With September right around the corner, that means another season of Dancing With the Stars will be hitting a TV near you. The show’s Instagram page dropped all kinds of hints in the past few days, prompting many to weigh in on who’ll be strutting their stuff. Now that the cast has officially be announced, find out if your suspicions were correct and who will indeed be dancing.
Season 28 (!!!) is actually filled with some pretty big names, not just a bunch of D-listers straight out of past DWTS casting calls. The celebrity contestants appeared on Good Morning America on Wednesday to discuss the upcoming season and they’re kind of big deals — “big” being the operative word. Khloe Kardashian’s ex-husband, Lamar Odom and NFL legend Ray Lewis will be the requisite athletes of the group, while country star Lauren Alaina, former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke and The Supremes’ Mary Wilson will set out to prove they can dance just as well as they sing. Christie Brinkley brings her beauty to the ballroom, Queer Eye‘s Karamo Brown and The Bachelorette‘s Hannah Brown make up the reality component of the group, while beloved TV favourites James Van Der Beek, Kate Flannery (Meredith from The Office) and Kel Mitchell (Kenan & Kel) will shimmy for that Mirror Ball Trophy.
Last but not least, however, is arguably the one you’ve all been waiting for: Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s former press secretary. He reportedly turned down an offer to appear on the show shortly after leaving his White House post in 2017 but perhaps he’s had a couple years of Latin and ballroom training since. If not, Spicer might be the train wreck you can’t stop watching. You don’t want to stare but, at the same time, you won’t be able to look away.
For all the DWTS fans out there, the pros who’ll be back are Cheryl Burke, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold, Sasha Farber and newlyweds Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson, while newcomers Daniella Karagach and Pasha Paskov join the cast. But eagle-eyed fans may have noticed Farber’s wife, fellow pro and Season 24 winner Emma Slater, on the GMA stage; hmm, perhaps DWTS will add a bonus contestant into the mix.
For the first time in the show’s run, the series didn’t air this past spring and opted to come back with a fresh outlook in the fall. ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke said in May that it will still be the show the “audience knows and loves but [producers have] some good ideas in terms of how to surprise people in new ways.”
Judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba will be back, along with co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
Dancing with the Stars premieres September 16 on ABC.