Willow Shields volunteered as tribute...for 'Dancing With the Stars'
‘Hunger Games’ fans: Get ready for Season 20 of Dancing with the Stars! One of the mega-hit YA series-turned-blockbuster-franchise stars will be donning her dancing shoes for the new season. Willow Shields, better known to the worlds as Katniss Everdeen’s sweet little sister, Prim, will become the youngest DWTS contestant ever (she’s only 14!). She’s partnering with Mark Ballas, a two-time DWTS champ who’s beloved for his graceful moves, enticing tattoos, and adorable scruffy mug.
Yesterday Mark teased fans on Instagram, posting a picture of himself and a mystery partner with her long blonde waves covering her face. Today Willow Instagramed a cute matching video, celebrating their partnership and urging fans to watch the season premiere on March 16.
Willow and Mark face a tough field of competitors, including Olympic gold-medalist gymnast Nastia Liukin, who’s paired with returning pro Derek Hough, a fan-favorite and five-time DWTS champion who shocked and delighted us by coming back for the show’s 10th anniversary season. Even though she’s up against a dancing champ and actual Olympian though, we still have faith in Willow. She grew up taking dance classes — she told Teen Vogue last year she dances a variety of styles, from ballet to hip-hop — so she and Mark are a team to watch.
Here’s the full list of celebrity contestants and their pro partners gearing up for season 20:
Willow Shields with Mark Ballas Nastia Liukin with Derek Hough Riker Lynch with Allison Holker Michael Sam with Peta Murgatroyd Rumer Willis with Valentin Chmerkovskiy Patti LaBelle with Artem Chigvintsev Noah Galloway with Sharna Burgess Robert Herjavec with Kym Johnson Charlotte McKinney with Keo Motsepe RedFoo with Emma Slater Suzanne Somers with Tony Dovolani
There are less than three weeks to go until the new season starts. Willow summed it up with a short and simple tweet: “Can’t wait.” We have to agree with her on that one.