A former Olympian, a television icon and a disco legend are also among the names for the series’ 20th season.
On March 16th ‘Dancing With The Stars’ kicks off its 20th season with a new crop of celebs competing for that all important mirrorball trophy. Last season, former ‘Fresh Prince of Bel Air’ star Alfonso Ribeiro ‘Carlton-ed’ his way to the coveted prize with his pro partner Whitney Carson, but who can we expect to follow in his Foxtrot this time around?
Rumer Willis is headed to 'Dancing With The Stars'
The line up was announced Tuesday on 'Good Morning America' by hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews and this season looking like an interesting mix of stars from across the world of sport and entertainment.
Actress and artist Rumer Willis, the oldest daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore will be putting on her dancing shoes this March, competing with pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Another actor, Hunger Games star Willow Shields, was also among names announced. Shields will pair with last season’s runner up Mark Ballas and at 14 she’s making history, as the youngest ever competitor on the series.
Michael Sam the first openly gay football player to be drafted into the NFL will compete with pro Peta Murgatroyd, while another sports star, former Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin, will team with returning five time winner Derek Hough.
Speaking of Hough, he’s hopefully been giving soma advice to his cousin, R5 singer and ‘Glee’ actor Riker Lynch, who will be partnered with Allison Holker. ‘Party Rock Anthem’ singer Redfoo will also compete, teaming with pro Emma Slater.
TV icon Suzanne Somers
Business man and ‘Shark Tank’ star Robert Herjavec, will be partnered with Kym Johnson, while fellow entrepreneur and ‘Three's Company’ star Suzanne Somers, will team with Tony Dovolani.
No stranger to mirrorballs, Disco legend and the original ‘Lady Marmalade’ Patti Labelle, will be partnered with Artem Chigvintsev. But a less familiar name is Charlotte McKinney, who you might recognise as the Carl Jnr. girl from the Superbowl advert. McKinney, will pair with Keo Motsepe who last season was eliminated first, when he teamed with track star Lolo Jones.
Rounding off the line-up is another, perhaps unfamiliar name, Noah Galloway, who will team with Sharna Burgess. Galloway is an Iraq War veteran turned motivational speaker, who lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an IED attack in 2005. Last year Galloway was named the Ultimate ‘Men's Health’ Guy by the magazine for his inspirational story.
Speaking on ‘GMA’ after the line-up was announced, former winner Alfonso Ribeiro told this season’s hopefuls, ”I would say to everybody is that simply it is a marathon, not a sprint. It’s not about winning week one, it’s about winning that final week. You have to pace yourself.”
Last season's winner Alfonso Ribiero
This season promises to big the biggest yet for the series and there’s still one contestant to be announced before kick off on March 16th. The secret contest will have the honour (and advantage) of pairing with last season’s pro winner, Whitney Carson.