“Dancing With The Stars” Season 21 Cast Portraits — SEE PHOTOS HERE!

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Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Cast Portraits

By Shari Weiss |

Dancing with the Stars Season 21 Cast Portraits


The cast portraits for “Dancing with the Stars season 21 debuted on Tuesday, showing there’s no shortage of sequins, glitter, and spray tans. Check out the photos below!

As Gossip Cop reported, the full list of stars and their pros was announced last week. Reigning champion Val Chmerkovskiy will be looking to score a back-to-back Mirror Ball victory with Tamar Braxton, while Derek Hough will defend his title as the ABC competition’s winningest pro with the help of Bindi Irwin (pictured right). Another past winner, Karina Smirnoff, might be hampered by having the height-challenged jockey Victor Espinoza as her partner.

This year’s most interesting dynamic may be the competition between Alexa and Carlos PenaVega, the first married couple to compete simultaneously in the show’s history. The season will also be at least partially about family for Nick Carter, too, as he’s seeking to do better than his younger brother Aaron, who placed fifth with Smirnoff during 2009’s season 9. And Paula Deen may have more eyes on her than anyone else, given that “DWTS” will mark her biggest return to the spotlight yet after an N-word controversy that nearly killed her career entirely.

Kim Zolciak, of course, is no stranger to reality television cameras, and as seen on “Celebrity Apprentice,” viewers can most certainly count on Gary Busey for entertainment value. Singer Andy Grammer, Vine personality Hayes Grier, and “train hero” Alek Skarlatos could either be helped or hurt by their lack of name and face recognition. And then there’s Chaka Kahn, who is following in Patti LaBelle’s shaking and shimmying footsteps.

Check out the “Dancing with the Stars” cast portraits below. Season 21 premieres on Monday. TELL US: What are your predictions for first eliminated and last dancer standing?



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