After much gossip and speculation surrounding the upcoming ‘Dancing With the Stars’ cast, Good Morning America officially confirmed the roster on Wednesday, September 4.
It seems that the rumor mill had some impressive insight in determining who is on the latest list. Behind this competitive group are stories of inspiration, and a broad array of backgrounds to add to the mix. As fans had been hoping, Valerie Harper has signed on to ‘DWTS’ despite her battle with terminal cancer, while Jack Osbourne will be dancing in the face of Multiple Sclerosis. Likely their determination stories alone are going to touch judges and viewers.
Leah Remini, who has been in the headlines for famously walking away from Scientology will also be competing for the mirrorball trophy. Though we don’t have any country music singers or former bachelors this time, we randomly have Bill Nye the Science Guy. From sitcom stars to an athlete to everything in between, ‘DWTS’ has secured a memorable group.
Without further ado, the new sequin group consists of:
Amber Riley and Derek Hough
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas
Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus
Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein
Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy
Bill Engval and Emma Slater
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke
Season 17 brings some significant changes other than just the cast though. The dancing show will now only be on once a week. ABC boss Paul Lee recently explained, "We really wanted to focus and event-ize Dancing With the Stars. I know [executive producer] Conrad [Green] is having a whole lot of fun contracting a night on Monday that not only gives you the dances but the results. Effectively what we're doing is we're taking the votes from the judges and the votes from the audience and bringing them together at the end. Conrad has worked through a really interesting two hours. It builds to a climax at the end."
Also, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Kym Johnson are taking this season off. "I wish all the dancers and celebrities in season 17 nothing but love and success, and hope to see you all back on the dance floor for season 18," Johnson said in a statement.
Season 16 was highly competitive with Kellie Pickler and Zendaya Coleman remaining at each other’s heels throughout the entire run. In the end though, Pickler and Hough snagged the prestigious trophy.
Now, season 17 is up for grabs, but who are our front-runners this time? What do you think of the cast? Do you have any predictions on who might be the best movers and groovers?
Tune in on Monday, September 16 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, as the season 17 cast begins their dance-offs.