The new cast for season seven of US show Dancing With the Stars was finally announced on ABC’s Good Morning America yesterday, and gay and lesbian fans are going to have a blast with this go-around.

The new season will include such well-known names as singer Toni Braxton, former ‘N Sync member Lance Bass, Olympic gold medallist Misty May-Treanor and Award-winning soap diva Susan Lucci.

Despite rumours, however, openly gay singer Lance Bass will be paired with Lacey Schwimmer, not a professional male dancer.

Rumours have been swirling around the new cast for season seven of Dancing With the Stars for months, including one pervasive rumor that former ‘N Sync boy band member Lance Bass might just be paired up with a male dancer, marking the first same-sex pairing to be featured on the show.

That particular rumour did not pan out.

Though Bass will be strutting his stuff on season seven, he will be paired with female professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer.

Along with Bass, the season seven cast includes a bevy of other hot performers sure to delight gay fans.

Lesbian lust-inspiring Olympic gold medallist Misty May-Treanor will show off her moves with pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Legendary singer Toni Braxton will take to the dance floor with dancer Alec Mazo. Television’s most fabulous soap opera diva, Susan Lucci, will groove to the beat with partner Tony Dovolani. Thirteen celebrities total will be vying to claim the top prize on Dancing With the Stars in the new season.

An earlier ‘leaked’ list of the new season’s competitors turned out to be almost entirely accurate, with one exception.

Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath was listed on the leaked list, but was not part of the officially announced cast. Instead, that slot ended up belonging to chef Rocco DiSpirito.

Twenty-seven year-old TV personality Kim Kardashian, also among the new season’s celebrity guest stars, injured her foot on Sunday night when she cut herself on a glass coffee table, according to People.com.

However, speaking to Ryan Seacrest during his KISS-FM radio show on Monday, Kardashian hopes the injury will not impair her ability to perform on Dancing With the Stars. “This is a challenge, and we’ll get through it, and we’re going to do whatever we can to make this heal as fast as possible,” Kardasian said.

Season seven of Dancing With the Stars premieres at 8pm on September 22 on ABC. The full list of pairings for the show is below.

* Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer
* Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff
* Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
* Maurice Greene and Cheryl Burke
* Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo
* Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballasdancing
* Cody Linley and Julianne Hough
* Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas
* Ted McGinley and Inna Brayer
* Brooke Burke and Derek Hough
* Jeffrey Ross and Edyta Sliwinska
* Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson
* Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani

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