Laurie Hernandez Joins the Cast of Dancing With the Stars!
It's official: Laurie Hernandez has joined the cast of Dancing With the Stars!
The 16-year-old Puerto Rican-American gymnast, who recently took home both a gold and a silver medal in the sport at the Rio Olympics, announced her new TV gig on Instagram, writing: ". . . I'm going to be on season 23 of #DWTS with my partner Val! I'm so excited to show you my moves on September 12! @dancingabc Now we need help with a team name! Any thoughts?"
While it will be tough to outshine her powerful Olympic team name — Final Five — we're sure Laurie and her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy will think of something just as memorable for their quest to win the coveted mirror ball trophy. And if Laurie's killer floor routines and mini VMAs music video are any indication, this Baby Shakira's dance skills are going to put up quite the fight. Check out her first team photo, above, then see who else is joining the cast this season.