You might not think it after looking over the Dancing With the Stars 2013 cast for season 17, but we’re oddly excited about the ‘celebrities’ this time around. Maybe it’s because we love Bill Nye the Science Guy so much or that Glee’s Amber Riley will be sliding her sexy curves all over the dance floor. Or it could be that we’re happy to have one bloody reality TV show to watch that is only on one night a week now instead of two, or three, or frakkin’ every day (we’re talking about you, Celebrity Big Brother 2013).

dancing with the stars 2013 cast

Seriously though, the Dancing With the Stars 2013 cast is just interesting in a way it hasn’t really been for several season, in our humble opinion. We have the usual score of has-beens and second-rate celebrities, of course. But we also have some actual modern star power contestants for DWTS 17. Amber is coming right off Glee, one of the most popular shows on TV (or was, anyway). Snooki has a legion of followers. Brant Daughtery steps onto the dance floor from Pretty Little Liars, which is smoking hot right now.

And who doesn’t want to watch Elizabeth Berkley revive some of those moves from the awesome cheese-fest bomb Showgirls? Admit it, you watched it… and if you didn’t, get some vodka and watch it right now. It is deliciously horrible. Oh, and of course, we have Leah Remini, who isn’t normally interesting… except for that whole ‘I just quit Scientology and filed a missing persons report about the head of Scientology’s wife’ fun drama.

Plus, of course, we have our “poignant story” contestants as well to give us those feel good vibes when they do well and help them to make it through to the next round when they don’t. Oh come on, don’t look at us that way, you know it happens. Who wants to vote out Valerie Harper and her brain tumor? Or Jack Osbourne and his MS? No matter how bad they prove to be? The same people who hate cute kittens, that’s who.

Check out the new Dancing With the Stars season 17 cast and tell us who your early favorite is to win the Mirror Ball Trophy!

Nicole ‘Snooki’ Polizzi and Sasha Farber


Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus


Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein


Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy


Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke


Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff


Christina Milian and Mark Ballas


Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani


Amber Riley and Derek Hough


Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess


Brant Daughtery and Peta Murgatroyd


Bill Engvall and Emma Slater


Dancing With the Stars 2013 season 17 premieres on Sept. 15 at 8 PM ET on ABC. This season, the show will only air one night a week on Mondays.

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