Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Cast & Pro-Pairings Announced

By Lisa Weseman | Sep 2nd, 2015

The Dancing with the Stars Season 21 cast of celebrity dancers and their Pro partners was announced this morning on Good Morning America.

Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Celebrity Cast Member and Pro Dancer Pairings

Singer, reality star and host of The Real TAMAR BRAXTON will dance with Professional dancer VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY.

Iconic actor GARY BUSEY is partnered with Pro ANNA TREBUNSKAYA. What made the Oscar-nominated actor decide to do Dancing with the Stars? “I didn’t have anything else to do,” he quipped on Jimmy Kimmel Live after riding in on a horse to make his big announcement.

Singer, songwriter and actor NICK CARTER will hit the dance floor with Pro SHARNA BURGESS. "Thanks for all your support," Carter has said on Twitter. "Looking forward to showing you my moves."

Celebrity chef PAULA DEEN is paired with Pro LOUIS VAN AMSTEL.

Triple Crown-winning jockey  VICTOR ESPINOZA is partnered with Pro KARINA SMIRNOFF. “I like challenge,” Espinoza said during the cast announcement on Good Morning America. “I want to learn something that I never learned before.”

Pop singer ANDY GRAMMER will dance with Professional dancer ALLISON HOLKER.

Vine star HAYES GRIER is partnered with Pro EMMA SLATER. "Dancing is fun," Grier stated on Twitter after his first dancing rehearsal. "I've never looked at it or taken it the way I did today. First rehearsal went great."

Wildlife conservationist and actress BINDI IRWIN will dance with Pro DEREK HOUGH. "This is going to be more terrifying than jumping on top of a crocodile," Irwin told People Magazine. "I've never danced before in my life."

Music icon CHAKA KHAN will dance with Pro parnter KEO MOTSEPE.

Actress ALEXA PENAVEGA and Pro MARK BALLAS will be paired. PenaVega is the wife of fellow contestant Carlos PenaVega. This is the first time a husband/wife duo has participated on the show. Has their family picked sides yet? “I don’t know,” she smiled when asked on Good Morning America. “For us, we just want to work really, really hard. This is such a blessing. We’ve never done any kind of dancing before! I don’t even think they know what we’re capable of.”

Actor/singer  CARLOS PENAVEGA will dance with Pro WITNEY CARSON.

Army National Guard Specialist ALEK SKARLATOS is paired with Pro dancer LINDSAY ARNOLD. "I think it'll be fun. I hope I learn a lot," Skarlatos said earlier today on Good Morning America. "I'll need to if I'm going to stay on very long."

Real Housewives of Atlanta star KIM ZOLCIAK BIERMANN will dance with Pro TONY DOVOLANI.


Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (America’s Funniest Home Videos) and Erin Andrews (sports host & Dancing with the Stars Season 10 finalist), Dancing with the Stars is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by two-time Mirrorball champ and actress Julianne Hough, and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Tune in to the Season 21 Premiere of Dancing with the Stars, MONDAY SEPT 14 8|7c on ABC.