Oh, yes, it's time to tango once again.
The new cast of Dancing With the Stars waltzed onto the Good Morning America stage for the big unveiling Thursday morning.
Competing on the 19th season, which kicks off Sept. 15 on ABC at 8 p.m. ET/PT, will be the usual assortment of sports stars, reality-TV celebs, young actors we've never heard of, older actors and actresses in search of a comeback moment, a political commentator and the show's first YouTube star.
"We've been around for 10 years, and we still have managed to find areas of stars that we've never had before," says executive producer Rob Wade, who was with the show at the start, then left in 2005, and is now back taking the place of longtime producer Conrad Green. "I missed the smell of fake tan so much, I had to come back," says Wade.
• No Maks Chmerkovskiy. The bad-boy pro of the ballroom is gone.
• Julianne Hough returns as the fourth judge, joining Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodmanand Bruno Tonioli.
• Keo Motsepe is the show's first black pro dancer.
• And Wade promises more fan interactivity, "a chance for America to have more influence over the show," more Twitter votes and other ways he hopes will keep fans engaged throughout the week as they wait for the next show.
Returning will be hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, who will do her interviews in the skybox. Also returning: The switch-up, with the celebs switching partners for a week midway through the competition.
The stars have already been prepping in secret, rehearsing and practicing for the first night of dancing. And with good reason: The first elimination is on Sept. 16. For the first two weeks, Dancing will have a Monday performance show and a Tuesday results show. The remaining nine episodes will air on Monday, with performance and elimination on the same night.
"I am so excited. I've wanted to do this for a long time," says Duck Dynasty's Sadie Robertson, 17, granddaughter of controversial patriarch Phil Robertson. "When I was younger, me and my grandma would watch the show. Then once Duck Dynasty started, she said, 'You have a chance to get on it.' I've been working to see if I could get on."
So does she have any experience or training?
"No, ma'am. I haven't done any dancing," she tells USA TODAY. "I had lessons when I was 3 like every little girl does. It ended at 4. I don't remember anything of it. I'm startin' very fresh."
Robertson got some tips from last season's Candace Cameron Bure, who struggled with not wanting to be too sexy. "She said to have fun and be yourself. I don't think it's going to come across as sexy. I'm going to go more for the cute look. I'm going to make it as classy as we can."
Also adding some class to the show will be political commentator and PBS talk-show host Tavis Smiley, who turns 50 on Sept. 13.. "I decided I would do one last foolish thing before I turn 50," he says.
He began training about seven weeks ago, and in that time has already lost weight. "I'm about 20 pounds down," he says.
And he's taking it very seriously. "I'm not going to lie. I'd like to win. But I also understand it's about the journey. I've always believed that success is oftentimes not what we receive for our effort, but who we become by our effort."
As for dance experience? Um, none. "I was raised in a very strict religious family. We were forbidden to dance."
He says when he told two friends he was going on the show, they "both had the same reaction – they bowled over with laughter."
And even Smiley wasn't sure he had made the right decision.
"On the first day, I asked myself three times, 'What have I gotten myself into?'"
He's had surgery on both knees (one injury from tennis, one from basketball) and one of his knees has been flaring up a bit in recent days. Plus, he says he needs to work on his "hip swivel." But he's a competitor. "I've said for years. If you ever see me in a fight with a bear, help the bear!"
Comedian/musician/activist Tommy Chong, 76, is also taking the show seriously, despite his stoner reputation.
"What I've been finding out about the dance world is yes, stoners can dance!" he says.
And he is one stoner who has had real lessons in ballroom techniques. His wife, Shelby, took salsa lessons a couple of years ago, he says. "I thought it was just some dumb ballroom dance." But when he saw her perform it with her teacher, he says, "I wasn't expecting what I saw. It was a very sexy dance. At the end, he tipped her over and her legs were straight up in the air. It was probably the sexiest thing I've ever seen my wife do without me being involved!"
He says he loves dance. When he was a kid he "danced the jive at school hops." And he says in the 1990s, he went to Argentina and "fell in love with the Argentine tango."
So now he is "totally serious. That's the only way you can approach dance. You can't fake it."
And he doesn't think he'll need to smoke pot while he's on the show, . "I've smoked it so much. I'm like a camel. I can go a long time without getting high."
The complete list of celebs/pro dancers:
• Randy Couture, MMA pro, 51 / Karina Smirnoff
• Michael Waltrip, NASCAR driver, 51 / Emma Slater
• Janel Parrish, actress, 25 / Val Chmerkovskiy
• Sadie Robertson, model/reality star, 17 / Mark Ballas
• Antonio Sabato Jr., model/actor, 42 / Cheryl Burke
• Alfonso Ribeiro, actor, 42 / Witney Carson
• Tommy Chong, comedian/musician, 76 / Peta Murgatroyd
• Jonathan Bennett, actor, 33 / Allison Holker
• Lea Thompson, actress, 53 / Artem Chigvintsev
• Tavis Smiley, political commentator, 49 / Sharna Burgess
• Lolo Jones, Olympic track star, 32 / Keo Motsepe
• Bethany Mota, YouTube star, 18 / Derek Hough
• Betsey Johnson, fashion designer, 73 / Tony Dovolani
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