“Dancing With the Stars” will have a big NFL flavor for the 22nd season, and even a hint of a Donald Trump one, too. “DWTS” confirmed Tuesday the wide-open secret that Marla Maples, the GOP candidate’s second wife, has joined the cast.
The 22nd season, which launches March 21, also marks the first time a “DWTS” cast will have two active NFL players. And there’s also a third gridder — Doug Flutie, who in 1985 was the quarterback for Trump’s New Jersey Generals of the long-defunct USFL (prior to his career in the NFL). Here’s the list:
Jodie Sweetin, 34 (partnered with dance professional, Keo Motsepe), Stephanie from “Fuller House.”
Antonio Brown (with Sharna Burgess), No. 84 on the Steelers, 27-year-old wide receiver, who was announced Monday on ESPN.
Paige VanZant (with Mark Ballas), the 21-year-old MMA star, continuing a tradition of fighters on “DWTS.” Her name was an early leak, and of course she has to be one of the favorites to go far, especially with Ballas by her side.
Wanya Morris (with Lindsay Arnold), a big star way-back-when, specifically when Boyz II Men was a major R&B group; he’s now 42, and one of the borderline seniors of this group.
Marla Maples, 52, (with Tony Dovolani), and married to Trump in the early ’90s, and a tabloid fixture over that stretch.
Doug Flutie, 53 (with Karina Smirnoff), former quarterback in the USFL, NFL and CFL.
Mischa Barton (with Artem Chigvintsev), the 30-year-old British-born actress whose best-known TV role was on “The O.C.” as Marissa Cooper.
Von Miller, 26 (with Witney Carson), the star outside linebacker for the Broncos, and another favorite-to-go-far. He was a major factor in the Broncos’ Super Bowl win, too.
Kim Fields (with Sasha Farber), 46, aka Tootie from “The Facts of Life.”
Ginger Zee, 35 (with Valentin Chmerkovskiy), “Good Morning America” weathercaster and new mom.
Geraldo Rivera, 72 (with Edyta Sliwinska), Fox News Channel correspondent and former talk-show host.
Nyle DiMarco (with Peta Murgatroyd), whom you may know from “America’s Next Top Model,” which he won last year. The 36-year-old Queens native is also deaf — and probably has another good shot doing well here, too.