los Angeles.

“It’s crazy, it’s exciting. We are all very excited that he is officially there, that we are back,” Savchenko said, playing coyly about whether he will come back as a professional. “Usually it is a last minute moment where all the professional dancers have been notified and receive a pick-up letter. We don’t know who will be back yet … but it is my family. I am very excited about the show that I return, season 30 “.

“My dream partner, it’s really hard to choose,” he continued. “I want someone who has a great personality. Last season, Chrishell [Stause] She had no dance experience, but she did it very, very well, and she has a great personality. We get along very well and we get pretty far. So I just wish someone who has a big heart, knows a little dance, is really popular with people and [hopefully] we finally made it to the final and won the mirror ball. “

Burgess expressed similar sentiments, revealing that he also does not know at this point whether or not he will return.

“I don’t know, and I don’t want to count the chickens before they hatch,” Burgess said, joking about the moment she and her professional colleague Artem Chigvintsev were shockingly cut during season 28. “But she would. love be back. They are my family. I loved being back last season. It felt so good to come home. “

“I love that they are trying new things and a new direction, and the fact that we have reached season 30 is great,” he continued. “To think how long I’ve been on the show now, it just disappeared in the blink of an eye. So the more I can get out of it, the more I’ll take. Because it won’t be forever.”

As for Goodman’s return, Burgess couldn’t be happier to have him back in the ballroom.

“I love Len! And I think we miss Len, “he gushed.” I don’t think it takes anything away from anyone else we have on the panel. He’s his thing, he’s ‘Grumpy Old Len!’ He’s that rigorous with technique, he keeps you at bay, you know what to expect from him, always. If you want a ’10 from Len, ‘you know what to do. “

“I am very excited to have him back because he is family,” she continued. “I think it’s going to be a beautiful dynamic now with all of them there.”

In addition to the four-person judging panel, Burgess expects the entire production of season 30 to be “bigger than ever.”

“I’d say, ‘Hell yeah, let’s do an All-Star season!'” He exclaimed, telling ET he’d like to compete with his 23rd season mate James Hinchcliffe again. “James Hinchcliffe, I’m calling you. You’ll be back! We need to win this.”

“I have no idea. I haven’t heard that he’s an All-Star. [season]But wouldn’t that be awesome for season 30? “he added.

As for whether Burgess would like to be paired up with her real-life partner, Brian Austin Green, in the ballroom this season? She told ET that there were talks with the actor about competing with her for season 29, but she eventually withdrew.

“I don’t know if I now want him to come and do the show and be my partner,” confessed Burgess, who has been dating Green for six months. “It’s such a different bubble to work with. I love what we have and Dancing with the stars it’s a completely different experience. “

“It could put us in a public space where everyone says, ‘Oh! They’re fighting’ or ‘Oh, there’s no chemistry,'” he added. “People do that enough when you’re not dating your dance partner, so it’s like, do we want those eyes on us? “

A person who would be “totally willing” to do DWTSHowever, it is Scerbo. The birthday girl told ET that she would be open to the idea of ​​competing this season, if the show’s producers contacted her about it.

“You never know! I’m a little prepared right now, right?” the Make it or break it Star said, referencing her set of jazz exercises. “I know they did a fun ’80s song last season. I’d love to do something like that.”

“I love to dance,” he added. “So we’ll see!”

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