Carole Baskin, Skai Jackson, and More Join ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Season 29


In an interesting, and pretty smart move, Disney has brought in Carole Baskin for Dancing With the Stars Season 29. Baskin has been a highly controversial person that became well known after the Netflix “Tiger King” “documentary” aired around the time the COVID-19 shut-downs started.  Lock down and unusual personalities made the show a huge success. Now Disney wants to leverage that and I appreciate the move from a business angle.

Other celebrities coming to the show are:

  • Carole Baskin, 59, “Tiger King”
  • Kaitlyn Bristowe, 35, “The Bachelor” (Season 19), “The Bachelorette” (Season 11). 
  • Jeannie Mai, 41, “Holey Moley” sideline correspondent; host of daytime talk show “The Real” 
  • Anne Heche, 51, actress 
  • Nelly, 45, rapper
  • AJ McLean, 42, Backstreet Boys 
  • Monica Aldama, 50, head cheerleading coach, “Cheer” 
  • Charles Oakley, 56,former NBA star
  • Johnny Weir, 36, Olympic figure skater
  • Vernon Davis, 36, former NFL star 
  • Justina Machado, 47, actress, “One Day at a Time”
  • Chrishell Stause, 39, “Selling Sunset”
  • Jesse Metcalfe, 41, actor, “Desperate Housewives”
  • Skai Jackson, 18, actress, Disney Channel’s “Jessie” 
  • Nev Schulman, 35, host, “Catfish: The TV Show”

My daughter is excited the Skai Jackson is going to be on it. I’m looking at the list and I see some people on there that have experience and could be really great to watch! It’s definitely going to be interesting.

Something else that makes this season unique is that the show is being done in a time of shut-downs and social distancing. According to USA Today, the producers aren’t saying how they are going to tackle this, but they did indicate that “pairs won’t be wearing masks or dance socially distantly, if that were even possible.”

Plus there’s a new host this year.  Replacing co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews is Tyra Banks.

This will definitely be one to watch. Although, I think having masks on might have made it more timely and “now” since that’s the angle they are going with in their casting decisions.

You can catch the show premier on September 14 ad 8 EDT/PDT on ABC.

What do you think? Comment and let us know!

Source: USA Today, GMA

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