Season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” is back on Sept. 15 and thirteen new celebrity contenders are ready to strut their stuff in the ballroom.
Here are the pairings:
- Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson
- Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas
- Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater
- Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe
- Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker
- Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev
- Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Cheryl Burke
- Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff
- Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy
- Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd
- Bethany Mota and Derek Hough
- Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani
- Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess/
Co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced the celebrity cast live today on “Good Morning America” in Times Square.
"We will absolutely give the fans what they would love to see, which is the Carlton dance," Ribeiro said this morning on "GMA" about incorporating the dance moves he made famous on "Fresh Prince" into his routines. "I gotta give the audience a reason to keep me on."
NASCAR great Michael Waltrip and Ultimate Fighting Champion Randy Couture will compete in the battle for the mirrorball trophy. Legendary comedian Tommy Chong, celebrated talk show host Tavis Smiley, as well as famed fashion designer Betsey Johnson and “General Hospital” heartthrob Antonio Sabato, Jr. also have their eyes on the prize.
Two fresh faces join the cast, including “Pretty Little Liars” actress Janel Parrish and YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota.
The celebrities’ professional partners were also unveiled live on “GMA.” Five-time champion Derek Hough will show Mota the ropes this season, and two-time mirrorball champ Cheryl Burke will dance with the former Calvin Klein underwear hunk, Sabato Jr.
The addition of Julianne Hough, named as the fourth judge last month, will add some pizazz this season. Hough, 26, won two mirror ball trophies as a pro during her “DWTS” run, and will have a permanent spot at the judges’ table next to veterans Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli.
Which celebrity are you most excited to see hit the dance floor this season? Tell us what you think in the comments and watch the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," Monday, Sept. 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.