Thursday, September 4, 2014

'Dancing With the Stars' Season 19 Cast Includes Antonio Sabato Jr., Lea Thompson, Jonathan Bennett, Janel Parrish

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy
Season 19 of ABC's Dancing With the Stars is back on September 15 and thirteen celebrity contenders are ready to strut their stuff in the ballroom.

General Hospital star Antonio Sabato Jr, Lea Thompson from Switched at Birth, Pretty Little Liars' Janel Parrish and All My Children actor Jonathan Bennett are among the stars leading off the new line-up.

Co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced the celebrity cast live today on Good Morning America in Times Square.

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke
NASCAR great Michael Waltrip and Ultimate Fighting Champion Randy Couture will compete in the battle for the mirrorball trophy. Legendary comedian Tommy Chong, celebrated talk show host Tavis Smiley, as well as famed fashion designer Betsey Johnson and Olympian Lolo Jones also have their eyes on the prize.

Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor Alfonso Ribeiro, Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson and YouTube beauty guru Bethany Mota round out the cast.

"We will absolutely give the fans what they would love to see, which is the Carlton dance," Ribeiro said this morning on GMA about incorporating the dance moves he made famous on Fresh Prince into his routines. "I gotta give the audience a reason to keep me on."

The celebrities' professional partners were also unveiled live on GMA. Five-time champion Derek Hough will show Mota the ropes this season, and two-time mirrorball champ Cheryl Burke will dance with the former Calvin Klein underwear hunk, Sabato Jr.

Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker
Below is a complete list of this season's pairings:
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater
Lolo Jones and Keo Motsepe
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani
Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess

The addition of Julianne Hough, named as the fourth judge last month, will add some pizazz this season. Hough, 26, won two mirror ball trophies as a pro during her DWTS run, and will have a permanent spot at the judges’ table next to veterans Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli.

Which celebrity are you most excited to see hit the dance floor this season? Tell us what you think in the comments and watch the season premiere of Dancing With the Stars, Monday, September 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

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