Break out the sequins, rip open those shirts and cue the music: the Dancing With the Starsseason 23 cast has been revealed. ABC made it official with the contestants coming together on Tuesday, Aug. 30 on Good Morning America.
As expected, the cast includes Olympian (and scandal-maker) Ryan LochteLaurie Hernandez and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.
Lochte said he joined the show as a way to move on from his Rio scandal.
“It’s been—the past 2 weeks have been the lowest point of my life…Fans, my family, my friends have all been really positive, keeping me going…I want to put that behind me. I’m never one to dwell on the past,” he said on GMA. “I just want to move forward…Everyone’s got to be sick and tired of hearing about this, I know I am. I just want to move forward and…put on my dancing shoes. At least try to.”
“I’m definitely really excited. This is completely new for me. I think it’s time for me to hang up my speedo and put on my dancing shoes,” he said later in the show. So can he dance? “No, I can’t. I’m starting from scratch. This is a new experience. I’m going to treat this like going into the Olympics…”
And then there’s the story of a former Brady, who, along with her hair of gold, is competing just like her TV mother. Check out the full cast list now: including some familiar faces returning as professional dancers, below.
Laurie Hernandez Maureen McCormick Terra Jole Marilu Henner Vanilla Ice Calvin Johnson Jake T. Austin
Babyface James Hinchcliffe Rick Perry
Ryan Lochte Jana Kramer
And the pro pairings:Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Amber Rose
Valentin Chmerkovskiy & Laurie Hernandez
Artem Chigvintsev & Maureen McCormick
Sasha Farber & Terra Jole
Derek Hough & Marilu Henner
Witney Carson & Vanilla Ice
Lindsay Arnold & Calvin Johnson
Jenna Johnson & Jake T. Austin
Allison Holker & Babyface
Sharna Burgess & James Hinchcliffe
Emma Slater & Rick Perry
Cheryl Burke & Ryan Lochte
Gleb Savchenko & Jana KramerBurke, who has been missing from the series for a few seasons, is making her return after producing and dancing in Japan.”It feels like it’s been a decade…I’m so excited to be back…and just put that spray tan back on,” she said. “I felt inspired and i’m ready to be back and do what I was born to do.”Dancing With the Stars season 23 premieres Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. on ABC.