SAN DIEGO, March 8, 2016 – Following its new formula of revealing its new cast over several weeks, with just a few last minute surprises held back, “Dancing With The Stars” has completed its lineup for Season 22 in Spring 2016.
Starting last week, several cast members were officially revealed daily, leading up to the formal debut appearance by the entire cast along with their assigned professional partners Tuesday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The rumor mill still grinds away no matter what ABC does and no matter what the stars themselves say. DWTS paparazzi did their customary stakeout of the formal photo shoot for the new cast to see if they can get a look at the rest of the participants.
If something strikes you a little different about this year’s lineup, you would be right. After several winners in their teens and plenty of competitors drawn from the ranks of Internet starts, there isn’t a teenager or Vine celebrity in the bunch. This season is chock full of classic series TV stars and professional athletes, with two competitors who will remind you It’s political season.
With “American Idol” saying farewell this year, the popularity and staying power of “Dancing With The Stars” remains unprecedented. While other reality shows come and go, or content themselves with a niche audience, the shine on the Mirror Ball Trophy is just as bright as ever. 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 on top of th 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:
Antonio Brown, 27 and 5-10; wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Brown will dance with parnter Sharna Burgess. Perhaps Brown can get some tips from Mirror Ball Trophy champion and retired Steeler Hines Ward. Steeler Nation loves it some ballroom.
Mischa Barton, 30 and 5-9; actress who shot to fame on the TV series “The OC.” Barton left acting and fought some personal issues out of the spotlight. This is preciesely the sort of resurrection story DWTS fans love and support. Barton will dance with pro Artem Chigvintsev.
Nyle DiMarco, 26 and 6-2; deaf model and winner of Season 22 of the reality TV show “America’s Next Top Model.” Peta Murgatroyd will dance with DiMarco. She will have a real challenge, but DiMarco has a terrific role model to follow, former DWTS competitor Marlee Matlin.
Kim Fields, 46, anf 5-feet; star of the beloved TV show “The Facts of Life” who is currently on the reality series “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Sacha Farber will dance with Fields.
Doug Flutie, 53 and 5-10; Heisman Trophy winner for Boston College and former NFL quarterback. His adult daughter is a cheerleader for my hometown San Diego Chargers. Since retiring from the NFL, Flutie has been a tireless advocate for autism research through the Flutie Foundation.
His son Doug Jr. has autism. Karina Smirnoff will be Flutie’s partner.
Marla Maples, 52, 5-8; model and actress best known for being wife number two of Republican presidential contender and business mogul Donald Trump. She will dance with Tony Dovoloni, who she has reportedly known for quite a few years and who has asked her several times to compete on the show.
You’ve got to love the timing.
Wanya Morris, 42 and 5-10; singer with the R&B group “Boys II Men.” Morris will dance with pro Lindsay Arnold, who danced her with into the finals with hero Alek Skarlatos last season.
Von Miller, 26 and 6-3; Denver Broncos outside linebacker and Super Bowl 50 MVP. Miller has another winner as his partner, former Mirror Ball Trophy champion Witney Carson. Steeler Nation, be afraid. Miller has an “out there” personality and a chicken tattoo.
Geraldo Rivera, 72 and 5-9; swashbuckling TV journalist and host currently working for Fox News. Longtime DWTS fans will be thrilled to learn Rivers is dancing with Edyta Sliwinska, who has not appeared on the show since season 10.
Rivera is the oldest competitor on Season 22.
Jodie Sweetin, 34 and 5-6 tall; star of the classic 90s TV series “Full House” who recently returned to reprise her role as Stephanie Tanner for “Fuller House.” Sweetin will dance with pro Keo Motsepe.
Paige “12 Gauge” VanZant, 21 and 5-4; female mixed martial arts fighter who competes in the Women’s Strawweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. VanZant has drawn an ideal parnter in mixed martial arts practitioner and fan Mark Ballas.
VanZant is the youngest competitor on Season 22.
Ginger Zee, 27 and 5-7;“Good Morning America” meteorologist and new mom of just three months. Zee draws former Mirror Ball Trophy winner Val Chmerkovskiy as her partner
Season 22 will be Hough-less this season. Pro Derek Hough will take this season off. His sister and judge Julianne Hough will also take a break. Longtime senior judge Len Goodman will return to claim his old seat between judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
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 22.
“Dancing With The Stars: Season 22” debuts on Monday, March 21, 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 +
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