Apparently "Dancing with the Stars," ABC's competitive series that partners celebrities with talented young dancers and then has them square off against each other, to much heartbreak and sprained ankles, is still, very much, a thing. This fall is actually the nineteenth season of the series, and ABC has announced the cast of the new season (via EW).
Among the celebrities recruited this time around: male model and one-time "General Hospital" star Antonio Sabato, Jr., fashion designer Betsey Johnson and "Back to the Future" star Lea Thompson (wonder if they'll manage to squeeze in a "Howard the Duck" reference in there). Also, Alfonso Ribeiro from "Fresh Prince of Bel Air" is also in the mix, so expect him to do "The Carlton" at least once during the season. Maybe the most wondrously WTF-worthy inclusion in this cast is erudite PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley. It'll be quite interesting to see him shimmying off against Sadie Robertson from "Duck Dynasty."
Full list below.
• mixed martial artist and actor Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff
• race car driver Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater
• Pretty Little Liars actress Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy
• Ducky Dynasty's Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas
• actor and model Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Cheryl Burke
• Fresh Prince of Bel Air star Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson
• Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong fame and Peta Murgatroyd
• Mean Girls actor Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker
• Back to the Future actress Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev
• PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess
• Olympian Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe
• YouTube star Bethany Mota and Derek Hough
• fashion designer Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani
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