It’s official! On Wednesday, March 1, the cast of celebrities for season 24 of “Dancing with the Stars” was announced on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” and the competitors include Olympians, actors, professional athletes, musical performers and even a bull rider. They are as follows:
Simone Biles won five medals at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, including four gold. Her teammate and fellow gold medalist Laurie Hernandez won the Mirror Ball Trophy on “Dancing with the Stars” in season 23, so does that make Biles the instant frontrunner? Maybe, but maybe not. She’ll have to get past figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, an Olympic silver medalist, who could follow two other figure skaters who won the Mirror Ball: Kristi Yamaguchi (season six) and Meryl Davis (season 18).
We also mustn’t underestimate Heather Morris, whose “Glee” co-star Amber Riley won season 17 of the competition. And football players have a long, storied history on “DWTS” with three NFL stars claiming the Mirror Ball over the years — Emmitt Smith (season three), Hines Ward (season 12) and Donald Driver (season 14) — so Rashad Jennings may also be a major threat to win.
The new cast hits the dance floor live on Monday, March 20. Are you excited for the new season? Comment below, and join the discussion in our reality TV forum.