×

‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 27 Cast on Their Ambitions to Win the Mirrorball Trophy

Times Square was twirling with dancing feet on Wednesday as “Good Morning America” announced the 13 teams going after the coveted Mirrorball Trophy on Season 27 of “Dancing With the Stars.”

Cast members going for the glittery glory with their dance partners include Alexis Ren with Alan Bernstein, Bobby Bones with Sharna Burgess, Danelle Umstead with Artem Chigvintsev, DeMarcus Ware with Lindsay Arnold, Evanna Lynch with Keo Motsepe, Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile with Jenna Johnson, John Schneider with Emma Slater, Juan Pablo Di Pace with Cheryl Burke, Mary Lou Retton with Sasha Farber, Milo Manheim with Witney Carson, Nancy McKeon with Val Chmerkovskiy, Nikki Glaser with Gleb Savchenko, and Tinashe with Brandon Armstrong.

An energetic performance to “Proud Mary” started the news segment as the cameras rolled on show icons Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli, who were on hand with “GMA” hosts Michael Strahan, Robin Roberts, and George Stephanopoulos to greet the latest celebrity cast members.

The celebrity cast will fill the ballroom with an Olympic gold-medalist (Retton), a Super Bowl Champion (Ware), noteworthy television stars, and a film alumnus from the “Harry Potter” franchise (Lynch), as well as the first-ever blind contestant (Umstead).

Social media model Ren discussed her desire to waltz for the top prize as a dedication to her mother, who died of cancer.

“It was her favorite show,” said the Rookie of the Year pick for Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Collection 2018 during the “GMA” broadcast.

“Training your body to do something that it is not used to is a challenge,” said NFL legend Ware about working with veteran dancer Arnold. “Your body is so used to doing something on the football field. Now I have a teacher that is showing me new moves and steps, as well as new ways to turn my brain on. I have a great coach who helps me use all of these new things for at least a minute and 15 seconds.”

When asked about the first thing to do when a professional dancer learns of their new partner, “DWTS” veteran Burke said, “I go to Google. I love Google. Sometimes you know of a person, but you don’t really [know them].”

And, about her new dancing companion, heartthrob Di Pace, she said, “I had to dig. There was some good stuff on him. I am a good private investigator.”

“Harry Potter” star Lynch stated on air about potentially winning, “We don’t need magic, because our dancing is magic.”

Dancing with the Stars” Season 27 premieres Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

More TV

  • Shadowplay stars

    Tandem's Berlin-Set ‘Shadowplay’ Goes for Edge

    Period dramas rarely break the fourth wall, but for Mans Marlind, the creator-writer-director of Tandem’s “Shadowlands,” “we don’t have to be traditional. Especially with period, you need to be even more modern, to avoid the stiffness of costume drama,” he says. “Television’s development [is] creating audiences that are smarter, meaning we can be more and [...]

  • The Lion King

    'Lion King' VFX Supervisor Rob Legato to Keynote at the 2019 View Conference

    Rob Legato, visual effects supervisor of “The Lion King,” “The Addams Family” co-director Conrad Vernon and Baobab Studios’ co-founder and chief creative officer Eric Darnell, director of the VR studio’s Emmy- and Annie-winning VR short “Crow: The Legend,” are rounding out the keynote speakers at this fall’s 20th edition of the View Conference in Turin, [...]

  • Red Arrow Studios Boss James Baker

    Red Arrow Studios Boss James Baker Says Flexibility, Not Size, Is Key

    The goalposts have shifted for international production and distribution groups, says James Baker, president of Red Arrow Studios. “The old notion that size is everything is changing,” Baker, a former exec at Sky and Al Gore’s Current TV, tells Variety. “It’s now much more how flexible can you be to respond to a change in [...]

  • Borussia Dortmund head coach Lucien Favre,

    International TV Newswire: Streaming Sports, Gen Z on Power, Dutch Detectives & More

    In this week’s International TV Newswire, catch up on Amazon’s soccer push, Gen Z’s thoughts on power structures, DAZN’s newest acquisitions in Europe, a rebooted detective drama in Amsterdam, A+E Networks executive shake-up in Asia and a new international animation alliance between Mondo TV Group and German upstart Toon2Tango. Amazon Picks up Another Soccer Docu-Series: [...]

  • Peak TV Saturation TV Placeholder

    SK Global Revs Up TV Development With Marquis de Sade Drama Series

    SK Global is revving up its television development slate with plans for a drama series loosely based on the colorful life of the French nobleman Marquis de Sade. “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge” is described as examining the life of the writer and philosopher in the period spanning pre-revolutionary France in the late 18th century through [...]

  • Pinewood Studios James Bond

    Netflix's Shepperton Studios Deal Is Stretching the U.K.'s Production Limits

    Netflix’s huge new hub at Shepperton Studios outside London is a further fillip for Britain’s booming production sector. Amid jitters over Brexit and its effects on the economy, the streaming giant’s commitment is a vote of confidence in the U.K. entertainment industry and a continuing source of local jobs. But the decision by Netflix to [...]

  • BritBox to Roll Out in the

    'Downton Abbey' and 'The Office' Heading to BritBox as Streamer Unveils U.K. Launch

    British broadcasters the BBC and ITV have formally agreed to launch their joint streaming service, BritBox, in the U.K. in the fourth quarter of 2019. It will be priced at £5.99 ($7.50) per month, making it the same price as the cheapest Netflix subscription in the U.K. ITV will control BritBox, holding a 90% stake. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content