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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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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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The upcoming Season 20 of Dancing With The Stars marks the tenth anniversary of the popular dance competition. To mark the milestone, producers have fashioned a brand spanking new gold mirrorball trophy to give to the winner. Personally, I prefer the original one. The gold one looks a little tacky.

So who’s in the running? It’s not the most star-studded cast, but it’s an interesting one. The NFL’s first openly-gay player Michael Sam along with double amputee motivational speaker Noah Galloway provide the eye candy for the Spring 2015 edition. Fingers crossed that their respective female pros put them in very revealing outfits often.

Suzanne Somers and Patti LaBelle are representing for the veterans while Hunger Games actress Willow Shields checks in for the tween demo. Shields, at 14-years-old, is the youngest ever to compete on the show. For me, the addition of Rumer Willis is the most fascinating. I never thought I’d see Bruce Willis or Demi Moore in the audience, but they may just pop up to support their daughter.

The odds-on favorite to take Season 20 is Olympian Nastia Liukin. Athletes have a great track record on the show. To boot, she’s partnered up with the winningest pro, Derek Hough. He wasn’t supposed to take part this season, but the powers-that-be made it happen last minute. Speaking of Hough, his cousin, Riker Lynch, is also one of the stars strapping on their ballroom shoes. Check out the entire cast below, along with watching the reveal on Good Morning America.

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As long as Jack Osbourne doesn’t pull a miracle out of his ass, I’ll be fine with either Corbin Bleu or Amber Riley winning. I just wish the latter was paired up with someone else than Derek Hough. Does he really need another win under his belt. With that being said, I don’t think Amber would’ve done nearly as well without Derek’s insane choreography. He’s definitely the most talented out of the pros.

The show kicked off as the season began, with that wicked group number choreographed by Mandy Moore. After that, each of the stars danced an encore. My personal favorite retreads were Bill Nye’s “Weird Science” and Snooki’s “Work, Bitch.” The latter introduced a whackload of new dance moves. Lady Antebellum, Colbie Caillat, Enrique Iglesias and Swedish duo Ylvis all dropped by for the two-hour extravaganza. Being the cheesefest that DWTS is, everyone got into “The Fox” spirit and donned their faux animal ears. Can we put this novelty single to pasture to keep “Gangnam Style” company?

It’s also worth nothing that viewers picked Amber and Derek’s freestyle as the encore. Is that foreshadowing the winner or simply a red herring? I think the former, but anything can Ellie Goulding happen.

check out the performances after the jump

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Next to the premiere, the freestyle episode is my favorite of any Dancing With The Stars season. As each year goes by, the professional dancers raise the bar and find new ways to highlight their respective celebrity. Tonight was no exception. Each wowed in their own special way.

The evening kicked off with each star revisiting a previous routine that the judges felt they could improve upon. In all honesty, producers could’ve scrapped this entire segment as the first hour felt more like a recap show. Been there, seen that. With exception to Amber Riley, the other three actually executed their encore dance worse than the first time, even with extra pointers from the judges. Must’ve been the nerves.

That was followed up with a samba relay where Corbin Bleu, rightfully so, scored the most points with Bill Engvall bringing up the rear (once again). Since the first two performances were pretty unremarkable except for Corbin looking especially hot, shirtless wearing yellow pants, I’m only embedding the freestyle dances. Check them out below and find out who fell just short of the mirrorball trophy.

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DWTS 17: Can Bill Engvall Win The Mirrorball?

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The above picture is exactly why I still watch Dancing With The Stars. Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, you’re one lucky beyotch.

With only a few more weeks left in the competition, the idea of Bill Engvall walking away with the Season 17 mirrorball trophy is a scary possibility. Despite being the lowest-scoring competitor the past five straight weeks, he’s still standing. At the very beginning, I was rooting for him because I love an underdog. In a season where there were plenty of ringers and him saddled with a newbie pro dancer, the odds were stacked up against him. But with each week, he gained fans with his likable personality and his steely determination.

When he outlasted Christina Milian, I chalked it up to plenty of capable dancers still remaining in the competition splitting the votes. Even when he knocked out Snooki and Brant Daugherty, I wasn’t hatin’ on him. That’s saying a lot considering how sexy Brant is. But with last night’s results, the gloves are off.

How dare he escape elimination over my man Val Chmerkovskiy… I mean Elizabeth Berkley. I guarantee had this new voting system NOT been implemented, Berkley would still be standing. I just can’t see America voting her out after that sexy threeway salsa with Gleb Savchenko and Val. Don’t take my word for it. Check it out below and compare it to Engvall’s salsa. There’s no contest.

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Gladiators came out in full force for the Season 3 premiere of Scandal last Thursday. The ABC political drama roared back with a series best. It was up 71% over its year-ago season premiere and surpassed its previous series highs by 13%. The only show that fared better that night was CBS’ The Big Bang Theory. Looks like Olivia Pope isn’t just top dog in Washington, D.C. but on the Twitter-verse as well.

Nielsen in conjunction with SocialGuide began a new metric last week, tabulating the number of people tweeting about TV programs and the audience of people who actually view those Tweets. With social media becoming such an integral part of viewing, due to all those hashtags popping up on the bottom corner of the screen, it only makes sense this new chart exists. You can thank Pretty Little Liars for starting this trend.

Topping the first ever Top 10 chart, is none other than Scandal. The show notched almost 713,000 tweets in the seven hours before, during and after its premiere. Those tweets reached an audience of roughly 3.65 million unique Twitter users. Miley Cyrus dominated the next two spots with her MTV documentary and guest host stint on Saturday Night Live. Find out how many tweets she generated and the rest of the Top 10 below.

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