Dancing with the Stars releases new pictures of season 29 contestants including Carole Baskin, Nelly and Jesse Metcalfe

DANCING with the Stars has released official new pictures of its season 29 contestants, including Tiger King star Carole Baskin, rapper Nelly and Desperate Housewives favorite Jesse Metcalfe.

The star-studded line-up for the ABC dancing competition – which launches on September 14 – also includes Selling Sunset's Chrishell Stause, Backstreet Boys' AJ McLean and former Bachelorette Kaitlyn Bristowe.

Super Bowl champ Vernon Davis will also compete for the Mirror Ball trophy, as well as Cheer coach Monica Aldama, actress Anne Heche, Disney Channel's Skai Jackson, One Day at a Time star Justina Machado, The Real co-host Jeannie Mai, NBA legend Charles Oakley, Catfish host Nev Schulman and ice skater Johnny Weir.

Tiger King star Carole was spotted heading to dance rehearsal earlier this week wearing one of her signature leopard-print outfits.

Carole wore brown and tan leopard print leggings with a colorful cheetah spotted top.

She appeared to come prepared to dance as she wore her hair in a bun and had sneakers on.

The Tiger King figure also donned a black face mask, with her famous saying "Hey all you cool cats and kittens," written on it.

Carole starred in Tiger King, the hit Netflix series about the trials and tribulations of Joe Exotic, an eccentric zoo owner from Florida.

Meanwhile, her DWTS co-star Chrishell said she had "nothing to lose" by joining the line-up.

The comment came after her very public split from ex-husband Justin Hartley.

The Netflix star spoke to Entertainment Tonight about her upcoming role as a contestant on the popular ABC competition series.

She told the publication: "I feel equal parts excited and completely terrified."

The 39-year-old continued: "It has been a crazy journey and I would have never imagined this is where I would end up."

Chrishell kept a sense of humor while talking about competing the on the show and said: "Listen, I've already fallen flat on my face in front of America already, so I really got that out of the way.

"I don't have anything else to lose, so it's only going up from here!"

She continued: "I'm hoping this will be a new chapter, something positive.

"An experience I can kinda throw myself into and just kind of learn a new skill and have fun at the same time. I have no dance experience, so it's going to at least be a laugh for all of us."

After experiencing a difficult year, Chishell said she hopes DWTS will help her "turn the page" and "change the narrative."

The Selling Sunset star added: "So much has been said that there's nothing else I want to say about [the divorce], and I think that's a really good place to be.

"I want to be in a place where everybody just moves on. I'm excited to move past that chapter and onto the next."

The dance competition series also has a new host, America's Next Top Model's Tyra Banks.

Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews were let go after last season.

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