ABC ANNOUNCES THIS SEASON'S DANCING WITH THE STARS CELEBRITY CAST LIVE ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA
The celebrity cast of Dancing with the Stars are slipping into their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 8|7c, on the ABC Television Network. The 23rd season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes two Gold medal-winning US Olympians, a multi Grammy award-winning musician, a star of one of the most iconic television programs ever, one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, and the former governor of Texas, to name just a few.
Star: Amber Rose
BIO: Amber Rose is a proud mother, activist, entrepreneur, spokesperson, talk show host, model, actor and published author from Philadelphia, PA. MUVA, as she is affectionately known, has quickly become the unapologetic face of neo-feminism. Initially, accredited mostly to her striking appearance and keen fashion sense, the former Ford Model's rise to massive popularity is now largely attributed to her controversial yet impactful voice on women's issues. At the core of the Amber Rose brand is her non-profit, The Amber Rose Foundation, dedicated to women empowerment and equality. Rose is currently the executive producer and host of The Amber Rose Show on VH1.
Professional Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Star: Calvin Johnson Jr.
BIO: Calvin Johnson Jr. is known to many as one of the NFL's best wide receivers of all times. Most people in the football world know him as "Megatron." Johnson was a first round NFL draft pick by the Detroit Lions and later broke Jerry Rice's single season record for receiving yards, which had previously been 1,848. During Johnson's off-season, he devotes a lot of time to his foundation. Founded in 2008, The Calvin Johnson Jr. Foundation, Inc. (CJJRF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the education, training, and social development of at-risk youth, along with providing financial assistance to community organizations. Calvin was born in Newnan, Georgia.
Professional Partner: Lindsay Arnold
Star: Jake T. Austin
BIO: Whether appearing on TV, film or lending his voice to animated characters, 21-year-old Jake T. Austin is a multitalented actor who has showcased his talent across the board in the entertainment industry. From 2007 to 2012, Austin starred on Disney Channel's Emmy Award-winning series, Wizards of Waverly Place, as Max Russo, the youngest wizard of three. Austin previously starred in Freeform's The Fosters, portraying the role of Jesus Foster, and on the big screen, he was last seen in Garry Marshall's New Year's Eve, starring opposite Abigail Breslin and Sarah Jessica Parker.
Professional Partner: Jenna Johnson
Star: James Hinchcliffe
BIO: James Hinchcliffe is arguably one of the most popular drivers in the Verizon IndyCar Series. Currently in his sixth racing season and second for Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, the affable Canadian has four Indy car wins, 10 podiums and one pole position to date. He was voted IndyCar's Favorite Driver in 2012 by the fans and was 2011 Verizon IndyCar Series Rookie of the Year.
In 2015, the 29-year-old suffered life-threatening injuries from a practice crash for the Indianapolis 500, which ended his season after only five races. After a long road to recovery and rehabilitation, James returned to racing this year in even better shape than before. He earned his first IndyCar pole at the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500, the venue that almost destroyed his career.
Professional Partner: Sharna Burgess
Star: Jana Kramer
BIO: Jana Kramer is an award-winning country artist. Her platinum debut single, "Why Ya Wanna," soared to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart in 2012, making her the most played new artist of that year. In 2013, the Academy of Country Music honored her with its Top New Female Artist Award, and Blake Shelton picked her to open on his "Ten Times Crazier" tour.
In 2015, Jana released her highly anticipated sophomore album "thirty one" and was honored as one of CMT's Next Women of Country and co-headlined her first-ever female-powered tour. In 2016, Jana received nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Country Music Awards, Female Vocalist of the Year from the American Country Countdown Awards, and Female Video of the Year from the CMT Music Awards for "I Got the Boy."
Professional Partner: Gleb Savchenko
Star: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds
BIO: Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds, the 11-time Grammy Award winner, channeled the magic of his storied career with "Return of the Tender Lover," his first solo album in seven years, which is a nod to his RIAA triple-platinum album "Tender Lover." The prolific music man counts more than 150 top 10 R&B and pop hits, 42 R&B No. 1 hits and 51 top 10 pop hits (including 16 No. 1s).
As co-founder of LaFace Records, Babyface has nurtured the careers of such megastars like TLC, OutKast, Usher and Toni Braxton, and produced and written/co-written hits for everyone such as Whitney Houston, Eric Clapton, Michael Jackson and countless others.
Professional Partner: Allison Holker
Star: Laurie Hernandez
BIO: Laurie Hernandez burst onto the Senior Elite gymnastics scene in 2016, just in time for the Rio Olympic Games where she won Silver in the individual balance beam and secured Gold in the team All-Around. Her goal had always been to make an Olympic Team, and her dream came true!
Hernandez started gymnastics at the age of six and came to a turning point in her career in 2014 when her progress was stalled due to multiple injuries. She returned stronger than ever by becoming the 2015 U.S. Junior National Champion. Hernandez is known for her dazzling floor exercise routine, where she has been nicknamed the "human emoji" for her outgoing facial expressions.
Professional Partner: Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Star: Marilu Henner
BIO: With the energy of a teenager, the wisdom of a sage, and the memory of a superhero, Marilu Henner has deservedly earned the nickname "Perpetual Motion." Along with starring in over thirty films, six Broadway shows, and two hit classic sitcoms, Taxi and Evening Shade, this five-time Golden Globe nominee is also a New York Times best-selling author of 10 books on health, parenting, memory, and lifestyle improvement.
Marilu can currently be seen in the Hallmark series Aurora Teagarden, as well as the Hallmark Channel film Love on a Limb, and can soon be seen in the upcoming the theatrical features In-Lawfully Yours and Imperfections, which will premiere at the Chicago Film Festival in October 2016.
Professional Partner: Derek Hough
Star: Maureen McCormick
BIO: Maureen McCormick is widely known for her portrayal of eldest daughter, Marcia Brady, on the seminal ABC television sitcom The Brady Bunch, on which she starred from 1969 to 1974. She later reprised the role in many of the numerous Brady Bunch spin-offs and films. But America's favorite girl next door is way more than the three words she became famous for, encapsulated by "Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!"
McCormick has also had a successful career in film, as a stage actress and recording artist. In 2009, McCormick also added New York Times bestselling author to her resume with her much anticipated memoir, "Here's The Story."
Professional Partner: Artem Chigvintsev
Star: Rick Perry
BIO: Rick Perry is a veteran of the United States Air Force, a former farmer and the former governor of Texas. As the 47th and longest-serving governor of the Lone Star State, he championed conservative principles that helped Texas become America's economic engine.
Perry was one of the first in his family to go to college, earning a degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M University. He is a lifetime member of both the NRA and American Legion Post #75. Perry married his childhood sweetheart, Anita, in 1982. They have two children and two beautiful granddaughters.
Professional Partner: Emma Slater
Star: Ryan Lochte
BIO: Ryan Lochte has become a transcendent figure in the Olympic world. He is a four-time Olympian (Athens, Beijing, London, Rio) and a 12-time Olympic medalist (including six Gold, three Silver, and three Bronze). His seven individual Olympic medals are second all-time in men's swimming, and he is the current world record holder in the 200 individual medley. Ryan has been named both American and World Swimmer of the Year twice in his career (2010 and 2011) and has a total of 70 medals in major international competition, including 45 first place finishes.
As a Florida Gator, Ryan was a two-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year, 24-time NCAA All-American, and 7-time NCAA Champion.
Professional Partner: Cheryl Burke
Star: Terra Jolé
BIO: Since 2014 Terra Jolé has gained recognition both nationally and internationally as the star and executive producer of Lifetime's hit TV shows, Little Women: LA and Terra's Little Family. The actress and singer also serves as executive producer on the popular spin-offs, Little Women: ATL and Little Women: NY and she is currently a member of the Producers Guild of America.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, Terra now resides in Los Angeles, where she is married to fellow Little Women: LA and Terra's Little Family star, actor and musician Joe Gnoffo. In August 2016 they welcomed their second child, son, Grayson Vincent D'artagnan Gnoffo.
Professional Partner: Sasha Farber
Star: Vanilla Ice
BIO: Robert Van Winkle, aka Vanilla Ice, exploded on the rap/pop music scene in 1990 selling 10 million albums in four months and hitting number one on the Billboard charts with the number one single, "Ice Ice Baby." His worldwide album sales are over 20 million and individual songs total over 160 million.
Vanilla Ice won two MTV Awards, a People's Choice Award and was nominated for a Grammy. He has also appeared in the movies such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, Cool as Ice, and Ridiculous Six, with Adam Sandler, and his TV credits include Celebrity Boxing and the DIY shows The Vanilla Ice Project.
Professional Partner: Witney Carson