Lauren Alaina got to meet her dancing partner and DWTS releases celebrity cast photo

Season 28 stars from “Dancing With The Stars”: Hannah Brown, Lamar Odom, Sean Spicer, Mary Wilson, Ally Brooke, Ray Lewis, Karamo Brown, Kate Flannery, James Van Der Beek, Lauren Alaina, Kel Mitchell, and Christie Brinkley (photo courtesy ABC/Dancing With The Stars)

The gang’s all here!

Dancing With The Stars just released the first official cast photo of the group of stars who are taking part in this season of the long running dancing competition, and they all look so beautiful!

Just look at them.

In case you hadn’t heard previously, the celebs taking part are: Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, former White House Staffer Sean Spicer, comedian Kel Mitchell, former NBA Star Lamar Odom, singer Ally Brooke, actress Kate Flannery, former NFL Star Ray Lewis, actor James Van Der Beek, The Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown, and The Supremes’ Mary Wilson, and supermodel Christie Brinkley, who looks uncannily like Jessica Simpson in the picture above.

And speaking of DWTS, Lauren Alaina says that she finally got to meet her dance partner, and she’s super jazzed!

Although Lauren isn’t spilling the beans about who her partner is, fans think they may have figured it out already after she followed dance pro Alan Bersten on Instagram before the DWTS celebrities were ever announced.

And in case you don’t know who Alan Bersten is, this is Alan Bersten.


Unfortunately, fans won’t get to officially find out who Lauren’s dance partner is until the premiere since “Dancing With The Stars” is trying to shake things up this season.

“We wanted to do something a little different this year,” executive producer Andrew Llinares said at the D23 Expo on Friday, August 23. “After 27 seasons it’s tough. We want to keep the show fresh for you guys. We just thought it would be kind of fun to to hold off on revealing the partners to the audience until the premiere. … I think it’s a fun little twist.”

It makes me kind of sad because the best part of an upcoming season of “Dancing With The Stars” is when they’d do the big partner reveal with the celeb and their partner dressed in their sparkly finest and trying not to look super awkward together. It really was the best.

“Dancing With The Stars” Season 27 winners Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess (photo credit ABC/Dancing With The Stars)

Oh well. Everything good has to come to an end eventually, I guess.

Dancing with the Stars Season 28 premieres on Monday, Sept. 16 at 8/7c on ABC.