15 Surprising Facts About the ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 30 Cast
It’s hard to believe we will soon be watching the 30th season of Dancing With the Stars. But sure enough, the ABC dancing competition is waltzing its latest batch of celebrities out to the dance floor this Monday, September 20.
This season’s Mirrorball hopefuls include a Bachelor, a Spice Girl, a U.S. gymnast, and…a Peloton instructor? Hey, maybe ABC’s definition of “star” is a little generous, but you never know who will break out each season.
Ahead of Monday’s premiere, we’re rounding up 15 fun facts about the Season 30 cast, one for each contestant!
Jimmie Allen shared the screen with Taylor Swift
The country singer appeared in a 2013 Diet Coke ad with Swift, singing a bar of her song “22.”
Melanie “Melanie C” Chisholm competed in the London Triathlon
— Mel C / Melanie C (@MelanieCmusic) June 4, 2016
The Spice Girls star also completed the Blenheim Palace Triathlon. Sporty Spice, indeed!
Christine Chiu was almost one of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Brian Austin Green released a hip-hop album
Melora Hardin lost a big part in Back to the Future
She was the first actress cast as Marty McFly’s girlfriend, Jennifer Parker. But when Michael J. Fox replaced Eric Stoltz as Marty, she was deemed too tall to play his onscreen partner, as she told WIRED in 2011.
Olivia Jade already has Tyra Banks’ support
Jade’s involvement with DWTS is bound to be controversial, considering her famous parents, Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli, went to jail for their role in a nationwide college admissions scheme. But DWTS host Banks called Jade “so brave” in an Entertainment Tonight interview, adding that she trusts Jade didn’t know about her parents’ activities.
Matt James became Bachelor because of Bachelorette fave Tyler Cameron’s mother
Amanda Kloots was a Radio City Rockette
Martin Kove costarred with his son in Cobra Kai
Jesse Kove, one of the Karate Kid actor’s children, played a varsity captain who bullies a younger version of Martin’s character in the Season 3 episode of Cobra Kai.
Suni Lee is the first person of Hmong descent to make the U.S. Olympic team
The Hmong people are an ethnic group that migrated from China to Laos, Vietnam, and Thailand in the 19th century, CBS 8 reports.
Mike “The Miz” Mizanin was a Real World cast member
Years before his WWE fame, this wrestler was one of the housemates on the MTV reality show’s 10th season. He has also participated in and hosted many seasons of The Challenge.
Kenya Moore starred in a Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri music video
Cody Rigsby was already a dancer
The Peloton instructor was a professional dancer for five years, telling IN Magazine earlier this year that dancing helped him “learn to perform, know how to engage with a camera and how to use musicality to create an experience that people connect to.”
Iman Shumpert dabbles in rap music
The NBA star released the mixtape Th3 #Post90s in 2012 and the EP Substance Abuse five years later.
JoJo Siwa owned hundreds of hair bows by age 13
Maybe even 800 or more, as she said on YouTube in 2016.
Dancing With the Stars, Season 30 Premiere, Monday, September 20, 8/7c, ABC