The cast of Season 29 on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ is anything but expected


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This season of “Dancing with the Stars” will have many twists and turns including an unexpected cast and new host.

Chloe Houwman, Perspectives Editor

Buckle up all you cool cats and kittens. The cast list for season 29 of “Dancing with the Stars (DWTS)” is here.

“DWTS” is a reality TV show in which a series of celebrities are assigned a professional dance partner. Before each episode, the pair is required to choreograph a dance that they will perform. However, not everyone makes the cut. At least one couple will be eliminated from the competition each episode. The winners of each season will be awarded more than $330,000, the Mirrorball Trophy and of course, the title.

This season’s cast contains musicians, television stars from some of this year’s most popular shows including “Selling Sunset” and “Tiger King,” Olympic athletes and many more. 

The most surprising addition to the cast this year is the star of the hit Netflix series, “Tiger King.” That is right. All you cool cats and kittens need to give a round of applause for Carol Baskin. Baskin, known for her role as ‘the villain’ on “Tiger King,” is ‘ready to set the record straight.’

The show is also welcoming singer/songwriter Nelly to the stage. Nelly is a three-time Grammy-winning artist. The 45-year-old noted that he is ‘up for the challenge,’ and that this is going to be his ‘biggest challenge yet’ in an interview with “Good Morning America.”

Other notable celebrities that will be featured on this season are reality star, actress and real estate agent Chrishell Stause, Disney Channel alumni Skai Jackson, NFL player and Super Bowl Champion Vernon Davis, reality star and cheer coach Monica Aldama and Backstreet Boys singer and heartthrob AJ McLean.

Other Stars will include Kaitlyn Bristow of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette,” actresses Anne Heche and Justina Machado, actor Jesse Metcalfe, hosts Jeannie Mai and Nev Schulman, former NBA star Charles Oakley and Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.

The new cast is not the only twist this season, however. Supermodel Tyra Banks will be taking over as this year’s host, replacing Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron. Not only is Banks the first solo host, but she is also the first Black female host in the franchise’s history.

Tune in to the premiere of the new season on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) on ABC and see the craziness begin for yourself.