This morning on "Good Morning America," the cast for Fall 2013 "Dancing with the Stars" was finally announced. Rumors had been swirling around and some proved true. But will this cast be able to keep up with the dancing and keep our interests? Some of the surprises were with the new professional dancers who replaced favorites such as Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Anna Trebunskaya. DWTS premieres on Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m./7 Central in a new one-night, two-hour format.
The one-night extravaganza will feature competitive dance, dynamic group performances and musical guests, all while climaxing to a dramatic elimination. Each week viewers can vote for their favorite dancing performance and beginning with the second episode on Monday, September 23, one couple will be eliminated at the end of the show by combining the judges’ scores from that night, along with the public votes from the previous week.
We haven't seen videos of any of them dancing ballroom, so here's our best guess about how they will stand.
- Corbin Bleu (Disney kid) & Karina Smirnoff.
- Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (TV star) & Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
- Christina Milian (music star) & Mark Ballas
- Keyshawn Johnson (retired football player) & Sharna Burgess
- Amber Riley (TV star) & Derek Hough
- Brant Daugherty (soap and prime time star) & Peta Murgatroyd.
- Jack Osbourne (TV personality and reality star) & Cheryl Burke
- Valerie Harper (oldster TV star) & Tristan MacManus
- Bill Nye (scientist and TV personality) & Tyne Stecklein.
- Leah Remini (TV star) & Tony Dovolani
- Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (reality star) & Sasha Farber
- Bill Engvall (comedian) & Emma Slater
Bleu obviously can dance--he was in the "High School Musical" series as Chad and most of the Disney kids can dance. That's how they got their Disney roles.
Lauren has shown that she can get sexy in her first movie post "Saved by the Bell" She was also in CSI: Miami and "The L-Word.") . Milian has rhythm and should be able to dance. Football players, even when they can't dance usually do well so Johnson should be around for a while. Riley was one of the Glee kids who is shown as not dancing well. The others are just guess work. Osbourne might surprise us as his sister did.
Comedians have not done well on DWTS. Engvall is a Grammy nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Currently, Engvall can be heard on the animated comedy series “Bounty Hunters,” airing on CMT. He previously starred in, and executive produced, the TBS sitcom “The Bill Engvall Show.”
Older competitors have not done well. The oldest competitor in the top three has been Kirstie Alley and she was a former cheerleader. Harper is 74. Alley is now 62. Alley was on DWTS in 2011. Harper is is best known to audiences for her role as the beloved Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic TV sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and its subsequent spin-off “Rhoda.” The popularity of the show was enormous and the episode of Rhoda’s wedding set ratings records (52 million viewers). For playing the character of Rhoda, Harper won a total of four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Yet that was quite a while ago.
Nye has a following, but will they follow him to DWTS? Bill Nye is 57 (Donny Osmond was 51 when he won and Jennifer Grey was 50). He might get the geek vote, but geeks usually vote with their heads and not their hearts so it's a question of can he dance?
With Remini and Polizzi, the question is a matter of discipline. Do we think that Remini and Polizzi have that kind of work ethic? Remini might have the Scientology scandal working against or for her. It's hard to say.
Brant Daugherty has fans from ABC Family's “Pretty Little Liars” and Lifetime's “Army Wives.” He was also on the daytime serial, “Days of Our Lives." Those things might help him with a fan base.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the Dancing with the Stars broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings. For the final week, on Monday, November 25, online voting will open for 15 hours beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share who they voted for and why, as well as see who friends voted for.
Emmy® award winning host Tom Bergeron (America’s Funniest Home Videos) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (Dancing with the Stars Season 7 Champion), return as hosts of "Dancing with the Stars" as do head judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.