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We pity the fool who doesn’t love the new cast of ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Written By | Mar 1, 2017

SAN DIEGO, March 1, 2017 –  Even before we hear the cast announcement for a new season of “Dancing With The Stars,” we know what we’re going to get: Olympic and professional athletes, stars from our favorite childhood TV shows, a music icon or two, and a crazy choice out of left field.

It’s like getting your favorite meal at a restaurant over and over. You love it and there’s no need to experiment. The producers know the recipe and it’s not changing. The celebrities competing for the Mirror Ball Trophy this Season 24 are:

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess. ABC/Craig Sjodin

BONNER BOLTON: In the past 14 months, Bonner Bolton has gone from sitting atop the standings as the world’s number one professional bull rider to being paralyzed to becoming an international fashion model. Now he’s taking on yet another challenge with pro partner Sharna Burgess.

Charo and Keo Motsepe. ABC/Craig Sjodin

CHARO: Only a few people in show business are recognized by just one name. Charo is one of those people. A virtuoso guitarist, singer, composer, actress and comedienne, Charo is an American music and pop culture icon and she’s back in the spotlight once more with pro partner Keo Motsepe.

Witney Carson and Chris Kattan. ABC/Craig Sjodin

CHRIS KATTAN: Chris Kattan is best known for his many characters on Saturday Night Live, which he joined in March 1996, completing his seventh and final season in 2003. He will soon be seen in Jesse Thomas’ Walk of Fame, opposite Scott Eastwood. Chris will be hitting the ballroom with pro partner Witney Carson.

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold. ABC/Craig Sjodin

DAVID ROSS: Finally, DWTS gets a baseball player on the show! David Ross is a two-time World Series Champion, having won World Series titles in 2013 with the Boston Red Sox and with the Chicago Cubs in 2016.  Recently retired, Ross now serves as a Special Assistant for the Chicago Cubs and also works as a broadcaster for ESPN. Now David has a new teammate with pro partner Lindsay Arnold.

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savechenko. ABC/Craig Sjodin

ERIKA JAYNE: This Real Housewife of Beverly Hills also has a career as a dance club/pop singer with nine number one singles. Now Erika is getting real with pro partner Gleb Savchenko.

Heather Morris and Maks Chmerkovskiy. ABC/Craig Sjodin

HEATHER MORRIS: Heather Morris is both a talented actress and dancer. She is best known for her role as ‘Brittany Pierce’ on FOX’s hit series Glee and she also appeared in the feature film Spring Breakers. She is also a former competitor on “So You Think You Can Dance” and she’s been a backup dancer for Jennifer Lopez. Let the grumbling start about how she’s not new to dancing, and this time the criticism seems justified. She will dance with pro Maks Chmerkovskiy.

Who isn’t excited about Mr. T competing on “Dancing With The Stars,” especially with Kym Herjavec. Photo: ABC

MR. T: In Rocky III, Mr. T played Clubber Lang, Rocky Balboa’s opponent. This is where the catchphrase “I pity the fool!” emerged and stuck. Mr. T went on to star as a memorable character on The A-Team. We are excited about the pairing of Mr. T with returning pro Kym Herjavec.

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev. ABC/Craig Sjodin

NANCY KERRIGAN: Nancy Kerrigan has been one of America’s most recognizable sports icons for over 20 years. In 1993 Kerrigan became the United States Ladies Champion and followed that up with her historic silver medal performance at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics. Nancy trades in her ice skates for dancing shoes with pro partner Artem Chigvintsev.

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd.

NICK VIALL: What’s DWTS without a Bachelor? Hopefully he’ll have better luck after striking out with Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe. Now Nick follows up his run as The Bachelor with a run at the Mirrorball with pro partner Peta Murgatroyd.

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy. ABC/Craig Sjodin

NORMANI KORDEI: Normani Kordei is a member of popular girl group, Fifth Harmony. Normani and the rest of her group were put together by Simon Cowell on the last season of “The X Factor” and Fifth Harmony is by far the most successful act ever to come from this show. Normani takes to a brand new stage with pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy.

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater. ABC/Craig Sjodin

RASHAD JENNINGS: Rashad Jennings was ranked one of the number one NFL safeties in 2015. In that breakout 2015 season, he started every game and set career highs in carries, rushing yards, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns. Rashad will be hoping all those touchdown dances will help him and pro partner Emma Slater.

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber. ABC/Craig Sjodin

SIMONE BILES: At 19, Simone Biles is already considered one of the best and most decorated gymnasts in the history of the sport. Her career highlights include being an Olympic Gold medalist in vault, floor, Individual and Team All-Around, and a Bronze medalist on Beam at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Simone will look to add a Mirrorball Trophy to her gold medals with pro Sasha Farber. Can we say how happy we are to see Sasha dancing with a real threat for the prize this year?

Season 24 sees the return of pro Kym Herjavec, formerly Kym Johnson, who married her last star partner, “Shark Tank” investor and cybersecurity mogul Robert Herjavec after a few seasons off, although she’s been seen on the “All Access” live streaming show. Viewers were originally led to believe soon to be parents Maks Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd would be taking a season off, but both are back and iin it to win it. Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli will serve as the judges.

Who is your early favorite to win the Mirror Ball Trophy? Tell us in the Comments section. Then make plans to join Communities for our first Live Chat of Season 24.

“Dancing With The Stars: Season 24” debuts on Monday, March 20 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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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.