Hero in Paris Train Attack Will Compete on DWTS

Alek Skarlatos, American who helped foil terror attack, will compete on ABC
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 2, 2015 11:31 AM CDT
Meet the newest "Dancing With the Stars" contender: Alek Skarlatos.   (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

(Newser) Paula Deen and Gary Busey (who made his announcement on a horse last night) were the latest celebs to be revealed for this season's Dancing With the Stars roster, but there's an even newer entry who only recently became a star: Alek Skarlatos, one of the three American heroes who foiled a terror attack on a Paris train last month, the AP reports. The 22-year-old Army National Guard Specialist, described by ABC as "an avid painter and military history buff" who plans on joining the police force, will compete when the show kicks off its 21st season on Sept. 14. See the full cast list on ABC. (Read more Dancing with the Stars stories.)

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