‘DWTS’ 2016 Celebrity Cast Revealed: Ryan Lochte, Amber Rose, Rick Perry Among Star Lineup

The new season will kick off Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

ByABC News
August 30, 2016, 8:29 AM

— -- Olympic gold medalists Ryan Lochte and Laurie Hernandez are joining the celebrity cast of season 23 of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”

The two appeared live on “GMA” today with their pro partners. Val Chmerkovskiy, whose partner last season was “Good Morning America” chief meteorologist Ginger Zee, will dance with Hernandez, and fan favorite pro Cheryl Burke will return this season to partner with Lochte.

“I’m definitely really excited. This is completely new for me,” said Lochte, 32. “I think it’s time for me to hang up the Speedo and put on my dancing shoes and get in that ballroom.

“I’m going to treat this kind of like going into the Olympics,” he added. “You train for so long, and you have that one shot to put it all out there, and I think that’s what I’m going to do.”

The rest of the celebrity cast includes talk show host Amber Rose, rapper Vanilla Ice and Rick Perry, a former governor of Texas and two-time Republican presidential candidate.

The others in the cast come from the worlds of TV, music and sports. They are “Brady Bunch” star Maureen McCormick, actress Marilu Henner, singer Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, “Little Women LA” star Terra Jolé, actor Jake T. Austin, former Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson, racecar driver James Hinchcliffe and country singer Jana Kramer.

See the full list of celebrity dancers and their pro partners below.

Also returning to the dance floor are fan favorite pros Derek Hough and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, the brother of Val Chmerkovskiy. Julianne Hough, a former “DWTS” pro dancer and Derek Hough’s sister, will return to the ballroom as a judge.

The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, Sept. 12, 2016, on ABC.


Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber

Terra Jole poses for portrait at The SAP, The Starving Artists Project, March 3, 2015, in Los Angeles.
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Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Amber Rose attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden, Aug. 28, 2016, in New York City.
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Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy

Laurie Hernandez attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden, Aug. 28, 2016, in New York City.
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Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev

Maureen McCormick attends HollyRod Foundation's DesignCare Gala, July 16, 2016, in Pacific Palisades, California.
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Marilu Henner and Derek Hough

Marilu Henner attends the opening night of "Cabaret" at The Hollywood Pantages at the Pantages Theatre, July 20, 2016, in Hollywood, California.
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Rick Perry and Emma Slater

Rick Perry delivers a speech on the first day of the Republican National Convention, July 18, 2016, in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Jake T. Austin and Jenna Johnson

Jake T. Austin attends the Museum Of Modern Art's 2015 Party In The Garden at Museum of Modern Art, June 2, 2015, in New York City.
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Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold

Calvin Johnson #81 of the Detroit Lions warms up prior to the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Ford Field, Dec. 27, 2015, in Detroit.
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Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Allison Holker

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds performs during the 2016 Cincinnati Music Festival at Paul Brown Stadium, July 22, 2016, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke

Swimmer, Ryan Lochte of the United States poses for a photo with his gold medal, Aug. 12, 2016, in Rio de Janeiro.
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Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson

Vanilla Ice performs during I Love The 90's Tour at BB&T Pavilion, Aug. 6, 2016, in Camden, New Jersey.
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James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess

Race car driver James Hinchcliffe attends the screening of "WINNING: The Racing Life Of Paul Newman" at the El Capitan Theatre, April 16, 2015, in Hollywood, California.
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Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko

Jana Kramer visits Hollywood Today Live at W Hollywood, Aug. 9, 2016, in Hollywood, California.
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Tune in to “GMA” on Wednesday, Sept. 7, starting at 7 a.m. ET to see the full “Dancing With the Stars” cast live in Times Square.

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