Corbin Bleu, Valerie Harper Among Cast of DANCING WITH THE STARS
Actress Valerie Harper, "King of Queens" star Leah Remini, TV personality Jack Osbourne, former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, and reality star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi are among the contestants vying for the coveted mirrorball trophy this season.
Singer Christina Milan, "Glee" star Amber Riley, actress Elizabeth Berkley Lauren of "Saved by the Bell" fame, and comedian Bill Engvall, will also lace up their dancing shoes this season.
Disney star Corbin Bleu, Brant Daugherty of "Pretty Little Liars," and Bill Nye, who is best known as "The Science Guy," round out the dynamic lineup.
The entire 2013 celebrity cast was revealed live today on "Good Morning America" in New York City's Times Square. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet kicked off the much-buzzed about announcement and also unveiled the celebrities' professional partners, including reigning season 16 pro champ Derek Hough and beloved veterans Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani and Val Chmerkovskiy and more.
The new season kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC. For the first season ever, the hit show will combine the performance and results show into one two-hour program on Monday nights. The couple with the lowest scores from the judges that night combined with the public votes from the previous week's performance will be eliminated.
Meet the Season 17 Cast:
ELIZABETH BERKLEY LAUREN -- Elizabeth Berkley Lauren has appeared in a host of successful film, television and stage roles. Her acting career began at age 15 as Jessie in the hit sitcom "Saved by the Bell." She played Julia Winston on "CSI: MIAMI" and appeared in the final season of Showtime's "The L-Word." Her television success led to film roles in "First Wives Club," "Roger Dodger," Oliver Stone's "Any Given Sunday," Woody Allen's "Curse of the Jade Scorpion" and the cult hit "Showgirls." On the London stage Berkley Lauren appeared in "Lenny" opposite Eddie Izzard. On Broadway she starred with Richard Dreyfuss in the comedy "Sly Fox" and earned rave reviews for "Hurlyburly" with Ethan Hawke. For the past several years, due to the syndication of "Saved by the Bell," Berkley Lauren has been making life-changing connections with a whole new generation of teen girls with her not-for-profit organization, "Ask Elizabeth." She facilitates self-esteem workshops and volunteers in both schools and youth organizations, and her website, ask-elizabeth.com, provides constant resources and assistance to girls. This nationwide movement has affected the lives of over 100,000 girls and counting. Berkley Lauren was a featured contributor for Oprah.com, bridging the communication gap between mothers and daughters. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling book Ask Elizabeth. She and her artist/fashion designer husband, Greg Lauren, are the proud new parents to a one-year-old son, Sky Cole Lauren. ELIZABETH BERKLEY LAUREN partners with VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY.
CORBIN BLEU -- Corbin Bleu is best known for his role as Chad in the Emmy Award-winning Disney Channel Movie "High School Musical," its sequel, "High School Musical 2," and the feature film "High School Musical 3: Senior Year." He also starred in the hit Disney Channel Movie "Jump In," and will be seen this fall starring alongside Stephen Lang in the highly anticipated thriller "The Monkey's Paw." Bleu had his producing debut in 2008 for the movie "Free Style," in which he also starred. In 2012 he was seen in "Scary or Die." Other television credits include "The Good Wife," "Flight 29 Down," "Hannah Montana," "ER," "The Amanda Show," "Cover Me," "Malcolm & Eddie," "Franklin and Bash," "Blue Bloods" and "Psych." He can currently be seen playing the role of Jeffrey King on "One Life to Live." Bleu starred on Broadway as Jesus in "Godspell" and as Usnavi in "In the Heights." He also starred in the theater sensation "Hairspray" at the Hollywood Bowl. In 2007 his debut solo album, "Another Side," featured the hit single "Push it to the Limit," and in 2009 he released his second studio album, "Speed of Light." Bleu's first leading film role was in "Catch That Kid." Other film credits include "Soldier," Galaxy Quest," "Mystery Men" and "Family Tree." Born in Brooklyn, New York, Bleu currently resides in Los Angeles and New York City. CORBIN BLEU partners with KARINA SMIRNOFF.