ABC revealed the cast of season 30 of “Dancing With the Stars” on “Good Morning America” on the morning of September 8, 2021. With 15 celebrities and 15 professional dancers looking to get into the ballroom for the season, fans had thoughts about the official casting choices.
The professional dancers and celebrities join host and executive producer Tyra Banks as well as judges Derek Hough, Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli in the ballroom.
All of the pairings will be officially announced during the live premiere.
15 Celebrities Were Announced for Season 30
Here are all the celebrities you’ll see in the ballroom:
- Sunisa Lee (Olympic gymnast gold medalist)
- JoJo Siwa (dancer, singer)
- Matt James (former “Bachelor”)
- Brian Austin Green (actor)
- Kenya Moore (star of “Real Housewives of Atlanta”)
- Olivia Jade (actress Lori Loughlin’s daughter and influencer)
- Amanda Kloots (Broadway star, dancer)
- Jimmie Allen (country music star)
- Iman Shumpert (former NBA player)
- Mel C (Spice Girl)
- Melora Hardin (actress)
- Mike “the Miz” Mizanin
- Martin Kove (Actor, “Karate Kid”)
- Cody Rigsby (Peleton fitness instructor)
Here are the professional dancers that have been announced as returning to the ballroom:
Two new professional dancers were also hired for the season, but they will not be paired with celebrities this time around. Instead, they will be working on rehearsals, dancing in group numbers and filling in in case of injury, Dance Dish With KB reported.
Fans Had Mixed Reactions to the News
Some fans were excited about the announced cast.
“Martin Kove and The Miz on season 30 of ‘Dancing With the Stasr’? I might tune in now,” one person tweeted along with a “Karate Kid” gif.
Another person was excited about NBA legend Iman Shumpert.
“Will I be watching ‘Dancing With the Stars’ to see Iman Shumpert and Kenya Moore?” they tweeted.
“Sporty Spice is on dancing with the stars yassssss” one person tweeted.
Many people on Twitter seemed especially excited about Shumpert’s competing in the ballroom.
“Wait. Iman… Teyana Taylor’s hubby is going to be on Dancing With the Stars. She’s definitely gonna give him some tips. She’s a great dancer. I feel like she should be on there,” one tweet about him reads.
Another wrote, “Cody Rigsby, Melora Hardin, Christine Chiu, The Miz, Kenya Moore…have I become elderly or am I going to watch ‘Dancing With the Stars’ this season?”
Others were upset about certain announcements.
“Mostly how I feel about the dancing with the stars cast: ‘Who?’ ‘Why?’ ‘Omg f*** that b****.’ There’s literally like 2 people I like. This sucks :( what a disappointing lineup,” one person tweeted.
Fans Were Previously Upset About Olivia Jade’s Casting
Some people were upset when the news about Olivia Jade, who is the daughter of actress Lori Loughlin, who went to prison following a college admissions scandal, being in the ballroom was leaked.
One person on a Reddit thread about the casting wrote, “Ugh, her casting is so gross. I really like Val but I can’t see how they can successfully do a poor little rich girl story with her.”
One whole thread is dedicated to people who are upset about the casting. The thread, titled “I was right and I’m pissed off about it,” has multiple replies about Olivia Jade’s casting.
One reply, however, reads, “I mean, if this is as ‘controversial’ as it gets, I can deal with Olivia Jade lmao.”
“Dancing With the Stars” will premiere for season 30 on September 20, 2021 at 8 p.m. Eastern time.