New ‘Dancing with the Stars’ season includes 2 NJ reality stars
Two reality stars with New Jersey roots are among the latest season of "Dancing with the Stars" — Theresa Giudice and Vinny Guadagnino — also known as Vinny "G."
The original cast members from "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" and MTV's "Jersey Shore," respectively, are both competing on Season 31 of the reality dance show — which is airing on the subscription streaming service, Disney+ for the first time.
“I don’t know how fist pumping and ballroom go together but I’m going to figure it out," the 34-year-old Guadagnino said during the lineup announcement on ABC's Good Morning America.
He's also stayed with MTV for the spinoff series, "Jersey Shore Family Vacation."
In the same appearance, Giudice, who is 50, says her daughter, Audriana gave her advice before joining the show, saying “Dance like it’s your last time dancing.”
In addition to his on-screen time with MTV, Guadagnino (actually a native of Staten Island) has done four separate stints as a celebrity guest host at Chippendales in Las Vegas.
Other contestants competing this season for the Mirrorball trophy include Wayne Brady, Selma Blair and Jordin Sparks — the full lineup is here.
Alfonso Ribeiro and Tyra Banks will co-host the new season — with returning judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough.
Season 31 of DWTS premieres Sept. 19.