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It's time to go back to the ballroom! Dancing With the Stars Season 17 premieres tonight, September 16, 2013, in its new, once-a-week format. The new season brings some major changes to the format and one of the most exciting casts in recent memory, so you better bet you can expect things to kick off in a big way.

What do you have to look forward to when the pageantry starts again? We've gathered all of the most interesting info about the anticipated premiere right here.

The cast. What, you mean you haven't been following every piece of DWTS news obsessively for the last few weeks? Well, we can't say we understand, but for those of you who haven't already committed this season's pairs to memory, here's the full cast list. With big names ranging from Glee's Amber Riley to the legendary Valerie Harper to everyone's favorite Science Guy, Bill Nye, this lineup puts the "star" back in Dancing With the Stars.

Who's dancing what? Most of the cast has stayed mum on what style they'll be dancing when they hit the ballroom for the first time, but we know actor Brant Daugherty and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd will try to Cha Cha to a high score, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater have the Foxtrot, and Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess are also Cha Cha-ing.

About those changes... Yes, DWTS is down to one night a week, which means the performances and results are on the same night. How does that work? According to executive producer Conrad Green the elimination will come at the end of each show (there won't be an elimination during the premiere). We can also expect some changes to the layout of the ballroom (no more skybox for the celebs!), and we'll see more behind-the-scenes moments with newly added makeup and rehearsal rooms.

Are you looking forward to the new season? What do you think of the cast and the changes? Let us know in the comments below!

Catch the Dancing With the Stars Season 17 premiere on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Rebecca Martin is an Associate Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, and genre TV expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!


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