Celebrities competing in cycle 24 are Bonner Bolton, Charo, Chris Kattan, David Ross, Erika Jayne, Heather Morris, Mr. T, Nancy Kerrigan, Nick Viall, Normani Kordel, Rashad Jennings, and Simone Biles.
"Yes, but what other show has a circus with so many rhinestones?" asked her pro dancer partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Olympic gymnast Simone Biles may be the most formidable competitor on "Dancing With the Stars" and the favorite to win season 24, but she has surprising competition.
Chris Kattan, known best for his lengthy stint on "Saturday Night Live", will possibly follow in the footsteps of past male comedians with emotional turmoil, like David Arquette and Andy Dick. Her unparalleled power is combined with a sense of whimsy and creativity that will make her one to watch throughout the season. That being said, there is nowhere to go but up, and it's only the first week! You can only go up from here.
It's no surprise that people were really, really excited for Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Girardi (aka Erika Jayne) to join the show. Ross is actually the first Major League Baseball player to appear on the show - and while we doubt his skills as a catcher will translate as easily to ballroom as, say, being a running back or ice skater, we always love an underdog. But more often than not, athletes get the ax very early in the competition, like what happened to four-time heavyweight champion boxer Evander Holyfield, NBA champion Metta World Peace, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, former Rangers center Sean Avery and former UFC title holder Randy Couture, just to name a few. Doctors said his chances to walk again were one percent, but 14 months later he's walking down fashion runways, and preparing to move across the dance floor. Paired with Emma Slater, he floated around the ballroom like it was his second home.
Singer Normani Kordei opened the show by delivering a first-class quickstep, Goodman said. Last season, Biles's former Olympic teammate Laurie Hernandez danced in the reality competition and won first place. Mr. T didn't do a lot of dancing on his cha cha to set to "Theme From The A-Team", and he acknowledged messing up on the group-dance portions. "You know, I can't fill out an NCAA bracket for the life of me, I got the Super Bowl wrong, but when it comes to ballroom dancing, and The Bachelor, by the way, I am golden". However, this is set to change as Mr T is one of the new contestants on the U.S. version of Dancing with the Stars and put his personal touch on the entrance.