After weeks of speculation, ABC revealed the cast for Dancing with the Stars season 19 on GMA this morning. The grouping, which includes the show’s usual mix of sports, music, movie, and television figures, is as follows:
Jonathan Bennett, Mean Girls (with pro Allison Holker)
Tommy Chong, actor (with pro Peta Meurgatroyd)
Randy Couture, MMA champion (with pro Karina Smirnoff)
Betsey Johnson, fashion designer (with pro Tony Dovolani)
Lolo Jones, Olympic athlete (with pro Keoikantse Motsepe)
Bethany Mota, YouTube star (with pro Derek Hough)
Janel Parrish, Pretty Little Liars (with pro Val Chmerkovskiy)
Alfonso Ribeiro, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (with pro Witney Carson)
Sadie Robertson, Duck Dynasty (with pro Mark Ballas)
Antonio Sabato, Jr., The Bold and the Beautiful (with pro Cheryl Burke)
Tavis Smiley, talk-show host and political commentator (with pro Sharna Burgess)
Lea Thompson, Back to the Future (with pro Artem Chigvintsev)
Michael Waltrip, NASCAR driver (with pro Emma Slater)
While Maksim Chmerkovsky and Henry Byalikov won’t return as pros this season, the series will have three new pros in Emmy nominee Allison Holker, Strictly Come Dancing pro Artem Chigvintsev, and South African Latin American ballroom champion Keoikantse Motsepe.
The 19th season of Dancing with the Stars is set to premiere Monday, September 15th at 8:00 on ABC.
Will you be watching the 19th season of Dancing with the Stars? Who do you think the early favorite is to take home the mirror ball trophy? Is there a glaringly obvious choice for the first elimination?