Meet the Season 17 “DWTS” Cast

The “Dancing with the Stars” Season 17 (17!) cast has been announced. To quote 10 Things I Hate About You: “I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you ever just be…whelmed?” Because “whelmed” is how I’m feeling about this bunch.

This season's stars (photo via

This season’s stars (photo via

I mean, they tick all the standard “DWTS” boxes. We have the Faded Reality Stars, most notably Snooki (how has she not been on already?). We have the Older Actresses Who Want to Restart Their Careers: Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Leah Remini. We have the Professional Athlete: Keyshawn Johnson. And we have the Total Rando: Bill Nye The Science Guy.

But there isn’t really anyone I want to root for. Maybe Christina Milian? She’s got some moves. Or Amber Riley? Thanks to “Glee,” we know she can break it down.

Here’s the full list of contestants and partners. Catch the season premiere of “DWTS” on Monday, September 16 at 8 pm EST.

Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas
Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein
Amber Riley and Derek Hough
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater

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