Pretty much every single TV show and movie has been delayed due to filming restrictions because of COVID-19, and that includes ABC fan-favorite show, Dancing With the Stars. For the second year in a row, Dancing With the Stars did not have a second cycle in the springtime.
While many wondered if the show would air in the fall, ABC finally announced the Season 29 cast of the popular reality dance competition series. Keep reading to find out who will be cha-cha-ing this season on DWTS for the chance to claim the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.
ABC finally unveiled the Season 29 cast of ‘Dancing With the Stars.'
While Dancing With the Stars was officially renewed for a 29th season on May 21, 2020, ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke and Rob Mills, ABC Entertainment’s senior VP of alternative series, specials and late-night programming, previously hinted that the season may be delayed until December due to the global pandemic.
But, Good Morning America revealed the list of the upcoming season, which will premiere on Monday, Sept. 14. And, there are quite a few surprise celebrity cast members!
Season 29 of Dancing With the Stars will star: Netflix's Cheer star/head coach Monica Aldama, Tiger King's Carole Baskin (we are most excited for this casting!), Bachelor alum Kaitlyn Bristowe, former NFL player Vernon Davis, soap actress Anne Heche, Disney Channel alum Skai Jackson, actress Justina Machado, The Real host Jeannie Mai, Backstreet Boy AJ McLean, actor Jesse Metcalfe, Nelly, former NBA star Charles Oakley, MTV's Catfish host Nev Schulman, actress Chrishell Stause, and former Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.
'Bachelor' Nation fan-favorite was the first confirmed cast member.
During a June episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever! — which explored the best moments from Kaitlyn Bristowe's Season 11 — host Chris Harrison surprised Kaitlyn with the news that she would finally get a chance to compete on the dance competition series.
"Kaitlyn, will you be on the next season of Dancing with the Stars?" Chris Harrison asked the former Bachelorette with her boyfriend, Jason Tarwick sitting beside her.
"Are you serious? Play it cool Kaitlyn, play it cool!" she told herself. "Are you serious? Chris! I'm shaking. Oh my gosh. Chris, I'm going to cry.”
Kaitlyn Bristowe previously claimed that she was blacklisted from ‘DWTS.’
In 2019, during an interview with comedian Nikki Glaser on her podcast, Talkhouse Podcast, Kaitlyn slammed Bachelor franchise creator, Mike Fleiss, and claimed he blocked her from appearing on Dancing with the Stars.
“They won’t let me [go on the show], ever,” she claimed. “I’ll tell you exactly why I can’t go on Dancing with the Stars. Anybody that listens to this podcast knows why I cannot go on Dancing with the Stars. And it’s because, and I will say this with a mic in my hand and a smile on face, that Mike Fleiss is a piece of s—. He is the creator of The Bachelor, and he hates women.”
Looks like Fleiss and ABC had a change of heart.
We totally can't wait to watch the Season 29!
DWTS premieres on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.