You’ve likely read the spoilers, so now it’s official. Announcements were made Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America” for a new celebrity cast of “Dancing with the Stars.” Season 19 is starting off with a fresh and unique crop of sports figures, film and TV stars, comedian, reality TV teen star, and for the first time on “Dancing with the Stars” a YouTube sensation. It seems strange there’s no one from the Disney Channel this season. Introducing the cast are the celebrity names, ages, their career bios, and pro partners. “Dancing with the Stars” premieres on Monday, September 15 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Antonio Sabato Jr. (42) - No stranger to reality TV, he's the “General Hospital” soap star and former underwear model for Calvin Klein. Paired with Antonio is the veteran pro dancer Cheryl Burke is his partner.
Tavis Smiley (50) - PBS talk show host and political commentator has the recently appointed lucky 13 pro dancer, Sharna Burgess by his side.
Tommy Chong (75) - He's a Grammy-winning comedian best known for his stoner persona with Cheech Marin as Cheech & Chong. Chong claims he’ll take the ballroom competition very seriously with Peta Murgatroyd.
Lea Thompson (53) - Lea is best known for her film role in the 1980s “Back to the Future” trilogy. The film and TV actress gets to dance with newcomer, Artem Chigvintsev.
Sadie Robertson (17) - The youngest celebrity this season and her claim to fame is part of the “Duck Dynasty.” The reality TV star would watch “Dancing with the Stars” with her grandmother (wife of patriarch Phil Robertson). Now her dream comes true for being on the show with Mark Ballas.
Jonathan Bennett (33) - “Mean Girls” film star will likely have some mean maneuvers on the dance floor with another newcomer to the show, Allison Holker.
Alfonso Ribeiro (42) - The “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” TV star will no doubt bring on his “Tom Jones” style to the show. Witney Carson better watch out for Carlton’s moves.
Lolo Jones (32) - An Olympian in both the summer and winter Olympics competing in track and field and bobsled. She’s partnered with the first black pro dancer on the show, Keo Motsepe from South Africa.
Bethany Mota (18) - She becomes the show’s first new media celebrity. Her YouTube channel features beauty tips, fashion advice, and DIY ideas. Luckily Bethany has the five-time champion and Emmy winner, Derek Hough. Will he make it to six times with a mirror ball trophy?
Janel Parrish (25) - This is the second TV star to appear from “Pretty Little Liars.” This season may not have Maks, so Val Chmerkovskiy will have to do.
Betsey Johnson (73) - Her clothes are colorful, urban, and over the top. This fashion designer loves doing her signature cartwheels. Who knows, Betsey may get Toni Dovolani to incorporate them into her routines.
Randy Couture (51) - “The Natural” (as he is known) is a six-time World Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and Hall of Famer. Season 9’s Chuck Liddell was the last UFC athlete to appear on “Dancing with the Stars.” Let’s see if Randy is a natural on the dance floor with another veteran pro, Karina Smirnoff.
Michael Waltrip (51) - He’s the second race car driver since Helio Castroneves. Waltrip’s pro dancer is Emma Slater.