'DWTS' Season 31: From weatherman Sam Champion to Staten Island boy Vinny, the new joinees in star-studded cast
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: Season 31 of 'Dancing with the Stars' starts on Disney+ on September 19, and 'Good Morning America' has exclusively revealed which celebrities will fight for the prized Mirrorball trophy. The entire list of celebrities was revealed on GMA on Thursday, September 8th.
Since the past season's conclusion, speculations regarding who will be on 'Dancing With the Stars' 2022 have ignited fanboards. Questions about celeb-dancer pairs and those with the best chances of winning the prestigious Mirrorball Trophy this year are hot topics of discussion. In April 2022, Walt Disney Studios announced that 'DWTS' will move from ABC to Disney Plus for seasons 31 and 32, becoming the first live series to broadcast on Disney Plus. Now that the whole roster for Season 31 of 'Dancing With the Stars' is out, let's take a look at who will be waltzing across your screen. From the show's first drag queen to a former 'Charlie's Angel' and 'Legally Blonde' star, here is a list of all the celebs competing for the mirrorball trophy.
Brandon Armstrong is partnered with Jordin Sparks. When she was just 17 years old, she won Season 6 of "American Idol." Can the Grammy-nominated artist, who is now 32, surpass that feat and win yet another reality TV contest? With a professional partner who has formerly teamed with singing superstars like Tinashe (Season 27) and Supremes pioneer Mary Wilson (Season 28), Jordin is unquestionably in excellent hands.
Daniel Durant is coupled with Britt Stewart. Will the 'CODA' star's acting skills transcend to the dance floor? He has previously shown he is a powerhouse on the big screen. We have no concern that Daniel will contend for his legitimate position on the scoreboard with assistance from his professional partner. Daniel's other credits include 'Silent Notes,' 'You,' and 'Switched at Birth,' in addition to the Oscar-winning film.
Daniella Karagach is paired with Joseph Baena. Fans will probably have high expectations for the fitness model, who is the son of Mildred Patricia Baena and Arnold Schwarzenegger, given that he is paired with the current Mirrorball champion of the competition. The "son of Terminator" is passionate about acting as well as health and fitness, and he has been in films like 'Bully High,' 'Terminator 2 remake with Joseph Baena: Bad to the Bone,' and 'Called To Duty: The Last Airshow.'
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Alan Bersten is coupled with Jessie James Decker. This season, fans might not see an NFL superstar, but they can watch the wife of a former football player on the stage of 'DWTS!' Fans already know the country singer, who is betrothed to Eric Decker, will have her competitive face on when she performs in the ballroom. In addition to being a musician, Jessie James is also a fashion designer, TV personality, beauty and lifestyle influencer, and two-time New York Times bestselling book.'
The reality star isn't wasting any time, as she has already begun rehearsals for 'DWTS' after wrapping up filming for 'The Bachelorette.' In Season 29 and Season 28, respectively, former 'Bachelorette' stars Kaitlyn Bristowe and Hannah Brown won the Mirrorball trophy, so Gabby has huge shoes to fill. Fans, however, are hopeful that her five years as a cheerleader for the Denver Broncos will help move her up the scoreboard in the upcoming weeks. Val Chmerkovskiy is partnered with Gabby Windey.
Mark Ballas is coupled with Charli D'Amelio. The veteran dancer, who is coming back as a pro for the first time since Season 25, will be teamed with the TikTok star. Mark earlier won the Mirrorball alongside Shawn Johnson (Season 8) and Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6). A mother-daughter team has never previously fought against each other for the coveted trophy, thus Charli and her mom's combined debut on the show will make history in addition to their undoubtedly famous collaboration.
Artem Chigvintsev is matched with Heidi D'Amelio. Fans can still foresee some friendly rivalry between the pair, even though the D'Amelio matriarch will always stand by her daughter. On "GMA," Charli hinted, “It would be nice to have some smack talk, but she is also still my mother.” She also said she hoped to give "a nod" to her TikTok routines this season.
Peta Murgatroyd is teamed with Jason Lewis. On HBO's renowned 'Sex and the City,' the actor is most remembered for his role as Smith Jerrod, the boyfriend of Kim Cattrall's character, Samantha. He also reprised his role in both 'Sex and the City' and 'Sex and the City 2' feature pictures. Other significant projects include 'Charmed,' 'How I Met Your Mother,' 'CSI,' 'House M.D.,' and 'Midnight, Texas.'
Emma Slater is teamed with Trevor Donovan. The Hallmark star is most remembered for his role as Teddy Montgomery on '90210,' where he made history as the show's first and first LGBTQ+ series mainstay. His selection comes only one season after Olivia Jade Giannulli, Lori Loughlin's younger daughter, competed and finished ninth with veteran Val Chmerkovskiy.
Shangela is teamed with Gleb Savchenko. Following Jenna Johnson and JoJo Siwa’s history-making collaboration last season, 'DWTS' will keep pushing things ahead by partnering a male pro with the show’s first-ever drag queen challenger. Even so, the 'RuPaul's Drag Race' legend is no stranger to making history. Shangela earlier made history for becoming the first person to walk the Oscars red carpet in drag for her bit part in 'A Star Is Born.' She now appears on HBO's 'We're Here.'
Witney Carson is teamed with Wayne Brady. If the prior work of the Grammy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning comic is any sign of success, the rest of the ensemble should be ready to step up. Aside from his own accolades, the 'Whose Line Is It Anyway? ' sensation is partnered with Alfonso Ribeiro, who won Season 19 and is back to the show to co-host with Tyra Banks. Fans believe the 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' alum is already cheering for Witney and Wayne to win this season.
Louis van Amstel is paired with Cheryl Ladd. The renowned actress played Kris Munroe in 'Charlie's Angels,' succeeding Farrah Fawcett in 1977. She's featured in a number of TV shows since then, including 'American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson,' 'NCIS,' 'Ray Donovan,' and 'Ballers.' She also sang and performed as Mrs. Claus in the Disney musical 'The Search For Santa Paws: Santa Pups 2' and as Annie Oakley in the Broadway musical 'Annie Get Your Gun!' Her partner is back as a pro for the first time since Season 21. His 'DWTS' experience extends back to the first season, when he competed against 'Bachelorette' alum Trista Sutter.
Koko Iwasaki is teamed with Vinny Guadagnino. Given that he spent a lot of time onstage dancing with Chippendales in Las Vegas while shirtless, the 'Jersey Shore' star will also be one to watch. A representative for the male striptease show previously told Page Six that the guest host was "He was definitely one of the best-received guest hosts we have had, bringing in tons of ‘Jersey Shore’ and ‘Double Shot at Love’ fans. He basically sold out almost every performance."
Pasha Pashkov is coupled with Teresa Giudice. The 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' star decided to compete on 'DWTS' after initially declining the offer in 2016. Just a few weeks after saying "I do" to Luis "Louie" Ruelas in an opulent New Jersey wedding, she will make her ballroom debut. The reality star continues the legacy of other "Housewives" contestants who have gone before her, including Lisa Vanderpump, Nene Leakes, Erika Jayne, Kenya Moore, and Lisa Rinna.
Cheryl Burke and Sam Champion are paired together. The last name of the weather anchor says it all. Along with a combined 25-year tenure on WABC-TV and 'Good Morning America,' his strong record also included stints at the Weather Channel and Eyewitness News. Sam has also won numerous Emmy Awards and Peabody Awards. Couple that with Cheryl's two victories on 'DWTS,' and the fans have a winning combination.
Selma Blair is teamed with Sasha Farber. The "Legally Blonde" actress who played Vivian is bringing her unquestionable star power to the ballroom. Due to her struggle with multiple sclerosis, Selma, whose other well-known works include "Hellboy," "The Sweetest Thing," and "Cruel Intentions," will have a distinctive experience this season. Since receiving her diagnosis in 2018, the actress has been outspoken about her experience, notably in her brand-new memoir, "Mean Baby." Selma earlier noted on the "Today" show, “It really was the gift I received when I was vulnerable about the MS. There’s no real room for guilt."
Season 31 of 'Dancing with the Stars' premieres Monday, September 19 on Disney+