It’s that time again! Dancing with the Stars just announced the cast for Season 24. In case you missed it, here’s the breakdown. Leave a comment on who you think will win, be the first to go, or who you think will surprise us all. A big thank you to Tracy Wilkins, who was kind enough to contribute this article.
There are myriad of dance competitions currently on air, but probably one of the most anticipated shows under this category of reality television is Dancing With The Stars. On this series, we’ve seen celebrities across the industries tackling different kinds of ballroom dancing, and it’s been quite thrilling watching them explore something out of their comfort zone. The show proves that anyone can be a dancer with practice. Plus, the routines, outfits and music are just spectacular.
Let’s take a look at this year’s cast:
As a relative unknown outside of the cowboy community, Bonner Bolton is a second generation bull rider who is already proving to be a fan favorite. According to Cosmopolitan, he also works as a model and has signed on with IMG Models. He has been riding bulls for 11 years, earning over $500,000. It’ll be interesting to see if his professional bull riding experience will help him find his rhythm on the dance floor.
Born María del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martínez Molina Baeza, the Spanish-American actress/comedian shortened her name to Charo when she hit the stage. She is also a world-renowned flamenco guitarist, which might give her a bit of edge in terms of what she can expect to deliver in her performances.
Chris Kattan has appeared in a number of films, including A Night at the Roxbury alongside Will Ferrell, but he is best known as a veteran on Saturday Night Live, performing in sketches from 1996 to 2003. E! Online also reports that he has experience in reality TV, competing in Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off and Celebrity Name Game.
Another athlete joining this year’s roster is two-time World Series Champ David Ross. The former baseball catcher for the MLB will show us just how well rounded of an athlete he is.
The Real Housewives cast is full of big personalities, and one of the seemingly saner members is joining DWTS this season. Erika Jayne lives in Beverly Hills, working also as a singer and has been dubbed a dance-pop diva. But how will she fare with classical dance styles?
Most people know her for playing Brittany S. Pierce on Glee, but what you might have not known is that she has an extensive background in dancing. Other than appearing on Season 2 of So You Think You Can Dance, she was also a backup dancer for Beyoncé at one point. One of the biggest icons in music today, Beyoncé is loved for her empowering music, taste in fashion and complex makeup routines as seen in this video feature published on The Scene. She also has killer dance moves, and has extremely talented dancers working the stage with her. Knowing that she only hires the best of the best, does that give Heather an advantage over the rest?
Coining the catchphrase, “I pity the fool” and starring in the hit 1980s series The A-Team, the actor is teaming up with Kym Herjavec to see if he has what it takes to win DWTS.
Despite her arena now being a ballroom dance floor rather than an ice skating rink, following a dance routine shouldn’t be a problem for this former figure skater. Her career in figure skating is a controversial one, being a victim of a knee-whack, a plot schemed by the ex-husband of her rival.
One of the most controversial bachelors in the Bachelor Universe is putting himself through a completely different challenge. From what has been documented on The Bachelor, Nick’s dance moves aren’t half bad. We’ll just have to see how he shapes up for DWTS (and who he ends up picking when his season of The Bachelor ends).
Another starlet with a background in dance is Fifth Harmony member Normani Kordei. In an interview with WWD, she reveals that dance was her first passion, which eventually led her to music. DWTS is her first step in rediscovering her first love. Other than dancing, she actually wants to explore new opportunities in acting.
Rashad Jennings is a running back in the NFL, although he is currently a free agent. His history in the league includes playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Oakland Raiders and the New York Giants. It’ll be interesting to see how this football player copes with an altogether different challenge.
Most would assume that the transition from gymnastics to ballroom dancing would be smooth, but after one day of practice, Simone Biles shared with the Houston Chronicle that she was sore and had blisters on her heels. The five-time Olympic Gold winner explains that she has been barefoot all her life, so wearing heels while dancing is an entirely different ball game for her.
Tune in March 20th to see how the well the stars perform with their dancing shoes on!