'Dancing With the Stars' season 19 cast revealed
NEW YORK (ABC NEWS) - Season 19 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” is back on Sept. 15, and 13 new celebrity contenders are ready to strut their stuff in the ballroom.
"Fresh Prince of Bel Air" actor Alfonso Ribeiro, Olympian Lolo Jones, “Duck Dynasty’s” Sadie Robertson, actress Lea Thompson of “Back to the Future” fame, and “Mean Girls” actor Jonathan Bennett are among the stars leading off the new line-up.
Co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced the celebrity cast live Thursday morning on “Good Morning America” in Times Square.
"We will absolutely give the fans what they would love to see, which is the Carlton dance," Ribeiro said this morning on "GMA" about incorporating the dance moves he made famous on "Fresh Prince" into his routines. "I gotta give the audience a reason to keep me on."
NASCAR great Michael Waltrip and Ultimate Fighting Champion Randy Couture will also compete in the battle for the mirror-ball trophy. Legendary comedian Tommy Chong, celebrated talk show host Tavis Smiley, as well as famed fashion designer Betsey Johnson and “General Hospital” heartthrob Antonio Sabato, Jr. also have their eyes on the prize.
Two fresh faces are also joining the cast, including “Pretty Little Liars” actress Janel Parrish and YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota.
The celebrities’ professional partners were also unveiled live on “GMA.” Five-time champion Derek Hough will show Mota the ropes this season, and two-time mirror-ball champ Cheryl Burke will dance with the former Calvin Klein underwear hunk, Sabato Jr.
The addition of Julianne Hough, named as the fourth judge last month, will add some pizazz this season. Hough, 26, won two mirror-ball trophies as a pro during her “DWTS” run, and will have a permanent spot at the judges’ table next to veterans Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli - even though it means she will have to judge her own brother.