We're drawing ever nearer to the premiere of ABC's Dancing With the Stars as Ben on The Bachelor has been narrowing his future wife choices week-by-week. Naturally, everyone is trying to make guesses on which stars will be putting on their dancing shoes. The official announcement usually doesn't come out until about a week before, when it is announced on Good Morning America, but that doesn't stop the speculations and sometimes little leaks. Want to know what the word is so far? And what's the word on Val Chmerkovskiy and the lawsuit against him?
The last time we shared some rumors, there was talk of Kaitlyn Bristowe from The Bachelorette and the current Bachelor star, Ben Higgins. NFL player Rashad Jennings was listed as a likely candidate. Bindi Irwin's younger brother Robert, although only 11, is another rumored to be on the show. Personally, this fan of the show can't see it happening, but who knows? ABC Family's Chasing Life actress, Italia Ricci(April Carver) may also be one.
Some new rumors are popping up. US Weekly has pretty much confirmed that Jodie Sweetin, best known as a child star from Full House, who is now coming back home to Netflix's Fuller House series, has signed on for season 22. Sweetin(34), did a little dancing when she was on Full House.
Can she beat her costar, Candace Cameron Bure, who came in third with her partner, Mark Ballas? Who should Jodie be paired with? John Stamos and Lori Loughlin were also asked to dance apparently, but declined.
Taryn Manning, the actress from the Netflix show, Orange is the New Black, had been tossed around the lists of rumored stars. On January 27th, she took to Twitter with, "#DWTS." She has not come out to admit what she meant by this tweet, but she has worked with Dancing With the Stars' Karina Smirnoff on a film, so there is a connection there.
In other Dancing With the Stars news, professional dancer, Val Chmerkovskiy has been in the hot seat. He is being sued, along with CBS and a photographer, after he shared a meme of a young girl drinking soda. He added the caption,"Letting your kid become obese should be considered child abuse."
PEOPLE obtained the lawsuit, which claimed the photo was taken in June 2008 at a baseball game, and the family was not knowledgeable of it. Allegedly, the photographer posted the picture on Flickr, with the text, "Everything that's wrong with America."
In 2014, the meme went viral, but Val did not share it until last month. The mother of the girl in the picture says that Val is the one who helped it go viral, as well as it appearing on CBS.com- hence, the reason CBS is being sued. Val and CBS are being sued for $6 million apiece, and the photographer being sued for $600k for defamation, emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.
Val hasn't spoken publicly about the lawsuit, but he did tweet on the first of February,"One day you'll hear my side of the story... if anyone will still be listening."
What are your thoughts? Is this a fair lawsuit? What suggestions do you have for contestants this year? Let us know in the comments below!