SAN DIEGO, September 4, 2014 – “Dancing With The Stars” may be one of America’s veteran popular reality TV shows, but in its 19th season it is still generating plenty of buzz and ratings for ABC. Others keep coming and going, but there’s nothing like the glamour of the ballroom and the way this show changes the careers of its competitors.
Coming to the ballroom for Season 19 of the show is a mix of TV personalities, athletes including another Olympian, and for the first time, a teenaged YouTube star.
The pairings were officially announced Thursday on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” but word about the lineup has been leaking out for days, via social media teasers from the pros and stars and inside reports. There wasn’t a single surprise in the end. On the excellent fan blog we recommend all fans read, Pure DWTS, experts got all the pairings 100 percent right. Impressive!
Producers have a significant generational divide working this season. Half the cast is 49 or older. The rest are 42 and younger, two of them teenagers. Two are over 70.
The celebrities competing for the Mirror Ball Trophy this season are (in alphabetical order):
Jonathan Bennett, 33: Bennett is an actor best known for one of his early roles, Aaron in the movie “Mean Girls.” He has also appeared on the ABC soap “All My Children.” Bennett will dance with one of the two new pros on the show, Allison Holker.
Tommy Chong, 76: The infamous countercultural, weed smoking comedian is the oldest competitor of Season 19. He is paired with Peta Murgatroyd.
Randy “The Natural” Couture, 51: Couture is a six-time UFC mixed martial arts champion and member of the UFC Hall of Fame, the only person over 40 to win a UFC championship. He face his biggest foe yet on the dance floor. He will dance with Karina Smirnoff.
Betsey Johnson, 73: The one of a kind fashion designer dances to the beat of her own drummer and fashionistas love her for it. Will it play well on DWTS? Johnson has drawn the ever patient Tony Dovoloni as her pro partner.
Lolo Jones, 32: Both a Summer and Winter Olympian, Jones has never won a medal despite her athletic talent. The hurdler and bobsled athlete will pair with the show’s new male pro dancer, Latin dance champion Keo Motsepe from South Africa.
Bethany Mota, 18: Mota is the first YouTube personality picked for the show, a beauty guru whose videos rack up millions of views. She is paired with Emmy winning choreographer and multiple Mirror Ball Trophy champion Derek Hough.
Janel Parrish, 25: Parrish is an actress best known for her role on the ABC Family series “Pretty Little Liars,” the second competitor from the show following Brant Daugherty. She will dance with Val Chmerkovskiy.
Alfonso Ribiero, 42: Fans are buzzing about Ribiero, who played Carlton Banks on the popular TV comedy “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” He has been rumored as a DWTS participant for years. He will dance with Witney Carson.
Sadie Robertson, 17: Robertson is a reality TV start on the A&E show “Duck Dynasty.” She is the granddaughter of Phil Robertson, founder of Duck Commander. Her father is Willie Robertson, the company’s current CEO. The show’s youngest competitor will pair with Mark Ballas.
Antonio Sabato Jr:, 42: This smoking hot soap star from the ABC series “General Hospital” will step out on the ballroom floor with Cheryl Burke.
Tavis Smiley, 49: The PBS talk show host, author, liberal political commentator, entrepreneur, advocate and philanthropist will see if he can make a statement in the ballroom with pro Sharna Burgess.
Lea Thompson, 53: The actress is best known for roles in the “Back to the Future” movies and the title character in the series “Caroline in the City.” Thompson will dance with pro Artem Chigvintsev, who has been a member of the DWTS troupe and a competitor on the UK version of the show.
Michael Waltrip, 51: The NASCAR driver follows in the footsteps of Mirror Ball Trophy champion and Indy car driver Helio Castroneves. He will dance with pro Emma Slater.
DWTS producers say the infamous “Switch Up” week will be back this season. Viewers will also see a new judge. Former pro Julianne Hough will join the three original judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli.
“Dancing With The Stars: Season 19” debuts on Monday, September 15, at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. CDN will host its first live chat of the season. Mark your calendar now.
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 +
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