Today, ABC announced the Dancing with the Stars season 2020 celebrity cast, live on Good Morning America. The series, hosted by Tyra Banks, returns to the ballroom with a lineup of celebrities. Check out the full list below.
The supermodel and businesswoman is also an executive producer of the show. She is replacing longtime hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.
The new celebrity cast will add some glitzy bling to their wardrobe and break in their dancing shoes as the show kicks off live on Monday Sept 14 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.
The large cast is a typical mix of B-C celebrities. ABC probably cast Anne Heche because of the controversy surrounding ex-girlfriend Ellen DeGeneres’s talk show. The most controversial casting choice, however, is Carole Baskin, star of the Netflix docu-series Tiger King. There are NO heroes in the jaw dropping series. Baskin came off as self serving, hypocritical and even murderous. She admits outright that joining the cast is about cleaning up her reputation.
But the remaining celebrities are the usual mix of reality stars, sports figures, Disney kids, and actors/musical artists who have seen better days. I’m just grateful ABC didn’t cast a political figure. Nobody needs that right now.
- Vernon Davis – NFL tight end. The 15-year NFL veteran was selected by the San Francisco 49ers sixth overall in the 2006 NFL Draft and played his first 10 seasons with the 49ers. He joined his hometown team, the Washington Redskins, in 2016 and spent four seasons there before retiring after the 2019-2020 season. Davis played roles in movies such as “Baywatch” (2017), which starred Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron, and “Hell on the Border” (2019). His latest role will be the male lead in the upcoming thriller “Red Winter.”
- Monica Adama – Netflix Cheer star. Monica Aldama became an overnight sensation after starring in the hit Netflix docu-series “Cheer,” which chronicles her tremendous leadership in building one of the country’s most successful cheerleading programs from the ground up. Celebrated for her hallmark phrase, “You keep going until you get it right, then keep going until you can’t get it wrong.”
- Jeannie Mai – Host of The Real. host Jeannie Mai can be seen each weekday on the nationally syndicated talk show “The Real” and on ABC’s hit summer series “Holey Moley.” Mai serves as a sideline correspondent for the extreme mini-golf competition series. In 2017, Mai executive produced “Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex Trafficking,” a documentary that investigates the international crisis of human sex trafficking.
- Nelly – Hot in Herre singer. Currently, Nelly topped the country music charts with a collaboration with Kane Brown, “Cool Again,” and hit the No. 1 spot with “Good Times Roll” with Jimmie Allen. Some of his other hits include “Hot in Here”; “Dilemma” featuring Kelly Rowland; “Country Grammar”; “Ride Wit Me”; “Just a Dream”; “Cruise”; “The Fix” sampling Marvin Gaye; and summer sixteen’s dance anthem “Millionaire” with Cash Cash and Digital Animal Farm.
- Jesse Metcalfe – Desperate Housewives actor. Most recently, he was seen as the lead in action-packed thriller “Hard Kill,” opposite Bruce Willis. On television, Metcalfe continues to be featured (and contribute original songs) as former country star Trace Riley of the popular Hallmark family drama “Chesapeake Shores.” Jesse is mostly remembered for his breakout role as forbidden teen lover John Rowland, opposite Eva Longoria on the Golden Globe®-winning ABC series “Desperate Housewives.”
- Nev Schulman – Star of MTV’s Catfish. He is best known for the 2010 documentary film “Catfish” and the follow-up TV series “Catfish: The TV Show,” of which he is the host and executive producer on MTV. Nev and his wife, Laura Perlongo, host the Facebook series called “We Need to Talk.”
- Kaitlyn Bristowe – Former Bachelorette. Originally from the small town of Leduc, Alberta CANADA, Kaitlyn wanted to appear on DWTS right after her season ended, but Bachelor producers blocked the casting. Dancing since she was a kid, Kaitlyn is thrilled to be finally hitting the dance floor.
- AJ McLean – Backstreet Boy member. Along with the other members of the iconic 90’s boy band, AJ received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, performed for the president of the United States, and made an appearance in the Seth Rogen hit film “This Is the End,”
- Chrishell Stause – Netflix Selling Sunset reality star. From Kentucky, Chrishell can most recently be seen starring in “Selling Sunset,” an original docu-series for Netflix. A realtor in the high-end luxury market, the show follows Stause breaking into the industry. In addition, she has starred in the daytime dramas “All My Children,” “The Young and the Restless” and as Jordan Ridgeway on “Days of Our Lives,”
- Skai Jackson – Disney star. 18 year old Skai became known after her starring role as Zuri Ross in the Disney Channel hit series “Jessie” as well as the spinoff series “BUNK’D.”
- Anne Heche – Actress, Ellen Degeneres ex girlfriend. Anne can currently be seen in “The Vanished,” where she co-stars with Thomas Jane. Other recent feature films include “Best of Enemies,” where she starred opposite Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell, and “My Friend Dahmer.”
- Justina Machado – One Day at a Time actress. She currently stars in the hit comedy “One Day at a Time,” opposite Rita Moreno, as Penelope, a newly single war veteran raising her two children with the help of her mother. She is well known for her role as Vanessa Diaz in HBO’s “Six Feet Under,” additionally appearing alongside Gina Rodriguez in the fourth season of CW’s Emmy Award-nominated comedy series, “Jane the Virgin,” and voiced the character Carmen in Disney’s animated series “Elena of Avalor.” She also appeared on “In The Heights” on Broadway.
- Johnny Weir – Former Olympic ice skater. He is a two time U.S. Olympian, three time U.S. National Figure Skating Champion, 2008 World bronze medalist, two time Grand Prix Final bronze medalist and the 2001 World Junior Figure Skating Champion, as well as NBC’s lead figure skating commentator, ambassador to the Olympic Games.
- Charles Oakley – Basketball icon. He is is a basketball legend and one of the most beloved Knicks players of all time. The ninth overall pick in the first round of the 1985 NBA Draft, Oakley went on to play 19 years in the NBA, 10 of which were with the New York Knicks – and all 10 of which the Knicks made the playoffs.
- Carole Baskin – Star of Netflix docuseries Tiger King. She’s the founder and CEO of Big Cat Rescue. She also recently gained public attention in the Netflix docu-series “Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness.”
GMA revealed the pro-dancer lineup last week. But here is the entire list. Celebrity/Pro Partner pairings will be revealed on the September 14 premiere, but of course, nearly everything has leaked already. Check out the pairings below:
- Brandon Armstrong
- Alan Bersten
- Sharna Burgess
- Cheryl Burke
- Artem Chigvintsev
- Val Chmerkovskiy
- Sasha Farber
- Jenna Johnson
- Daniella Karagach
- Keo Motsepe
- Peta Murgatroyd
- Pasha Pashkov
- Gleb Savchenko
- Emma Slater
- Britt Stewart
Carole Baskin and Nelly
Chrishell Stause and Nev Schulman
Netflix star Jerry Harris cheers on coach Monica Aldama
Plus, Kaitlyn Bristowe, Jesse Metcalfe, Anne Heche, Justina Machado, and AJ McLean