Olympian Laurie Hernandez to Compete on DWTS
Laurie Hernandez has Olympic medals and now she needs a Mirroball trophy to add to her collection.
“I’m so excited! I can’t wait to do the jive,” the Olympian tells PEOPLE in regards to joining the new season of Dancing with the Stars.
Hernandez is no stranger to the show. She admits that grew up watching the show with her dad, who foreshadowed his daughter competing on the series.
“My dad and I love to watch the show together. He used to tap me on the shoulder and say, ‘You’re gonna be on there one day,’ ” she shares. “I would just tell him, ‘Oh, stop. You’re being silly.’ Now he’s like, ‘I told you!’ He’s so excited.”
This season’s cast of celebs and professional dancers are:
Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Amber Rose
Val Chmerkovskiy and Laurie Hernandez
Artem Chigvintsev and Maureen McCormick
Sasha Farber and Terra Jole
Derek Hough and Marilu Henner
Witney Carson and Vanilla Ice
Lindsay Arnold and Calvin Johnson
Jenna Johnson and Jake T. Austin
Allison Holker and Babyface
Sharna Burgess and James Hinchcliffe
Emma Slater and Rick Perry
Cheryl Burke and Ryan Lochte
Gleb Savchenko and Jana Kramer
Dancing With the Stars premieres Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m