Dancing with the Stars Season 17: Cast Has ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Actress, YouTube star Bethany Mota

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
September 6, 2014 Updated: September 6, 2014

Dancing with the Stars Season 17 has a new cast, according to reports.

Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced the 13 new contestants on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

They include Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton on the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” who is 42. Also included are Michael Waltrip, a race car driver; Sadie Robertson of “Duck Dynasty”; Lolo Jones, the Olympian; Jonathan Bennett of “Mean Girls”; actress Lea Thompson; Antonio Sabato Jr of “Melrose Place” and “General Hospital”; comedian Tommy Chong; former UFC champion Randy Couture; Janel Parrish on “Pretty Little Liars”; designer Betsey Johnson; YouTube star Bethany Mota; and media personality Travis Smiley.

“We’ve been around for 10 years, and we still have managed to find areas of stars that we’ve never had before,” executive producer Rob Wade told USA Today. “I missed the smell of fake tan so much, I had to come back,” added Wade.

The Associated Press entertainment update:

Lady Gaga sings jazz songs at Fashion Week party  

NEW YORK (AP) — If Lady Gaga’s performing onstage, you better listen. And if you don’t, she’ll stop singing.

When a loud crowd still chatted at the Plaza Hotel where Gaga was performing jazz tunes Friday night, she stopped in the middle of her second song because of the noise.

“Will you (expletive) shut up? We’re playing some jazz,” she told the crowd of a few hundred in New York City. “Goddamn rich people.”

Gaga sang at the New York Fashion Week party by Harper’s Bazaar, where attendees included Donatella Versace, Liberty Ross, Brooke Shields and R&B singers Maxwell and Miguel.

The 28-year-old pop star sang songs from her collaborative jazz album with Tony Bennett called “Cheek to Cheek,” to be released Sept. 23. She shut up the crowd at moments when she hit impressive high notes.

Gaga sported short blond hair and a black leather dress she said her sister created for her.

The New York-born performer dedicated a cover of Cole Porter’s “Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye” to her family and boyfriend, “Chicago Fire” actor Taylor Kinney.

“So, if you all keep it down while I sing my boyfriend a song, I’d appreciate it,” she told the audience at the black-tie event.

The Friday event honored women in fashion, including Linda Evangelista, Shields and Gaga.

“An icon, I believe, is somebody that has a strong message behind their beauty and I think all of the women that are here tonight have that,” Gaga said on the red carpet. “I’m not sure that I have it, but I am pretty happy to be on the list with all these super models, so thank you.”

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.