Carole Baskin to Compete on “Dancing with the Stars”

The "Tiger King" star will be joined by Nelly, Charles Oakley and more

Carole Baskin of "Tiger King"
Carole Baskin on "Tiger King."

Hey all you cool cats and kittens, we’ve got some good news: Carole Baskin of Tiger King will compete on the new season of Dancing with the Stars.

Baskin will be joined on the cast of ABC’s long-running celebrity ballroom dancing competition by the Backstreet Boys’ AJ McLean, rapper Nelly, NBA star Charles Oakley, Netflix’s Cheer head coach Monica Aldama, Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe, Catfish host Nev Schulman, Disney Channel star Skai Jackson, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, Super Bowl champion Vernon Davis, actress Anne Heche, The Real host Jeannie Mai and Selling Sunset real estate agent Chrishell Stause.

Brandon Armstrong, Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Cheryl Burke, Artem Chigvintsev, Val Chmerkovskiy, Sasha Farber, Jenna Johnson, Daniella Karagach, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Pasha Pashkov, Gleb Savchenko, Emma Slater and Britt Stewart will be this season’s professional dancers. The celebrity-professional pairings will be announced during the season premiere.

In addition to, presumably, an increased amount of animal-print costumes due to Baskin’s presence, there’ll be some other noticeable changes this season as Tyra Banks takes over as host. She replaces Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews.

The season premiere of Dancing with the Stars will air on ABC on Sept. 14 at 8 p.m. EST.

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