New celebrity cast of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars announced this morning on Good Morning America, including football player Michael Sam, Sgt. Noah Galloway, The Hunger Games’ Willow Shields, Shark Robert Herjavec, Charlotte McKinney of that Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl ad — you know the one — and Rumer Willis:
- Noah Galloway partnered with Sharna Burgess
- Robert Herjavec partnered with Kym Johnson
- Patti LaBelle partnered with Artem Chigvintsev
- Nastia Liukin partnered with Derek Hough
- Riker Lynch partnered with Allison Holker
- Charlotte McKinney partnered with Keo Motsepe
- Redfoo partnered with Emma Slater
- Michael Sam partnered with Peta Murgatroyd
- Willow Shields partnered with Mark Ballas
- Suzanne Somers partnered with Tony Dovolani
- Rumer Willis partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Here are the contestants’ bios:
NOAH GALLOWAY — A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Sergeant Noah Galloway was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Just three months into his second tour of duty, he experienced a life changing injury. On December 19, 2005, Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack. Now a personal trainer and motivational speaker.
ROBERT HERJAVEC — Robert Herjavec is recognized as the “nice” Shark on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning hit show Shark Tank. Born in Croatia, Robert and his family fled communism in the former Yugoslavia with just one suitcase and $20 to their name. Today he helps launch the entrepreneurial dreams of millions of Americans and is recognized as one of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts. As Founder & CEO of Herjavec Group, Robert has grown his cybersecurity business over 12 years from $400K in sales and 3 employees to $140 million in sales and 250 employees worldwide
PATTI LABELLE — For more than 50 years, Patti’s strong and soulful voice has left an indelible mark all over the world. This Philadelphia born entertainer captured her first hit in 1962, as lead singer of The BlueBelles and went on to receive worldwide acclaim with the trailblazing and genre bending trio, Labelle. A solo artist since the 1970s, Patti has created timeless songs that have helped cement her place as a music icon and garnered her numerous honors, including GRAMMY Awards, American Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, New York Times bestsellers and more. From music to film to books, Patti has shown her diversity and broken down barriers as an entertainer and businesswoman, most recently launching a line of products, Patti’s Good Life.
NASTIA LIUKIN — Olympic All-Around Gold Medalist at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, winning five medals, Liukin launched a clothing line, SuperGirl by Nastia along with her own gymnastics competition, The Nastia Liukin Cup. She remains active in the Olympic world as the Athlete Ambassador for the USOC’s Road to Rio tour, along with work as a the female television commentator at USA Gymnastics Nationals, Olympic Trials and the Olympic Games in Rio 2016 for NBC. Liukin is currently a junior and full-time student at New York University, majoring in Sports Management.
RIKER LYNCH — Riker Lynch is an actor / musician / songwriter originally from Littleton, CO. He has been singing and performing since the age of 3 and was originally cast in Hollywood as Jeff Sterling, one of the members of the Warblers, the acappella group featured in Glee. He appeared in seasons 2, 3 and 4, and also appeared as a Warbler in the 2011 edition of the Glee Live! In Concert tour. Riker is currently a singer and bassist in the Hollywood Records recording act R5, along with his siblings Rydel, Rocky and Ross Lynch (who plays Austin on Disney’s Austin & Ally) and best friend Ellington Ratliff.
CHARLOTTE MCKINNEY — 21 year old model and actress, Charlotte McKinney, is the centerpiece of the highly buzzed about Carl’s Jr. Super Bowl ad, the fast-food chain’s most successful to date with a staggering 2.5 billion media impressions in less than two weeks. She previously fronted a campaign for the iconic brand, Guess. Charlotte began modeling full-time at the age of 17. In addition to modeling, she continues to build her acting career across television and film. This summer, she can be seen in Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser, co-starring Christopher Walken and David Spade.
REDFOO — Redfoo is the first ever DWTS guest judge to appear as a contestant on the show. Bursting onto the world stage as one half of LMFAO, and scoring a swag of #1’s in more than 30 countries, his sound reflected a new movement in music, catapulting him into high demand amongst his musical alumni, collaborating with the likes of Kanye West, Pitbull, Will.i.am, fellow DJ’s David Guetta and Steve Aoki and performing along side Madonna in the 2012 Super Bowl half time show. His fresh, fun and fluro flavour has earned him countless nominations, honors and accolades from both his peers and party rockin’ fans including the American Music Awards, MTV EMA’s, MTV VMA’s, Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards and 2 of France’s most prestigious NRJ Awards.
MICHAEL SAM — Michael Sam was raised in Hitchcock, Texas and attended the University of Missouri on a football scholarship. Michael made history last year when the star college football player came out as gay ahead of the NFL draft, making him the first openly LGBT player to be drafted in any major American sport. As a college player at the University of Missouri, Sam was named a first-team All-American and Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year. Sam’s bravery earned him the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the 2014 ESPY Awards. In 2014, he was named one of GQ Magazine’s Men of the Year and was a finalist for Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year. He recently became engaged to his boyfriend, Vito Cammisano
WILLOW SHIELDS — Willow Shields is most notably recognized for her role as Primrose Everdeen in the The Hunger Games franchise. The New Mexico native began acting at the age of seven when she followed her brother to an audition and booked a role in USA Network’s In Plain Sight. However, it was her break-out role as Prim, younger sister to Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) in the worldwide phenomenon The Hunger Games which bought her international fame. Willow reprised her role as the caring, young healer in Catching Fire and Mockingjay Part 1. Fans around the globe now eagerly await the franchise’s climatic finale, Mockingjay Part 2. She is a vocal advocate for Operation Smile, a charitable organization that provides free surgeries to repair facial deformities for children around the globe.
SUZANNE SOMERS — Health advocate, entrepreneur, and star of two hit TV series, Suzanne Somers has written 25 books, including 13 New York Times bestsellers, five of which were #1 New York Times bestsellers. Her last book, I’m Too Young for This!: The Natural Hormone Solution to Enjoy Menopause was an instant New York Times bestseller. Her new book, TOX-SICK: From Toxic to Not Sick, will be published by Harmony in April 2015. Her show Suzanne’s Nightclub and residency at the Westgate Hotel Las Vegas begins May 23, 2015. She is a founder of ForeverHealth.com, an online resource to connect patients with doctors specializing in natural hormone therapy.
RUMER WILLIS — Rumer began her acting career as a child starring with her mother Demi Moore in the major motion pictures Striptease and Now and Then. She is thrilled to be continuing her For the Record journey playing the Basket Case in Dear John Hughes. Most recently she wowed LA audiences as Fran in the Baz Luhrmann production at DBA, having portrayed Juliet in its prior incarnation at Rockwell Table and Stage. She won acclaim as Mia Wallace/Beatrix Kiddo in FTR: Tarantino, which she also starred in at the Montreal Jazz Festival last summer. Ms. Willis is currently recording her debut album under the guidance of legendary music icon Linda Perry. Last year she starred in the pilot of Songbyrd for E! Network (based on the life of iconic songwriter Diane Warren). Known around Hollywood for her sultry vocals, Rumer and her band enjoyed a nearly 2 year Artist Residency at Hollywood hot-spot The Sayer’s Club. Her recent television credits include Workaholics, Pretty Little Liars and Hawaii 5-0, while her film credits include House Bunny, Sorority Row, Diary of Preston Plummer and many more. She wants to thank her family and friends for their continual support.
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