This morning on ‘Good Morning America,’ Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced 11 of the 12 “stars” who will be competing for the mirrorball trophy on season 20 of “Dancing with the Stars” beginning on March 16 on ABC. Perhaps the best known participant will be singer Patti LaBelle.
Another surprise was that fan favorite Derek Hough will be coming back. He’ll be paired with Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin.
The cast and pairings are:’
- Noah Galloway with Sharna Burgess
- Robert Herjavec with Kym Johnson
- Patti LaBelle with Artem Chigvintsev
- Nastia Liukin with Derek Hough
- Riker Lynch with Allison Holker
- Charlotte McKinney with Keo Motsepe
- RedFoo with Emma Slater
- Michael Sam with Peta Murgatroyd
- Willow Shields with Mark Ballas
- Suzanne Somers with Tony Dovolani
- Rumer Willis with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Unknown with Witney Carson
Noah Galloway, 33, is a former combat soldier and motivational speaker. He lost his left arm above the elbow and his left leg above the knee during his second tour of duty in Iraq in 2005. His motto is: “Train like a Machine.” He’s from and still lives in Alabama.
Robert Herjavec, 52, is a businessman and “Shark Tank” star. Born in the former Yugoslavia (now Croatia), he and his father and mother escaped to Canada. He’s the CEO of Herjavec Group, an IT security provider.
Patti LaBelle, 70, was part of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles who beame the Labelle and released “Lady Marmalade.” They were the first African American group to play at the Metropolitan Opera House and the first African Amerian vocal gropu t obe on the cover of “Rolling Stone” magazine. LaBelle went solo in 1977. LaBelle earned her first Grammy in 1991 for her 10th album, “Burnin'” and her second Grammy for the 1998 “Live! One Night Only.”
Nastia Liukin, 25, was the four-time all-around National Champion for the U.S., winning twice as a junior and twice as a senior. She was born in Moscow, but her family emigrated to the U.S. when she was two and a half and settled in Texas. Her parents are former Soviet champion gymnasts: 1988 Summer Olympis gold medalist Valeri Liukin and 1987 World Clubs Champion in rhythmic gymnastics Anna Kotchneva. Nastia was the 1008 Olympic individual all-around champion and the 2005 and 2007 World champion on the Balance Beam and the 2005 World Champion on uneven bars. She did not make the 2012 Olympic team and retired that year.
Suzanne Somers, 68, was famous for her TV roles in the TV shows “Three’s Company” and “Step by Step.” She is also the author of self-help books and has released two autobiographies. She has posed for Playboy so that gives us the Playboy angle as well as the former TV star celeb.
Riker (Anthony) Lynch, 23, is a Colorado-born singer and actor. He plays Jeff, a member of the Dalton Academy Warblers singing group on the TV show “Glee.” He is also a member of the group R5 (bassist and lead vocal) with his brothers Ross and Rocky and Sister Rydel and friend Ellington Ratliff.
Redfoo, or Stefan Kendal Gordy, is an American singer, dancer, rapper, DJ and record producer who is part of the musical duo LMFAO. At 39, the Los Angeles-born Redfoo is also the youngest son of Motown Records company founder Berry Gordy Jr with writer producer Nancy Leiviska. He graduated from Palisades Charter High School in 1995.
Charlotte McKinney is the blonde model for Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl ad. She has 43.9K followers on Twitter, but will that translate into DWTS votes?
Michael Sam, 25, is a Texas-born defensive end American football player who was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in 2014 (NFL seventh round) but was released in August and then went on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys (September) after playing at the University of Missouri. He is, however, currently a free agent. He’s not technically a star, but football players have been popular on DWTS, but usually they have been retired NFL players.
Willow Shields, 14, is the youngest celebrity. The Albuquerque-born actress played Primrose Everdeen in “The Hunger Games” movies.
Rumer Willis, 26, is the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore. She was born in Paducah, Kentucky and is named after British author Rumer Godden. She appeared in the 1995 movie “Now and Then” and in the 1996 “Striptease.” She did attend the Wildwood Secondary School in Los Angeles, enrolling as a sophomore.
“Dancing with the Stars” Season 20 premieres 16 March 2015 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT.