The cast for season 23 of Dancing With the Stars has been revealed — and a Texas politician has made the cut. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry will two-step his way onto the set of the popular ABC show this fall.
"Heading into an election season we wanted to represent the political world," Rob Wade, the executive producer of DWTS, told People magazine of the decision to cast the former governor (and former presidential hopeful).
"I'm dedicated to doing everything I can to help build awareness for improving the lives of our nation's veterans, and I'm going to use Dancing With the Stars as a stage — literally and figuratively — to do that. I'm excited to have some fun, dance, and probably get into the best shape I've been since I served in the Air Force," Perry posted on Facebook.
Perry is partnered with Emma Slater, a professional dancer who has a handful of DWTS seasons under her belt. On previous seasons she was paired with comedian Bill Engvall, actor Billy Dee Williams, race car driver Michael Waltrip, Redfoo of the band LMFAO, and Vine star Hayes Grier.
Joining Perry on the dance floor are Ryan Lochte, Laurie Hernandez, Vanilla Ice, Amber Rose, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Calvin Johnson, Jake T. Austin, Maureen McCormick, Terra Jolé, Marilu Henner, James Hinchcliffe, and Jana Kramer.
Season 23 of Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, September 12, at 7 pm.