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'Dancing with the Stars' reportedly signs on Simone Biles and Mr. T for Season 24 celebrity cast


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/24/2017 

Dancing with the Stars has reportedly added Olympian Simone Biles and pro wrestler Mr. T to its Season 24 cast.

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According to a source, both Biles and Mr. T have signed on for the new season, and Dancing with the Stars producers are particularly excited about the pro wrestler joining the lineup of celebrities, Entertainment Tonight reported.

"Production has been trying to get Mr. T to do the show for years!" a source close to Dancing with the Stars production told ET. "He will be a great contestant this season."

Mr. T, whose real name is Laurence Tureaud, has been missing in action since his 2014 made-for-TV movie WrestleMania XXX. The 64-year-old actor is famous for the line, "I pity the fool!"

Biles' participation is no surprise considering she revealed last summer she'd love to do the show. She confirmed her interest in Dancing with the Stars when shooting down rumors she had joined the show's Season 23 cast for its Fall 2016 edition.

"I would love to [be on DWTS], but the fall season won't work because [of] the tour," the 19-year-old gymnast said in August of last year before she was scheduled to participate in Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions from September through November 2016. "If I could do the spring season, I would love to do that!"

Biles -- who won five Olympic medals in Brazil last summer -- even revealed which professional partner she'd prefer to work with on the Spring 2017 edition if given the opportunity to compete.

"I think [I'd like to dance with Sasha Farber]," she said. "I think it would be cool to be with Sasha."

Biles and Mr. T are the first celebrities leaked prior to ABC's official cast announcement Wednesday, March 1 on Good Morning America.

However, fan-favorite pro dancers Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his fiancee Peta Murgatroyd recently confirmed their return to the show after welcoming their first child together, son Shai Aleksander, in early January.

Season 24 of Dancing with the Stars is set to premiere Monday, March 20 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.


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