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Confirmed Season 30 Celebrities on 'Dancing With the Stars'

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Updated: Monday, September 7.

We don't have a confirmed date yet for the celebrity reveal for the 30th season of Dancing with the Stars, but we do have three stars on the list already. On Thursday, Aug. 26, ABC revealed that JoJo Siwa and Olympian Sunisa Lee will be a part of the milestone season. Siwa's participation is historical because it will be the first time the show has had a same-sex couple — she will be paired with a yet-to-be-named female pro.

According to Good Morning America, 15 couples will be competing this season, which was the same number as Season 29. DWTS will be revealing the pairings on Sept. 8 — unless we sleuth that info ahead of time like last year. Stay tuned to this page for your updated list of celebs (and hopefully, pro pairings).

For general information about Season 30, click here.

1. JoJo Siwa

Partner: Jenna Johnson

We know JoJo Siwa can dance since we know her history with Abby's Ultimate Dance Competition and Dance Moms. She will now have to prove herself in Latin and ballroom dance — choreography should be a cinch for her, but remember that frame and toe/heel leads are a whole different ballgame.

2. Sunisa Lee

Partner: Sasha Farber

Sunisa Lee follows a long line of Olympic gymnasts to the show. She will be balancing her first semester as a freshman (presumably online) at Auburn University and trying to win a little more hardware for her dorm room. Will she be able to take her gold-medal win all the way to the end?

3. Kenya Moore

Partner: Brandon Armstrong

Yes, Miss-In-LA-For Three-Months Kenya Moore has been confirmed by TMZ as a contestant for Season 30. Of course, it was Bravo By Gays on Instagram, who spilled the news on Aug. 22 — if you were paying attention, you already knew about The Real Housewives of Atlanta star.

4. Amanda Kloots

Partner: Alan Bersten

Amanda Kloots was seen leaving the Dancing with the Stars studio on Tuesday after meeting her partner, Alan Bersten. Contestants are masked in/out of the building to disguise their faces, but sources were able to identify her from her earrings, sneakers and the vehicle she drives. The Talk co-host formerly worked with DWTS judge Carrie Ann Inaba and has significant trainng from her years on Broadway and as a Rockette.

5. Olivia Jade

Partner: Val Chmerkovskiy

Coming off the college admissions scandal, Olivia Jade has been on my Season 30 list for months. Well, here she is. If you don't believe me, see her bag joining her at the DWTS studios and her necklace here (Scroll through carousel). I'm looking forward to a redemption story — she's young and DWTS is a good way to rebuild.

And if you didn't believe me when I first posted this, TMZ reported the news 12 hours later.

6. Matt James

Partner: Lindsay Arnold

Oh good, just what we need... another Bachelor contestant. This news was confirmed by Us Weekly. James is very athletic, but his height could make dances like the Jive and Quick Step a challenge for his partner (Emma Slater is not his partner).

7. Iman Shumpert

Partner: Daniella Karagach

The former NBA player has a secret weapon in his pocket for this season on Dancing with the Stars, wife Teyana Taylor. As an actress and dancer on Hit the Floor, Coming 2 America and Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, he has the perfect rehearsal director at home. (We brought you the news first, but TMZ has also confirmed Shumpert's participation.)

8. Jimmie Allen

Partner: Emma Slater

"Mystery Dance Partner" solved! It's country singer Jimmie Allen, who has been seen on American Idol, and who recently went on tour with Nelly. It took a lot of studying of his body art to figure out that this wasn't an NFL player. Many thanks to BodyArtGuru for helping us confirm the tattoos (and that signature red bandana).

9. Brian Austin Green

Partner: Sharna Burgess

The much-discussed rumor is true. Brian Austin Green is joining the 30th season of Dancing with the Stars, as confirmed by TMZ. It seems like there is only one partner who makes sense in this situation, right?

10. Christine Chiu

Partner: Pasha Pashkov

When a red Lamborghini pulls up to the Dancing with the Stars studios, you pay attention. And then it's kind of easy to figure out who it might be, especially when everyone else is driving a Tesla in Hollywood these days. We are going back to Netflix to watch Bling Empire again because Christine was too much fun.

11. Mel C.

Partner: Gleb Savchenko

So tell me what you want, what you really, really want... a Spice Girl. Mel C. was spoiled, thanks to the official Dancing ABC account. See for yourself here. (And by the way, Mel C. is the only Spice Girl who is a Capricorn.)

12. Melora Hardin

Partner: Artem Chigvintsev

We love a cast member from The Office and one who grew up training in dance, like serious dance training. She also did a turn as Roxie Hart on Broadway in Chicago, and as you know, never ever count Jan Levinson out of a good competition.

13. Mike "The Miz" Mizanin

Partner: Witney Carson

The news that The Miz was joining Dancing with the Stars first surfaced on Sept. 3 on the wrestling site, PW Insider. But the DWTS official Instagram account dropped the clues to confirm his participation in the series. We know him from The Real World, but many fans have followed him over to the WWE — and will likely show up to vote for him. A good get for Season 30.

14. Cody Rigsby

Partner: Cheryl Burke

This is the most pandemic-relevant casting ever for Season 30. If you bought a Peleton bike over the quarantine months, then you know Cody very well. Of course, we have another ringer on our hands as he's been trained as a dancer before hitting the fitness industry. People magazine did a very fluffy (and friendly) profile of him in March, so I'm sure it caught the eye of DWTS' casting execs.

15. Martin Kove

Partner: Britt Stewart

Cobra Kai is a Netflix fan fave and you have to be physically fit to do this show, so don't let Kove's age fool you. He has the stamina to handle the show, but we are dying to know if he can perform just like he does as the dojo.

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