Ariel1989 Posted February 17 Share Posted February 17 Season 16 of Germany’s version of DWTS, Let’s Dance, officially begins today! Pros Andrzej Cibis Zsolt Sándor Cseke Malika Dzumaev Isabel Edvardsson Vadim Garbuzov Alexandru Ionel Patricija Ionel Ekaterina Leonova Christina Luft Valentin Lusin Mariia Maksina Kathrin Menzinger Christian Polanc Massimo Sinató Pros returning from last season are Andrzej, Zsolt, Malika, Isabel, Vadim, Patricija, Ekaterina, Christina, Valentin, Kathrin, Christian and Massimo. Pros not returning are Evgeny Vinokurov and Renata Lusin; Renata was originally announced as a pro instead of Malika but she just found out this week that she’s pregnant! Her doctor has advised her to take this season off so she’s out and Malika is taking her place. Alexandru returns for his second season after taking last season off, he and wife Patricija had a baby last year. Mariia is a new pro as well as Ekaterina’s cousin; she was in a couple of Ekaterina’s winning Freestyles, most notably as Donkey in Ingolf Lück’s Shrek-themed Freestyle and as Gloria in Pascal Hens’ Madagascar-themed Freestyle. Contestants Abdelkarim: Comedian Sharon Battiste: Actress Julia Beautx: Influencer/YouTuber Philipp Boy: Gymnast Anna Ermakova: Model and daughter of Boris Becker Ali Güngörmüş: Chef Chryssanthi Kavazi: Actress Jens “Knossi” Knossalla: Presenter Michael Kraus: Handball player Timon Krause: Mentalist Sally Özcan: YouTuber Alex Mariah Peter: Germany’s Next Top Model winner Natalia Yegorova: Singer-songwriter Younes Zarou: Influencer/YouTuber As winner of the previous Pro Challenge, Christian will get to choose his partner for this year; usually there’s a draw to determine which of the two Pro Challenge partners will get to choose but Christian’s partner was Renata and since she’s obviously out then Christian gets to choose by default. He previously won the 2020 Pro Challenge with Christina and won the draw in 2021, choosing Lola Weippert and placing 6th; Ekaterina and Massimo won the first Pro Challenge in 2019 but since Ekaterina wasn’t a pro in 2020, Massimo got to choose and he chose Lili Paul-Roncalli, with whom he went on to win. Real-life couple Renata and Valentin won the 2021 Pro Challenge and Valentin gave Renata the privilege of choosing her partner rather than doing a draw; as the reigning champion, instead of going for an obvious contender like eventual champion and much-coveted pre-season René Casselly, Renata went for a challenge and chose Mathias Mester, Paralympic athlete and the first little person contestant. They did very well and placed 3rd, behind top two contenders Janin Ullmann & Zsolt and René Casselly & Kathrin. For today’s Launch Show, the contestants and pros will dance in groups and get scored, then the official pairings will be revealed live. So some of the contestants and pros dancing together today might not be paired together for the season. Team Cha-Cha-Cha Contestants: Julia Beautx, Younes Zarou and Sharon Battiste. Pros: Zsolt Sándor Cseke, Christina Luft and Christian Polanc. Team Charleston Contestants: Sally Özcan, Abdelkarim and Chryssanthi Kavazi. Pros: Massimo Sinató, Ekaterina Leonova and Vadim Garbuzov. Team Tango Contestants: Ali Güngörmüş, Philipp Boy and Jens “Knossi” Knossalla. Pros: Isabel Edvardsson, Patricija Ionel and Mariia Maksina. Team Slow Waltz Contestants: Alex Mariah Peter, Natalia Yegorova and Anna Ermakova. Pros: Valentin Lusin, Andrzej Cibis and Alexandru Ionel. Team Quickstep (or Team Renata as Kathrin has deemed it Renata was supposed to dance in this team and she choreographed their routine) Contestants: Timon Krause and Michael Kraus. Pros: Malika Dzumaev and Kathrin Menzinger. Launch Show is today at 8:05 Germany’s time. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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