‘Dancing With The Stars’ Announces its Celebs For Season 28 – And You Won’t Believe Who’s On The List

Season 28 of ABC’s hit show Dancing With The Stars is ready to roll much to the delight of the competition’s loyal fans. The roster for this season’s contestants was just announced on Good Morning America, with quite a variety of talent. Including a mix of singers, actors, athletes, reality stars, along with a supermodel, this season is sure to bring in solid ratings.

One contestant in particular seeking to win the famed mirrorball trophy is likely be a big surprise to most viewers.

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The women

According to Good Morning America, female competitors include The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown, former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Christie Brinkley, country superstar Lauren Alaina, former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, actress Kate Flannery (aka Meredith from The Office), and music legend Mary Wilson from The Supremes.

Despite just coming off of ABC’s high-profile dating reality show, Brown is looking forward to hitting the ballroom. “I’m so excited. I want a fresh start, something that I can, you know, go all in with emotionally, physically, spiritually and I think dancing is something that I can do that with,” she said, as reported by Good Morning America.

Flannery is looking forward to the glam that DWTS is known for, telling Good Morning America, “This is the deal. I had nine seasons of the most unglamorous character on TV. So we’re going in a different direction. So bring on the spanx and the spray tan, whatever you got. Bring it on.”

Some may feel Brinkley has an unfair advantage due to her current role on Broadway as Roxie Hart in “Chicago.” But the former supermodel said she’s on the same level as everyone else. “I think of the real dancers like they could knock their own teeth out with their knee,” Brinkely said. “I can barely get my leg up and believe me, what I learned in ‘Chicago’ doing the honey rag, you cannot — dance to Beyonce doing the honey rag, so I need some moves.”

The men

Filling out the roster for male competitors are actor James Van Der Beek, former NFL star Ray Lewis, Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, former NBA player Lamar Odom, and comedian Kel Mitchell.

Though the list includes some clearly fierce competitors, some of the contestants have mixed feelings about the costumes they’ll have to wear. “I don’t know if I can do sparkles,” Odom admitted.

Then there’s Brown, who’s looking forward to the fashion eye candy. “I want the sequins, I want the moves, I want it all,” he said on Good Morning America.

The shocker

One contestant does not fall under the umbrella of the entertainment field, though some do see the political arena as quite theatrical. Probably the biggest surprise of the season – maybe the series – is competitor Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary to President Donald Trump. He left his political post in July 2017.

This is not Spicer’s first foray into the Hollywood spotlight. According to Variety, he made a highly publicized appearance at the 2017 Emmys and was even seen hobnobbing with celebs at the award show’s after parties. Spicer was also the topic of a Saturday Night Live skit, being impersonated by Academy Award nominee Melissa McCarthy.

Now, Spicer is donning his dancing shoes in the hopes of winning the mirrorball trophy. “I was kicked out of band in sixth grade and the quote was, ‘You have the sense of beat of a steamroller,'” Spicer recalled, but said he plans to “work really, really, really hard every day.”

Partner assignments have not yet been announced, but returning pros include Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Alan Bersten, Brandon Armstrong, Gleb Savchenko, Keo Motsepe, Witney Carson, Peta Murgatroyd, Lindsay Arnold, Jenna Johnson, Emma Slater, Cheryl Burke, and new dancers Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov.

See the return of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars on September 16!