ABC officially announced the lineup of "Dancing With the Stars" Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation about which celebrities would vie for the Disco Ball trophy on the 17th season of the competitive dancing show.
From reality TV personalities to professional athletes and actors to singers, "DWTS" has always attracted a diverse cast and producers are hoping season 17 can deliver, despite a recent ratings tumble.
As in seasons past, a rumored roster of contestants has been floating around the Internet in the weeks leading up to the official announcement.
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One of the most notable rumored contestants was Valerie Harper
, who played Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and later on the spinoff "Rhoda." The 74-year-old revealed earlier this year that she had been diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer that gave her just months to live.
Leah Remini was also widely expected to put on her dancing shoes
as a celebrity contestant. The "King of Queens" actress created a buzz recently when she left Scientology after 30 years as a member of the cult-like religion
But now the wait is over and the speculation can cease. Here is the newest cast of "DWTS":
— Actress, "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
— Former NFL star
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
— Reality TV star, "Jersey Shore"
— Actor, "Pretty Little Liars"
— Bill Nye the Science Guy
— Actress, "Saved By The Bell"
— Actor, "High School Musical"
— Actress, "Glee"
— Ozzy Osbourne's son
— Actress, "King of Queens"
"DWTS" premieres Sept. 16 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.
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