Dancing with the Stars 7 cast includes Toni Braxton, Lance Bass, Susan Lucci, Cloris Leachman, Misty May-Treanor, Cody Linley

At long last, ABC announced the cast of Dancing with the Stars 7 this morning on Good Morning America, ending our long national guessing fest that is a lot more interesting than the actual list, which once again seems to be short on actual stars. It also ends our suffering of having to actually watch the terrible mess known as Good Morning America.

The 13 cast members (the largest number ever) are ‘NSync’s Lance Bass, singer Toni Braxton, Rock Star INXS host Brooke Burke, reality show failure Rocco DiSprito, Olympian Maurice Greene, reality show star Kim Kardashian, actor Cloris Leachman, Hanna Montana’s Cody Linley, soap star Susan Lucci, actor Ted McGinley, Olympian Misty May-Treanor, comedian Jeff Ross, and NFL star Warren Sapp.

Rumored cast members Lance Bass, Kim Kardashian, and Warren Sapp were actually cast. People like Dan Quayle and Dan Marino were rumored but said they weren’t going to be on the show. Perennially rumored cast member Florence Henderson was not cast yet again.

Thursday’s list from Gossip Sauce turned out to be surprisingly accurate, only getting Mark McGrath wrong on the original list, and it updated yesterday claiming that he “dropped out.” In Touch Weekly’s list got three out of six–half–completely wrong. Next season, I’m totally making up a list and posting it just to generate a bunch of artificial traffic and media mentions.

The show debuts with a three hour (!) live premiere on Sept. 22.

Dancing with the Stars Exclusive: Cast Revealed [Gossip Sauce]

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