All 13 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 21 Contestants, Ranked
By Emily Krauser
The complete list of contestants for the new season of Dancing With the Stars was finally announced on Wednesday, and there's one obvious thing about this entire crew of lucky competitors: Season 21 will be full of a lot of personality!
But who should you be stoked to see compete for the mirror ball trophy and which celebs are kind of afterthoughts? We've got that covered. Here are all 13 in order of who we're most excited for:
1. Bindi Irwin
The late Crocodile Hunter's daughter is all grown up! The 17-year-old is spunky, adorable and personable, and she's already sharing her DWTS journey with us.
It's the queen of country cooking, y'all, and she's trading her apron in for tap shoes! We have no idea if all that butter will hold her back, but we can't wait to see what Paula's like shaking her soon-to-be sequined behind on the dance floor.
3. Nick Carter
He was a Backstreet Boy. Scratch that -- he was THE Backstreet Boy a thousand teenage dreams in the late '90s were made of. Do we need to say more?
4. Chaka Khan
She's every woman. We bow down.
5. Alek Skarlatos
We completely understand if your first thought is, "Who?" So, we’ll fill you in: This 22-year-old Army National Guard Specialist was one of the three men who stopped a terror attack when an armed man began shooting on a Paris-bound train. Alek, a California native, was awarded France's Legion of Honor for his heroic efforts. Bonus for DWTS fans? He's really cute.
6. Gary Busey
The 71-year-old actor is straight up crazy, and he owns it. He better stay in the running long enough to grace us with a Point Break-themed dance, because it's everything we never knew we wanted to see.
His latest hit, "Honey, I’m Good," just begs for a pop-country hoedown, and we would be very, very happy to see the singer-songwriter decked out in a cowboy hat and boots. Keep your head up, Andy -- we'll be rooting for you!
8. Carlos PenaVega
The former boy bander already has the moves -- he starred in Nickelodeon's Big Time Rush -- but he'll be competing against his wife, Alexa PenaVega, in this competition. Even with that handicap, Carlos is sweet and charming, so he should be fun to watch.
9. Kim Zolciak
Every season needs its drama queen, and we're sure The Real Housewives of Atlanta star will bring it. After all, both choreographed fights and dance moves can be entertaining.
10. Tamar Braxton
Toni Braxton's youngest sister is a talented Grammy-nominated singer in her own right, and she's got plenty of charisma. Tamar holds her own as a co-host on The Real and as a star of Braxton Family Values. If you've ever seen her clan's VH1 reality show, trust us -- the latter is no small feat.
11. Hayes Grier
This Vine and YouTube sensation is just 15, and there's a solid chance he'll make it far just from the screaming teens who’ll be tuning in -- and voting – solely for him. It helps that his big brother, Nash, is also a social media sensation and pals with Justin Bieber.
We'll see if the actress' Spy Kids training and natural spunk will come in handy against her hubby, Carlos.
13. Victor Espinoza
This American Thoroughbred horse racer won the 2015 Triple Crown by riding American Pharoah to victory. Even with the Best Jockey ESPY Award and a Teen Choice nomination for Choice Male Athlete, he may be the least known athlete to compete in the 21 seasons.
Dancing With the Stars returns Monday, September 14, at 8/7c on ABC.