Debbie Gibson
Season 25

Paired with Alan Bersten

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For 30 years, Debbie Gibson has proven she's an entertainer of immeasurable talent. From singer, songwriter and musician to actress and dancer, she embodies what it truly means to be an entertainer. A music prodigy, Gibson exploded on the Billboard Pop Charts at the tender age of 16 with the self-penned "Only in My Dreams." The "Original Pop Princess" quickly became the youngest artist ever to write, produce and perform a No. 1 hit song, "Foolish Beat," and entered the Guinness Book of World Records. To date, she is still the youngest female to hold that record. She has sold more than 16 million albums worldwide, performed for British Royalty and hosted The American Music Awards, produced by friend and legend Dick Clark.

After conquering the pop world with three consecutive albums and world tours, she set her sights on the theater and starred in 17 musicals in 17 years. Gibson made her mark in the Broadway production of Les Miserables as Eponine. She broke box office records in the London West End production of Grease as Sandy. She then took the stage in the U.S. Broadway tours of Grease as Rizzo and Funny Girl as Fanny Brice. She also wowed critics as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy, Cinderella in the national production of Cinderella, with Eartha Kitt, Velma Kelly in Chicago, and Sally Bowles in the Broadway revival of Cabaret, with Neil Patrick Harris. Gibson bridged the gap between pop music and Broadway with her one-woman show, Pop Goes Broadway. She currently has two original Broadway musicals in the works, one with Jimmy Van Patten entitled Flunkytown and the other entitled Skirts as composer and lyricist with Hilary Carlip and Katie Ford.

To fill her passion of mentoring and fostering young performers and songwriters, she also created Debbie Gibson's Electric Youth, a series of performing arts camps and music boot camps.

Gibson made her debut in the world of orchestration for Dr. Rutledge's documentary 3 Billion and Counting, about Malaria prevention in third world countries. She collaborated on the score and the powerful closing credits song, "Rise," which was shortlisted for an Academy Award nomination. She also composed two original songs for "Cirque Dreams Symphony," which toured the U.S.

In 2012 Gibson raised more than $50,000 for Children International on The Celebrity Apprentice and made a cameo in the film Rock of Ages. In 2011 she starred with Tiffany in the SyFy hit Mega Python vs. Gatoroid, which led to a joint sold out tour as well as a performance on GMA's Summer Concert Series. She also appeared in Katy Perry's hit music video for "Last Friday Night (TGIF)." In 2014 she starred as a celebrity judge on ABC's Sing Your Face Off, and joined an esteemed list of musical performers as a 2014 inductee of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. She starred in the 2015 original movie The Music in Me, featuring a new, original song, "Promises." She wrote a new song, "Angel," for the debut album of Nickelodeon star Isabela Moner, co-wrote and is featured on Big Black Delta's electro-pop song "RCVR," and was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award from Rockers on Broadway in 2015. In 2016 Gibson created, executive produced and starred in Hallmark Channel's Summer of Dreams, which featured her new, original song, "Wonderland," and a new acoustic version of her self-penned debut, hit single, "Only in My Dreams."

Alan Bersten

Born and raised in Minnesota, Alan Bersten started dancing at the young age of seven. Growing up Alan became proficient in Contemporary, Jazz, Hip Hop, Bollywood and Broadway. Alan's diverse dances led him to win Youth Champ. and Under 21 National Titles.

At the age of 18, Alan was a finalist on season 10 of So You Think You Can Dance and finished in the Top 6 Males. He performed a memorable blindfolded contemporary piece that had never been done on the show. Alan toured through North America with SYTYCD, and then joined Burn the Floor for their world tour. After touring the world, Alan received a recurring role as part of the show's choir, Vocal Adrenaline, on Season 6 of Glee.

Alan has been on five seasons of ABC's Dancing with the Stars on the professional troupe allowing him to showcase his skills as a dancer and a choreographer. During season 24, Alan was partnered with celeb, Heather Morris for four weeks due to Maksim Chmerkovskiy's injury. This has been on tour with Dancing with the Stars: Live! four times, and Season 25 marks Alan's first time as a professional dancer on Dancing with the Stars.

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