'Dancing with the Stars' season 19 cast announced
Counterculture legend Tommy Chong, fashion icon Betsey Johnson, YouTube celebrity Bethany Mota and actors including Lea Thompson, Alfonso Ribeiro and Antonio Sabato Jr. will all be dancing with the professionals when "Dancing with the Stars" begins its upcoming 19th edition.
ABC, which announced this season's pairings Thursday on "Good Morning America," said the 13 stars would compete before judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba plus newcomer Julianne Hough. Tom Bergeron and sportscaster Erin Andrews, a season-10 finalist, return as hosts. The live, two-hour season premiere airs Sept. 15.
Along with pro athletes Randy Couture, a champion UFC mixed martial artist, and Michael Waltrip, a two-time Daytona 500-winning NASCAR racer, is Olympian Lori "Lolo" Jones, who has competed in both hurdles and bobsled. Also competing is Sadie Robertson, 17, of A&E's "Duck Dynasty" reality-show clan.
Radio and TV talk-show host Tavis Smiley, ABC Family star Janel Parrish ("Pretty Little Liars") and actor Jonathan Bennett ("Mean Girls") round out the field.
New judge Hough, sister of dancer Derek Hough, is a former "DWTS" dancer who won back-to-back championships in seasons four and five with, respectively speed skater Apolo Ohno and race car driver Hélio Castroneves.
Alphabetically by star:
Jonathan Bennett - Allison Holker
Tommy Chong - Peta Murgatroyd
Randy Couture - Karina Smirnoff
Betsey Johnson - Tony Dovolani
Lolo Jones - Keo Motsepe
Bethany Mota - Derek Hough
Janel Parrish - Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Alfonso Ribeiro - Witney Carson
Sadie Robertson - Mark Ballas
Antonio Sabato Jr. - Cheryl Burke
Tavis Smiley - Sharna Burgess
Lea Thompson - Artem Chigvintsev
Michael Waltrip - Emma Slater