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Carole Baskin joins ‘Dancing With The Stars’ – You won’t believe who her partner is

Posted by Afika Peters

Popular celebrity contest Dancing With The Stars has announced its full line-up for the 2020 season and cast on the ballot is the infamous endangered animal activist and antagonist on Netflix‘s Tiger King doccie, Carole Baskin.

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As reported by Deadline, the announcement was made by ABC (a television network in the United States) on Wednesday. The new season returns with ex-super model Tyra Banks at the helm as the host and executive producer.

To find out which celebrity has been cast to participate in this season’s Dancing With The Stars, watch this video:

The professional dancers include:

  • Brandon Armstrong;
  • Alan Bersten;
  • Sharna Burgess;
  • Cheryl Burke;
  • Artem Chigvintsev;
  • Val Chmerkovskiy;
  • Sasha Farber;
  • Jenna Johnson;
  • Daniella Karagach;
  • Keo Motsepe;
  • Peta Murgatroyd;
  • Pasha Pashkov;
  • Gleb Savchenko;
  • Emma Slater; and
  • Britt Stewart.

In the interim, the build-up around the celebrity dance contest is all virtual. It’s not clear at this stage, how the show will ensure that production adheres to COVID-19 protocols. Details surrounding this should be communicated before season 29 premieres on Monday 14 September 2020.

Currently, Dancing With The Stars is not listed on DStv. However, the show is often broadcast on M-Net channel 101.

Carole Baskin partners up with Nelly

Much of the spotlight has been cast on Carole Baskin, one of the celebrity pickings for this season. The shocking reveal of the endangered animal activist reverberated on social media.

Even more surprising, is the fact that Baskin has been paired up with St. Louis rapper Nelly. Asked about her feelings heading into the show, this is what Baskin had to say:

“Well, Tiger King really glamourised animal abusers and villainized me for trying to stop the animal abuse. So, I felt really betrayed by that. But, what amazed me was how many people believed that false portrayal of me without doing anything to find out who I really am.”

Is Carole Baskin still a suspect in her hubby’s disappearance?

The controversial addition of Baskin as a cast member of Dancing With The Stars has left many gobsmacked. The animal rights activist is a person of interest in the mysterious disappearance of her first husband Don Lewis.

Things, however, have been quiet since June when Florida county sheriff Chad Chronister revealed that Lewis’ will that granted Baskin access to his liquid assets, was a forgery.

“We knew that before, because the girl who came forward and said, ‘hey, I was forced to witness and say that I witnessed this signature.’ The problem was the statute of limitations had already expired. The will had already been executed at that point,” Chronister said.

No further developments have been made in Lewis’ disappearance and Baskin, who will be dancing away with Nelly, remains free.