Dancing With the Stars
’ season 23 cast has been announced! Ryan Lochte, Amber Roseand gymnast Laurie Hernandez were some of the names announced on Good Morning America on Tuesday.
Who else will be vying for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy? Retired NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson will be dancing with pro dancer Lindsay Arnold. Race car driver James Hinchcliffe is teaming up with Sharna Burgess. Hernandez is paired off with Valentin Chmerkovskiy) and the controversial Lochte will be with fan favorite Cheryl Burke.
Country singer Jana Kramer will be two-stepping with Gleb Savchenko. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is tangoing with Allison Holker. Rapper Vanilla Ice is dusting off his dancing shoes to partner with Witney Carson.
Rose is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Evening Shade
actress Marilu Henner will be with Derek Hough. Little Women: L.A.
star Terra Jolé is with Sasha Farber. Former Texas governor Rick Perry will take to the floor with Emma Slater. Wizards of Waverly Place
star Jake T. Austin will waltz with Jenna Johnson and iconic Brady Bunch
star Maureen McCormick will be paired with Artem Chigvintsev.
Last season's champ was America’s Next Top Model
alum Nyle DiMarco. His pro partner, Peta Murgatroyd, is expecting her first child with fiancé (Maksim Chmerkovskiy) so she'll take a break this season.
This season seems power packed with personalities -- since Hough and Chmerkovskiy are back in the ballroom together, despite years of feuding.
In the past, Chmerkovskiy has accused the show of favoring Hough, who has won the trophy six times in the past. But the dad-to-be says he's dropped any issues with the blonde dancer.
“I don’t have a rivalry with Derek. Derek may have a rivalry with me, but I don’t have one,” the Ukrainian tells Us Magazine
. “I just literally said everything that everybody else thinks. Listen, I don’t have a problem with Derek. The producers have changed and it’s different now.”
Hough says he's just been lucky. “I’ve been very fortunate with partners ...But I will also say that it’s not rigged. Production has said to me, honestly, ‘People are complaining, so we’re going to give you this partner, because it seems more difficult.’ Then I ended up winning.”
Hough also said he's dusting off any allegations of favoritism, saying, “Whatever somebody else says about me, that’s only a reflection on how they feel and how they are … I just say, Look, I’m putting in the work. I don’t want to get caught up in it. I don’t need extra drama.”
This season is already heating up to be fiery -- and it hasn't even started yet!
See all the dancing and drama when Dancing With the Stars
season 23 premieres on ABC on Monday, September 12, at 8 p.m. ET.