Yesterday, the new cast of Dancing with the Stars was announced live on Good Morning America.
MEET YOUR SEASON 17 CAST OF STARS:
CHECK OUT THE SEASON'S PROMO HERE.
This season is no different than any other in that the cast of stars is made up of athletes, TV series stars, reality TV stars, Disney or Nickelodeon Channel stars, and comedians. Of those, the cast also features the usual array of old and young, some in shape and some out of shape. But because of that wide demographic spectrum, it's rare that the average viewer will be familiar with each and every contestant. Never fear!
NOW REALLY MEET THE SEASON 17 CAST OF STARS:
(and the dancers they're paired with!)
Amber Riley plays belting diva Mercedes on Fox's Glee and us paired with Derek Hough. Though her amazing voice is her standout attribute, she's no stranger to learning complex choreography quickly as Glee's episodes often feature multiple dance numbers. Because of this, and the fact that her partner is a multiple season winner, these two could be the dark horse pair to win.
Bill Engvall is a comedian, best known for being a member of the immensely popular Blue Collar Comedy Tour. He also had his own sitcom on TBS, appropriately named The Bill Engvall Show. He'll be paired with Emma Slater. While Engvall probably has the most experience performing live, he comes with no dancing experience and, unfortunately, neither does his partner. It's Slater's first season. Though Engvall comes with a big following and will surely last past week one, we wouldn't bet on the par to win it all.
Bill Nye is known for one thing and one thing only (but it's a big thing)... he's Bill Nye the Science Guy! Nye is an actual mechanical engineer who, paired with his love of comedy and performing, has made science accessible to children on the series Bill Nye the Science Guy, for which he's won 18 Emmys! Nye is paired with newcomer Tyne Stecklein, so you'd think he'd be in the same boat as Engvall. But you'd be wrong. Nye is actually an experienced Swing dancer! Don't count him out yet...
Brant Daugherty comes to us from the ABC Family series Pretty Little Liars and has been paired with Peta Murgatroyd. Peta brings one win to the table. Brant brings... not much else. He'll be coming in as a relative unknown to the Dancing demographic. So unless the Pretty Little Liars crowd starts tuning in to DWTS, they're not likely to last long.
Christina Milian may be a Grammy nominated recording artist, but her most recent gig is that of social media correspondent on The Voice. Milian is paired with two-time winner Mark Ballas. With Milian's dancing and performing experience and Ballas's popularity, these two should get pretty far.
Corbin Bleu is a veteran of Disney Channel's hugely successful High School Musical franchise. For those who haven't seen it, his dancing skills were readily on display. The fact that he's been paired with winner Karina Smirnoff bodes well for his chances.
Elizabeth Berkley's career started at fifteen when she was cast in the classic teen sitcom Saved by the Bell. But she's probably most known for her worst job, the universally panned film Showgirls. Her dancing days may be behind her, but she's a very experienced dancer and far from old. Even in its most embarrassing moments, there's no question that the woman knows how to move. Paired with ultra-competitive Val Chmerkovsky, these two have a good shot at going all the way.
Jack Osbourne is the son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne and, while he's currently co-anchor and West Coast correspondent for Fuse News on the Fuse Network, he'll always be know as chubby little teenager Jack on the MTV reality series The Osbournes. Though Osbourne has lost a massive amount of weight and is paired with two-time winner Cheryl Burke, we're not confident in their chances. Burke's two wins came in Seasons 2 and 3, but she hasn't come close since.
Athletes are consistent winners of DWTS, so there's a lot of pressure on the shoulders of the season's only athlete, Super Bowl champ Keyshawn Johnson. While playing in the NFL, Johnson was with the New York Jets (1996–1999), the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2000–2003), the Dallas Cowboys (2004–2005), and the Carolina Panthers (2006). He'll be paired with the very lucky Sharna Burgess. Athletes are successful on the series because, like with becoming a professional athlete, they appreciate the hard work and memorizing of routines, like plays in football. They also come to the table with agility, flexibility, and stamina. Keep your eye on these two.
Actress Leah Remini is best known for her role opposite Kevin James on the CBS sitcom The King of Queens and has been paired with recent winner Tony Dovolani. Remini's dancing prowess is unknown, but her popularity level is high. That said, despite her long, successful career in sitcom television, she's most recently been in the news for leaving the infamous Church of Scientology.
Nicole Polizzi will always be better known as Snooki from the insanely popular MTV reality series Jersey Shore, and now its spin-off Snooki & JWoww. Snooki is paired with newcomer Sasha Farber, which could be a detriment. But with her immense social media presence, Snooki fans should turn out en masse to vote for the reality star. It's hard to imagine her lasting longer than some of the more experienced dancers, but she should make it pretty far.
Valerie Harper is the most senior member of the cast and comes from the classic TV sitcom The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off Rhoda. Her casting came as a bit of a shock. Harper has been waging a very public battle with what has been called terminal brain cancer. Though her doctors say she nears remission, which shows immense strength, it's hard to imagine she'll be up to the incredibly taxing rehearsal schedule. She's been paired with Tristan MacManus, who's faced some early eliminations over the past couple seasons. Harper should garner some good will for her bravery in early weeks, but it's hard to imagine this being MacManus's year.
There you go! Everything you need to know about the upcoming cast of Dancing with the Stars. The series returns to ABC Monday, September 16 at 8:00 p.m. Though this season, it will be for only one night per week, as ABC has done away with the results show. How will that work? Viewers will still be voting for their favorites, but those votes count for the following week. Meaning, at the end of each episode, the eliminations will be based on the judges' scores for that night and the public votes from the previous week.
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