Season 29 of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres on Sept. 14, and the cast of celebrity contestants has officially been announced. Joining the dance competition this season is an eclectic group of musicians, reality TV stars, actors and athletes.
In the performers category, rapper Nelly and A.J. McLean of the Backstreet Boys join actors Jesse Metcalf, Skai Jackson, Anne Heche and Justina Machado.
TV hosts include “The Real” co-host Jeannie Mai and “Catfish” host Nev Schulman, while the professional athletes showing off their physical prowess this season include NFL star Vernon Davis, Olympic ice skater Johnny Weir and NBA alum Charles Oakley.
Former “Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristowe is among several contestants from the world of reality TV, along with “Selling Sunset” star Chrishell Stause, coach Monica Aldama from Netflix’s “Cheer,” and Carole Baskin of “Tiger King” fame.
“I’m going to put my heart and soul into winning the Mirror Ball because the longer I can stay on the show, the more the plight of big cats will be kept in the public eye,” Baskin told People. “I’m hoping that seeing me go way out of my comfort zone will encourage everyone to call their Senators and House members in support of our bill at BigCatAct.com.”
For his part, Metcalfe says he’s a total novice when it comes to dancing.
“I’m basically a non-dancer,” he told “Good Morning America.” “I have no formal training in dance whatsoever. I’m excited to work hard and hopefully leave the show with a new skill set. Maybe get a job on Broadway.”
Returning judges to the long-running competition series include Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Supermodel Tyra Banks will replace veteran “DWTS” hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
On Sept. 3, Banks tweeted out a short promo video for the new season, writing that the “epic new season” will have “amazing stars!”
“Dancing With the Stars” will premiere on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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