This time around, “Dancing With The Stars” will be starrier than usual. Featuring 12 pairs of celebrities and their partners, DWTS promises a bigger roster of household names to bring in an even bigger audience.
One of them is Marla Maples, the second wife of presidential candidate Donald Trump. She’s partnered with Tony Dovolani, a ballroom dancer of Albanian descent, according to TVGuide.com. He also played the Hispanic heartthrob in Jennifer Lopez’s 2004 film “Shall We Dance?”
Another hotshot contestant is Antonio Brown, the wide receiver of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Paired with professional dancer Sharna Burgess, Brown hopes to continue the line of Pittsburgh-based NFL finalists on DWTS. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, he will have to fill in the shoes of 2011 DWTS champ Hines Ward, 2006 champ Emmitt Smith and 2013 third-placer Jacoby Jones.
The other two NFL contestants this season are the Denver Broncos’ Von Miller (partnered with Witney Carson) and former quarterback Doug Flutie (partnered with Karina Smirnoff). Carson and Smirnoff took home the mirrorball trophy for season 19 and 13, respectively.
Season 22 will also feature the second deaf contestant on DWTS, Nyle DiMarco. Winner of “America’s Next Top Model” in 2015, DiMarco will dance with Peta Murgatroyd, the holder of the season 14 mirrorball trophy.
Rounding up the rest of the contenders are “O.C.” actress Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev; “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kim Fields and Sasha Farber; talk show host Geraldo Rivera and Edyta Sliwinska; former Boyz II Men member Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold; MMA fighter Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas; “Fuller House” actress Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe; and meteorologist Ginger Zee and Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
As for the judges, they will be comprised of Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman, who took a leave from season 21. Julianne Hough, meanwhile, will not grace the judging panel for season 22, according to People magazine.