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Alan Bersten Underwent Surgery Just Weeks Before 'DWTS' Season 26 Cast Reveal

Alan Bersten Underwent Surgery Just Weeks Before 'DWTS' Season 26 Cast Reveal

Alan Bersten almost wasn’t going to be part of the pro lineup for this season of Dancing With the Stars – and the frightening reason was because of a tumor!

In a new interview with People, the 23-year-old pro dancer revealed that he had been diagnosed with PTH, hyperparathyroidism, which is an enlargement of one or more of the parathyroid glands causes overproduction of the hormone, resulting in high levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia), which can cause a variety of health problems.

Thankfully though, Alan is okay – and all because he underwent surgery almost immediately after he found out about the tumor on his parathyroid gland.

“If they didn’t have a surgeon available, I would have had to wait for this season to finish and then do it,” he shared, meaning he wouldn’t be paired with Mirai Nagasu at all.

Alan adds, “I would be so in my head about it, I would be scared. So I got very lucky that they had time and that I was able to recover in time for the season.”

Thankfully, the tumor was also benign and his recovery was only a week at home resting.

“They said it was a miracle that the doctors found it because most people don’t understand they have it until they break a bone or they get kidney stones,” Alan adds. “It was like all of my stars up there in Heaven watching over me.”

Alan and Mirai will kick off the mini-DWTS season on Monday, April 30th on ABC.

Adam Rippon & Mirai Nagasu Announce DWTS Team Names With Pro Partners

Adam Rippon & Mirai Nagasu Announce DWTS Team Names With Pro Partners

The team names are starting to roll in the upcoming mini-season of Dancing With The Stars – and they’re seriously so cute!

Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson are Team Just Friends, while Mirai Nagasu and Alan Bersten picked out Team Fire Ice & Spice.

“‘I’m Fire, she’s ice, and we’ve got a little spice’,” Alan shared with the team name on Instagram, adding, “Plus we love food.”

Meanwhile, Keo Motsepe and softball player Jennie Finch are Team Pitch Perfect (LOVE!), and Witney Carson and luger Chris Mazdzer are Team Move It or Luge It!

TELL JJJ: What do you think of the team names so far?

Dancing With The Stars premieres on Monday, April 30th on ABC.

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Mirai Nagasu is Ready to Take On Adam Rippon on 'DWTS!'

Mirai Nagasu is Ready to Take On Adam Rippon on 'DWTS!'

Mirai Nagasu is so ready to compete against Adam Rippon in the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars!

The figure skaters will be going head-to-head in the all-athlete season 26, which kicks off on April 30 on ABC.

Mirai was paired with Alan Bersten, and Adam was partnered with Jenna Johnson.

“We have a lot to prove, my first season, [Alan's] second season,” Mirai told E! News.

When asked about taking on fellow figure skater Adam, Mirai said, “He’s ready to steal the show, but he doesn’t know that I’m standing in his way, so I guess he’ll have to take me out.”

“Competitive,” she grinned. “We’re really competitive.”

Alan added that they have completed two rehearsals so far. “The first day I didn’t give her a break for four hours,” he shared. “We were on such a roll. … I think this partnership is gonna work very well.”

Check out the rest of the contestants here.

Adam Rippon Thinks He Has The Best Partner For 'DWTS' - Jenna Johnson

Adam Rippon Thinks He Has The Best Partner For 'DWTS' - Jenna Johnson

Adam Rippon hugs Jenna Johnson tight in this cute pic from their appearance at Planet Hollywood in New York City on Friday morning (April 13).

The newly-announced team for season 26 of Dancing With The Stars chatted with press at the event, hyping up the new season.

“I never partnered with anyone, but I’m so lucky because I think I have the best partner in the show,” Adam gushed to Access Hollywood.

Adam added about their partnership so far, “I’ve been telling her to push me as hard as she can. I do want to do really well and have a great time.”

He continued later, “I wanted to do something different and out of the box for me; something that I’d never done before. I wanted to push myself in something that was different than being on the ice.”

Check out the behind-the-scenes b-roll below!

20+ pics inside of the Dancing With the Stars season 26 cast…

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'Dancing With The Stars' Athletes Season 26: See All The Promo Pics Here!

'Dancing With The Stars' Athletes Season 26: See All The Promo Pics Here!

Alan Bersten lifts up Mirai Nagasu for their stunning promo pic for the upcoming season of Dancing With The Stars.

Mirai and Alan are just one of the 10 couples competing in the all-athlete season, which kicks off on Monday, April 30th on ABC.

“Meet my amazing partner!!! I’m so excited @mirainagasu let’s do this!!!” Alan shared on Instagram just after the full cast was revealed. “Comment your team name for us and we will chose [sic] the best one!”

The rest of the couples are Adam Rippon with Jenna Johnson; college basketball star Arike Ogunbowale with Gleb Savchenko; luger Chris Mazdzer with Witney Carson; snowboarder Jamie Anderson with Artem Chigvintsev; softball star Jennie Finch Daigle with Keo Motsepe; baseball player Johnny Damon with Emma Slater; Josh Norman with Sharna Burgess; basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Lindsay Arnold; and figure skater Tonya Harding with Sasha Farber.

Check out all the promo pics below now!

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