Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe are a surprise package. The 32-year-old Lolo is one of the few athletes who have competed in both the Summer and Winter games. She’s mainly known for track and field having won three NCAA titles while representing LSU. She won the World Indoor Championships in 2008 and 2010. Although favored to win the 100 m hurdles at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, but stumbled and finished seventh. At the 2014 Winter Games, she was the brakewoman for the U.S. National bobsled team.
Jones has discipline and stamina, but the question remains: Can she dance?
Her partner Keo Motsepe is another unknown quantity. We know he can dance, but can he train a non-dancer to dance and win favor with the judges and the viewers?
Born in South Africa, Keoikantse started dancing at the age of five when his best friend suggested he give it a try. At seven, he knew that it was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life. In 2004, Keo teamed up with his coach and mentor, Rafick Hoosain, and garnered every national title in South Africa.
In 2012, Motsepe made history becoming the first South African to join the “Burn the Floor” World Tour. He quickly became the male principle dancer in the cast, and was hand-picked to perform as a soloist during the shows residency at the Shaftesbury Theatre on the West End. In 2014, Keo toured with “Burn the Floor” as principal dancer on the Australian and Japan tours, he also performed on their weekly productions on the Norwegian Cruise Line’s Breakaway Getaway. Keo made his television debut performing as a professional guest on Strictly Come Dancing South Africa in 2013.
Motsepe jumps over the troupe members to join the regular cast. He and Jones will be dancing the cha cha cha.
Season 19 begins with a two-hour two-day season premiere tonight, Monday, Sept. 15 (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) . Tuesday, “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” will reveal which couple will be eliminated and include a performance by Smokey Robinson.
Robinson will perform a duet of “My Girl” with Aloe Blacc from his album “Smokey and Friends.” A special dance number will be performed by the new pros: Allison Holker, Keo Motsepe and Artem Chigvintsev.
ABC.com will be offering five live streams from key positions at the show venue, allowing fans to choose views of the Red Room, judges, sky box, a wide angle of the dance floor and a hosted feed that will highlight relevant social media conversations. Throughout the season, fans will also have opportunities to participate in the outcome of the show, using social media to weigh in on everything from songs, dance styles, and even partners.
Two-time Mirrorball champion and actress Julianne Hough returns to DWTS as a judge, alongside head judge Len Goodman, the every emotive Bruno Tonioli and the lift-monitor Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges’ desk. Hosted by Emmy® Award-winning host Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Erin Andrews (sports host & “Dancing with the Stars” Season 10 finalist).
For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day.
Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker
Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd
Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff
Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani
Lolo Jones & Keo Motsepe
Bethany Mota & Derek Hough
Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson
Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas
Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke
Tavis Smiley & Sharna Burgess
Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev
Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater
From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at http://www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.