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.

Professional Partners

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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