When Season 28 of “Dancing with the Stars” lights up the floor Monday night, Mary Wilson, an original member of the iconic Supremes, will be among the 12 celebrities vying for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.
The show, which premieres at 8 p.m., Monday, Sept. 16 on ABC, will be hosted again by two-time Emmy winner Tom Bergeron, along with Erin Andrews.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the popular series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of ballroom experts, including head judge Len Goofman, and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
Mary Wilson, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame along with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard (posthumously) in 1988, said in an interview that aired live from England, “My daughter, Turkessa, my son (Pedro Jr.), and my 11 grandchildren are so thrilled that I’m on ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ because for years, they never even allowed me to have my gold records in the house! So now that they watch ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ Hey! I’m like ... hip! Grandma is cool!”
Joining the Motown legend in the ballroom will be:
Supermodel and actress Christie Brinkley
“The Office” actress Kate Flannery
Country artist Lauren Alaina
Pop star Ally Brooke
“The Bachelorette” Hannah Brown
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer
TV and film actor James Van Der Beek
Two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom
Super Bowl MVP Ray Lewis
Comedian and actor Kel Mitchell
TV host and “Queer Eye” star Karamo
The network states that for the first time, viewers will find out during the season premiere broadcast which celebrities are paired with their favorite professional dancers. Highlights of the new season include voting changes, a brand-new set, and a new creative team behind the competitive dances.
Wilson appears to be having a great time on the show, and is enjoying sharing the experience on her Facebook timeline. “At last! Here I am, ‘Dancing with the Stars!’ I’m so excited!” she posted in a recent video. “I’m going to meet my partner! I have no idea who he is!”
In a recent update, she posted, “I was in Great Britain when the cast of ‘DWTS’ went to NY to do ‘Good Morning America,’ so I had to do satellite that morning from the TV show. I was on in London. It is a big secret who our partners R, but I am rehearsing everyday with mine here in L.A. Yes, am sore & tired but I am having fun as usual.”
ABC adds that throughout the first evening, the celebrity and pro duos will perform the traditional ballroom dances, ijncluding the Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Salsa or Tango. Some of the songs featured in the premiere will include Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody, Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman!,” Donna Summer’s “She Works Hard for the Money,” Jonas Brothers’ “Sucker,” Michael Buble’s “Feeling Good,” Lizzo’s “Juice” and Imagine Dragons’ “Whatever It Takes.”
For the show’s first broadcast, there will not be a viewing audience vote, and only the judges will score the routines. Those scores will carry over and be combined with judges’ score from week two, which also marks the first weekly live viewing audience vote for the season — and the first elimination.