Dancing with the Stars is back and better than ever- Covid style. With socially distant judges and daily virus testing, the producers of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars have still managed to create what might be the most star-studded season yet.
Fully lined with our favorite reality stars, this season may have to steal Chris Harrisons’ famous catchphrase because this could be “the most dramatic season yet.” We’re bringing you the ultimate guide to this season’s lineup from rappers to Disney channel stars.
Right from the start, it feels as if the producers were aiming for a somewhat dramatic season, bringing in stars from all realms of fame and controversy. Probably the most surprising addition to this year’s lineup is Carole Baskin from Netflix’s Tiger King. Although we can’t confidently confirm what truly happened to her husband, the Tiger activist does not seem to have many viewers on her side. Nonetheless, viewers were excited to see the familiar face in a new realm, but we won’t be mad if her practice room requires a security guard.
Taking a sharp turn, we have Skai Jackson from a childhood favorite, JESSIE. Skai has come a long way since her days as Zuri on Disney Channel and has since made a name for herself as the Twitter and Instagram clap-back queen. Skai does not hold back when it comes to her opinions, and hopefully, not on the dance floor.
In another attempt to bring up ratings, we have controversial rapper Nelly, “Selling Sunset” and soap opera star Chrishell Stause, and Nev Schulman from “Catfish.”
And guess what? Backstreet’s back, alright. Joining the dance floor is AJ Mclean, and we can’t wait to see what moves he brings.
Another reality favorite is Monica Aldama, head cheer coach on Netflix’s CHEER. We’ve seen her choreographing and coaching, but it’s an understatement to say that fans are excited for her to put her money where her mouth is and show off some of her own technique.
We all saw Bachelorette Hannah Brown as she danced her way to victory on season 28 of DWTS, making it understandable why ABC would be motivated to bring in another Bachelor Nation favorite: Kaitlyn Bristowe. Although she may not be Alabama Hannah, Bristowe still adds the perfect sprinkle of reality television to the show, as the producers aim to bring in a younger audience.
Of course, we have our annual share of professional athletes, as NBA star Charles Oakley, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, and Super Bowl champion Vernon Davis join the floor.
With even more stars like Anne Heche, Justina Machado, Jeannie Mai, and Jesse Metcalfe, there seems to be something for just about everyone. We may see some butting heads this season, but I can’t say I’m opposed to a little drama. However, as the cherry on top of an already enticing cast, the show’s creators have also recruited a brand new host. Most known for her harsh critiques on “America’s Next Top Model,” there is no doubt that Tyra Banks is bringing years of experience and attitude with her to this role.
If all goes well (or not) this season, we may be looking at our newest reality favorite, finally filling our empty Mondays between The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. Hopefully, we can get some even better controversies next season; I recommend James Charles, Ellen, and Vanessa Hudgens.