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Dancing With The Stars announces the pros who will be battling it out for the Mirrorball Trophy

Dancing With The Stars has announced the pros who will be battling it out for the Mirrorball Trophy on season 29 of the competition series.   

The show unveiled the list of names on Good Morning America on Tuesday, where it was also revealed season 29 will be premiering on ABC on September 14, 2020.   

Among the new and returning names is Britt Stewart, the show’s first-ever Black female pro dancer.

Sharna Burgess, Keo Motsepe, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson, Emma Slater, Pasha Pashkov, Cheryl Burke, Peta Murgatroyd, Alan Bersten, Brandon Armstrong, Gleb Savchenko, and Sasha Farber are the returning pros appearing this season.

Britt and Pasha’s wife Daniella Karagach will be the first-time pros hitting the ballroom floor. 

In addition to the big names, the show also revealed the safety guidelines it will be implementing in order to keep the cast safe from COVID-19.  

The show is having all pros – including those married to a fellow DWTS dancer – live apart in order to prevent an elimination of dancers and their celebrity partners in the event someone become sick. 

Emma, who is married to Sasha, joked about the new rule to GMA: ‘It’s going to be bliss – I mean it’s going to be terrible.’ 

‘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.’ 

As for the celebrities who will be hitting the ballroom floor, a list of names will be announced at a later time.   

So far, The Bachelorette vet Kaitlyn Bristowe is the only celebrity known to be competing at this time, however has also exclusively learned Cheer star Jerry Harris is in talks to join the line-up.

While judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli will all be returning, hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews will not, with Tyra Banks recently announced as their replacement.  

Tyra, who will be the show’s first solo Black female host, previously told GMA of her new gig: ‘I like breaking those doors down, so that we don’t have any more firsts.

‘But it’s nice to be first, so that you can open that door and let so many other people in after you – so I’m excited.’ 

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