Wednesday, September 6, 2017

'Dancing with the Stars' New Crop of Celebrities for Season 25

The DWTS pros fall 2017
Val Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd, Maks Chmerkovskiy, Cheryl Burke,
Gleb Savchenko, Lindsay Arnold, Tom Bergeron, Mark Ballas, Sharna Burgess,
 Keo Motsepe, Emma Slater, Alan Bersten, Witney Carson
and Artem Chigvintsev (ABC/Lou Rocco)
 

 TV 

Dancing with the Stars begins its 25th season on Monday, September 18 on ABC and today, the “stars” of the season were announced in full on Good Morning America. “This season’s lineup of celebrity dancers includes a ‘Shark,’ a married couple whose pro partners are also a married couple, a ‘Pretty Little Liar,’ a ‘Property Brother,’ an 80s pop icon, a WWE superstar and a NBA champion, among others,” says ABC.

Additionally, the network is launching the first-ever official Dancing with the Stars Fantasy League on September 6 on abc.com/dfl. The game allows players to predict which couple will win the season and take home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Players earn points for correct predictions, and each point is an entry into the grand-prize drawing for a chance to win a trip for four to Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii and other prizes. Beginning September 19, fans can also play the weekly game to earn more points and chances to win.

The celebrities with their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom this season are:


Barbara Corcoran with Keo Motsepe
Barbara Corcoran with Keo Motsepe
You know her as one of the sharks on Shark Tank, but before then, she got straight D’s in both high and college and went through 20 different jobs by the time she turned 23. However it was then that she started a real estate company in New York which is now a $5 billion business. She is also author of Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business!

Debbie Gibson with Alan BerstenDebbie Gibson with Alan Bersten
Debbie began her singing career at age 16 with the hit, “Only in My Dreams.” After years of pop music, she turned her attention to Broadway and has starred in 17 different musicals in 17 years. To fill her passion of mentoring and fostering young performers and songwriters, she also created Debbie Gibson’s Electric Youth, a series of performing arts camps and music boot camps.

Derek Fisher with Sharna BurgessDerek Fisher with Sharna Burgess
In 1996 Derek was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers and went on to play more than 18 seasons in the NBA, a majority with the Lakers, with whom he won 5 NBA Championships. In 2014 he was hired by the New York Knicks to be the team’s head coach and became one of the only players to get a head coaching job in the NBA directly from playing. In 2016 he moved back to Los Angeles and began to work professionally as a broadcaster.

Drew Scott with Emma SlaterDrew Scott with Emma Slater
Drew and his twin brother, Jonathan, host multiple top-rated HGTV series, including Property Brothers, Brother vs. Brother and Property Brothers at Home. In 2015, he and his brother wrote and recorded two original tracks, “Hold On” and “Let the Night Shine In” and in January 2017 they put their own country spin on Flo Rida’s “My House” with 100% of the single’s proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Scott serves as a global ambassador for World Vision, working to improve child protection domestically and abroad.

Frankie Muniz with Witney CarsonFrankie Muniz with Witney Carson
While Frankie may be best known for playing the title character in the FOX comedy, Malcolm in the Middle, Muniz is also an accomplished race car driver, having competed in the Champ Car Atlantic Championship. He additionally has a passion for music and manages the alternative band Astro Lasso.

Jordan Fisher with Lindsay ArnoldJordan Fisher with Lindsay Arnold
Jordan appeared in FOX’s Grease: LIVE production playing the role of Doody in 2016. That same year he released his first single, “All About Us,” and melded influences of pop/soul/R&B. He was tagged to perform the end title credit to Disney’s hit animated feature film Moana with Lin-Manual Miranda and later performed on Broadway in Hamilton where he took on the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.

Lindsey Stirling with Mark BallasLindsey Stirling with Mark Ballas
Lindsey is an acclaimed violinist who entered a futurist world of electronic big beats and animation, using her classical violin training, to leap through the music industry with almost 10 million YouTube subscribers, over 1.9 billion views on her YouTube channel, two Billboard Music Awards, Billboard chart-topping hits and sold out tours worldwide.

Nick Lachey with Peta MurgatroydNick Lachey with Peta Murgatroyd
Nick first rose to stardom as the front-man of the popular band 98 Degrees, selling over 10 million albums worldwide. In 2003 he launched a successful solo music career and segued into television when he starred in Newlyweds on MTV with then-wife, Jessica Simpson. In 2015 he executive produced and was featured in A&E’s popular docuseries Lachey’s Bar that followed brothers Nick and Drew Lachey as they opened a new sports bar in their hometown on Cincinnati, Ohio.

Nikki Bella with Artem ChigvintsevNikki Bella with Artem Chigvintsev
Nikki is a philanthropist, YouTuber, motivational speaker and longest reigning Divas Champion. She followed her twin sister Brie’s lead into WWE. Unsuccessful in seizing spots in the 2006 WWE Raw Diva Search, The Bellas caught the eyes of execs and soon landed in FCW. Now she is a pivotal member of the SmackDown LIVE roster.

Sasha Pieterse with Gleb SavchenkoSasha Pieterse with Gleb Savchenko
Sasha is best known for her lead role on Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars which wrapped its seventh and final season earlier this year. She got her start in television in 2002 at the age of six, starring in the WB comedy series Family Affair, a remake of the late 1960s hit, as Buffy, opposite Gary Cole. In addition, she has launched a singing career releasing four singles.

Terrell Owens with Cheryl BurkeTerrell Owens with Cheryl Burke
Terrell is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, fitness expert, model, motivational speaker, humanitarian and the NFL’s 6-Time Pro Bowler. Owens is credited with 1078 Receptions, 15,935 yards and 153 touchdowns during the span of his 15 year career. Terrell is also a best-selling author, penning a children’s book, Little T Learns to Share and a fitness book, T.O.’s Finding Fitness

Vanessa Lachey with Maks ChmerkovskiyVanessa Lachey with Maks Chmerkovskiy
Vanessa was the winner of the 1998 “Miss Teen USA” pageant and later went on to serve as a backstage correspondent for “The 50th Annual Miss USA Pageant” in 2001, a judge for “Miss Teen USA” in 2007 and co-host of the 2007 “Miss Universe Pageant” in Mexico City. In 2003 she served as co-host for Total Request Live and MTV Hits and has hosted several specials for the MTV network. She will next be seen co-hosting Top Chef Junior with Curtis Stone, which will debut on Universal Kids in October.

Victoria Arlen with Val ChmerkovskiyVictoria Arlen with Val Chmerkovskiy
Victoria is a TV personality, Paralympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder. At the age of 11, the swimmer fell ill with Transverse Myelitis, a rare viral disease that left her in a four-year long coma and without use of her legs for nearly 10 years. In June of 2010, Arlen, determined to reach her childhood dream of competing in the Olympic Games, returned to the pool for the first time in years. In the spring of 2012, not only did she participate in four events at the London Paralympic Games, but she also took home one Gold and three Silver medals while also setting a world record in in the 100-meter free.

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