Another year has come and gone, and fans are all set to watch the landmark return of “Dancing With the Stars” when it returns to ABC in one short week.

The series is returning for its pearl anniversary and will see the return of some of the familiar faces that sat out Season 29 due to the pandemic and other events. Most notably, Len Goodman is expected to be back at the judges’ table, joining his fellow judges, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, as well as Derek Hough, who is coming back to judge for the second time after his record six Mirrorball wins. Fans will once again have to get used to not seeing Tom Bergeron or Erin Andrews again, as Tyra Banks is once again slated to host.

Still, the fans are still surely are in for a great treat, as the show will be bringing some big names to the floor in honor of its big season—which will also be the first to feature a same-sex partnership.

So who are the 15 celebrities and pros signed on to try and take the Mirrorball this time around? Get reacquainted with the celebs the people who will be teaching them to dance (though the exact partnerships won’t be confirmed until premiere night) below.


Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and Britt Stewart are all returning, in addition to Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson, after both sat out Season 29 due to pregnancies. Not coming back for Season 30 are Keo Motsepe and Peta Murgatroyd.


Jimmie Allen

Jimmie Allen Jimmie Allen, pictured performing at the 56th annual ACM Awards on April 18, 2021, is competing on Season 30 of “Dancing With the Stars.” Photo: Jon Morgan/CBS

The country singer is best known for his hit singles “Best Shot” and “Make Me Want To,” as well as his duet with Noah Cyrus, “This Is Us.” He is also the first black solo performer to win New Male Artist of the Year at the Academy of Country Music Awards, an honor he took home this year.

Mel C.

Mel C. Mel C is pictured performing at the Victorious Festival in Portsmouth, England on August 29, 2021. Photo: Harry Herd/Redferns

Anyone who grew up in the 90s will remember Mel C (short for Chisholm), as she was one-fifth of the wildly popular pop group, The Spice Girls. Also known back then as “Sporty Spice,” she follows in the footsteps of fellow Spice Girl Mel. B (Scary Spice), who competed on the show’s 5th season.

Christine Chiu

Christine Chiu Christine Chiu, pictured on an episode of “Bling Empire,” is competing on Season 30 of “Dancing With the Stars.” Photo: Netflix

Fans know Chiu best from her part in the Netflix series “Bling Empire,” which follows a group of wildly wealthy Asian and Asian American residents in the Los Angeles area.

Olivia Jade Giannulli

Olivia Jade Olivia Jade is pictured at a Dolce & Gabbana event on May 17, 2018, in Los Angeles. Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance

Youtube fans recognize Olivia Jade from her work as an influencer, though she likely will be more recognizable to audiences these days for being embroiled in scandal. She’s the younger daughter of actress Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, who have both now served time for their role in the college admissions scandal.

Brian Austin Green


Green is finally appearing on the show, after backing out of Season 29. Fans likely recognize him still from his days as David Silver on “Beverly Hills, 90210” as well as the “BH90210” reboot. He may also be recognized from his previous marriage to Megan Fox, though these days, he is happily dating “DWTS” pro Sharna Burgess.

Melora Hardin

Best:Melora Hardin In 2015 Melora Hardin attends Amazon Video's 67th Primetime Emmy Celebration at The Standard Hotel on September 20, 2015 Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images

Viewers may likely recognize Hardin from everywhere, as her career has spanned several roles over the years. Fans likely recognize her as either Jacqueline Carlyle from “The Bold Type” and Jan Levinson from “The Office,” though she has also held roles on “A Million Little Things” and “Transparent,” as well as films, such as “17 Again” and “27 Dresses.”

Matt James

Bachelor Matt James Matt James stars in "The Bachelor." Photo: ABC/Craig Sjodin

ABC diehards certainly recognize James, the most recent “Bachelor” star. After making history as the first Black man to star as a lead on the series, his season become marred in controversy when his winner, Rachael Kirkconnell, was called out for past racially insensitive social media posts and activities. The two reconciled after an initial breakup, but the controversy did have some big consequences, as host Chris Harrison was then removed from his post after defending Rachael.

Amanda Kloots

Amanda Kloots Amanda Kloots is pictured on an episode of “The Talk.” Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS

Kloots, who is currently a co-host on “The Talk,” is well-known for her career on Broadway, as well as her traumatic 2020, where her husband, Nick Cordero, dealt with a long battle with COVID-19, and eventually succumbed to the virus.

Martin Kove

Martin Kove Martin Kove, pictured in an episode of “Cobra Kai,” is competing on Season 30 of “Dancing With the Stars.” Photo: Courtesy of Netflix

Kove is best known for his roles in “The Karate Kid” and the Netflix reboot series “Cobra Kai.”

Sunisa Lee

Sunisa Lee Team United States Sunisa Lee of Team United States competes in the floor exercise during the Women's All-Around Final on day six of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on July 29, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. Photo: Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Lee made headlines at the recent Tokyo Olympics, after winning a bronze medal for the Women’s Uneven Bars and the gold all-around medals, as well as being a part of Team USA, which took silver.

Mike “The Miz” Mizanin

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Known best for his roles in the WWE, “The Miz” also is recognizable from his USA show “Miz & Mrs,” a spinoff of the series “Total Divas.”

Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore Kenya Moore stars in “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Photo: Bravo/Tommy Garcia

Fans will likely recognize Moore, who starred opposite Nene Leakes, Kim Zolciak and others on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” though she is also known for her beauty queen past, other roles in various projects and her business ventures.

Cody Rigsby


Faithful Peloton riders will know Rigsby, who is an instructor for the classes offered to those with the bikes.

Jojo Siwa

jojo siwa halo awards Jojo Siwa attended the Nickelodeon Halo Awards at Pier 36 on Nov. 4, 2017 in New York City. Photo: Andrew Toth/Getty Images for Nickelodeon

Siwa, who got her start on “Dance Moms,” and is also known for other roles in TV and movies, as well as music and several branded partnerships since then, is a big name this season, making history as the first dancer to perform with a same-sex partner. She made waves when she came out as pansexual at the beginning of 2021.

Iman Shumpert

Iman Shumpert Teyana Taylor Pictured: Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports Awards in Westwood, California, on July 16, 2015. Photo: Getty

Known for his career as a shooting guard in the NBA, where he played for the New York Knicks, Cleveland Cavaliers, Sacramento Kings, Houston Rockets and Brooklyn Nets, Shumpert is also potentially known due to his marriage to Teyana Taylor, and their Vh1 show “Teyana and Iman.”

“Dancing With the Stars” Season 21 premieres Monday, Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.