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The gang is all there! The first group photo of season 28 of Dancing With the Stars has been revealed

The first group photo of season 28 of Dancing With the Stars has been revealed.

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It shows the 12 famous participants of the show dressed in black and white and smiling around a velvet couch and armchair.

The series informed fans of the line-up of the new season on August 21.

The gang is all there! The first group photo of season 28 of Dancing With the Stars has been revealed

The gang is all there! The first group photo of season 28 of Dancing With the Stars has been revealed

Bombshells! Supermodel Christie Brinkley and former bachelorette Hannah Brown

Bombshells! Supermodel Christie Brinkley and former bachelorette Hannah Brown

Bombshells! Supermodel Christie Brinkley and former bachelorette Hannah Brown

Bombshells! Supermodel Christie Brinkley and former bachelorette Hannah Brown

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Bombshells! From left to right … Supermodel Christie Brinkley and former bachelor Hannah Brown

This season's participants are James Van Der Beek, Christie Brinkley, Lamar Odom, season 15 Bachelorette Hannah Brown, former fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke, Queer Eye expert Karamo Brown, Kate Flannery of The Office, All That alum Kel Mitchell, American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina, The Supremes member Mary Wilson, former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis and former White House secretary to President Donald Trump, Sean Spicer.

The show has yet to reveal which participant will enter into a partnership with which dancer.

Returning professional dancers are Alan Bersten, Brandon Armstrong, Cheryl Burke, Emma Slater, Gleb Savchenko, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Lindsay Arnold, Peta Murgatroyd, Sasha Farber, Val Chmerkovskiy and Witney Carson.

Two new professional dancers are also new to this season's selection, including married couple and ballroom dancing champions Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach.

Professional dancers Sharna Burgess and Artem Chingvintsev are not coming back for the new season.

Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba are also coming back to review the new season.

All that alum Kel Mitchell
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All that alum Kel Mitchell

former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis

former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis

Movers and shakers: from left to right … All That alum Kel Mitchell and former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis

For the first time in the show's history, the professional dancers and participants were unveiled separately.

Executive producer Andrew Llinares said about the new step: & # 39; We wanted to do something different this year. & # 39;

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& # 39; After 27 seasons it is tough. We want to keep the show fresh for you. We thought it would just be nice to reveal the partners to the public until the premiere … I think it's a nice little twist. & # 39;

Llinares went on to reveal another new aspect of the season – live voting.

& # 39; We have been off the air for a year, so we want to make this season really, really special and bigger, more exciting and more fun than it has ever been.

& # 39; One thing we are going to do is introduce live voting to the program this season, something we have not done before.

& # 39; You see the result at the end of that show based on what happened that night. & # 39;

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The 28th season already appears to be controversial.

Sean Spicer's inclusion in the line-up did not go well with co-host Tom Bergeron, who tweeted last week that he had told producers that he hoped the new season would be a & # 39; joyful break from our exhausting political climate & # 39; and urged them not to have & # 39; division bookings & # 39 ;.

Newcomers: two new professional dancers are also new to this season's selection, including married couple and ballroom dancing champions Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach

Newcomers: two new professional dancers are also new to this season's selection, including married couple and ballroom dancing champions Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach

Newcomers: two new professional dancers are also new to this season's selection, including married couple and ballroom dancing champions Pasha Pashkov and Daniella Karagach

Departure: Sharna Burgess is not returning for the new DWTS season

Departure: Sharna Burgess is not returning for the new DWTS season

See you soon: Artem Chingvintsev is not returning for the new DWTS season
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See you soon: Artem Chingvintsev is not returning for the new DWTS season

Axed: Sharna Burgess and Artem Chingvintsev will not return for the new DWTS season

Producers apparently disagreed. & # 39; We can't agree with it like this, but in the end it's their call & # 39 ;, Bergeron wrote.

In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Spicer stated that he hopes to bring Americans of all different backgrounds together.

& # 39; I hope that [host] Tom [Bergeron] looks back on this at the end of the season and realizes what a great example it was to bring people from very diverse backgrounds together to have fun together true civilized and respectful way and maybe millions of Americans showing how we can get back to that kind of interaction & he said.

Spicer has already received approval from President Trump, who tweeted last week: & # 39; I just heard that Sean Spicer on & # 39; Dancing with the Stars & # 39; He will do great. A wonderful person who loves our country dearly! & # 39;

Spicer resigned from his role as White House Secretary in July 2017 and was accused of repeatedly lying to Trump and exaggerating the size of the public at the opening of Trump, falsely bragging that it was larger than Barack Obama's.

The casting got a bitter backlash online, as a result of which Jon Cooper, chairman of the Democratic Coalition, hit the show as & # 39; Dancing to Facism & # 39 ;, and & # 39; helping you normalize Sean Spicer & # 39; .

Comedian Dana Goldberg joked: "Will he just dance around the truth?"

At the show, Spicer earned at least $ 125,000, which could go up to $ 295,000 if he makes it far in the competition, according to Variety.

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Dancing with the Stars season 28 premieres on ABC Monday 16 September at 8 p.m. ET.

Returning: Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba are also coming back to review the new season

Returning: Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba are also coming back to review the new season

Returning: Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba are also coming back to review the new season

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