Dancing with the Stars season 29 is coming! And Tuesday morning, Good Morning America revealed the 14 pros who will participate in the new season.
Additionally, GMA confirmed the new season will premiere on Monday September 14 AND all three original judges, including Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and even Len Goodman will be back on the panel. (Remember, that Len wasn’t sure he could travel to the US due to Covid-19 restrictions.)
Speaking of Covid 19 restrictions! Three married couples will compete against each other, including Valentin Chmerkovskiy and wife Jenna Johnson, Emma Slater and husband Sasha Farber and Pasha Pashkov and wife Daniella Karagach, a first-time pro. But the big twist? Due to quarantine requirements, the couples will have to live apart during the competition.
This precaution aims to prevent the eliminations of two pros and their celebrity partners should one get sick throughout the season.
“It’s going to be bliss — I mean it’s going to be terrible,” Emma joked on GM” when asked about the new rule. “It’s going to be so different because we can’t actually interact and even prep with each other, which is something completely different, but we’re doing everything we can to keep safe. There’s going to be a lot of FaceTiming.”
The pros competing on Season 29 of Dancing with the Stars
- Britt Stewart – She’s DWTS’s very first black female pro
- Sharna Burgess
- Keo Motsepe
- Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Jenna Johnson
- Emma Slater
- Sasha Farber
- Pasha Pashkov
- Daniella Karagach – A first time pro
- Cheryl Burke – Two time champion
- Peta Murgatroyd – Two time champion
- Alan Bersten – Reigning champ
- Brandon Armstrong
- Gleb Savchenko
14 pros seems like a lot! Fans speculated there would be 10 or fewer couples this season, due to Covid. Perhaps there are extra pros who will be quarantining in case a contestant or pro tests positive for COVID-19?
Celebrity contestants will be announced at a later date, although fans already know that “The Bachelorette” Kaitlyn Bristowe will vie for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.
However, viewers will have to tune in to the season premiere to find out with whom their favorite professional dancers are paired.
There are other big changes on Dancing with the Stars this season. Supermodel and America’s Next Top Model and former America’s Got Talent host Tyra Banks will join as host and executive producer this season. This, after longtime host Tom Bergeron and co-host Erin Andrews were fired.