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Dancing with the Stars' first celebrity contestants revealed

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Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
Updated: September 7, 2022
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Dancing with the Stars is ramping up to be one internet-breaking season, as exemplified by the first two contestants announced to be part of the show.

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The 31st season's first two contestants will be social media stars Charli and mom Heidi D'Amelio, part of TikTok's biggest family, Deadline originally confirmed based on a report by TMZ, later confirmed by the show with an announcement on Good Morning America.

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The two will be competing as rivals in opposing pairs, however, bringing their collective followings and individual dance experiences to a head.

Speaking on GMA, Heidi mentioned that they got the call while filming their Hulu show and thought they "were getting canceled," but were elated to find out the purpose behind it.

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She mentioned also that she was a competitive dancer when she was in school, with Charli adding that she was excited to learn more about ballroom dancing while also playing up the competitive aspects of splitting the family vote.

The rest of the crop of casts will be announced on 8 September. DWTS season 31 will launch on 19 September. After airing on ABC for 17 years, the show has moved to Disney+ to make it the first live-streamed reality show in the US.

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Charli and mom Heidi were revealed to be the first contestants on the show

A statement from Disney+'s Chairman of Media and Entertainment Distribution, Kareem Daniel, read: "The show's broad appeal, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for Dancing with the Stars while continuing to expand our demographic reach."

Fans will know that season 29 of Dancing With the Stars saw former model and TV host Tyra Banks take over from Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews as a presenter on the show. 

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However, the competition is set for more changes as it was revealed earlier that Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor and DWTS season 19 champion Alfonso Ribeiro will join Tyra!

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The competition will begin streaming on Disney+ 19 September

There have been many big names swirling online as potential contestants. Some of the rumored stars set to join this year include Dr Jennifer Ashton, Robert Irwin, Jordan Chiles, Jamie Lynn Spears, and more. 

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