Has it really been months since rugs went uncut on television? Aren’t you sick of staring at your boob tube without the wild gesticulations and innuendo of Bruno Tonioli? Can we please get some Carrie Ann Inaba being a stickler for lifts already!?!?
Soon, my friends, soon. Dancing with the Stars is back in less than three weeks, and we’re one big step closer to its return now that the Season 24 cast has been announced.
The Season 24 competitors were revealed on Good Morning America Wednesday, and leading the pack are two obvious favorites to win the coveted Mirror Ball trophy: American Olympic gymnast Simone Biles and Glee alum Heather Morris. Biles won the all-around gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was a teammate of last season’s winner Laurie Hernandez. Is it unfair to include professional gymnasts in this competition, as they’re at a clear advantage due to cat-like athleticism and raw strength? Sure. But will you see me complaining about watching them dance instead of someone like, oh, I don’t know, this doofus?
Morris may be an even bigger threat to everyone else because she’s literally a professional dancer, or at least was at one point in her life. She backup danced for Beyoncé!!! She’s also paired with pro favorite, returning dancer and new dad Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Here are the rest of the pairings:
Here’s how they pair up:
Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess
Charo with Keo Motsepe
Chris Kattan with Witney Carson
David Ross with Lindsay Arnold
Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko
Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Mr. T with Kym Herjavec
Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev
Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd
Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater
Simone Biles with Sasha Farber