Meet the Season 17 "DWTS" Cast

September 4, 2013

The “Dancing with the Stars” Season 17 (17!) cast has been announced. To quote 10 Things I Hate About You: “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be…whelmed?” Because “whelmed” is how I’m feeling about this bunch.

This season’s stars (photo via

I mean, they tick all the standard “DWTS” boxes. We have the Faded Reality Stars, most notably Snooki (how has she not been on already?). We have the Older Actresses Who Want to Restart Their Careers: Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Leah Remini. We have the Professional Athlete: Keyshawn Johnson. And we have the Total Rando: Bill Nye The Science Guy.

But there isn’t really anyone I want to root for. Maybe Christina Milian? She’s got some moves. Or Amber Riley? Thanks to “Glee,” we know she can break it down.

Here’s the full list of contestants and partners. Catch the season premiere of “DWTS” on Monday, September 16 at 8 pm EST.

Valerie Harper
and Tristan MacManus

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi
and Sasha Farber

Leah Remini
and Tony Dovolani

Corbin Bleu
and Karina Smirnoff

Brant Daugherty
and Peta Murgatroyd

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren
and Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Keyshawn Johnson
and Sharna Burgess

Christina Milian
and Mark Ballas

Bill Nye
and Tyne Stecklein

Amber Riley
and Derek Hough

Jack Osbourne
and Cheryl Burke

Bill Engvall
and Emma Slater