Wouldn’t you know it, it’s that time already – Dancing with the Stars returns for season 23! I always look forward to the Fall season since it’s my favorite time of year. Few things beat out curling up on the couch with a blanket, some hot apple cider and DWTS! And the Halloween episode is something I eagerly await each year, with such spooky, fun and creative ideas behind each dance, it holds a special place in my heart! Though it may be difficult to top last season with the quality of dance towards the end, I’m excited to see how each celebrity does!
The official cast announcement was made this past Tuesday on Good Morning America, with several of our favorite pros pairing up with some big celebrities! Here are the 13 couples:
16-year-old Olympic Medalist Laurie Hernandez is with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Award winning actress and author Marilu Henner is with Derek Hough
Vocal activist and talk show host Amber Rose is with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
12 time Olympic Medalist and world record holder Ryan Lochte is with Cheryl Burke
Rap and Pop music icon Robert Van Winkle “Vanilla Ice” is with Witney Carson
Detroit Lions Wide Receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. is with Lindsay Arnold
Veteran and former governor of Texas Rick Perry is with Emma Slater
Brady Bunch alum (Marcia) Maureen McCormick is with Artem Chigvintsev
R&B and Pop music star Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is with Allison Holker
T.V., film and voice actor Jake T. Austin is with Jenna Johnson
IndyCar race driver James Hinchcliffe is with Sharna Burgess
Executive producer and star of ‘Little Women’ TV Series Terra Jolé is with Sasha Farber
Country music artist Jana Kramer is with Gleb Savchenko
Good ol’ Tom Bergeron will be hosting again alongside Erin Andrews. Also, Carrie Ann, Bruno and Len are back in the saddle at the judges’ table. Having a great line-up of such wonderful celebrities and pro dancers, I think this season will be another big hit!
With their dedication and physical training, I have a feeling the Olympic athletes will be ones to keep an eye on. I also have a hunch that Amber, Kenneth and Jana could be harboring some great talent, but you never know! What are your thoughts on the cast? And who do you think might take the dance floor by storm? Don’t forget to tune in for the season premiere, which will air on Monday September 12th at 7pm CT. Until then, happy dancing!