Dancing with the Stars' season 21: Eight celebrities announced, Peta Murgatroyd forced to sit out over injuries


Starting last week, ABC is slowly unveiling the names of celebrities who will join season 21 of “Dancing with the Stars,” and it looks like the fans are in for a treat.

First to be confirmed is the 17-year old daughter of late Steve Irwin, Bindi Irwin. Following her father’s footsteps, Irwin also works with animals at the Australia Zoo which they own. During her appearance in “Good Morning America,” she commemorates her dad saying, “Dad is and always will be my living, breathing superhero. I’m very lucky to have such a beautiful family.”

When asked to comment on the competition, “The judges scare me more than crocodiles,” Irwin humorously answered to the hosts.

A day after Irwin’s announcement, it was revealed that Triple Crown-winning jockey Victor Espinoza will also showcase his dancing skills for the coveted mirror ball trophy.

The news of his participation was first reported on ESPN’s “SportsNation” where Espinoza admits to his co-hosts that he has no rhythm when dancing but it may change depending on which pro dancer he will be partnered with.

Meanwhile, the show took to Twitter to announce that “Honey, I’m Good” singer Andy Grammer will be joining the line-up but in a rather unfortunate turn of events, his partner and fan-favorite Peta Murgatroyd will be sidelined for the new season due to injuries.

Coming from the successful DWTS three-month live tour, Murgatroyd told People exclusively that one day during a rehearsal, she felt “something was not right,” “I wanted to check it out properly and make sure I was good to go for the season. I got my MRI results back and it was a really bad diagnosis. It showed I had 4 torn ligaments and a floating piece of bone at the back of my ankle. My doctor said I needed surgery and I knew I needed to put my health first if I want to keep dancing on the show into my 30s.”

Her surgery is scheduled mid-September and will take her six to eight weeks to recuperate. She said that although it is very frustrating she will be back either during week eighth or ninth of the show.

Other announced celebrity cast members include Nick Carter of boy band “Backstreet Boys,” social media personality Hayes Grier, ten-time Grammy Award-winning music icon Chaka Khan, “Spy Kids” actress Alex PenaVega and husband Carlos PenaVega who is known for starring in Nickelodeon’s “Big Time Rush.”

Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars premieres on Monday, September 14 at 8pm ET.