ABC announced the lineup for the 17th season of Dancing With the Stars live today on Good Morning America. The lineup includes the typical demo-targeted staples like the professional athlete (Keyshawn Johnson), the Disney star (Corbin Bleu), a sure fan-favorite for the older crowd (Valerie Harper, maybe even Bill Engvall), the young hottie (Brant Daugherty) and wildcards like Jack Osbourne, Bill Nye or Jersey Shore’s Snooki. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet listed the 12 celebrities and their professional partners who will be competing this season beginning Monday, Sept. 16 at 8pm ET.
The 2013 Dancing With the Stars cast lineup and their professional dancer includes:
ELIZABETH BERKLEY LAUREN partners with VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY
CORBIN BLEU partners with KARINA SMIRNOFF
BRANT DAUGHERTY partners with PETA MURGATROYD
BILL ENGVALL joins first time professional partner EMMA SLATER
VALERIE HARPER partners with TRISTAN MACMANUS
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON partners with SHARNA BURGESS
CHRISTINA MILIAN partners with MARK BALLAS
BILL NYE joins first time professional partner TYNE STECKLEIN
JACK OSBOURNE partners with CHERYL BURKE.
NICOLE “SNOOKI” POLIZZI joins first time professional partner SASHA FARBER
LEAH REMINI partners with TONY DOVOLANI
AMBER RILEY partners with DEREK HOUGH.
Here’s a little background on the cast:
ELIZABETH BERKLEY LAUREN — Fans will remember her best as Jessie in the hit sitcom Saved by the Bell. She also played Julia Winston on CSI: MIAMI. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling book Ask Elizabeth.
CORBIN BLEU — Corbin Bleu catapulted to teen fame in the Disney Channel original High School Musical, and its sequels High School Musical 2, High School Musical 3: Senior Year, as well as his own headlining film Jump In.
BRANT DAUGHERTY — Brant Daugherty is best known for his role as Noel on ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, and can currently be seen as Lt. Patrick Clarke on Lifetime’s Army Wives.
BILL ENGVALL — Bill Engvall is the Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country.
VALERIE HARPER — Valerie Harper is best known to audiences for her role as the beloved Rhoda Morgenstern from The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its subsequent spin-off, Rhoda.
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON — Keyshawn Johnson is a former NFL Super Bowl champion and All Pro wide receiver. He was drafted No. 1 overall by the New York Jets in 1996 and also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. Johnson appears on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown and Monday Night Countdown.
CHRISTINA MILIAN — Christina Milian is an actress and singer/songwriter. She served as the social media correspondent for The Voice. Most recently Milian signed with Lil Wayne’s Young Money/Cash Money/ Universal label and is currently in the studio recording her fourth album.
BILL NYE — Bill Nye is best known as “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which he’s won 18 Emmys, seven of them as host and head writer. These days he travels around the globe exhorting his audiences to change the world.
JACK OSBOURNE — The baby of the Osbourne family, Jack has created quite a TV career for himself and is already a TV veteran at age 27. Currently he is co-anchor and West Coast correspondent for “Fuse News,” a daily live music news show on Fuse.
NICOLE “SNOOKI” POLIZZI — She’s the Jersey Shore breakout star and now New York Times best-selling author for A Shore Thing, Confessions of a Guidette and Gorilla Beach. Snooki is also back for a third season of her current show, Snooki & JWoww on MTV in October.
LEAH REMINI — For nine seasons, Leah Remini starred in the hit comedy series The King of Queens. She was cohost of the first season of the daytime talk show, The Talk, and recently starred in the ABC series Family Tools.
AMBER RILEY — Amber Riley is best known for her role as Mercedes Jones on Glee, where she’s received numerous awards and nominations for her work. She is currently in the studio working on her debut solo album.