A Bayside High alumn and a Malibu Sands one (but sadly not Zack Morris himself in ballet tights), a recent New Directions graduate, a Pretty Little Liars hunk, and the Science Guy himself. These are just a few of the stars that will make up the 17th season of ABC's Dancing with the Stars, as announced this morning on Good Morning America.
Hosted by Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, the 12 celebrities and their professional partners were unveiled to be:
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, best known as Saved by the Bell's Jessie Spano to some and the star of Striptease to others (but most recently as an entrepreneur with the empowerment charity Ask Elizabeth), will dance with Valentine Chmerkovsky.
Corbin Bleu, best known as Chad from High School Musical but currently starring on One Life to Live, will dance with Karina Smirnoff.
Pretty Little Liars' Noel aka Brant Daugherty will dance with Peta Murgatroyd.
Grammy nominated, multi-platnum recording artist Bill Engvall will dance with Emma Slater.
Valerie Harper, Rhoda herself, will dance with Tristan Macmanus.
Keyshawn Johnson, the former New York Jet, Tama Bay Buccaneer, Dallas Cowboy, and Carolina Panther, will dance with Sharna Burgess.
Christina Milian, who can be seen as Social Media Correspondent on NBC's The Voice has jumped networks to appear as a contestant here and dance with Mark Ballas.
Bill Nye (The Science Guy!!) will dance with Tyne Stecklein.
Jack Osbourne, co-anchor of Fuse News and Ozzy's youngest, will dance with Cheryl Burke.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi has traded up in the world of reality TV. From MTV's Jersey Shore to ABC, she will dance with Sasha Farber.
Leah Remini, best known as Carrie from The King of Queens but more recently seen on ABC's short-lived Family Tools, the former Malibu Sands manager will dance with Tony Dovolani.
Amber Riley aka Mercedes from glee will dance with Derek Hough.
Check out the slideshow above for some first look portrait shots of the new cast and their partners.
As always with Dancing with the Stars, viewers will be able cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the each 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 at 5 p.m. local time and closing at 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday evenings. For the final week, on Monday, November 25, online voting will open for 15 hours, until 8 a.m. local time the next day.
Dancing with the Stars will return to ABC on September 16 2013 at 8 p.m. Who will you vote for!? Let us know in the comments below!
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