“Dancing with the Stars” is set to have one of the show's strongest lineups in years.
ABC revealed that "Jersey Shore" star Nicole Snooki Polizzi, Bill Nye the Science Guy and actress Valerie Harper, who has been battling brain cancer, will be competing on the new season of the dance competition show. “The King of Queens” star Leah Remini and “Saved By the Bell” alum Elizabeth Berkley are also onboard.
Other competitors on the new season include: NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, “Pretty Little Liars” star, Brant Dugherty, actress and singer-songwriter Christina Milian, Former “High School Musical” star Corbin Bleu, former “Glee” star Amber Riley, comedian Bill Engvall and Jack Osbourne.
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“Dancing” hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet revealed the new cast for season 17 Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” The stars' pairings with professional dancers were also unveiled.
Harper, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer this year, said her doctors are happy with the progress she’s been making.
“They are just delighted that I’m moving in the right direction,” the 43-year-old actress said. “So as, my husband says, let’s just buy time.”
Remini, who joined the show via satellite from ABC’s Los Angeles bureau, was asked to size up her competition. “Pretty stiff,” she said.
Snooki said she was hoping that eight years of gymnastics and six years of cheerleading would give her a leg up on the competition.
Jack Osbourne said he was planning to take his mom’s advice and just have fun on the dance floor.
“That’s all you can really do, however good or bad that looks,” he said.
Here's the full list of celebrities and their dance partners:
Nicole Snooki Polizzi and Sasha Farber
Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess
Valerie Harper and Tristan Macmanus
Brant Dugherty and Peta Murgatroyd
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas
Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein
Elizabeth Berkley and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff
Amber Riley and Derek Hough
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani
"Dancing with the Stars" premieres Monday Sept. 16 at 8/7c on ABC.