“The Bachelor” Chris Soules has a new leading lady in his future, professional dancer Witney Carson.
The reality dating show’s leading man is joining another unscripted ABC competition, “Dancing With the Stars,” Us Weekly reported.
ABC simply told TheWrap: “We do not comment on casting rumors, thanks.”
The rest of the cast members, as previously reported by TheWrap, are legendary singer Patti LaBelle, R5 musician and former “Glee” actor Riker Lynch, model Charlotte McKinney, openly-gay 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 pros are: Derek Hough“>Derek Hough (partnered with Lukin) Mark Ballas (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’s history. Meanwhile, Lynch is actually cousins with Derek Hough and Julianne Hough so may boast good dancing genes — and possibly spark a (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.
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.