Michael Sam, Patti LaBelle and Suzanne Somers are among the celebrity participants on ABC reality show; a surprise pro returns
Eleven of the 12 “Dancing With the Stars” Season 20 celebrity cast members and pairings were revealed Tuesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The celebrity cast members thus far are legendary singer Patti LaBelle, R5 musician and former “Glee” actor Riker Lynch, model Charlotte McKinney, football player Michael Sam, actress Willow Shields, actress Rumer Willis, solider Noah Galloway, actress Suzanne Somers, “Shark Tank’s” Robert Herjavec, LMFAO’s Redfoo and gymnast Nastia Lukin.
The other pro names were announced earlier this month. They are: Mark Ballas (partnered with Shields), Sharna Burgess (with Galloway), Artem Chigvintsev (with LaBelle), Valentin Chmerkovskiy (with Willis), Tony Dovolani (with Somers), Allison Holker (with Lynch), Kym Johnson (with Herjavec), Peta Murgatroyd (with Sam) and Emma Slater (with Redfoo) and Keo Motsepe (with McKinney).
“Hunger Games” star Shields, 14, is the youngest participant in show history. Lynch is actually cousins with Derek Hough and Julianne Hough, so there are good genetics with him — and possibly a brewing (albeit likely good-natured) scoring scandal.
Sam has the distinction of being the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL. Sticking with the gridiron, McKinney partially stole the most-recent Super Bowl through her buzzy Carl’s Jr. ad.
“Fresh Prince of Bel Air” star Alfonso Ribeiro won Season 19. He dropped by “GMA” this morning to show off a new trophy and issue advice to this season’s contestants.
Season 20 of “DWTS” — marking the show’s 10th anniversary — premieres Monday, March 16 at 8 p.m. ET. Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews are back to host; Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba and Julianne Hough will continue as judges.