Alexa Vega, Carlos Pena, Chaka Khan Joining DWTS 21


Married Couple, Alexa Vega and Carlos Pena and Chaka Khan have joined the list of confirmed celebrities set to appear on Dancing with the Stars 21.

Chaka Khan is a music icon who has influenced multiple generations of artists and continues to do so as an a singer, songwriter, producer, visual artist, author, actor, philanthropist, entrepreneur, activist and mother. Chaka has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs. Chaka is currently at work on a series of mixed media visual works with a planned gallery exhibition in 2016, as well as a new CD, set for release later in 2015.

Alexa Vega is known for her role as Carmen Cortez in four Spy Kids films, as well as Machette Kills and From Prada to Nada. Vega made her Broadway debut in 2007 when she played Penny Pingleton in the Broadway version of Hairspray. Fans of the ABC hit drama Nashville also know her for her turn as Kiley Brenner. Alexa is married to actor/singer Carlos Pena, who will also compete in Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars/

Carlos Pena starred on the successful Nickelodeon musical comedy Big Time Rush, which also took to the road and toured with the ensemble cast around the globe. He studied musical theater at the Boston Conservatory.

Carlos and Alexa are the first married couple to appear in the same season of Dancing with the Stars.

“It’s so exciting,” Alexa told Entertainment Tonight. “It’s beautiful, it’s overwhelming, it’s an incredible blessing.”

Alexa and Carlos, tied the knot in January 2014, will be paired up with separate pro partners and will compete against each other for the mirror-ball trophy. They pledge to support each other throughout the process.

The couple were interviewed by Entertainment Tonight at Disneyland, where they were celebrating the park’s diamond jubilee.

Here’s where we stand with announcements/rumors:

Official DWTS 21 cast: Bindi Irwin, Victor Espinoza, Nick Carter, Hayes Grier, Alexa Vega, Carlos Pena, and Chaka Khan have been officially confirmed.

Celebrities reportedly joining the cast: Singer, Andy Grammer via Entertainment Tonight, Celebrity chef Paula Deen, via ENews, and now E News is reporting that Kim Zolciak, from The Real Housewives of Atlanta is set to dance this season.

UPDATE: According to US Weekly, The Bachelorette contestant everybody loved to hate, Nick Viall has met with producers and could be joining the cast.

Pro Dancers: Nine of the 12 pros were revealed on GMA last weekKarina Smirnoff comes back after sitting last season out, while returning champ Val ChmerkovskiyDerek HoughMark BallasArtem ChigvintsevAllison HolkerWitney CarsonSharna Burgess and Peta Murgatroyd will all be twirling celebrities around the dance floor. You can also add Keo Motsepe and Emma Slater to that list, according to intel from twitter and other sources.

Additionally, we’ve got confirmation on some pro/celeb pairings, according to sources gleaned from and @DWTS360

Alexa Vega and Mark Ballas
Chaka Kahn and Keo Motsepe
Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess
Carlos Pena, Jr and Witney Carson
Andy Grammer and Peta Murgatroyd
Hayes Grier and Emma Slater
Paula Deen and Artem Chigvintsev
Kim Zolciak and Val Chmerkovskiy

Dancing with the Stars 21 premieres on ABC September 14.

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