EX-SUPREME MARY WILSON, ODOM ON ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CAST
Motown legend Mary Wilson, a longtime Las Vegas resident, returns to one of the biggest stages next month as a cast member on “Dancing with the Stars.”
A founding member of the Supremes, and 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Wilson, 75, was announced during Wednesday’s cast-reveal on ABC’s “Good Morning America. The 11-member group also includes former UNLV basketball standout Lamar Odom.
The show’s new season begins September 16. In a first, the pairings with the pro dancers will be announced during the premiere.
Wilson was a founding member of the Supremes with Diana Ross, Florence Ballard and Betty McGlown in 1959. They had five consecutive No. 1 hits between 1964 and 1965. When the group disbanded in 1977, a total of six others were part of the changing cast. Wilson was there to the end. Ross went solo in 1970, after their farewell concert in London. Their last U.S. concert was the Frontier in Las Vegas on Jan. 15, 1970.
Wilson moved to Las Vegas in the 1980s before relocating to Los Angeles to study acting with one of Halle Berry’s coaches.
The rest of the cast:
Lauren Alaina — 24, former "American Idol" runnerup and country artist.
Christie Brinkley — 65, supermodel and ex-wife of singer Billy Joel.
Ally Brooke — singer, 26, a Fifth Harmony member and solo performer
Karamo Brown — 38, "Queer Eye" culture expert and vocal supporter of Vice President Mike Pence, who has been criticized for his anti-gay stance.
Hannah Brown — 24, the former Miss Alabama 2018 and the latest "Bachelorette."
Kate Flannery — 55, who plays Meredith the office drunk in "The Office"
Sean Spicer — 47, former White House press secretary for President Donald Trump. A political lightning rod, Spicer’s addition lit up social media, including this tweet: “They could change the name of the show to goose-stepping with the stars,”
Kel Mitchell — 40, known for Nickelodeon's "Kenan & Kel" and "All That,” and its spinoff “Good Burger.”
Ray Lewis — 44, 13-time Pro Bowl selectee and pro football Hall of Famer linebacker with the Baltimore Ravens
James Van Der Beek — actor, 42, of "Dawson's Creek" and “Varsity Blues,” his breakout performance.