Bring on the dancing shoes! On Wednesday, September 2, the season 29 cast of Dancing With the Stars was announced on Good Morning America.
Last month, the professional dancers were announced, and people are excited to see them partnered with someone new. Three married couples will be in the competition this year — Jenna Johnson and Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber and Emma Slater, and Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach. Other pros include Artem Chigvintsev — who is making his comeback this season — Brandon Armstrong, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Gleb Savchenko, Alan Bersten, and newbie Britt Stewart.
This season is sure to be different since safety protocols will be in place due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, the reality series is taking everything very seriously. “They’ve covered every angle, masks, cleaning the studios, sanitizing, and making sure the husband and wife people are not together because if one of us gets it that’s two couples out of the competition,” Farber told ABC7.
After Tom Bergeron — who was the host since the show began in 2005 — and Erin Andrews were axed by ABC, Tyra Banks will be filling in for them as the first Black woman to host the show by herself. “I’ve been a fan of DWTS since its beginning … The fun mixed with raw emotion, seeing celebrities push past their comfort zones, the sizzling dance performances … it’s always transported me to my days of turning it up 10 notches on the catwalk,” she said in the news release.
“Tom has set a powerful stage, and I’m excited to continue the legacy and put on my executive producer and hosting hats,” she added.
Despite the changes, Banks, 46, acknowledged that the show will be “taking” things “into the next level” but “still keeping the stuff that we know America loves.”
“But you need to get ready because it’s going to be different,” she told GMA in July.
Even though there might not be a live audience to watch the jaw-dropping moments, the new stage is “very bright” and “very fancy” with “a lot of LED screens,” Chigvintsev, 38, said in August. “We kind of have to coexist with what’s happening in the world so they have to restructure the stage to make it top-notch. So it’s gonna be a whole new stage, a very surprising stage. … I heard in the rehearsal room there’s going to be pre-set cameras. It’s going to be, like, no people besides the dancer and the celebrity.”
Keep scrolling to see who will be competing for the coveted mirrorball trophy.
The reality star, 39, works as a real estate agent and stars on Netflix’s Selling Sunset. Recently, she has been going through a divorce from Justin Hartley. Stause was spotted at the DWTS studio a few days ago and hinted that a new chapter is on the horizon. “There are two sides to every story, and maybe it’s time I start writing a new one,” she previously said.
The Backstreet Boys member, 42, is “so grateful” to be on the show this season. “I also want to thank my wife and my two girls for letting Daddy go on this new adventure. I’m doing it ALL for you!” he wrote on Instagram. Maybe he will even win and beat fellow member Nick Carter, who competed during season 21 and came in second place.
The 36-year-old athlete played for football teams, including the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Football Team, and the Denver Broncos. After 13 years, he hung up his cleats in 2019.
The actress, 47, has appeared on the small screen plenty of times. From Jane the Virgin to Six Feet Under, you can’t miss her. These days, Machado is best known for playing Penelope Alvarez on One Day at a Time opposite Rita Moreno.
The 41-year-old actor has been making people swoon ever since he starred in John Tucker Must Die and Desperate Housewives. Metcalfe — who split from longtime love Cara Santana earlier this year — has dabbled in a few Hallmark movies.
The TV host, 41, is best known for her work on her makeover show, How Do I Look? and co-hosting The Real. In April 2020, Mai got engaged to rapper Jeezy.
The 18-year-old is most known for her role as Zuri on Disney Channel’s Jessie. Jackson also made Time’s list of Most Influential Teens in 2016.
Chris Harrison asked the 35-year-old Bachelorette alum if she would want to join the ABC show over the summer, and it’s safe to say that Bristowe is a bit excited. “All I keep saying is ‘Please don’t get sent home night one after all this work,’” she said. “Hahah but I’m glad I have had the motivation to work towards something. I always think of myself as a hard worker, who also plays hard, and I’m just ready for this next chapter!!!”
The athlete, 36, retired from competitive figure skating in 2013 and has since become a sports commentator. Weir also competed on The Masked Singer in 2019, so clearly he loves a good competition.
The cat lover, 59, made headlines when she was featured in Netflix’s Tiger King. We still don’t know if she killed her or husband or not, but we’re excited to see her move on the dance floor.
The Hollywood star, 51 — who previously dated Ellen DeGeneres — has been acting for 37 years. Her resume includes the movie Psycho, Volcano, Spread, and more recently, she plays Katherine Brennan on Chicago P.D.
The Catfish producer, 35, has been hosting the MTV show since 2012. Schulman shares two kids with his wife, Laura Perlongo.
The rapper, 45, has been on the music scene since the ‘90s, and he still has people playing his bops — “Hot in Herre” and “Dilemma.”
The 56-year-old athlete was ranked as one of the best rebounders in the NBA. Oakley has played on many teams, including the New York Knicks, the Chicago Bulls, and the Houston Rockets. Since 2017, he has been coaching the Killer 3’s of the BIG3.
The cheerleading coach, 50, became beloved by fans after the documentary Cheer aired on Netflix.
Dancing With the Stars premieres on ABC Monday, September 14, at 8 p.m. ET.