Dancing With The Stars cast on track for Season 21 (UPDATES)

DWTS producers have decided “if we can’t beat them, join them.” Cast members are being officially revealed daily leading up to the formal debut appearance September 2 on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

"Dancing With The Stars" is on track for a winning Season 21. Learn who is joining the cast. Photo: ABC.

SAN DIEGO, August 26, 2015 –  Over 10 years, it has become all but impossible to keep the new cast of “Dancing With The Stars” each season a secret. Sometimes the stars slip up and spill the beans. In other cases, smart celebrity watchers put two and two together from their professional relationships, previous fan comments, or travel plans.

For Season 21 starting on Monday, September 14, show producers have decided “if we can’t beat them, join them.” Starting this week, several cast members are being officially revealed daily, leading up to the formal debut appearance by the entire cast along with their assigned professional partners on Thursday, September 2 on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Julianne and Derek Hough “Move” Wolf Trap audience

Starting this week, several cast members are being officially revealed daily, leading up to the formal debut on Thursday, September 2 on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

But the rumor mill is grinding away, with two-thirds of the cast already rumored. DWTS paparazzi are no doubt staking out Wednesday’s formal photo shoot for the new cast to see if they can get a look at the rest of the participants.

Now in season 21, the popularity and staying power of “Dancing With The Stars” is unprecedented. While reality competition shows including the former powerhouse “American Idol” have come and gone, there is still plenty of shine on the Mirror Ball Trophy.

Competitors who win are introduced as “Olympic medalist and Dancing With The Stars champion,” or “platinum recording star and DWTS champion.” No matter how impressive their accomplishments, winning the show is right up there on the resume.

DWTS’s producer have hit on a lineup formula that never fails to produce surprises and entertainment. The celebrities competing for the Mirror Ball Trophy this season are (in order of being revealed as of publication time, with updates added):

Australian actress Bindi Irwin will compete on Season 21 of "Dancing With The Stars." Photo: ABC
Australian actress Bindi Irwin will compete on Season 21 of “Dancing With The Stars.” Photo: ABC

Bindi Irwin, 17: Daughter of the late reality TV star, Steve Irwin, the Australian “Crocodile Hunter” star. Irwin is an actress and TV presenter in her native Australia. No word yet on her pro partner.

Victor Espinoza, 43: The first jockey to win the Triple Crown in 37 years, Espinoza rode American Pharoah to the greatest achievement in horse racing. He said during his announcement on ESPN’s “Sports Center” he had no dance experience at all and no idea whether he’s more a Waltz or a Cha Cha guy. He will dance with former Mirror Ball Trophy winner Karina Smirnoff.


Nick Carter, 35: Former Backstreet Boys singer said he was inspired to get on board after fellow BSB singer Joey Fatone encouraged him, and after his little brother Aaron Carter finished fifth in Season 9. He will dance with pro Sharna Burgess.

DWTS gossip experts claim the first husband and wife competitors will be joining the cast. Carlos Pena from the NIckolodeon series “Big Time Rush” is reportedly paired with Mirror Ball Trophy winning pro Witney Carson; his wife, actress Alexa Vega is reportedly paired with Mark Ballas. Vegas is known for her role as Carmen Cortez in the “Spy Kids” movies. Both are 26 years old. UPDATE: ABC made this news official, both will compete on the show.

Move Live Tour with Julianne and Derek Hough (Exclusive slide show)

E! News reports controversial chef Paula Deen will be part of the cast. The 68-year-old Deen has confirmed she’s been asked to be on the show in 2010 and again for season 17 in fall 2013, won by Amber Riley and Derek Hough. UPDATE: No official confirmation but E! News hasn’t been wrong yet.

E! News is also reporting that R&B music star Chaka Khan will be competing, and that her pro partner is Keo Motsepe, who has left all too early in his first two seasons on the show. UPDATE: Another solid tip, the 62-year-old Khan is official in on the show.

The final name floating around as a competitor is 31 year old singer-songwriter Andy Grammer, who performed his 2014 hit “Honey I’m Good” live on DWTS in Season 20. When a celebrity has entered the DWTS circle as a guest or is enough of an avid fan to sit in the ballroom audience during live shows, they are a good bet to eventually take a turn on the ballroom floor themselves. He is rumored to be assigned Peta Murgatroyd as his partner. UPDATE: It’s official, Grammer is in.

August 28 Update: DWTS plucks another Internet star for the show. This time it’s Vine favorite Hayes Grier. The 15-year-old from North Carolina might not be a household name, but he’s got four million followers and these are people who vote for their favorites. Bethany Mota anyone?

Another reported addition is Kim Zolciak of the “Real Housewives of Atlanta” reality series. She would follow NeNe Leakes and Lisa Vanderpump as Housewives alumna who’ve appeared on the show.

Karina Smirnoff is confirmed as one of the popular DWTS pros returning for Season 21. Photo: ABC
Karina Smirnoff is confirmed as one of the popular DWTS pros returning for Season 21. Photo: ABC

Derek Hough, Val Chmerkovskiy, Artem Chigvintsev and Allison Holker are all tapped as pros this season. Assigned to the troupe are Lindsay Arnold, Jenna Johnson, Hayley Erbert, Sacha Farber, and Alan Bersten. Hayley Erbert performed with Derek and Julianne Hough in the “Move” live tour this summer.

Who do you like this season? Who do you think will win the Mirror Ball Trophy? Tell us in the Comments section. Then make plans to join Communities for our first Live Chat of Season 21.

“Dancing With The Stars: Season 21” debuts on Monday, September 14, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

Please credit “Gayle Falkenthal for Communities Digital News” when quoting from or linking to this story.  

Copyright © 2015 by Falcon Valley Group

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2015 Communities Digital News

• The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of the editors or management of Communities Digital News.

This article is the copyrighted property of the writer and Communities Digital News, LLC. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

Correspondingly, Communities Digital News, LLC uses its best efforts to operate in accordance with the Fair Use Doctrine under US Copyright Law and always tries to provide proper attribution. If you have reason to believe that any written material or image has been innocently infringed, please bring it to the immediate attention of CDN via the e-mail address or phone number listed on the Contact page so that it can be resolved expeditiously.