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This season's lineup of celebrity dancers on “Dancing with the Stars” includes a "Shark," a married couple whose pro partners are also a married couple, a "Pretty Little Liar," a "Property Brother," an 80s pop icon, a WWE superstar and a NBA champion, among others.

Season 25 of “Dancing With The Stars” premieres Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC.

The new celebrity cast are sparkling up their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor. Additionally, ABC kicked off its the first-ever official “Dancing with the Stars Fantasy League” on Sept. 6 on abc.com/dfl.

The game allows players to predict which couple will win the season and take home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Players earn points for correct predictions, and each point is an entry into the grand-prize drawing for a chance to win a trip for four to Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii and other exclusive prizes.

Beginning Sept. 19, fans can also play the weekly game to earn more points and chances to win. Each week, players choose three couples they predict will earn the highest scores in that week's episode(s). Each point the couples earn on the show is another entry towards the Grand Prize and First Prize sweepstakes.

The celebrities on DWTS and their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom this season are as follows:

Barbara Corcoran with Keo Motsepe

Debbie Gibson with Alan Bersten

Derek Fisher with Sharna Burgess

Drew Scott with Emma Slater

Frankie Muniz with Witney Carson

Jordan Fisher with Lindsay Arnold

Lindsey Stirling with Mark Ballas

Nick Lachey with Peta Murgatroyd

Nikki Bella with Artem Chigvintsev

Sasha Pieterse with Gleb Savchenko

Terrell Owens with Cheryl Burke

Vanessa Lachey with Maks Chmerkovskiy

Victoria Arlen with Val Chmerkovskiy

Here are a few dancers that N2Entertainment.net will be watching closely this season.

ABOUT DEREK FISHER-- Derek Fisher spent his entire pre-NBA life in Little Rock, Arkansas. His work ethic and determination were evident even from a young age, but basketball was always what drove him. A stand-out guard in high school, he starred for Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High. Even as a teenager, his leadership qualities were on display for all those who encountered him.

In 1996 he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers and went on to play more than 18 seasons in the NBA, a majority with the Lakers, with whom he won 5 NBA Championships. Fisher is the all-time NBA record holder in playoff games played. While playing for the Lakers, he hit a buzzer beater with 0.4 second left in game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference Semifinals against the San Antonio Spurs, which the NBA lists as the 18th-greatest playoff moment of all time. Fisher also served as president of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA), while playing.

In 2014, he was hired by the New York Knicks to be the team's head coach and became one of the only players to get a head coaching job in the NBA directly from playing. In 2016 he moved back to Los Angeles and began to work professionally as a broadcaster, making appearances on TNT, NBA TV and Spectrum SportsNet. Fisher made multiple appearances on TNT's "Inside the NBA" and was on TNT's new "Player's Only" coverage, where former NBA players provided color commentary on games.

He worked alongside with Shaquille O'Neal, Grant Hill and Brent Barry, among others. At the start of the 2016-17 NBA season, Fisher joined Spectrum SportsNet as an in-studio analyst for the Los Angeles Lakers. Fisher's passion for impacting the lives of young people motivated him to create a camp experience for children and teens of all skill levels. In 2009 he started the Derek Fisher Basketball Academy, which is dedicated and focused on developing the basketball, leadership and life skills of each camper. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his family. Follow Derek @derekfisher Follow Sharna @SharnaBurgess.

ABOUT TERRELL OWENS-- Philanthropist, entrepreneur, fitness expert, model, motivational speaker, humanitarian, loving father and the NFL's 6-Time Pro Bowler, Terrell Eldorado Owens is a man on a mission.

His extraordinary skills on the gridiron and elite athleticism raised the bar for wide receivers in the league. Owens is credited with being one of the most exciting and electrifying players to ever play the game, with 1078 Receptions, 15,935 yards and 153 touchdowns during the span of his 15 year career.

Owens was born in Alexander City, AL, where he attended Benjamin Russell High School. There he excelled in several sports including football, basketball, baseball and track. After being recruited by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC), Owens made a name for himself as an explosive receiver, earning first team All-Southern Conference honors and setting a school record for catching a pass 11 consecutive games.

Owens was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the third round of the 1996 NFL draft, spending eight seasons with the team. He made his mark in the league by amassing a highlight reel of spectacular plays and performances. This includes a game-winning touchdown against the Green Bay Packers in a 1998 wild-card playoff games that was dubbed "The Catch II"; a record breaking day of December 17, 2000 when he surpassed the 50-year-old mark for the single-game reception total; and his role in leading the 49ers to the second greatest comeback in NFL playoff history, which occurred against the New York Giants in 2002.

In 2004 Owens joined the Philadelphia Eagles, making an immediate impact on the team, averaging one touchdown per game. This helped the Eagles to win 13 of its first 14 games, paving the way to Super Bowl XXXIX. Despite a late season injury that doctors had projected would take weeks to heal, Owens started the game and had nine receptions and 122 yards in a disappointing loss to the New England Patriots. Owens went on to play for the Dallas Cowboys, embarking on another storied legacy.

In his first season with the team, he led the league with 13 regular season touchdowns, and this despite a serious tendon injury to his finger. While doctors recommended season ending surgery, Owens elected to wait until the end of the season to repair the damage. In 2007 he set a Dallas Cowboys record with 15 touchdown receptions and helped lead the team to the NFC East divisional title for the first time since 1988. He also amassed 69 catches for 1,052 yards and 10 touchdowns in his last season for the Dallas Cowboys. Owens entered his 14th NFL season with the Buffalo Bills.

It was in this season that he became only the sixth player to record 1,000 career catches. He also added stints with the Cincinnati Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks to his resume. Owens has garnered countless awards and accolades for his work on and off the field, including six Pro Bowl appearances, five-time Associated Press All-Pro, Recorded Five Seasons with 13 or more touchdowns, and the first to score a touchdown in seven straight "Monday Night Football" games. On September 15, 2008 in yet another remarkable Monday Night Game, Owens moved into second place on the NFL's all-time career touchdown list.

Owens' work on the field is only mirrored by his accomplishments off the field, including partnering with the Alzheimer's Association, which is near and dear to his heart. His beloved grandmother Alice succumbed to the disease three years ago. He also testified before Congress to raise awareness about the disease. Owens is also a respected and best-selling author, penning a children's book, "Little T Learns to Share," and a fitness book, "T.O.'s Finding Fitness." His latest endeavor, the "What TO Do" Global Campaign, is an initiative aimed at empowering and motivating youth around the world through speaking, workshops and with the launch of an inspirational clothing line for men, women and children. Follow Terrell @terrellowens Follow Cheryl @CherylBurke.

ABOUT BARBARA CORCORAN-- Barbara Corcoran's credits include straight D's in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she turned 23. It was her next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country: she borrowed $1,000 and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City. Over the next 25 years, Barbara would parlay that $1,000 loan into a $5 billion real estate business, building the largest and best-known brand in the business. Corcoran is the author of the bestseller "Shark Tales: How I Turned $1,000 into a Billion Dollar Business!" Corcoran is a motivational and inspirational speaker. She is a frequent small business and real estate contributor on every major network. She has been an investor/Shark for the past nine seasons on ABC's three-time Emmy award winning show, "Shark Tank." Follow Barbara @BarbaraCorcoran Follow Keo @keodancer

ABOUT DREW SCOTT-- Drew Scott is co-founder of Scott Brothers Entertainment and Scott Living. He and his twin brother, Jonathan, host multiple top-rated HGTV series, including the Emmy-nominated "Property Brothers," "Brother vs. Brother" and "Property Brothers at Home," and their shows are watched by millions of fans in over 150 countries. A New York Times bestselling author and one of People's "Sexiest Men Alive," Scott is also a bona fide social media influencer with over three million followers across his social platforms. Born and raised in Canada, Scott's passion for all things entrepreneurial began at age seven when he and Jonathan started their first business. By 18, they were buying and flipping homes, and by their mid-20s they had a thriving real estate, design and renovation business with hundreds of clients. Scott's love of acting began during elementary school. He then started doing improv, sketch and standup comedy while in high school. Later, he booked roles in popular TV series such as "Smallville" and "Breaker High." Eventually, he and Jonathan were approached to host a home renovation show called "My Dream Home," which later became "Property Brothers." In addition to his television and social media success, Scott is one half of a rising global lifestyle brand, which includes multiple extensions into music, media and retail. He and Jonathan established "Scott Brothers Entertainment," which produces award winning and engaging content in all genres for TV, film and digital platforms. The brothers expanded their brand with the creation of "Scott Living," a designer collection of indoor and outdoor furniture, décor and bedding. In 2015 the Scott brothers wrote and recorded two original tracks, "Hold On" and "Let the Night Shine In," with music producers Victoria Shaw and Chad Carlson. "Hold On" hit the Billboard Hot Country charts within the first month of its release. In January 2017 they put their own country spin on Flo Rida's wildly popular single "My House" with 100 percent of the single's proceeds being donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Last year, he and Jonathan released their first book, "Dream Home: The Property Brothers' Ultimate Guide to Finding & Fixing Your Perfect House." It was both a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. Scott will release a memoir, co-authored with brother Jonathan, entitled "It Takes Two: Our Story," on September 5, 2017. Outside of his career endeavors, Scott serves as a global ambassador for World Vision, working to improve child protection domestically and abroad. His wide-ranging philanthropic contributions include working with a variety of charities such as Artists for Peace and Justice, The American Red Cross and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, among others. He is also very active when it comes to environmental responsibility and the advancement of clean, renewable energies. Follow Drew @MrDrewScott Follow Emma @EmmaSlaterDance.

ABOUT NICK LACHEY-- Nick Lachey is a multi-platinum recording artist, television personality and businessman, first rose to stardom as the front-man of the popular band 98 Degrees, selling over 10 million albums worldwide and charting several top-40 hits. In 2003 he launched a successful solo music career and segued into television when he starred in "Newlyweds," one of MTV's most successful shows in the network's history. In addition to his music career, Lachey has been a prominent television personality and producer over the last decade, having hosted and starred in a number of major national network programs and specials, including VH1's national morning show "Big Morning Buzz Live Hosted by Nick Lachey." In 2015 he executive produced and was featured in A&E's popular docuseries "Lachey's Bar" that followed brothers Nick and Drew Lachey as they opened a new sports bar in their hometown on Cincinnati, Ohio. Lachey's additional television credits include NBC's highly-rated acapella competition show "The Sing-Off," "The Winner Is," ABC's "Battle of the Network Stars," NBC's "Clash of the Choirs" (where Team Lachey took home the championship and most importantly a check for $250,000 for the Cincinnati Children's Hospital), "Rockefeller Christmas Spectacular" and Macy's "35th Annual 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular." Lachey has also guest starred on a number of popular television series, including CBS's hit show "Hawaii Five-O," CW's "One Tree Hill," "Charmed" and ABC's "Hope & Faith." Behind the scenes, he created and executive produced the hit MTV series "Taking the Stage," based on the lives of students at his beloved alma mater, the School for Creative and Performing Arts in Cincinnati, which ran for two seasons. In 2003 Lachey launched his solo music career for which his second record, "What's Left of Me" (2006), went to number two on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. His additional solo projects include "Soul-O" (2003) and "A Father's Lullaby" (2013), the latter of which was a unique collaboration with Fisher Price inspired by his first-born son Camden. His fourth solo album, "Soundtrack of My Life," was released in November 2014. Lachey reunited with 98 Degrees in 2013 to release their 5th studio album, "2.0," and embarked on a North America tour with New Kids on the Block and Grammy award-winning group Boyz II Men. In 2016, 98 Degrees headlined the popular My2K Tour, featuring O Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera.

98 Degrees will release their second Christmas album, "Let It Snow" (a follow-up to their 1999 platinum holiday record "This Christmas"), which will be available on Oct. 13 with a tour to follow. In addition to his work in music and television, Lachey remains a constant advocate for children's and humanitarian causes through his work with organizations including Autism Speaks, Feeding America, Make-a-Wish Foundation, The Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), VH-1 Save The Music, The Cincinnati Children's Hospital and The Cincinnati School for Performing Arts. He is also founder and President of The Nick Lachey Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, families and communities in need throughout the United States. Lachey currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife Vanessa and three children Camden, Brooklyn and Phoenix. Follow Nick @NickLachey Follow Peta @PetaMurgatroyd.

Editor’s Note: Don’t miss “Dancing with The Stars” season premiere Sept. 18 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) on ABC. Photo: Courtesy of ABC TV.

ABOUT ABC’S FIRST-EVER “DANCING WITH THE STARS FANTASY LEAGUE”

Based on the popularity of its recently launched “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette Fantasy Leagues,” ABC is now launching the first-ever official “Dancing with the Stars Fantasy League” at ABC.com/DFL.

The game allows players to predict which couple will win the season and take home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Players earn points for a correct prediction, and each point is an entry into the grand prize drawing for a chance to win a trip for four to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai'I, and other exclusive prizes.

Players can modify their Mirrorball picks until Oct. 9, at 4:59 p.m. (PT) and 7:59 pm (ET).
Beginning Sept. 19, fans can also play the weekly game to earn more points and chances to win. Each week, players choose three couples they predict will earn the highest scores in that week's episode(s). Each point the couples earn on the show is another entry towards the Grand Prize and First Prize sweepstakes.

Weekly games lock Mondays at 4:59 p.m. (PT) and /7:59 (ET). The “Dancing with the Stars” Fantasy League sweepstakes is open to legal U.S. residents, 18 or older. No purchase is necessary to play. See Official Rules at ABC.com/DFL for full details.