SAN DIEGO, September 12, 2016 – Season 23 of “Dancing With The Stars,” one of TV’s most popular reality competition shows ever, kicks off with a brand new cast of thirteen couples who all want to be standing alone on the stage with the Mirror Ball Trophy in their hands.
That long road starts with a good first performance tonight. It will be tougher for some than others.
Upcoming song choices are all connected in some way to the star who’s competing as you’ll see. It’s cheeky good fun and there are a few zingers.
Couples drew the following assignments (listed in alphabetial order, not dance order):
Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot. “Here” by Alessia Cara
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Carson: Cha Cha. “That’s What I Like” by Flo Rida feat. Fitz Lunchmoney
Jake Austin and Jenna Johnson: Jive. “Kiss You” by One Direction
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: Foxtrot, “Live Life” by Zayde Wølf
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Viennese Waltz, “Dangerous Woman” by Ariana Grande
Babyface Edmonds and Allison Holker: Foxtrot, “Deed I Do” by Ray Charles
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha, “American Girl” by Bonnie
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: Viennese Waltz, “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” by Mary J. Blige
Rick Perry and Emma Slater: Cha Cha, “God Blessed Texas” by Little Texas
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: Foxtrot, “Call Me Irresponsible” by Michael Bublé
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Jive, “Stuff Like That There” by Betty Hutton
Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson: Cha Cha, “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice
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