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It’s hard to believe we’re already on Season 30, but that doesn’t mean we’re any less excited to meet the Dancing With the Stars 2021 cast! This milestone year for the beloved reality dance series is sure to include an exciting range of stars as judges and contestants alike—and they may just be making history again in the process.
Dancing With the Stars premiered in June 2005 as an American version of the United Kingdom series, Strictly Come Dancing, with pairs celebrities with professional ballroom dancers. Since the first season of Dancing With the Stars, the show has aired for more than 30 seasons and seen hundreds of celebrities grace its dance floor. The show was hosted by Tom Bergeron from season 1 until season 28, after which he was replaced by Tyra Banks. Since its premiere, Dancing With the Stars has also launched dozens of iterations in countries like Brazil, France, India, New Zealand and Greece.
As for the format of the show, here’s how Dancing With the Stars works: Each celebrity is paired with a professional dancer. The pair performs each week and are given judges’ points and audience votes. The couple that receives the lowest combined total of judges’ points and audience votes is eliminated until one pair remains. The pair is named the champion of that season and awarded the Mirrorball Trophy.
So who’s in the Dancing With the Stars 2021 cast? Below, we’ve included everything there is to know about Season 30 of Dancing With the Stars—from when it premieres in 2021, to who’s who in the Dancing With the Stars cast this year. Just keep on reading to find out!
When does Dancing With the Stars 2021 start?
Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. ABC confirmed the premiere date in July 2021 as part of the network’s fall lineup.
When does Dancing With the Stars 2021 air?
The start of the workweek will still be a little sweeter thanks to Dancing With the Stars, as the series will air during its traditional two-hour time slot on Monday nights from 8PM to 10PM ET on ABC in 2021.
Who are the Dancing With the Stars 2021 judges?
On August 26, ABC announced that fan-favorite Len Goodman—who missed Season 29 due to travel restrictions—will return for Season 20 of DWTS. Goodman will be joined by Derek Hough, who filled in for him last season, along with longtime judges Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Who is the Dancing With the Stars 2021 host?
Ahead of Season 29, longtime co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were replaced by executive producer Tyra Banks as solo host. In their renewal announcement, ABC confirmed that the America’s Next Top Model alum will return as Season 30’s DWTS host.
Who are the Dancing With the Stars 2021 contestants?
The full Dancing With the Stars cast was announced on Wednesday, September 8, but fans already have an idea of who they expected to see featured in season 30 of DWTS before the official announcement. Keep on reading below for the list of rumored and confirmed contestants.
On August 26, ABC confirmed singer and dancer JoJo Siwa will be joining Dancing With the Stars as a contestant on Season 30 of the series. The Dance Moms alum—who recently came out as a member of the LGBTQ+ community—will also be making history in the competition, as ABC revealed she will be dancing with a female pro partner. This marks the first time a same-sex couple will take to the dance floor in DWTS history.
Decorated gymnast and Olympian Sunisa “Suni” Lee was confirmed as a DWTS contestant on August 26. The pro athlete recently competed 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, where she brought home three medals for the United States. These included a gold medal in the women’s gymnastics all-around competition, a silver medal in the women’s team event, and a bronze medal for her routine on the uneven bars for the United States.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kenya Moore is a rumored contestant on Dancing With the Stars this season. TMZ reported on August 30 that Moore is a part of the season 30 cast, according to production sources. ABC confirmed that Kenya, who has starred on seasons 5 through 13 of the Bravo reality TV show, was a contestant on DWTS season 30 when the cast was announced on September 8.
Season 25 Bachelor Matt James is a contestant on this Dancing With the Stars season, according to Us Weekly. ABC confirmed that Matt—who is the first Black bachelor—was a contestant on DWTS season 30 when the cast was announced on September 8.
Olivia Jade, the daughter of Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, is in the Dancing With the Stars season 30 cast, according to TMZ. Olivia, a YouTube star with more than 1.8 million subscribers, was at the center of the college admissions scandal in 2019 after her parents allegedly paid $500,000 in bribes to get her into the University of Southern California as a crew recruit, even though she never played the sport. ABC confirmed Olivia as a contestant on DWTS season 30 when the cast was announced on September 8.
The Talk co-host Amanda Kloots is rumored to be joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars this season. Entertainment Tonight reported the television personality would be a part of the season 30 cast on September 2, according to a source. Kloots is also the wife of late Broadway star Nick Cordero. ABC confirmed Kloots as a contestant on September 8.
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin was confirmed as a contestant on DWTS season 30 on September 8. The Miz became a reality Tv star in 2001 when he was cast in The Real World: Back to New York. He went on to star in its spin-off, Real World/Road Rules Challenge from 2002 to 2005. The Miz is also a professional wrestler and signed with WWE in 2004.
Actress Melora Hardin is a contestant on DWTS season 30. ABC confirmed her casting on September 8. Hardin is best known for roles like Jan Levinson on NBC’s The Office and Jacqueline Carlyle in Freeform’s The Bold Type.
Melanie “Mel C.” Crisholm is also a part of the DWTS season 30 cast, ABC announced on September 8. Mel C., a.k.a. Sport Spicy, is best known as a member of the Spice Girls, who were active from 1994 to 2000. After the Spice Girls, Mel C. went on to release eight solo albums.
Actor Martin Kove is best known for his role as John Kreese, the head teacher of the Cobra Kai karate dojo, in 1984’s The Karate Kid, and its two sequels in 1986 and 1989. ABC confirmed that he will be a part of the DWTS season 30 cast on September 8.
Country singer Jimmie Allen is a cast member on DWTS season 30. He’s best known for country hits like “Best Shot,” “Make Me Want To,” “This Is Us” with Noah Cyrus, and “Freedom Was a Highway” with Brad Paisley. He was also a contestant on American Idol season 10 but was cut before the live rounds.
Iman Shumpert is a professional basketball player who has played with NBA teams like the New York Knicks, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Sacramento Kings and the Houston Rockets. ABC confirmed him on DWTS season 30 on September 8.
Cody Rigsby is a celebrity Peloton instructor with more than 860,000 followers on Instagram. ABC confirmed him as a cast member on DWTS season 30 on September 8.
Christine Chiu is best known as a cast member on Netflix’s Bling Empire. She’s married to celebrity plastic surgeon Dr. Gabriel Chiu. ABC confirmed her casting on DWTS season 30 on September 8.
Brian Austin Green
Brian Austin Green is best known for his David Silver on Beverly Hills, 90210. He was married to Megan Fox from 2010 to 2020. He’s currently dating DWTS pro Sharna Burgess. He was confirmed as part of the season 30 cast on September 8.
Who were the rumored Dancing With the Stars 2021 contestants?
Ahead are the celebrities who were reportedly in talks for Dancing With the Stars season 30 but didn’t make the final cut. Perhaps we’ll see them in a future season.
Chris Harrison — Rumored
Former Bachelor host Chris Harrison is just one rumored contestant being considered this season, according to a report by Radar Online. After being embroiled in controversy following accusations of racism in the franchise, Chris was reportedly “approached to join the show”—but not as a host.
“He was a little upset when he realized Tyra wanted him as a contestant, but after he got over his bruised ego, Chris didn’t say ‘no,’” a source told Radar. “After the way he left The Bachelor it has not been easy for Chris to find a new gig right away. Which is why something like Dancing With The Stars might work. It will give Chris a chance to change his narrative from the white guy who made insensitive racial remarks to reminding everyone why they fell in love Chris in the first place.”
LeAnn Rimes – Rumored
A recent report by OK! Magazine claims that “producers are working overtime to get the perfect cast for the forthcoming season of DWTS.” Now, that may include singer LeAnn Rimes, though there’s no confirmation aside from their report as of yet.
Fran Drescher – Rumored
Actress Fran Drescher is also up for consideration to join Season 30 of Dancing With the Stars, according to OK!. While it’s unconfirmed if the star will be joining, sources tell the site that ABC has their eye on her.
Luann de Lesseps – Rumored
Real Housewives of New York star Luann de Lesseps is also at the “top of producers’ wish list” this season, according to OK! Magazine‘s recent report, but the reality star has yet to confirm nor deny these rumors.
Hilaria Baldwin – Rumored
Alec Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria Baldwin, is reportedly in talks to join the reality competition show months after her Spanish heritage snafu. The former yoga instructor was outed by fans who realized her “Spanish” identity may be fabricated. Following the backlash online, a source told OK! Magazine that Hilaria “wants to stay in the spotlight and look at opportunities, including Dancing with the Stars. Within 24 hours of the embarrassing accusations, Hilaria was on the phone with The New York Times,” the insider noted, adding that “Hilaria has big plans in 2021.” But could those really include DWTS? We’ll have to wait and see!
Dancing With the Stars Season 30 premieres September 20, 2021 on ABC.
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