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'Dancing With the Stars' announces cast: Rick Perry, Ryan Lochte, Amber Rose, Vanilla Ice and more

'Dancing With the Stars' announces cast: Rick Perry, Ryan Lochte, Amber Rose, Vanilla Ice and more

"Dancing With the Stars" announced its new cast for Season 23 on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday,
'Dancing With the Stars' announces cast: Rick Perry, Ryan Lochte, Amber Rose, Vanilla Ice and more
American swimmer Ryan Lochte will star in this season's 'Dancing with the Stars,' a move many assume is to rehabilitate his image, post-Rio.

"Dancing With the Stars" announced its new cast for Season 23 on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, and it is eclectic, including Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, model Amber Rose and former presidential contender Texas governor Rick Perry.

"Rick Perry will be cha-cha-ing!" host Tom Bergeron gleefully told "GMA" co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.

"We've had a Texas politician in the past, right? Tom DeLay?" Stephanopoulos asked of the former House majority leader and 2009 "DWTS" contestant, who had to drop out with foot injuries.

"That's right. Hopefully, Rick will do better," Bergeron added.

Here's the complete cast list for this season, which kicks off Sept. 12 on ABC:

- Jake T. Austin, 21, actor

How you know him: He starred for years as Selena Gomez's younger brother on Disney's "Wizards of Waverly Place," followed by two seasons on ABC Family drama "The Fosters." He's very much a part of the ABC-Disney family.

- Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, 57, R&B singer/songwriter/producer

How you know him: Ever heard Boyz II Men power ballads "I'll Make Love To You" or "End of the Road"? Of course you have. Babyface, an unstoppable force in the 1990s, wrote both. He's also a producer on "The Bodyguard" soundtrack. Of course, he's a successful singer in his own right, racking up multiple Grammy-nominated songs.

- Marilu Henner, 64, actress

How you know her: For starring on "Taxi" in the late 1970s and early 1980s. But also did you know she has "highly superior autobiographical memory" and can remember everything?

- James Hinchcliffe, 29, race-car driver

How you know him: If you follow autoracing - or you might recognize him from headlines about how he almost died while training for the Indy 500 last year, surviving a horrific crash.

- Calvin Johnson, 30, former NFL player

How you know him: As the former Detroit Lions wide receiver for his whole career - he just announced his retirement in the spring.

- Terra Jole, 36, reality star

How you know her: She's one of the original cast members on Lifetime's reality show "Little Women: LA," and she later landed a spin-off, "Little Women: Terra's Little Family," about life with a new baby.

- Jana Kramer, 31, country singer

How you know her: If you're a country fan, her breakout single "Why Ya Wanna" topped the charts in 2012, and she recently had a hit with "I Got the Boy." But she was first known as a TV actress on "One Tree Hill," along with stints on "Entourage" and "Friday Night Lights."

- Laurie Hernandez, 16, Olympic gymnast

How you know her: As one-fifth of the Final Five, the gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic gymnastics team this year. Oh, and she was just onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards and got to hug Beyoncé.

- Ryan Lochte, 32, Olympic swimmer

How you know him: Oh, he's just the athlete who caused an international scandal when he exaggerated details of an alleged robbery during the Olympics. He also has a few gold medals.

- Maureen McCormick, 60, actress

How you know her: If you don't know Maureen McCormick, then you don't know "The Brady Bunch" or Marcia Brady (!), and that's unforgivable.

- Rick Perry, 66, politician

How you know him: He was the governor of Texas for 15 years, and he launched presidential campaigns to be on the Republican ticket in 2012 and 2016.

- Amber Rose, 32, model and actress

How you know her: Maybe you're one of her 12 million Instagram followers. Or you know her from her modeling career, or VH1 talk show, or her book, "How to Be a Bad Bitch." Regular tabloid readers may also recognize her from dating Kanye West (he gave her a shout-out at the VMAs on Sunday) or her brief marriage to Wiz Khalifa.

- Vanilla Ice, 48, rapper

How you know him: "Ice, ice baby ..." Although in more recent years, he has embraced his passion as a home renovator and stars in DIY Network's "The Vanilla Ice Project."

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