The competition for the Mirrorball Trophy is about to be HEATED, y'all. (Courtesy ABC)

We Are Totally Here for the New "DWTS" Cast

It's been almost a full year since the last season of "Dancing with the Stars." And between the cryptic hints from ABC showrunners that this would be the biggest season yet and the countless clues from the "DWTS" Instagram, we have been on the edge of our seats to find out who the cast would feature this season. This morning, the full season 28 cast was announced on "Good Morning America," and it includes everyone from reality TV stars to athletes to models to...a former White House Press Secretary?


Let's start with the biggest names first: former Bachelorette Hannah Brown, "Queer Eye" guy Karamo Brown, former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, and supermodel (and recent Chicago star) Christie Brinkley.

Right off the bat, that has to be one of the most stacked "DWTS" casts we've ever seen. Most seasons, we're lucky to get one or two names we recognize, alongside a good number of "celebrities" we couldn't pick out of a lineup. But the stars this season are all for-real stars we know and love.

The cast continues with James Van Der Beek, aka Dawson from "Dawson's Creek;" Kate Flannery, aka Meredith from "The Office;" Lauren Alaina, country susperstar; Ally Brooke, former Fifth Harmony member; Kel Mitchell, co-star of the 90s hit TV show "Kenan and Kell;" and music legend Mary Wilson from the iconic 1960s girl group the Supremes.

And in case you're really missing the recent "DWTS: Athletes" season (or you want to give your dad a reason to watch this season with you), former NFL star Ray Lewis and former NBA champ Lamar Odom will be dancing into the ballroom as well.

The partnerships between stars and "DWTS" professionals won't be announced until the season premiere on September 16, but the eye-popping cast of celebrities will be joined with many well-loved and well-known pros, as well as two new dancers: Daniella Karagach and Pasha Pashkov, whom you might remember from season 2 of "World of Dance."

What do you think? Which stars are headed for ballroom glory and a shot at the Mirrorball Trophy? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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