Two weeks following the cast announcement, Sean Lowe as revealed on GMA as the 12th contestant this season partnering with Peta Murgatroyd.
Scoring returned to using traditional whole numbers, instead of continuing with the fractional scores introduced for the previous (all-star) season.
This is the first season where all finalists did not learn a Latin and a ballroom dance; no finalist learned Tango, Alexandra Raisman did not learn Paso doble, Jacoby Jones did not learn Samba, Kellie Pickler did not learn Salsa, and Zendaya did not learn Rumba.
He was eliminated from the competition, but was brought back by the network to star in the 14th season of its series The Bachelor in 2010.
The program’s run ended with Pavelka proposing marriage to contestant Vienna Girardi in the March 2010 finale. On May 23, 2016, he appeared as a surprise guest on the Bachelorette with Jo Jo.
Gleb Savchenko, who recently participated as a professional on season twelve of the Australian version, was also announced as a new professional.
Witney Carson, also a contestant from season nine of So You Think You Can Dance, and Julian Tocker joined Oksana Dmytrenko, Henry Byalikov, Emma Slater, and Sasha Farber as the fifth and sixth members of the Dance Troupe. Pavelka grew up in Denton, Texas and he started taking flying lessons when he was twelve.Pavelka became an airline captain and flight instructor at 23.Each of the four finalists also did not dance one of the two new dance styles introduced this season.Raisman and Zendaya did not dance Jazz while Pickler and Jones did not dance Contemporary (although Pickler danced a Contemporary freestyle in the finals and Raisman did an Afro-Jazz routine picked from Twitter).He was also a contestant on VH1's 2011 reality series Famous Food, and appeared on a September 2011 episode of The CW's reality show H8R. In June 2010, Pavelka was scheduled to guest-star on an episode of Drop Dead Diva as Toby Devlin, contestant on a fictional reality dating show.