A “Queer Eye” host, a “Bachelorette” and a former White House press secretary walk into a dance studio …
Only “Dancing With the Stars” could round up a cast that is simultaneously as star-studded and as random as its 2019 lineup.
The competition program seems to have pulled out all the stops for its Season 28 cast, which was announced Wednesday. Since ABC decided to buck its typical twice-yearly format and didn’t greenlight a spring edition, this will be the lone “DWTS” to air this year.
Twelve celebrities make up this year’s star squad, set to hit the dance floor Sept. 16.
During his eight-month stint as White House press secretary, Spicer earned a reputation for spreading what President Trump’s counselor Kellyanne Conway called “alternative facts.” Before his resignation in July 2017, he was routinely scrutinized in the media, even spurring multiple “SNL” spoofs of White House press briefings, led by Melissa McCarthy.
As Brown has been riding her newfound reality TV super-stardom, some had already speculated that the “Bachelor” breakout-turned-“Bachelorette” would trade roses for dancing shoes on ABC’s sister program.
In case anyone had any doubts, the veteran supermodel is here to prove she’s still got it. Over the course of her long and fruitful career, the forever cover girl has fronted more than 500 magazines, including Sports Illustrated, Glamour and Cosmopolitan.
Brown and the rest of “Queer Eye’s” Fab Five certainly know how to make entertaining reality TV, as evidenced by the hit Netflix series’ three Emmy wins since its splashy debut in 2018. Who knows if the host’s cultural expertise will translate to the dance floor?
Odom has a rich history with Los Angeles, playing twice for the Clippers and winning two NBA championships with the Lakers. The hoops veteran previously appeared on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” during his brief marriage to Khloé Kardashian.
Another contestant who is no stranger to reality programming, Brooke first came to fame on the American “X Factor” as one-fifth of the girl group Fifth Harmony, who split in March 2018.
James Van Der Beek
Van Der Beek most recently starred as a slimy executive on Ryan Murphy’s hit FX drama “Pose,” but audiences still remember him as the dreamboat title character on “Dawson’s Creek.”
If anyone knows how to bring a crowd to its feet, it’s a Motown legend. A founding member of the Supremes, Wilson has performed for countless fans around the world, later continuing her success with her solo music and bestselling books.
NFL Hall of Famer and two-time Super Bowl champion Lewis has proved his dominance on the football field during his long career with the Baltimore Ravens. Lewis and Odom are the only professional athletes on the list this year.
After coming up just short of the title on Season 10 of “American Idol,” Alaina now has another chance to snag a reality TV trophy. Since her “Idol” fame, the singer has built up a fanbase in the country music world with two studio albums.
Nickelodeon and Disney Channel alum Mitchell joins a long lineage of former child stars to appear on “Dancing With the Stars.” Mitchell first came to fame making young audiences laugh in Nickelodeon’s “All That” and “Kenan and Kel,” starring alongside “SNL’s” Kenan Thompson.
Best known for her quirky one-liners on NBC’s hit sitcom “The Office,” Flannery has maintained a steady TV acting career, appearing most recently in Hulu’s “All Night” and CBS’ “Young Sheldon.”