It’s damaged careers and desperation…aka your 2015 Dancing with the Stars cast!!!
The show has unveiled the full roster of season 21 competitors on Wednesday’s Good Morning America. And it includes…Paula Deen, Kim Zolciak, Tamar Braxton, and train hero Alek Skarlatos will join previously announced stars Gary Busey, Bindi Irwin, Chaka Khan, Andy Grammer, Nick Carter, Someone from the internet named Hayes Grier, jockey Victor Espinoza, and the series’ first married contestants: Alexa and Carlos PenaVega.
Yep, you’ve heard of most. Well, some.
“This is going to be more terrifying than jumping on top of a crocodile,” Irwin told People who exclusively broke the news of her casting. Still, the 17-year-old revealed that she will use this “new and exciting adventure” as a way to pay tribute to her late father, Steve Irwin. “My dad will always be with me in spirit,” Irwin said. “Embarking on this journey, I really want to make him as proud as possible.”
Helping her along that journey will be her partner, Derek Hough, who described the teenage wildlife conservationist as “a breath of fresh air.”
“I’m in this space right now where I’m super pumped on life right now. I feel connected. I feel great. And then she walks in my life. You don’t understand what positive energy she is,” Hough, 30, told PEOPLE at Sunday’s Television Academy Cocktail Reception for Outstanding Choreography at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California.
Aw, that kind of sentimentality will make for something amazing to watch when there are no other options, am I right? Here’s the complete list of contestants and their dancing partners:
• Alexa PenaVega partnered with Mark Ballas
• Andy Grammer partnered with Allison Holker
• Bindi Irwin partnered with Derek Hough
• Carlos PenaVega partnered with Witney Carson
• Chaka Khan partnered with Keo Motsepe
• Gary Busey partnered with Anna Trebunskaya
• Hayes Grier partnered with Emma Slater
• Kim Zolciak Biermann partnered with Tony Dovolani
• Nick Carter partnered with Sharna Burgess
• Paula Deen partnered with Louis van Amstel
• Tamar Braxton partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
• Victor Espinoza partnered with Karina Smirnoff
• Alek Skarlatos partnered with Lindsay Arnold
Will you watch?!