With a little more than one month to go before "Dancing with the Stars" season 19 kicks off Sept. 15 on ABC, the long-running reality dance competition's pro cast list was formally unveiled to fans during the Aug. 13 edition of "Good Morning America." The lineup features an array of show mainstays in addition to a handful of ballroom newcomers.
The ladies making the cut to serve as pro coaches include long-time participant and two-time mirror ball trophy winner Cheryl Burke; Witney Carson, who last worked with pop star Cody Simpson during season 18; single-season champions Karina Smirnoff and Peta Murgatroyd; Emma Slater, who was most recently paired up with the iconic Billy Dee Williams; and "DWTS" newcomer Allison Holker. The 26-year old Holker is best known for her appearances on the FOX dance competition "So You Think You Can Dance."
Six men round out the 12-dancer pro cast list. Included are two-time show victor Mark Ballas; Val Chmerkovskiy, who last worked with "The Wonder Years" alum Danica McKellar during season 18; all-star season champion Tony Dovolani; former "DWTS" troupe member Artem Chigvintsev; five-time mirror ball trophy winner Derek Hough; and newcomer Keoikantse Motsepe. The talented Motsepe is a South African Latin American dance champion, and is a member of the cast of "Burn the Floor."
Of course, a handful of former and potential pro coaches were left off the roster. Names that were not called include Sharna Burgess, Sasha Farber, Gleb Savchenko, Jenna Johnson, and Lindsay Arnold, among others.
The cast reveal also brought about confirmation of a handful of rumored changes. According to Chmerkovskiy, the first two weeks of the show will feature Tuesday night results programs. Additionally, Dovolani and Burke confirmed that the switch-up, a controversial plot twist that saw celebs paired with new pros for a single week of the competition, would return for season 19.
"Dancing with the Stars" season 19 begins Sept. 15 on ABC. Watch "Good Morning America" on Sept. 4 for a look at the entire lineup.