The time has come for a new class of celebrity talent to put on their dancing shoes and take center stage for an all-new season of Dancing with the Stars. ABC unveiled on Wednesday who’s slated to compete for the Mirrorball Trophy in Season 27.
Celebrity contestants set to join Season 27 have big shoes to fill. In the Season 26 all-athletes edition’s finale, fans witnessed Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon and his partner Jenna Johnson nab the coveted Mirrorball Trophy after earning high marks throughout the four-week period. Here’s who Good Morning America revealed as the competing celebrities and their respective professional dance partners Wednesday:
Umstead’s casting, for one, makes history. The 46-year-old alpine skier will be the show’s first-ever blind contestant. “Finally the big reveal Dancing with the Stars #DWTS with the best partner Artem,” Umstead tweeted Wednesday. “Not kidding, I will be on the show. So excited, and scared.”
Finallly the big reveal Dancing with the Stars #DWTS with the best partner Artem . Not kidding, I will be on the show. So excited, and scared. https://t.co/ZY6FwRIfKM
Amabile, a reality personality who first gained recognition on The Bachelorette Season 14, was revealed ahead of the official cast announcement. During Tuesday’s finale of Bachelor in Paradise, host Chris Harrison extended the offer to the Chicago-based grocer as a way to keep him in Los Angeles where his girlfriend Kendall Long resides.
“I don’t know how to dance,” Amabile, 32, told People magazine in an interview published Tuesday. “I don’t remember the last season I saw but it was probably a couple years ago. If I watch now, I’ll psych myself out. It will be really bad. I’ll probably be throwing up.”
IT’S TIME: The big @DancingABC Season 27 cast reveal! #DancingOnGMA #DWTS pic.twitter.com/pPIJDfvIfy
Disney star Milo Manheim, son to Ghost Whisperer actress Camryn Manheim, was confirmed as Carson’s partner Monday. At 17, he’s the youngest contestant in show history. Upon starring in the Disney Channel Original Movie Zombies, audiences got an early taste of his dance abilities.
“Honestly, when I first walked in…I thought having a little bit of dancing experience would help me have a little bit of rhythm,” Manheim told GMA host Michael Strahan Tuesday. “But once we started getting going, it was nothing like I ever imagined. It’s so much more difficult than I thought it’d be.”
.@MiloManheim is back to life! @WitneyCarson is his partner! #DWTS pic.twitter.com/jDyu9nn1tv
Actress Nancy McKeon, best-known for starring on The Facts of Life, was the first star to be announced on September 5. She’s shared how Chmerkovskiy’s an “amazing partner” and said he has a great amount of “patience.”
Dancing with the Stars will return Monday, September 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.