Ryan Lochte Laurie Hernandez
Ryan Lochte Laurie Hernandez

Dancing With The Stars Ryan Lochte Laurie Hernandez

Dancing With The Stars Ryan Lochte Laurie Hernandez

ABC announced the new cast of “Dancing With the Stars” this morning on “Good Morning America.” It includes former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who failed to win the Republican presidential nomination but now vies for the Mirror Ball Trophy. Perry’s professional partner is Emma Slater. Ryan Lochte Laurie Hernandez!

Two gold medalists from the recent Rio Olympics, swimmer Ryan Lochte and gymnast Laurie Hernandez, will also compete and were on hand for the announcement. Hernandez’s partner is Valentin Chmerkovskiy; Lochte will dance with Cheryl Burke, back after missing three seasons to perform in her own stage show.

Lochte, this morning told GMA he is now “not sure” if he would call his headline-grabbing pee break at a gas station in Rio a robbery, an extortion, or just paying up for the damage he caused when he ripped a poster off the wall after pissing in the bushes. Fortunately, Lochte is not the only representative of the U.S. Olympics team attached to the latest iteration of ABC’s reality series. Laurie Hernandez, the 16-year-old Olympic gymnast who had a much better time in Rio than did Lochte, taking home gold and silver medals, is making a bid for the Mirror Ball trophy.

Other sports figures competing in the fall: former Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson and Indy race car driver James Hinchcliffe.

Perry is not the first politician to take a stab at Dancing victory;  House Majority Leader Tom DeLay paired up with Cheryl Burke back in ’09. He had time on his hands, having left Congress in ’06 after a Texas Grand Jury indicted him on money laundering charges tied to campaign contributions. DeLay did not last long onDancing, dropping out due to foot stress fracture.

Here is the rest of the cast, in alphabetical order, along with their professional partners. Season 23 of “Dancing With the Stars” begins Monday, Sept. 12.

• Amber Rose (model, performer and activist) with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

• Calvin Johnson Jr. (NFL wide receiver) with Lindsay Arnold

• Jake T. Austin (actor and former Disney star) with Jenna Johnson

• James Hinchcliffe (IndyCar driver) with Sharna Burgess

• Jana Kramer (country singer) with Gleb Savchenko

• Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds (R&B singer and record producer) with Allison Holker

• Marilu Henner (actress) with Derek Hough

Maureen McCormick (actress) with Artem Chigvintsev

• Terra Jole (star and producer of “Little Women” shows on Lifetime) with Sasha Farber

• Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) (rapper and rehabber) with Witney Carson

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