‘Dancing with the Stars’ Announces Celebrities for Season 25
Cheryl & T.O.
Two-time Mirror Ball winner Cheryl Burke is back! Her partner will be famed former football wide receiver Terrell Owens. He holds several NFL records and if the previous seasons of “Dancing with the Stars” have taught us anything, it’s that football players have a good chance of winning.
Burke, who was also announced as Abby Lee Miller’s replacement in “Dance Moms,” started “Dancing with the Stars” in Season 2 and won the Mirror Ball with Drew Lachey from 98 Degrees, then with running back Emmitt Smith. Last season, she returned as Ryan Lochte’s partner after an almost three-year hiatus.
Emma & Drew
Pro Emma Slater joined “Dancing with the Stars” during Season 18 and except for Season 22, has been a part of the show ever since. She won the last season with Rashad Jennings, the free agent football running back. Emma began dancing in England participating in competitions before she branched out to acting. She was originally a troupe member on Season 14 before building her way up to becoming a pro on the show.
Her partner for Season 25 is Drew Scott, the Canadian actor, realtor and entrepreneur known as the star of the TV show “Property Brothers,” in which he stars alongside his twin brother Jonathan. Scott is known for his goofy personality and philanthropic work.
Lindsay Arnold & Jordan Fisher
Former “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant Lindsay Arnold joined the “Dancing with the Stars” team during Season 16 as the second youngest pro dancer in the show’s history. Last season she won second place with former professional baseball catcher David Ross.
Jordan Fisher, Lindsay’s new partner, is primarily a singer. His first single came out in 2014, but his career really took off when he joined the cast of “Hamilton” on Broadway as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton. Previously was on Disney’s “iCarly” and “Teen Beach Movie.” But ever since landing his role in the Tony-Award winning musical, he has established himself as a triple threat.
Mark Ballas & Lindsey Stirling
Ballas is back! Mark Ballas became a regular pro during Season 5. He won first place in Season 6 with Olympic gold-medal winning figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi and Season 8 with another gold-winning Olympian—gymnast Shawn Johnson. Mark had been on the show consistently until Season 23 when he took a break to pursue acting, music and a short stint on Broadway as Frankie Valli in “Jersey Boys.”
Lindsey Stirling, Mark’s new partner, may already have a leg-up on the competition with her career. Although she is primarily a musician, she presents choreographed violin performances on the regular. She is both an original and a cover artist, playing through genres such as pop, classical and electronic. Her diversity and musicality might mean that she’s a shoe in for the trophy.
Alan Bersten & Debbie Gibson
First-time pro Alan Bersten will be dancing with Debbie Gibson, the ’80s teen singer.
Aside from her singing career, Debbie became a Broadway star when she performed in “Les Misérables.” She also played Sandy in London’s West End production of “Grease,” which shows she can dance.
Her partner Alan was previously a competitor on Season 10 of “So You Think You Can Dance.” He also became a troupe member on “Dancing with the Star’s” Season 20. Since then he has stepped in as a replacement for injured pro members twice—once for Mark Ballas in Season 22 and for Maksim Chmerkovskiy last season.
Sharna Burgess & Derek Fisher
Former NBA player Derek Fisher is Sharna Burgess’s new partner.
Sharna appeared on Season 16 as Andy Dick’s partner and has been on the show ever since. Before that she was on the Australian version of “Dancing with the Stars” and the Belgium and Netherlands “So You Think You Can Dance.”
Derek is head coach of the New York Knicks after enjoying an 18-year career as an L.A. Lakers player. Derek is also a television analyst. We’ll have to wait and find out what happens once he puts down the basketball and ties on a pair of dance shoes!
Witney Carson & Frankie Muniz
Witney Carson came into the picture during Season 18 and immediately became a series regular. She won first place with Alfonso Ribeiro the following season. Witney was a Season 9 “So You Think You Can Dance” contestant, making it to the top 6 finalists and eventually becoming a Season 10 All-Star.
Witney’s partner is child actor Frankie Muniz, best known for his role as Malcom Wilkerson in the “Malcom in the Middle.” He had a blooming acting career with films such as “Agent Cody Banks” in his teens and slowly took on fewer roles while spreading his talents to music. Frankie is now the manager of the Astro Lasso. We’ll see if he’s able to lasso in the Mirror Ball this season.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Vanessa Lachey
Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who is pro dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy’s younger brother, was on “Dancing with the Stars” from Season 2 through 15. He returned for Season 18 where he won the Mirror Ball trophy with Meryl Davis, the 2014 Olympic ice dancing champion. In between he acted as a guest judge for the show. He returned during Season 23 and has been on the show since. In July of this year, Maks and colleague Peta Murgatroyd became the first DWTS pros to get married.
Vanessa Lachey is the 1998 Miss Teen USA pageant winner and a current model married to former boyband singer Nick Lachey. Vanessa has several acting roles and remains active in the fashion world, notably becoming a correspondent for New York City’s “Entertainment Tonight” in 2005. This may be a good time to see if dancing is one of her talents!
Valentin Chmerkovskiy & Victoria Arlen
Valentin Chmerkovskiy began his “Dancing with the Stars” career in Season 13. He is Maks Chmerkovskiy’s younger brother and a two-time champion on the show with partners Rumer Willis (Season 20) and 2016 Summer Olympian Laurie Hernandez. Val got his start as a ballroom competitor in Ukraine alongside his brother. He appeared many times on the show in guest dance battle roles or as his brother’s student before becoming a fully-fledged DWTS pro.
Victoria Arlen is Val’s partner this season. Another Olympic title holder, this Paralympic swimmer won a gold and two silver medals after participating in the 2012 London tournament. In April of 2016, Victoria learned to walk again after spending almost 20 years paralyzed from the waist down due to her development of transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis when she was 11. Since London, she has transitioned into becoming one of the youngest sports broadcasters on ESPN. Her determination makes her a good candidate for the competition.
Artem Chigvinstev & Nikki Bella
Nikki Bella is a World Wresting Entertainment (WWE) wrestler, model and Artem Chigvinstev’s new partner. The two-time WWE Divas Champion is a tough competitor, which makes her a good match for strict Artem. Athletes often do well on the show so she may be a good candidate for winning an entirely different title soon.
Russian ballroom dancer Artem Chigvinstev got his start on the BBC’s “Strictly Come Dancing” before he was on “Dancing with the Stars.” He joined the ABC show during its 19th season and has been on it since, except Season 21 when he was a part of the troupe dancers.
Keo & Barbara
Keoikantse Motsepe is the first black professional dancer on the show. He joined the “Dancing with the Stars” family in Season 19. Keo got farthest in the competition when he finished in 6th place with “Full House” actress Jodi Sweetin.
Barbara Corcoran, the “Shark Tank” investor, is Keo’s Season 25 dance partner. The business-smart woman is also an investor, speaker, consultant and author. We’ll see if she gets as far as previous “Shark Tank” contestant Robert Herjavec, who was partnered with pro Kym Johnson.
Peta Murgatroyd & Nick Lachey
New Zealander Peta Murgatroyd joined the reality competition show in Season 13 and now she’ll dance with singer Nick Lachey, from the ’90s group 98 Degrees. His wife, Vannessa Lachey, is also in the competition this season!
Nick was also known for a reality TV show he was in with then-wife Jessica Simpson called “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica,” which aired from 2003 and 2006.
Peta is a fan-favorite pro who sustained an injury before Season 21, which forced her to sit it out. She came back for 22 and has been on ever since. Peta has won the Mirror Ball trophy twice—with wide receiver Donald Driver in Season 14 and the show’s first deaf winner Nyle DiMarco. In July of this year, Peta and colleague Maks Chmerkovskiy became the first DWTS pros to get married.
Gleb Sachenko & Sasha Pieterse
Russian-born Gleb Sachenko was previously a part of the Australian version of “Dancing with the Stars” before appearing on Season 16 of the U.S. version. He has been on consistently since the 23rd season.
Sasha Pieterse is Gleb’s partner this season. The South African born actress and singer-songwriter stars as Alison DiLaurentis in “Pretty Little Liars.” She released her first single, a country rock song “This Country is Bad Ass” in 2013.