The official cast of Dancing with the Stars season 24 is here! On Good Morning America,the 12 new couples who will compete for the Mirror Ball trophy were revealed. The line-up includes Olympic champions, celebrities from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, a bull rider and a baseball player.
The youngest star this is season is Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles, whose gymnastics teammate Laurie Hernandez was last season’s winner. She will turn 20 a week before the competition begins, meaning we’ll get a season with no teenagers. The oldest stars are Charo and Mr. T in their mid-60s, and they are the only dancers over 50.
Here’s the full list of stars and their pro partners for Dancing with the Stars season 24.
-Olympic gymnast Simone Biles with Sasha Farber
-Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev
–Glee star Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
-Fifth Harmony singer Normani Kordei with Val Chmerkovskiy
-Spanish entertainer Charo with Keo Motsepe
–The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko
-NFL player Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater
-Baseball player David Ross with Lindsay Arnold
-The A-Team star Mr. T with Kym Johnson
–Saturday Night Live comedian Chris Kattan with Witney Carson
-Professional bull rider Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess
–The Bachelor star Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd
Many of the stars fill standard spots for DWTS. Simone is the show’s fifth female gymnast and Nancy Kerrigan is the third female figure skater. Heather Morris is following in the footsteps of her Glee co-star Amber Riley while Erika Jayne is the second Real Housewife of Beverly Hills (the other, Lisa Vanderpump, also had Gleb as her partner).
Nick Viall is the fourth male Bachelor to compete and even Bonner Bolton is the second professional bull rider, after season 8’s Ty Murray. And of course Rashad Jennings follows a long, long list of NFL players.
However, season 24 is breaking new ground for DWTS in two long overdue areas. Chris Kattan is the first former Saturday Night Live cast member to be on the show and David Ross will become the first professional baseball player in the ballroom.
On the pro side, Kym Johnson will make her return this season while new parents Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovskiy will try to balance rehearsals and a baby. Keo Motsepe is also back while many of the show’s most familiar pros (Derek Hough, Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani and Karina Smirnoff) will not be on this season.
Dancing with the Stars season 24 begins Monday, March 20 at 8/7c on ABC
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