The cast of Season 17 of “Dancing With The Stars” was announced Sept. 4 on “Good Morning America.” They are: Keyshawn Johnson, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Bill Engvall, Valerie Harper, Jack Osbourne, Corbin Bleu, Christina Millian, Bill Nye, Elizabeth Berkley Lauren, Brant Daugherty, Amber Riley. Photo provided/ABC/Ida Mae Astute
John Kiesewetter reports:
Brant Daugherty doesn’t dance around the facts.
He’s not performed before a live audience since his 2004 senior class play at Mason High School, and not taken a dance lesson before being asked to compete on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” premiering tonight (8-10 p.m., Channel 9).
Actor Brant Daugherty from Mason will compete on “Dancing with the Stars” with Pete Murgatroyd starting Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Photo credit: ABC/Craig Sjodin
To be honest, he had never seen the ABC show before getting the call a month ago.
“They didn’t ask me if I could dance, they just asked me if I would have fun doing the show. Because if I have fun, then it will be fun to watch me,” said Daugherty, 28, best known as Noah on the ABC Family series, “Pretty Little Liars.”
“It came out of the blue,” he said. “This is going to be my biggest (TV) audience ever. I’m excited to have the exposure.”
For three weeks, Daugherty has been dancing day and night with professional partner Peta Murgatroyd. He has the sore muscles and ice packs to prove it.
“I’ve been soaking my feet in ice buckets every night. It’s much more intense that I expected,” he said by phone during a rehearsal break.
“The first three days she taught me to walk again, which to a 28-year-old man was a little surprising. She said, ‘No, we’ve got to build the basics.’ Now we’ve finished the cha-cha, which we do (today), and we’re working on our second dance.”
He’s competing against reality TV stars Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi (“Jersey Shore”) and Jack Osbourne (“The Osbournes”); actresses Valerie Harper (“Rhoda”), Leah Remini (“King of Queens”), Amber Riley (“Glee”) and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren (“Saved By the Bell,” “Showgirls”); actor Corbin Bleu (“High School Musical”); singer Christina Milian (“The Voice”); former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson; and comedians Bill Nye (“Bill Nye, The Science Guy”) and Bill Engvall (“Blue Collar Comedy Tour”).
Brant’s bio reads like a “Glee” script. He quit the Mason football team sophomore year to try out for the school play. He got good parts in non-musicals, and a variety of small roles in musicals.
His favorite high school role was Oberon, king of the fairies, in “A Midsummer’s Night Dream.” His last Mason performance was in the musical “Pirates of Penzance.”
“I did 10 different one-line speaking parts and filled out the chorus. I was never a great dancer or singer,” he said.
“It will be interesting to feed off a live audience again. For most of my work, I’ve got a camera a few feet from my face.”
His TV credits include Lifetime’s “Army Wives” this summer, NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” and “The Michaels,” an upcoming Hallmark Channel Christmas movie.
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