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Bill Nye Brings Science to 'Dancing With The Stars' Season 17

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By Emma Koonse, Christian Post Reporter
September 5, 2013|4:13 pm

Bill Nye is competing on the upcoming season of "Dancing With The Stars" and former science class students across the nation are excited.

The professor is best known for hosting "Bill Nye the Science Guy," a long-running PBS Kids and now syndicated television series that is still popular today.

Now 57-years-old, the science educator is making a television comeback with ABC's "Dancing With The Stars."

"It's time for this nerd to get dancin'," Nye posted to Twitter on Wednesday. "O yes, season 17 of #DWTS, here I come."

Furthermore, Nye is paired with "DWTS" newcomer and professional dancer Tyne Stecklein.

"I'll be shakin' it on #DWTS this season with the wonderful @TyneStecklein. I can already feel the burn," Nye added.

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Nye also posted to his blog for the science organization the Planetary Society promising readers that his addition to the popular dancing competition will "engage people everywhere."

"As unusual as this may seem, I believe we can broaden awareness of the Society and thereby humankind's exploration of the Cosmos one ballroom dance at a time," he wrote.

The full cast of "DWTS" season 17 was unveiled on "Good Morning America" on Wednesday.

Nye will be competing against the likes of "Jersey Shore" star Snooki, NFL star Keyshawn Johnson, actresses Valerie Harper and Elizabeth Berkely, singer Christina Milian, and actors Brant Daugherty and Corbin Bleu.

Rounding out the cast for season 17 was "Glee" star Amber Riley, comedian Bill Engvall, reality television star Jack Osbourne, and Leah Remini from the sitcom "King of Queens."

Season 17 of "DWTS" will kick off on ABC on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m.

This season, the show will only air on Monday nights, eliminating the Results Show that usually followed on Tuesdays in past seasons. The Monday night episode will be two hours long.

 

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