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Olympian Laurie Hernandez Joins DWTS: My Dad Always Said 'You're Gonna Be on There One Day'

Update 08/30/2016 06:55 PM Originally posted 08/30/2016 08:45 AM

Laurie Hernandez has already gone for the gold as a gymnast at the Olympics, but now she's vying for the Mirrorball Trophy.

"I'm so excited! I can't wait to do the jive," the 16-year-old tells PEOPLE of joining season 23 of Dancing with the Stars.

Joining the new cast of the ABC reality dance competition is a full-circle moment for the gymnast, who grew up in New Jersey watching the show with her dad.

"My dad and I love to watch the show together. He used to tap me on the shoulder and say, 'You're gonna be on there one day,' " she recalls. "I would just tell him, 'Oh, stop. You're being silly.' Now he's like, 'I told you!' He’s so excited."

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Over the course of her 40-plus years in Hollywood, Marilu Henner has worn many hats – chief among them, actress, producer, radio host, author and mom.

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Terra Jolé is making history on season 23 of Dancing with the Stars as the first little person ever to be featured on the hit ABC dancing competition.

The 36-year-old Little Women: LA star will try to get her hands on the famed Mirrorball Trophy with the help of pro Sasha Farber.

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Nyle DiMarco fans, you might want to sit down for this one.

As PEOPLE first exclusively reported, the Dancing with the Stars and America's Next Top Model winner is the next headliner for Chippendales, and now you can officially get your first glimpse at the star's upcoming gig!

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On Tuesday morning, the season 23 cast of Dancing with the Stars was revealed, and fans are experiencing almost every human emotion over the news – shock, excitement, anger, sadness and confusion.

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Jake T. Austin is joining the season 23 cast of Dancing with the Stars!

ABC officially revealed on Tuesday that the Disney actor, who is widely recognized for his former starring role on The Wizards of Waverly Place, will appear on the upcoming edition of the reality competition reality.

Austin, 21, is joining a growing list of A-listers, including Olympians Laurie Hernandez and Ryan Lochte, Maureen McCormick and Amber Rose.

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Former NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson is making his Dancing debut!

The 30-year-old multimillionaire athlete will appear as one of the "contestant on season 23 of the ABC hit show Dancing with the Stars.

The Georgia native is partnered with veteran dancer Lindsay Arnold, who made it to the semifinals with Boyz II Men's Wanya Morris in the spring.

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The 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars is right around the corner and with the casting news revealed on Tuesday, we're eager to find out more about the competitors who will be cutting a rug come Sept. 12.

Here are five things to know about James Hinchcliffe, the 29-year-old race car driver who officially will be joining the dancing competition this season.

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Season 23 of Dancing with the Stars marks the return of three fan-favorite pro dancers: Derek Hough, Maksim and Cheryl Burke.

"Maks, Cheryl and Derek are beloved by our core audience and it would be exciting to have any one of them coming back, but to have all three is like Christmas come early for a DWTS fan," executive producer Rob Wade tells PEOPLE.

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