The stars are aligning for Season 31 dancing with the Stars!
On Thursday, ABC and Disney+ announced the latest celebrity cast members to compete on the upcoming season of the reality dance competition on Good morning America — and the list does not disappoint!
The cast includes The Real Housewives of New Jersey Actress Teresa Giudice with her partner Pasha Pashkov, actor and comedian Wayne Brady with her partner Witney Carson, actress Selma Blair with her partner Sasha Farber, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s son and fitness model Joseph Baena with her partner Daniella Karagach and Jersey Shore starring Vinny Guadagnino with his partner Koko Iwasaki.
He also joins the cast Coda star Daniel Durant with partner Britt Stewart, country singer Jessie James Decker with partner Alan Bersten, recently Bachelorette Starring Gabby Windey with partner Val Chmerkovskiy and singer Jordin Sparks with partner Brandon Armstrong.
The 31st season is completed by TV actor Trevor Donovan with his partner Emma Slater, Charlie’s Angels star Cheryl Ladd with her partner Louis van Amstel, Sex and the city Actor Jason Lewis with partner Peta Murgatroyd, drag queen superstar Shangela with partner Gleb Savchenko and New York weather anchor Sam Champion with partner Cheryl Burke.
TikTok star Charli D’Amelio and her mom Heidi D’Amelio will also compete in the series, though news of their casting was announced on Wednesday. Charli will team up with Mark Ballas, while her mom is paired with Artem Chigvintsev. They will be the first mother-daughter pair to ever compete DWTS.
As in previous seasons, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Derek Hough and Carrie Ann Inaba will return to their seats on the judging panel.
Good morning America/Twitter Heidi and Charli D’Amelio
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The Good morning America The team spoke with the new cast about their hopes for the upcoming season. Jersey Shore’s Guadagnino hopes to put his pumping days behind him — or, at the very least, hone his clubbing skills. “I don’t know how punching and ballroom go together, but I’ll make it work,” he said.
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Hard Intentions Star Blair admitted that she has never danced in a partner dance. The actress – who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2018 – also spoke about her excitement for the show as she continues her health journey. “I’m very excited,” she said. “Realizing people’s support when you’re trying has changed my life. So to be here with this group — people I’ve never even met — is a thrill. That’s so empowering for me.”
RHONJ’s Giudice also said she has never taken part in a partner dance. She also revealed that she took advice from her younger daughter Audriana, who is a dancer. “It’s like, ‘Mom, don’t be afraid.’ Have fun, most importantly, have fun. Feel your partner’s energy and dance like it’s the last time you dance,” she shared.
CODA Star Durant, who is deaf, said he feels at home “on stage,” although dancing will be out of his comfort zone. “It’s new—the dancing part. I’ve been on broadway, I’ve done choreography, but you don’t dance with a partner. Like [Blair] i just said, you have to dance with your partner, and i can’t wait,” she signed off.
In April, Variety confirmed that the dance competition will be headed to Disney+, making it the first live series to air on the service.
“dancing with the Stars has entertained fans for 16 years on ABC, and we’re thrilled to bring this beloved show exclusively to Disney+ as the platform’s first live-action series,” Kareem Daniel, president, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, said at the time. The broad reach, as well as the overwhelming popularity of Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ as it continues to expand our demographic reach.”
Plus, there will be a brand new host taking the stage. While Tyra Banks is set to return, she will be joined by new co-host Alfonso Ribeiro, who previously took home the Mirrorball Trophy in 2014 with professional dancer Witney Carson.
“I’m very excited,” Ribeiro told PEOPLE before the announcement. “To now be asked to co-host with Tyra and be a part of the great crew, dancers and friends … to be able to be on stage with them and be a part of that family again, it’s very special to me.”
“My goal is to bring back the sense of joy and fun, and family atmosphere, that this show has always felt to me,” he added. “I want to become friends with all the contestants this year and allow myself to be able to sit and talk with them. And after their dance, I want to get honest and true feelings from them and make people laugh and do to make people smile again. I feel like sometimes it gets a little serious and while it has to be that, it also has to be light and fun and happy.”
Ahead of Thursday’s official announcement, several of the professional dancers have taken to social media to announce their involvement with the new season, sharing some fun behind-the-scenes photos.
“Last nights filming for @dancingwiththestar was EPIC!!! I can’t believe we had the whole park to ourselves, can’t wait for everyone to see what we filmed! And yes, that’s the Disney castle behind me, how cool this!! 🙌🏻,” wrote longtime pro Sasha Farber.
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“Oh hey fam👋 Here’s some BTS from the @dancingwiththestars S31 promo shoot🤩 Who’s excited for the new season??! Any cast ideas? LMK🤩,” pro and current mirrorball champion Daniella Karagach wrote on Instagram.
“Who’s ready for season 31 of @dancingwiththestars !!!!,” shared Alan Bersten.
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Season 31 of dancing with the Stars premieres September 19 on Disney+.