Terrell Owens Joins Dancing With the Stars Season 25 With Cheryl Burke

Season 25 of the reality series premieres September 18 on ABC

By Chris Harnick Sep 05, 2017 1:20 PMTags
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Terrell Owens is going Dancing. The footballer is making a go for the mirrorball trophy on Dancing With the Stars season 25 with returning pro dancer Cheryl Burke. The pair made their debut on the Tuesday, Sept. 5 episode Good Morning America where George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer interviewed them.

"He's got some rhythm," Burke teased.

"Just the rhythm is not the issue, just really trying to incorporate everything she's teaching," Owens said about the challenges he's preparing to face. "Really going to let her take the lead and I'll follow."

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Is he prepared for Burke to crack the whip? She's recently been coaching on Dance Moms and has taken home the top Dancing With the Stars prize two times.

"Yeah, I mean if I can handle Bill Parcells I can handle Cheryl," he joked.

Why now?  "I think the timing just came about at the right time," Owens said, noting he had a number of things he was weighing. "I didn't have much going on at the moment…when they said Cheryl would probably be my partner, I said ‘OK, cool. Checkmark.'"

Burke last appeared in Dancing With the Stars season 23 where she was partnered with Ryan Lochte. She has experience handling other pro football players having previously danced with Chad Ochocinco and Emmitt Smith.

"It's 7 days a week. There's no time off," Burke said about their rigorous schedule. "We really just have to stay focused…I think it is kind of similar I think to training for football except you'll be wearing lots of sparkles and ruffles."

So far just Drew Scott of Property Brothers fame has been confirmed by ABC, but E! News has reported several other names including Frankie Muniz and Jordan Fisher. Find out more below.

Nick and Vanessa Lachey

Paired With: Peta Murgatroyd and Maksim Chmerkovsiy 

The former 98 Degrees frontman will face off against his wife, Vanessa, and attempt to follow in in family's footsteps of winning DWTS as his brother Drew Lachey won season two. Vanessa, a former TRL VJ and Miss Teen USA, will team with Peta's husband Maks to try and win the trophy. 

Frankie Muniz

Paired With: Witney Carson

The former Malcolm in the Middle star and professional race car driver will compete for the mirrorball in season 25.

Victoria Arlen

Paired With: Val Chmerkovskiy

The former Paralympic swimmer-turned-ESPN personality will compete in season 25, sources tell E! News. And the fact that she's able to is something of a miracle. At the age of 11, Arlen was diagnosed with two incredibly rare autoimmune disorders that robbed her of the the ability to eat, speak, walk or move. After 10 years in a wheelchair, she learned how to speak, eat and move all over again, eventually going on to deliver a world record-breaking performance at the 2012 Summer Paralympics U.S. swimming trials.

Jordan Fisher

Paired With: Lindsay Arnold

The Grease Live! breakout star will bring his musical theater talents. Fisher, who first appeared in the Disney Channel Teen Beach Movie franchise, recently appeared on Broadway in Hamilton

Lindsey Stirling

Paired With: Mark Ballas

The violinist and dancer has over nine million subscribers on YouTube, and made it the the quarterfinals of America's Got Talent a few years ago. 

Sasha Pieterse

Paired With: Gleb Savchenko 

The Pretty Little Liars star will follow in her co-stars Brant Daugherty and Janel Parrish's footsteps when she competes. 

Derek Fisher

Paired With: Sharna Burgess

The former NBA star most recently in the news for a June DUI arrest on suspicion of DUI charges in California after flipping his car while driving on the freeway with his girlfriend, Basketball Wives star Gloria Govan.

Drew Scott

Paired With: Emma Slater 

The Property Brothers star surprised Good Morning America's live studio audience when he was announced as the first official cast member.

Terrell Owens

Paired With: Cheryl Burke

The football legend and philanthropist will team with the two-time mirrorball champ to try and keep the streak of NFL stars winning alive.

Debbie Gibson

Paired With: Alan Bersten

The 80's pop icon, who has gone on to star on Broadway, is teaming with first-time pro Alan, who was promoted from the troupe. 

Barbara Corcoran

Paired With: Keo Motsepe

The real estate mogul and Shark Tank star will compete for the mirrorball, following in the footsteps of her fellow Shark Robert Herjavec who competed in season 20.

Nikki Bella

Paired With: Artem Chigvintsev 

The E! reality star, currently inactive at the WWE due to an injury, will attempt to take home the mirrorball trophy. And yes, that means we'll probably see her fiancé John Cena in the ballroom plenty.

The full cast of Dancing With the Stars season 25 will be announced on Wednesday, Sept. 6 on Good Morning America.

The new season premieres on Monday, Sept. 18 on ABC.