After months of speculation, the "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2014 cast list was formally revealed during the Sept. 4 edition of the popular ABC morning show "Good Morning America." The announcement featured no surprises for serious show fans, as spoiler sources accurately identified every single pair several days prior to the big reveal.
The biggest name of the bunch is arguably that of "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" alum Alfonso Ribeiro, who played the unforgettable Carlton Banks on the popular 1990s sitcom. With Broadway experience under his belt, the 43-year old actor and his pro partner, "So You Think You Can Dance" alum Witney Carson, are early front runners for the mirror ball trophy.
Another potential contender for the victory is actress Lea Thompson, who is best known for her role as Lorraine McFly in the "Back to the Future" trilogy. Though 53 years old, Thompson's resume features extensive ballet experience. She will work with new pro coach Artem Chigvintsev, who was most recently a member of the "DWTS" troupe, and has the support of her "Switched at Birth" co-star Constance Marie, who predicted on Sept. 3 that Thompson would dance away as the big winner.
The cast also features a few unlikely contestants, including 76-year old Tommy Chong of "Cheech and Chong" fame, 17-year old "Duck Dynasty" alum Sadie Robertson, and eccentric fashion designer Betsey Johnson. The three hopefuls will work with Peta Murgatroyd, Mark Ballas, and Tony Dovolani, respectively.
Eight additional celebrities round out the season 19 roster. The partnerships include YouTube star Bethany Mota and Derek Hough; "Pretty Little Liars" star Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy; NASCAR driver Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater; PBS host Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess; mixed martial artist Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff; "Mean Girls" actor Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker; and "General Hospital" alum Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke.
The "Dancing with the Stars" fall 2014 season premieres Sept. 15 on ABC. Follow @DancingABC on Twitter for photos and information.