ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Announces Celebrity-Dancer Pair-ups, Premieres 9/21

ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' Announces Celebrity-Dancer Pair-ups, Premieres 9/21

ABC's Dancing with the Stars has announced the celebrity-dancer pairs for the upcoming season.

The ninth season of the show will feature the largest cast for the show ever, with a whopping 16 celebrities!

The season will see the following pairs:

Donny Osmond (Performer) and Kym Johnson
Aaron Carter
 (Singer) and Karina Smirnoff
Tom DeLay
(Former Republican Majority Leader) and Cheryl Burke
(Singer) and Dmitry Chaplin
Debi Mazar
(Actor) and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Ashley Hamilton
 (Actor) and Edyta Sliwinska
Chuck Liddell
(Mixed Martial Artist) and Anna Trebunskaya
Natalie Coughlin
(Olympic Swimmer) and Alec Mazo
Mark Dacascos
(Reality TV Star) and Lacey Schwimmer
Macy Gray
(Singer) and Jonathan Roberts
Melissa Joan Hart
(Actor) and Mark Ballas
Kathy Ireland
(Model) and Tony Dovolani
Michael Irvin
 (former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver) and Anna Demidova
Kelly Osbourne
 (Reality TV Star) and Louis van Amstel
Louie Vito
(Professional Snowboarder) and Chelsie Hightower
Joanna Krupa
(Model) and Derek Hough

The ninth season of the hit ABC show premieres Sept. 21.

ABC's Dancing with the Stars recently announced a new twist for the upcoming season. The new season of the ABC hit television show will premiere with 16 celebrities, and pare them down with one particularly "brutal" elimination schedule.

DWTS executive producer Conrad Green recently spoke with Entertainment Tonight to explain the decision, and hint at what's in store for fans of the show.

"This is going to be our biggest-ever cast (...) We are going to start big, and then about halfway through, we are going to do three double eliminations back-to-back. The middle of the season is going to be brutal when half of our cast goes in three weeks," said Green.

Green explained to ET that there are 2 reason for so many competitors this season; they need to fill the two-hour primetime timeslot, and he feels it is important to change up the show from season to season.

ET adds that "there will be more athletes, with some new sports represented, some very big personalities, some slightly eccentric personalities [think Cloris Leachman], and a couple of names where people will go, "What is that person doing dancing?"

To read the entire ET article, click here.