Well we are about to get one of my favorite shows underway once again. It's time for Dancing with the Stars, Season 17. The new season kicks off on September 16th at 7pm on ABC. Here is my take on the new season lineup.

First off I'm excited to see Valerie Harper as a part of the cast. If you will remember just a few months ago she was making headlines with a terminal brain tumor and given just a few months to live. She now says her doctors are amazed that the tumor is shrinking in size. I feel her determination, positive outlook, prayer and support system have much to do with that. She may not prove to be a wonderful dancer but with the determination she has shown off the dance floor I wouldn't count her out.

Other than that I'm not greatly impressed with the cast but I'm not exactly disappointed either. I'm not seeing any real 'standouts'. You have your reality stars, singers, NFL athlete, comedian, and then there are a few with a little advantage. High School Musical star Corbin Bleu, Showgirls/Saved by the Bell star Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Glee star Amber Riley and even Snooki. They have all had some previous dance experience, so they may have a slight advantage over some of the other cast.

I'm curious to see how the Bill's will do. Bill Nye the Science Guy and comedian Bill Engvall. They may or may not have dancing skills but it will be fun to watch.

This reminds me of last season's cast. There really isn't one 'stand-out' per say but I have a feeling there will be lots of surprises. Just looking at the line-up I'm going to make my prediction of the Season 17 winner being: Corbin Bleu/Karina Smirnoff.

Here is the casting line-up:(Celebrity/Pro)

Valerie Harper (‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’)/Tristan MacManus
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (‘Jersey Shore,’ ‘Snooki & JWoww’)/Sasha Farber
Keyshawn Johnson (former NFL Super Bowl champion)/Sharna Burgess
Leah Remini (‘The King of Queens’)/Tony Dovolani
Jack Osbourne (TV personality)/Cheryl Burke
Christina Milian (singer)/Mark Ballas
Amber Riley (‘Glee’)/Derek Hough
Bill Nye (The Science Guy!)/Tyne Stecklein
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (‘Saved By the Bell’)/Val Chmerkovskiy
Corbin Bleu (‘High School Musical’)/Karina Smirnoff
Brant Daugherty (‘Pretty Little Liars’)/Peta Murgatroyd
Bill Engvall (comedian)/Emma Slater

What is your take on this seasons cast of DWTS?

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