The “Dancing with the Stars” Season 19 cast won’t officially be announced until Sept. 4 on “Good Morning America,” but ABC’s top secret list has apparently been leaked. On Thursday, TMZ reported that the new cast will include an eclectic list of famous faces -- and maybe a few not-so-famous ones.
The reports reveal that eccentric fashion designer Betsey Johnson and YouTube star Bethany Mota have joined the cast of the celebrity ballroom competition. In addition, "Back to the Future" actress Lea Thompson, “Mean Girls” alum Jonathan Bennett, and “Pretty Little Liars” star Janel Parrish are also on board. And the obligatory reality star this season will be Sadie Robertson, the granddaughter of "Duck Dynasty" star Phil Robertson. E! News previously broke the news that “General Hospital” hunk Antonio Sabato Jr. and Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones will also compete for this season’s mirror ball trophy.
The leaked names seem to follow the long running dancing competition’s usual formula. Last season, an Olympian actually won the show, when gold medalist ice dancer Meryl Davis easily danced her way to the winner’s circle.
ABC also tends to tap network alums for the hit dancing series. Sabato isn’t the first “General Hospital” star to dance is way into primetime; past “GH” stars who’ve competed on the show include Kelly Monaco and Ingo Rademacher. Ditto for ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars,” which was represented when Brant Daugherty competed on Season 17 of the show.
Perhaps the most interesting addition to the new season is Mota. Signing a YouTube star – the beauty, fashion and hair guru has nearly 8 million subscribers – seems to be the new trend. CBS found plenty of success this summer by signing YouTube personality Frankie Grande to the current “Big Brother” cast. (Although it doesn’t hurt that his sister is pop star Ariana Grande.)
As for the new “Dancing With the Stars” cast, if some of these names aren’t familiar to you, there are always the pro dancers, which definitely have a fan base of their own. Familiar “DWTS” regulars Cheryl Burke, Karina Smirnoff, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater, Witney Carson, Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani will headline the show, and they will be joined by newcomers Allison Holker, Keo Mostepe and Artem Chigvinstev.
The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres Monday, Sept. 15 at 8 p.m. on ABC.