Alexis Ren

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Paired with: Alan Bersten

Ren is a model and internet celebrity with more than 12 million Instagram followers.

Evanna Lynch

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Paired with: Keo Motsepe

Viewers will recognized Lynch from the Harry Potter series of films where she played the fan-favorite character Luna Lovegood.

Nikki Glaser

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Paired with: Gleb Savchenko

Glaser is a stand-up comic and host. She previously hosted Not Safe with Nikki Glaser and recently appeared on The Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis.

John Schneider

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Paired with: Emma Slater

Viewers will recognized Schneider from his TV work, including roles on Smallville and The Haves and the Have Nots. He shot to fame with the Dukes of Hazzard.

Mary Lou Retton

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Paired with: Sasha Farber

Retton is a retired gymnast who took the gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in the All-around category.

DeMarcus Ware

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Paired with: Lindsay Arnold

Ware is a former pro-football player who played for the Broncos and Cowboys. He retired in 2017. Positions included defensive end and outside linebacker.

Bobby Bones

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Paired with: Sharna Burgess

Bones is an author and radio personality, he hosts the syndicated program The Bobby Bones Show from Nashville.

Danelle Umstead

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Paired with: Artem Chigvintsev

Umstead is a paralympian and alpine skier.

Juan Pablo Di Pace

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Paired with: Cheryl Burke

Currently starring in Netflix’s Full House sequel series Fuller House, Di Pace also appeared in Dallas, Mamma Mia and A.D. The Bible Continues. He’s appeared in numerous stage productions in Europe.

Joe Amabile, Grocery Joe Amabile, Grocery Joe

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Paired with: Jenna Johnson

Viewers first met “Grocery Store Joe” when he competed for Becca Kufrin‘s heart on The Bachelorette season 14. He went on to appear in season five of Bachelor in Paradise.


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Paired with: Brandon Armstrong

Tinashe is a singer and actress, with a number of studio albums under her belt. She’s appeared on remixes of popular Britney Spears and Nick Jonas songs and previously recurred on Two and a Half Men.

Nancy McKeon

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Paired with: Val Chmerkovskiy

McKeon shot to fame on The Facts of Life as the bad girl Jo. She spent four seasons on the cop drama The Division and popped up in a variety of other TV shows and movies.

Milo Manheim

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Paired with: Witney Carson

Viewers may recognize Manheim from his starring role in the Disney Channel original movie Z-O-M-B-I-E-S. The 17-year-old also appeared in an episode of The Ghost Whisperer.

“I’m going to say we don’t need magic because our dancing is magic,” Lynch said about her competition.

McKeon received a taped message from her The Facts of Life costars Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields and Lisa Whelchel while on the GMA stage. “They’re amazing. They’re my sisters for a long, long time. For them to do that, wow it’s awesome,” an emotional McKeon said.

Cheryl Burke is back in the ballroom after sitting out the all athletes season and new DWTS troupe member Brandon Armstrong will make his partner debut this year.

This isn’t the only Dancing With the Stars series hitting the airwaves this fall. ABC is launching Dancing With the Stars Juniors on Sunday, Oct. 7. Judging the pint-sized celebrity kids are Mandy Moore (the choreographer, not the singer-actress), Olympian Adam Rippon (he won Dancing With the Stars‘ athletes season) and Val Chmerkovskiy (he’s also competing with McKeon in season 27 of the main series).

Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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