Corbin Bleu, Valerie Harper Among Cast of DANCING WITH THE STARS
The choreography, costumes, and heated competition are all back for season 17 of "Dancing With the Stars," along with twelve new celebrities ready to take to the dance floor.
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.
BRANT DAUGHERTY -- Brant Daugherty is best known for his role as Noel on ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars," and can currently be seen as Lt. Patrick Clarke on Lifetime's "Army Wives." He was also on the daytime serial "Days of Our Lives." Daugherty has a lead role in Hallmark Channel's upcoming TV movie, "The Michaels." In November he will make his film debut in the comedy spoof, "The Starving Games," from filmmaking team Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer. Hailing from Cincinnati, Ohio, Daugherty went to Columbia College Chicago and earned a bachelor's degree in film and video production. BRANT DAUGHERTY partners with PETA MURGATROYD.
BILL ENGVALL -- Bill Engvall is a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum selling recording artist and one of the top comedians in the country. Currently Engvall can be heard on the animated comedy series "Bounty Hunters," airing on CMT. He previously starred in and executive-produced the TBS sitcom "The Bill Engvall Show." Engvall was part of the enormously successful "Blue Collar Comedy" concert films, which sold over 9 million units and received a Grammy nomination. He also starred on the WB's hit sketch comedy show, "Blue Collar TV," and in several solo specials for Comedy Central. In 2012 he reunited with Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy on the "Them Idiots Whirled Tour," which aired as a special on CMT. Engvall's first album, "Here's Your Sign," is certified platinum and held the No. 1 position on the Billboard Comedy Chart for 15 straight weeks. His second album, "Dorkfish," also debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Comedy Chart, as have his subsequent comedy albums. He has written several books, including his 2007 autobiography, Bill Engvall - Just a Guy. A native of Galveston, Texas, Engvall moved to Dallas and worked as a disc jockey with plans of becoming a teacher. While in a nightclub one evening, he tried his hand at stand-up comedy and found that making people laugh was truly his forte. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles and went on to star in the Showtime special, "A Pair of Jokers," hosted A&E's "Evening at the Improv" and appeared on "The Tonight Show" and "Late Show with David Letterman." In 1992 Engvall won the American Comedy Award for Best Male Stand-up Comedian. He appeared in several episodes of "Designing Women" and co-starred in "Delta" and "The Jeff Foxworthy Show." Engvall resides in Southern California with his family. BILL ENGVALL joins first time professional partner EMMA SLATER.
VALERIE HARPER -- Valerie Harper is best known to audiences for her role as the beloved Rhoda Morgenstern on the classic TV sitcom "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and its subsequent spin-off, "Rhoda." The popularity of the show was enormous, and the episode of Rhoda's wedding set ratings records with 52 million viewers. For playing Rhoda, Harper won a total of four Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. Her extensive television career includes the self titled sitcom, "Valerie," and more recently guest roles on such hit shows as "Desperate Housewives," "Sex and the City," "That '70s Show," "Touched by an Angel" and "Hot in Cleveland." Notable film credits include "Blame It on Rio," "Freebie and the Bean," "Chapter Two" and "The Last Married Couple in America." In 2010 Harper was seen on Broadway in "Looped" and received a Tony Award nomination for her portrayal of legendary actress Tallulah Bankhead. In January 2013, Harper published her memoir, I Rhoda. VALERIE HARPER partners with TRISTAN MACMANUS.
KEYSHAWN JOHNSON -- Keyshawn Johnson is a multi-talented business entrepreneur, media broadcaster, television personality and elite athlete. The CEO and a co-founder of First Picks Management, Johnson is a former NFL Super Bowl champion and All Pro wide receiver. He was drafted No. 1 overall by the New York Jets in 1996 and also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers. He joined ESPN in 2007 as an NFL studio analyst the same day he announced his retirement from the NFL. Johnson appears on both "Sunday NFL Countdown" and "Monday Night Countdown," and co-hosts ESPN Radio's weekly "Football Tonight Special" on Fridays during the NFL season. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA in History. He is the founder and chairman of the Keyshawn Johnson Education Foundation, which supported educational scholarships and programs that encourage youth to aspire towards education. Johnson currently lives with his girlfriend, Jennifer, and their four children, Maia, Keyshawn, London and Vance. KEYSHAWN JOHNSON partners with SHARNA BURGESS.