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After a couple of weeks of slowly trickling the celebrities participating for Season 21, ABC finally revealed all the names vying for the mirrorball trophy on Dancing With The Stars. The pairings were also unveiled on today’s Good Morning America.

Arguably, the biggest name competing this year is celebrity chef Paula Deen. It’ll be interesting to see if she can win back fans she lost during n-gate. Though not a legitimate contender for the title, Gary Busey should provide some wild entertainment during the first few weeks. Unpredictable doesn’t even begin to describe him.

This season also boasts the first ever married couple competing on the show- Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega. The one I’m most rooting for though is Real HousewivesKim Zolciak. As you all know, I’m addicted to the Bravo franchise and would like to see her go further than her predecessors- NeNe Leakes and Lisa Vanderpump.

With regards to the pros, Karina Smirnoff, Lindsay Arnold, Louis Van Amstel and Anna Terbunskya return after being missing in action. However, hunky Artem Chigvintsev is nowhere in the mix. BOO! Check out all the pairings below.

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Nick Carter Joins Dancing With The Stars Season 21

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Nick Carter is the latest to join Dancing With The Stars for its 21st season. The 35-year-old follows in the grand tradition of boy band members competing on the show. New Kids On The Block Joey McIntyre, 98 Degrees Drew Lachey and N Syncers Lance Bass and Joey Fatone have all hit the ballroom floor with only Lachey taking home the mirrorball.

Not only does Carter have to worry about measuring up to his fellow boy banders, but he’s also going for bragging rights within the Carter household. His little brother Aaron Carter competed on the ninth season and placed fifth with partner Karina Smirnoff.

“My brother was on it; he did great; and he’s a great little dancer and entertainer so I saw it through his eyes throughout that experience,” the elder Carter brother tells US. “And there’s a lot of competitiveness in me and I think there’s a little something inside of me that says, ‘Okay, I’m going to go there and represent the Carter name and do even better than what he did!'”

Nick is the third cast member announced for the upcoming season. Find out below who was the second.

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Joy Behar Returns To The View To Co-Host

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It’s common knowledge that Season 18 of The View has been one hot mess despite being touted initially as a rebuilding one. Producers are starting from scratch and also looking to the past for Season 19.

Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris, Michelle Collins and Raven-Symone have all been added to join Whoopi Goldberg as co-hosts. In a surprising twist, a former panelist is being brought back to the mix.

Joy Behar who appeared on the show from Seasons 1-16 is returning to the show. YOWZA!!! Unlike Sherri Shepherd who is also returning but only as a contributor, Behar will be a full-fledged co-host. Check out the 72-year-old’s statement below about her homecoming.

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Ben Higgins Officially Named As The Bachelor

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Bachelor nation, meet your Season 20 Bachelor.

It’s not exactly earth-shattering news. Though, props to ABC and Chris Harrison for trying to trick us with that stunt on After Paradise. Perennial runner-up Nick Viall sat with Harrison discussing his quest for love. After a quick exchange, Viall left the couch and along came Ben Higgins.

Higgins was the clear front-runner the second Kaitlyn Bristowe let him go. He was a fan favorite all season long. The only thing that was potentially preventing him from getting the coveted spot was his age. At 26-years-old, the software salesman is one of the youngest Bachelors ever. Season 5’s Jesse Palmer was also 26. Both are five years younger than the average Bachelor age of 31.

Even though he’s on the younger side, Higgins comes off very mature and level-headed. In fact, he reminds me of another well-liked recent Bachelor- Sean Lowe. He was only two years younger at 28 and he’s only one of two to walk down the aisle from the men’s side of the franchise.

Are you happy that Ben H. got the slot over Viall, Ben Z, Josh Murray and other rumored candidates? Personally, I was hoping Chris ‘cupcake’ Strandberg would get the gig. The dentist is beyond cute. Check out a couple shirtless pics of Ben below.

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The 21st competition for the coveted mirrorball kicks off September 14. On today’s Good Morning America, it was revealed that Bindi Irwin will be one of those vying for the title. Though best known for being the daughter of the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin, the 17-year-old is a star in her own right, appearing on both television and on film.

In other DWTS-related news, many believed Caitlyn Jenner would also be part of the cast. DWTS casting director and co-executive producer Deena Katz revealed to Gossip Cop that would not be the case… at least not this year.

“I think Caitlyn would be great on the show,” Katz told the publication, adding, “I think right now she needs to figure out her life. Trust me, we will be fighting for her at some point. But for now, let Caitlyn become Caitlyn.”

The rest of the stars competing alongside Irwin will be announced each day for the next two weeks on the ABC morning show. Talk about stretching things out. UGH!!!

Check out Bindi’s interview below. She’s actually quite cute and charming which will be useful when it comes to winning Dancing With The Stars viewers over. I predict she’ll get paired up with Mark Ballas.

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Famke Janssen Books How To Get Away With Murder Gig

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Annalise Keating (Viola Davis) proved she could handle anything that came her way on the first season of How To Get Away With Murder. But how would she fare if facing off against an X-Men mutant? When the ABC drama returns, we’ll find out.

Famke Janssen has booked a multi-episode arc on the second season of the TGIT program. No details about her character have been released. TV Line though reports “she will be playing a brilliant, revered defense attorney who takes her job very seriously.” But, no matter what, she’ll be one formidable for for Davis.

Excited to see Janssen on the show? Weigh in below.

The View Reportedly Finds Two New Panelists

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Season 18 of The View was a rebuilding one. The veteran daytime chatfest moved into a new studio and overhauled the panel, leaving Whoopi Goldberg as the sole returnee. Fast forward to Season 19, and once again the Ghost actress is the last woman standing. Rosie Perez, Rosie O’Donnell and Nicole Wallace just didn’t work out.

The View has already announced Michelle Collins and Ravyen-Symone as permanent co-panelists moving forward. It appears producers have found two more women to usher in yet another new era for the once watercooler show.

Not surprisingly, Candace Cameron Bure is poised to become one of the new co-hosts. She easily fills the resident conservative SLASH religious spot. She’s guest hosted a handful of times and already butted heads with Raven. Did you see their heated debate about the bakery that wouldn’t bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple? Talk about tense. These two will undoubtedly bring plenty of fireworks with their opposing viewpoints.

check out the other new panelist after the jump

Rosie Perez Exiting The View

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Another Rosie has bit the dust. Just six months after joining the panel, Rosie Perez is leaving The View. The White Man Can’t Jump actress is the second panelist to leave this season, following in Rosie O’Donnell’s footsteps.

O’Donnell and Perez were added, along with Nicole Wallace, as part of a major overhaul of the long-running daytime show this year. It appears more huge changes are in store for Season 19. Raven-Symoné was recently hired as a permanent host and it is expected frequent stand-in, comedian Michelle Collins, will be added as well.

Executive Producer Bill Wolff broke the news today in an email sent out to the staff. Read it below.

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