Oh Hello, It's the Celebrity Cast of "Dancing with the Stars," Pandemic Edition

September 1, 2020

If you’ve been feeling as reality television-deprived as we have these past few months, never fear—because “Dancing with the Stars” is here. Or, at least, it will be, starting on Monday, September 14. So before you even consider skipping out on this season, be sure to check out the celebrity cast, which was just announced this morning. Because as one of our Dance Media coworkers put it (perfectly), “They really came out this season saying ‘COVID isn’t canceling us! We’re giving you EVERY plot twist. Good luck not watching. K bye!’ ”

The top names on this season’s celebrity lineup read like they could have been pulled straight from your quarantine television queue: Navarro College Cheer head coach Monica Aldama, from Netflix’s “Cheer,” fan-fave Chrishell Stause, from Netflix’s “Selling Sunset,” and yes, you heard right, Carole Baskin, from Netflix’s quarantine smash-hit show, “Tiger King.”


So yes, this season’s celebrity cast lineup is reading a little bit like a quarantine-induced fever dream. TBH, we’re not mad about it.

The celeb cast continues with a few other stars from your TV watchlist: Justina Machado, from Netflix’s “One Day at a Time,” Jeannie Mai, Emmy Award-winning host of “The Real,” Nev Schulman, longtime host of MTV’s “Catfish: The TV Show,” and former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe, who was the first celeb to be announced for the season—way back in June (aka roughly 10 years ago).

Next up on the lineup are the athletes, because what’s a season of “Dancing with the Stars” if your dad can’t interrupt each episode with a sports story you don’t really care about? Also joining the cast are Super Bowl champ Vernon Davis, NBA superstar Charles Oakley (who you might recognize from Netflix’s “The Last Dance”), and two-time Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir.

Rounding out the celebrity cast are television and film star (and icon) Anne Heche, our fave Disney Channel alum Skai Jackson, Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean, John Tucker actor Jesse Metcalfe, and, because why not, rapper Nelly.

And of course, we can’t forget that all of this madness will be presided over by none other than the show’s new host Tyra Banks. So yeah, this might just be the most epic season of “Dancing with the Stars” yet.