Dancing With the Stars season 29 premieres on September 14, and fans of the celebrity dance competition are eagerly awaiting the cast reveal. The DWTS cast will be announced on an episode of Good Morning America, airing on Wednesday, September 2.
Ahead of the official, full-cast announcement, here’s what we know:
Kaitlyn Bristowe & AJ McClean Have Been Confirmed as DWTS Season 29 Celebrity Cast Members
Ahead of the big reveal on Good Morning America, two members of the season’s celebrity cast were revealed.
On the episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever! that featured Kaitlyn Bristowe’s season as The Bachelorette, Chris Harrison asked Bristowe if she’d want to be a part of the new DWTS cast. Excitedly, she accepted the invitation.
On August 27, a second cast member was confirmed: Backstreet Boys’ AJ McClean. After making the announcement as a remote guest on Good Morning America, McClean shared his excitement with his social media following. In an Instagram post, he wrote, “We’re going for the mirrorball, baby!! I am so grateful to @dancingabc and @abcnetwork for the opportunity to be joining this season’s cast of #DWTS. I also want to thank my wife and my two girls for letting Daddy go on this new adventure. I’m doing it ALL for you! Get ready, BSB Army, this is going to be a wild ride. LET’S DO THIS!!!!!!”
Other rumored celebrities in talks to join the cast include Carole Baskin and Chrishnell Stause.
‘Good Morning America’ Announced the Season 29 DWTS Pros, Including Fan-Favorite Returns & 2 New Dancers
While the majority of the celebrity cast has been kept a secret, ABC has already revealed the professionals on board to compete this season. The pros were announced on Good Morning America, and the announcement brought with it the return of fan-favorites like Sharna Burgess, Keo Motsepe, and Artem Chigvintsev.
There are also two new dancers joining the pro cast this season: Daniella Karagach (who is the wife of pro Pasha Pashkov) and the show’s first Black female professional, Britt Stewart.
The season 29 pros are: Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Britt Stewart, and Emma Slater. The season features three married couples among the pro cast, Chmerkovskiy and Johnson, Farber and Slater, and Pashkov and Karagach.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and revised safety and production measures in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the DWTS season, those couples will have to be spending time apart as no pros are allowed to live together during filming. Of this change, Slater told Good Morning America, “It’s going to be so different because we can’t actually interact and even prep with each other, which is something completely different, but we’re doing everything we can to keep safe. There’s going to be a lot of FaceTiming.”
The season 29 premiere of Dancing With the Stars airs on September 14 at 8/7c on ABC.