AceShowbiz - ABC has announced the first celebrity to be dancing her way to the ballroom in the upcoming season 27 of "Dancing with the Stars". The network made the announcement that "Facts of Life" star Nancy McKeon is one of the dancing competition show's fall 2018 lineup.
The cast was revealed in the Wednesday, September 5 episode of "Good Morning America". McKeon and her dancing partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy made an appearance on the morning show to dish on their pairing for the new season.
"He's the most amazing partner, more patience than anybody I know and I'm so lucky," McKeon, who is best known for her role as Jo Polniaczek on the popular NBC sitcom, gushed over Val.
McKeon said that Val never watched "Facts of Life", though he is a fan of Steve Urkel on "Family Matters". She also revealed her partner’s nickname for her, saying, "If you’re gonna call me a gremlin on camera, I’m telling people you like Urkel." Val then retorted, "I said so many nice things, too."
The 52-year-old actress is not the only "Facts of Life" alum who had competed on "Dancing with the Stars". Her co-star Kim Fields, who portrayed Tootie on the show, competed in season 22 of "DWTS", though she was eliminated in week seven.
The rest of season 27 stars will be revealed September 12 on "Good Morning America". The new season is slated to premiere on Monday, September 24 at 8 P.M. on ABC.