ABC made the celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars 2016 official after Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Laurie Hernandez appeared alongside their pro partners Cheryl Burke and Val Chmerkovskiy on Tuesday?s Good Morning America.
Lochte who recently got involved in a scandal in Rio Olympics hopes to use the platform as way forward from the controversy.??The past 2 weeks have been the lowest point of my life?I want to put that behind me. I’m never one to dwell on the past,? he said. ?I just want to move forward??
Besides Lochte and Hernandez, the 13 celebrity cast boasts people from all spheres including TV, music, sports and politics. Model turned talk show host Amber Rose, Little Women L.A. star Terra Jole, and former Republican governor Rick Perry have signed on for DWTS Season 23. Others include retired football star Calvin Johnson, Brady Bunch actress Maureen McCormick, actress Marilu Henner, music producer Kenneth ?Babyface? Edmonds, The Fosters actor Jake T. Austin, race car driver James Hinchcliffe, country singer Jana Kramer, and rapper Vanilla Ice.
Also returning to the dance floor are fan favorite pros Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy with his brother Val Chmerkovskiy. Newcomer Jenna Johnson will be joining the other dancing pros including Allison Holker, Artem Chigvintsev, Emma Slater, Gleb Savchenko, Lindsay Arnold, Sasha Farber, Sharna Burgess and Witney Carson. Derek Hough’s sister, Julianne Hough, a former ?DWTS? pro dancer will make returning as a judge for third season after sitting out Season 22.
The Stars have been paired with Pros as follows:
- Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy
- Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy
- Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev
- Marilu Henner and Derek Hough
- Rick Perry and Emma Slater
- Terra Jol? and Sasha Farber
- Jake T. Austin and Jenna Johnson
- Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold
- Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Allison Holker
- Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke
- James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess
- Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko
- Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson
The Dancing With the Stars season 23 premieres Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. on ABC.