Football player Michael Sam among 'Dancing with the Stars' hopefuls
LOS ANGELES - "Dancing With The Stars" returns with its 20th season on March 16, and ABC revealed the latest slew of celebrity contestants Tuesday morning, live on "Good Morning America."
Michael Sam, the first openly gay player in the NFL, and Robert Herjavec of "Shark Tank" are among the 12 contestants.
The Dallas Cowboys selected the 25-year-old Sam in the seventh-round of the NFL Draft last season. He was released and signed to the Cowboys' practice squad before being waived in midseason.
Sam says he still wants to play in the NFL. But filming for the program begins in March, which could cause a conflict for Sam. The inaugural veteran combine, which would give Sam a chance to prove to potential teams he can play in the league, is scheduled for March 22.
Ex-NFL players have fared well on the program. Ex-wide receivers Donald Driver and Hines Ward have joined running back Emmitt Smith as past winners.
This season is the 10th year anniversary of the ABC competition series.
Here's the full rundown of the "DWTS" Season 20 celebrity and pro partners:
- Noah Galloway partnered with Sharna Burgess
- Robert Herjavec partnered with Kym Johnson
- Patti LaBelle partnered with Artem Chigvintsev
- Nastia Liukin partnered with Derek Hough
- Riker Lynch partnered with Allison Holker
- Charlotte McKinney partnered with Keo Motsepe
- Redfoo partnered with Emma Slater
- Michael Sam partnered with Peta Murgatroyd
- Willow Shields partnered with Mark Ballas
- Suzanne Somers partnered with Tony Dovolani
- Rumer Willis partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Reigning champ Witney Carson (who won Season 19 with Alfonso Ribeiro), will be paired with a surprise celebrity to be announced at a later date.
Season 20 will welcome back judges Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Cheryl Burke is not returning to the ballroom.
The new round of competition will also feature new and returning themed episodes including favorites Disney Night and Latin Night, and the first-ever Spring Break Night. The series will also expand #DWTSAllAccess for at-home viewers with additional behind the scenes live-streams from the ballroom and rehearsals, on ABC.com.