EXCLUSIVE: Witney Carson Reacts to 'DWTS' Casting Rumors -- From Simone Biles to 'Bachelorette' Villain Chad
By Brice Sander
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Witney Carson is ready for another Dancing With the Stars mirror ball trophy.
“It's time!” Witney tells ET. “I mean, it's been what, three seasons?”
The 22-year-old dancing pro last took home the DWTS top prize in 2014, when she was paired with Alfonso Ribeiro. Now, she’s gearing up for her sixth season on the show -- its 23rd.
“I'm actually waiting to hear if/when I'm gonna meet my partner,” Witney shares. “So, it should be in the next few days. Hopefully soon, hopefully a good one. Hopefully he's nice. I'm just kinda waiting until they give me the heads up to go ... The madness hasn't started yet.”
Witney says she’s been “blessed” with her celebrity partners -- she’s danced with Cody Simpson, Carlos PenaVega, Chris Soules and Von Miller -- and has high hopes for season 23.
“Channing Tatum, Zac Efron, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth… any Hemsworth, really. Bring 'em on in!” Witney jokes.
“I think at this point, [I want] to have somebody who's really nice and really willing to work hard,” she says. “I think one of the Olympians would be awesome. Since the Olympics just happened, anybody over there, like, Michael Phelps -- cough cough -- but I'm really open to anybody who's just willing to work hard.”
Phelps’ name hasn’t necessarily been floated around as a rumored contestant, but another Olympian has been mentioned. A source tells ET Simone Biles is the producers’ top pick to join the season 23 cast.
“Oh, that would be awesome!” Witney gushes. “I really hope she decides to do it. But it's so funny, I usually hear tons of rumors right now, and I've heard zip. Zero. So, if you have any, any intel let me know!”
Someone from “Bachelor Nation” is bound to take part this season. JoJo Fletcher has been brought up -- but we had to ask Witney about another Bachelorette breakout: Chad Johnson.
“Oh, yeah. I am a very big fan of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise,” Witney admits. “Chad, that would be interesting. I don't know if I'd want him as a partner, but I'd love to have him on just to watch some interesting clips … It would make great TV. I would love just to watch it!”
We’ll have to wait and see if Chad continues popping up on ABC reality competitions. In the meantime, Witney did offer up a little tease about season 23.
“I really don't know anything,” Witney confesses. “I'm just super excited. The producers are awesome, they just make the show new and unique every single season. So, I think we have a couple of opportunities where we can do feature performances now. So, the pros will be able to create something with another pro. I think that's kinda cool, 'cause it gives us a chance to use our creativity to the fullest.”
Watch out for Witney -- and whomever her partner winds up being -- when season 23 of Dancing With the Stars premieres Sept. 12 on ABC. Sadly, you won’t be seeing Kym Johnson back on the dance floor. Check out the video below to learn more.