Dancing With the Stars: Athletes is already shaping up to be a good one!
Figure skaters Tonya Harding and Adam Rippon, as well as Olympic snowboarder Jamie Anderson, are competing on the four-week, mini-edition of the ABC dance competition series, ET has learned.
Us Weekly was the first to report the names on Wednesday, but fans have been speculating for months that Rippon would be joining the show, despite the fact that his schedule would conflict with the dates of his already confirmed Stars on Ice tour, which runs April 6-May 20.
ET asked Rippon point-blank if there was a possibility he could make both work last month, and though he played coy, he didn't deny it.
"I think it would be a great opportunity and it would be really fun," he said during a Facebook Live interview held at our Los Angeles studio. "It would be really fun. I've always wanted to learn how to dance, because I've just been a solo act, like a one-man show."
"You know, it would be a crazy schedule," Rippon explained. "Like, the dates are all going on during the Stars on Ice tour, so it would be a lot of traveling. And I've never danced with a partner before. I think [my dancing skills] are more like solo skills."
"Usually I'm a crazy person, like really outgoing, kinda, like, loud, so when I go out, I'll just start dancing a little bit and I'll be having a good time and usually people think like, 'Oh, she's crazy,'" he continued, poking fun at his dance skills. "They're not wrong, but usually it looks like I'm going to hurt myself. And that's by myself! I don't know what kind of insurance [there is]."
Dancing With the Stars' all-athlete season premieres Monday, April 30 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. As we patiently wait to find out which other stars will be competing, watch the video below to hear more from Rippon's exclusive chat with ET.
Reporting by Darla Murray.
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