The contestants for the new season of Dancing With the Stars are being revealed this morning on Good Morning America and we are updating this post live with all the latest information on who the contestants are, which pros are paired with who and more background information.
For all the latest information on the big reveal, as well as the cast members, read on below as the identities are revealed live.
One of the clues this morning, provided by Michael Strahan, is that one of the contestants beat Rocky in Rocky III, so we know it’s Mr. T. Other clues were that the cast includes two soon-to-be married couples, a “golden girl” is involved, and one of the contestants is currently on a world tour. Previously, speculated cast members for the season have included Chris Kattan, Nancy Kerrigan, Simone Biles, Mr. T, Rashad Jennings, Nick Viall, Erika Girardi, Heather Morris, Bonner Bolton, and Charo.
Now let’s get into the official reveal of this season’s contestants and see who they are paired with …
Former figure skater Nancy Kerrigan is paired with Artem Chigvintsev and she’s excited because she often watches the show with her children.
Major League Baseball player David Ross is matched with Lindsay Arnold.
Normani Kordei from Fifth Harmony is dancing with Val Chmerkovskiy. Currently, Fifth Harmony is on their world tour, so Chmerkovskiy will be traveling all over the world to practice with her.
Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Girardi, aka Erika Jayne, is matched with Gleb Savchenko. Kyle Richards’ message for Erika was that she will watch each week and she knows Erika will “kill it” on the show.
Bull rider Bonner Bolton is dancing with Sharna Burgess. One year ago, Bolton broke his neck, but he’s ready for the competition, even though he’s admitted to being nervous.
The legendary Mr. T is paired with Kym Johnson this season. Johnson previously told fans that she would not be returning to DWTS, but it looks like she couldn’t resist. Previously on the show, Johnson was paired with Robert Herjavec. The two struck up a romance and recently tied the knot.
Spicy Charo is dancing with pro Keo Motsepe.
Olympian Simone Biles is paired with pro partner Sasha Barber. To surprise Biles on GMA this morning, her fellow gymnast friend Laurie Hernandez showed up and gave her a huge hug. Hernandez previously won the show when she was paired with Val Chmerkovskiy.
SNL‘s Chris Kattan is matched with Witney Carson. Kattan received a special t-shirt from GMA host Michael Strahan in honor of his “Night at the Roxbury” days. Clearly, fans are excited for Kattan as he received major applause this morning.
Former Giants’ player Rashad Jennings is paired with Emma Slater.
Former Glee star Heather Morris is matched with pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Previously, Morris appeared on the show So You Think You Can Dance and was a back-up dancer for Beyonce, so it’s safe to say she definitely has an advantage over others in the competition.
Peta Murgatroyd is also supposed to be back this season, but she is not present, which means there is another contestant in the mix. Previous reports have speculated that Bachelor star Nick Viall will be matched with her this season. Murgatroyd video-phoned in from Los Angeles to reveal that she does, indeed, have Nick Viall as her partner.
The new season of the show will kick off on March 20, 2017. Check out more details on the new contestants by clicking on the below link: