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This past Wednesday, Good Morning America released the star-studded cast of Dancing with the Stars Season 30, and we could not be more excited! The list is complete with Olympic athletes, former Bachelors, and even a member of The Spice Girls! Take a look at our complete breakdown of this season’s cast list:
First on our list is Jimmie Allen. The 35-year-old country singer is most well known for his songs “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To”. Allen also appeared on season 10 of American Idol, but only made it as far as Hollywood Week on the reality show. He has recently been nominated for a Country Music Award as New Artist of the Year, which will take place on November 10th of this year.
Partner Prediction: Britt Stewart
This next contestant is about to spice up our lives! Melanie C, or Mel C, is most well known for her time in the Spice Girls as “Sporty Spice”. The 47-year-old singer and actress has released several solo albums, the most recent being her self-titled album released in 2020, featuring singles like “Who I Am” and “In And Out Of Love”. The star has also heavily endorsed a Spice Girls reunion tour in the near future, post-pandemic. Is there a possibility for a reunion on DWTS? We will see!
Partner Prediction: Gleb Savchenko
Bling Bling! It’s Christine Chiu, you know… the star of Netflix’s Bling Empire! Chiu has been labeled an active philanthropist and businesswoman, running her own plastic surgery practice Beverly Hills Plastic Surgery. Chiu has also served on boards for notable organizations like UNICEF Chinese Children’s Initiative, as well as creating a Prince’s Foundation Chiu Integrated Health Programme in Scotland with Prince Charles. We can’t wait to see what this talented woman brings to the season!
Partner Prediction: Alan Bersten
Jan, is that you? Actress Melora Hardin is among the exciting list of stars for this season. Hardin is most well known for her roles as Jan Levinson on The Office and Trudy Monk on Monk. You can currently find Hardin on Freeform’s The Bold Type as sassy magazine editor-in-chief Jacqueline Carlyle. These are only a few examples of the roles you can find Melora Hardin playing. From 17 Again to 27 Dresses to NCIS, the 54-year-old actress has definitely made an impact on Hollywood.
Partner Prediction: Artem Chigvintsev
If you haven’t heard Olivia Jade’s name then you haven’t been paying attention! Jade is the daughter of actress Lori Loughlin and designer Mossimo Giannulli. The 21-year-old is most well known for her YouTube channel, which has over 1.8 million subscribers. She also appeared on Red Table Talk in 2020 to discuss her college admissions scandal with hosts Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and Willow Smith.
Partner Prediction: Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Bachelor Nation is here and ready to see Matt James shake a tail feather! James was the most recent star of ABC’s The Bachelor in January of 2021 and the first-ever black Bachelor! The 29-year-old gave his final rose to Rachel Kirkconnell, and they are currently together despite a public breakup post-finale. James was in the 2015 Minicamp with the New Orleans Saints and the Carolina Panthers following his football career at Wake Forest University. Hoping those football skills come in handy this season, Matt!
Partner Prediction: Lindsay Arnold
From New York to L.A., Amanda Kloots is joining the DWTS stage! The former Radio City Rockette and Broadway dancer will be among this season’s stars. She recently began co-hosting The Talk on CBS this year, and released a memoir this past June titled “Live Your Life: My Story of Loving and Losing Nick Cordero”. Kloots tragically lost her husband Nick Cordero to COVID-19 after a long battle last year.
Partner Prediction: Pasha Pashkov
Whether it’s Karate Kid or Cobra Kai, Martin Kove steals the show! The 75-year-old actor is best known for his role as John Kreese, the head instructor of the Cobra Kai dojo in the Karate Kid films as well as the newer spinoff, Cobra Kai. Kove can also be seen in films like Wyatt Earp,First Blood, and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. We can’t wait to see him take all that action to the dance floor!
Partner Prediction: Cheryl Burke
Golden girl Suni Lee will be one to watch this season! Team USA’s Olympic gymnast Suni Lee won gold in the Tokyo Olympics for the “All-around Competition” category, along with a silver in “Team Competition” and bronze for “Uneven Bars”. At just 18 years old Suni is among the youngest contestants this season, only rivaled by 18-year-old JoJo Siwa. The gymnast has begun her first semester at Auburn University online to compete in this season’s Dancing with the Stars. We are ready to see Suni bring her moves to the dance floor!
Partner Prediction: Sasha Farber
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin
“The Miz” is here and he’s gonna take down the ballroom! WWE wrestler and media personality Mike Mizanin will be dancing up a storm this season on Dancing with the Stars rather than getting physical in the ring! The 40-year-old pro wrestler is not the first the show has seen, but we know he’ll make a good impression and blow the competition away!
Partner Prediction: Witney Carson
Who’s ready for Kenya Moore? The model and Real Housewives of Atlanta star is set to join this season’s cast and we couldn’t be more excited! Moore has been featured in many films and television series as an actress but is most recognizable from her time on Real Housewives of Atlanta. The 50-year-old actress and model is set to appear on the Real Housewives All Stars series coming this year. We’re ready to see her on the dance floor first!
Partner Prediction: Brandon
Uh oh… do we have a pro dancer stepping onto the stage? Cody Rigsby is most well known for his viral videos as a Peloton instructor, however, he also has an intense dancing past! Rigsby was previously a dancer for both Katy Perry and Pitbull with a trained background before he came to love his current role as Peloton’s cycling director. Let’s hope he doesn’t knock the competition down too fast!
Partner Prediction: Daniella Karagach
Brian Austin Green
90210 fans are jumping for joy right now. You may know him as “David Silver” in the hit teen series Beverly Hills, 90210, or maybe you’ve seen him as a new judge on The Masked Dancer? The 48-year-old actor has had a long list of roles, but we’re hoping pro dancer will be his next one! Fans have quickly noticed Green’s current relationship with pro dancer Sharna Burgess may get in the way of the competition! Who’s hoping to see them battle it out for the mirrorball trophy?
Partner Prediction: Emma Slater
JoJo Siwa must be a name you’ve heard before! The 18-year-old pop and reality star is not only one of the youngest contestants, but will also be the first-ever contestant to dance in a same-sex couple! You might know the singer from her hit songs like “Boomerang” or “Hold The Drama”, or perhaps you’ve seen one of her iconic “JoJo Bows” in stores. Then of course there is her time on the hit show Dance Moms. However you know her, JoJo Siwa is going to be a force to reckon with this season, and we are so excited to see her step into the glittery world on Dancing with the Stars. She should feel right at home!
Partner Prediction: Jenna Johnson
Last but not least is Iman Shumpert. The professional basketball player has played with both the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets, as well as won an NBA Championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The 6 foot 5 athlete is bound to make some waves on the dance floor this season. We’re sure his wife and two daughters will be cheering him on from the sidelines, but this time in the ballroom!
Partner Prediction: Sharna Burgess
This season is chock full of talent, but only time will tell who will bring home the mirrorball trophy! From WWE wrestlers to Bachelors to Olympic Gold Medalists to Spice Girls, ABC has really outdone themselves. Be sure to tune in to the season 30 premiere on September 20th at 8pm on ABC!
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