The star-studded DANCING WITH THE STARS season 13 cast was announced tonight during ABC's THE BACHELOR PAD. As rumored earlier today, ALL MY CHILDREN's J.R. Martinez (Brot) will go dancing this season.
David Arquette, Chaz Bono, and Nancy Grace are among the big-name celebrities who will compete for the coveted mirror ball trophy.
The new celebrity line-up includes war veteran and actor Martinez of AMC, Arquette, known for his role in the Scream films, Bono, the son of famed entertainers Sonny and Cher; Grace, HLN's legal analyst, as well as NBA player Ron Artest, model Elisabetta Canalis, reality-TV stars Kristin Cavallari and Rob Kardashian, talk show icon Ricki Lake, entertainer Chynna Phillips, World Cup soccer star Hope Solo, and fashion commentator Carson Kressley.
All 12 celebrities will begin training with their professional partners, learning either the cha cha or the Viennese Waltz for the show's two-hour season premiere, Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. ET.
The couple with the lowest combined judges' scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home in the season premiere of DANCING WITH THE STARS: THE RESULTS SHOW, Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. ET.
Last season, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward was the champion, beating out Disney Channel star Chelsea Kane and actress Kirstie Alley for the top title.
ABOUT J.R. MARTINEZ
J.R. Martinez is an Iraq war veteran, motivational speaker and actor on ABC's ALL MY CHILDREN.
In April 2003, at 19, he was serving as a humvee driver for the United States Army in Iraq when his left front tire hit a landmine. He suffered smoke inhalation and severe burns to more than 40 percent of his body. J.R. was immediately evacuated and sent to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, where he spent 34 months in recovery. Since his injury, he has undergone 33 different surgeries, including skin grafts and cosmetic surgery. While in recovery, he started speaking to other burn patients within the hospital, sharing his experiences and listening to theirs. News of his story and efforts to help others quickly spread, first on a local level and then to national circuits, leading to appearances on OPRAH, 60 MINUTES and CNN. J.R. has traveled the country since 2004, spreading his message of resilience and optimism. He joined the cast of ALL MY CHILDREN as combat veteran Brot Monroe in 2008. Martinez now calls Dalton, Ga., home.