It’s time for another round of Dancing with the Stars! The cast for season 17 was announced live on Good Morning America,
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: Star of MTV’s Jersey Shore
Keyshawn Johnson: Former NFL wide receiver
Valerie Harper: Star of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda who recently survived brain cancer
Brant Daugherty: Star of ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars
Christina Milian: Singer and actress, former social media correspondent for The Voice
Bill Nye: The Science Guy
Elizabeth Berkley: Star of Saved by the Bell and Showgirls
Corbin Bleu: Star of High School Musical
Amber Riley: Star of Glee
Bill Engvall: Blue Collar Comedy Tour comedian
Jack Osbourne: Star of The Osbournes
Leah Remini: Star of The King of Queens
My first impression is that this is one super-amazing cast. I pretty much recognize every single person on the list, which is a first for Dancing with the Stars. Bill Nye the Science Guy might be the coolest contestant ever.
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber (new pro)
Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess
Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas
Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein (new pro)
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff
Amber Riley and Derek Hough
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater (new pro)
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani
On the pro side, the field includes four-time champion and defending Mirror Ball Trophy winner Derek Hough, who will be going for his seventh consecutive season in the finale. Val Chmerkovskiy will be looking for his first win while Tristan MacManus enters his fifth season hoping to improve on his best finish so far, which was fifth.
Sharna Burgess is returning for her second seasons while it’s the first time for new professional partners Sasha Farber, Emma Slater and Tyne Stecklein, who were promoted from the dance troupe. On the other end of the spectrum, Cheryl Burke and Tony Dovolani will both compete in their 16th straight season of Dancing with the Stars. Long-time pro Kym Johnson is taking the season off.
Dancing with the Stars season 17 will premiere Monday, September 16 at 8pm on ABC. This season will be slimmed down as there will be no Tuesday night results shows.
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