The celebrities for the new season of "Dancing with the Stars" were revealed on Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America." The "Dancing with the Stars" bus was driven into Times Square with the celebrities and their partners while viewers and fans waited for the exciting announcement.
The original twelve professional dancers were announced in August. It is amazing that the official announcement that was announced on "GMA" was exactly as what had been rumored with the exception of Travis Smiley with pro Sharna Burgess who was added later as the thirteenth pro for the season.
First to be announced was “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro who is partnered with Witney Carson. We remember Ribeiro was named Carlton on “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and the way he dances is called the Carlton. He told Robin Robertson co-anchor of "Good Morning America" that he is expected to do the Carlton in some of his dance routines.
One of this year’s senior contestants, designer Betsey Johnson, 72, is partnered with Tony Dovolani. The other senior contestant is comedian actor Tommy Chong, 76, who is dancing with Peta Murgatroyd. Chong is one half of the duo Cheech and Chong. Emma Slater's partner is race car driver Michael Waltrip. Duck Dynasty teen Sadie Robertson is dancing with Mark Ballas and Cheryl Burke will dance with Anthony Sabato Jr. from the soap opera “General Hospital.”
Three new pros join the cast this season. Actress Lea Thompson will dance with new pro Artem Chigvintsev. Olympian Lolo Jones is partnered with new pro Keo Motsepe. Actor Jonathon Bennett's partner is new pro Allsion Holker.
Five-time champion Derek Hough has been partnered with YouTube sensation Bethany Mota. Former mixed martial arts champion Randy Couture will move with Karina Smirnoff. “Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish is dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy. Already this couple has been reported the couple to watch. Talk show Tavis Smiley, partnered with Sharna Burgess, said being on the show is the last foolish thing he will do before he turns 50.
Season 19 of "Dancing with the Stars" comes with a lot of changes. The hosts remain the same as last season, but several other things have changed including three new pro dancers: Artem Chiqvintsev, Keoikantse Motsepe, and Allison Holker. There will be four judges instead of the usual three. Former pro dancer, Julianne Hough is back on the show as the full-time fourth judge.
Season 19 of “Dancing with the Stars” airs on Monday, Sept. 15 on ABC. The first two weeks of the show will air on both Mondays and Tuesdays before the show returns to its regular Monday night-only format for week three. A special results show will air on the following Tuesday for the first two weeks.