A Bachelorette, one part of Fifth Harmony and an American Idol veteran all walk into a ballroom. No, this isn't the set-up of a bad joke, it's the set-up of the Dancing With the Stars season 28 cast.
After taking a cycle off, ABC's reality dance competition is packed with, well, stars of both screen, stage and politics. Announced on Good Morning America with longtime host Tom Bergeron, the celebrities stepping into the DWTS ballroom include Queer Eye's Karamo Brown, All That veteran Kel Mitchell, The Office star Kate Flannery, and American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina. E! News previously reported The Bachelorette's Hannah Brown will be dancing as well.
For the first time ever, viewers will learn the celeb and pro dancer pairs in the season premiere.
What brought The Bachelorette star into the fold? "Can't stop, won't stop. I'm so excited," she told the GMA hosts. "I want a fresh start, something I can go all in with emotionally, physically and spiritually" and she said that DWTS can do that for her.
When asked about her past many wardrobe malfunctions as The Office's Meredith, Flannery said, "OK, this is the deal: I had nine seasons as the most unglamorous character on TV. We're going in a different direction. Bring on the Spanx, bring on the spray tan!"
American Idol veteran Lauren Alaina had quite the moment meeting Flannery. "I did this thing where you see someone and you think they know them...I was trying to figure it out," she said. "I literally freaked out." The only other person she can recall doing that for? Dolly Parton.
Meet the full cast list below.
Professional dancers this year include: Alan Bersten, Brandon Armstrong, Cheryl Burke, Daniella Karagach, Emma Slater, Gleb Savchenko, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Lindsay Arnold, Pasha Pashkov, Peta Murgatroyd, Sasha Farber, Val Chmerkovskiy and Witney Carson.
Dancing With the Stars season 28 premieres Monday, Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. on ABC.