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The following celebrities will compete:
- Internet Sensations (March 28th) - Josh Elkin, Hilah Johnson, iJustine, Lazarus Lynch
- Athletes (April 4) - Dorothy Hamill, Paige VanZant, LaMarr Woodley, Mariel Zagunis
- Comedians (April 11) - Illeana Douglas, Ron Funches, Jonathan Sadowski, Julie White
- Film and Television Actors (April 18) - Rick Fox, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, Alysia Reiner, Alan Thicke
Alan Thicke, who will appear on the April 18th episode, passed away at the age of 69 in December 2016 after collapsing while playing hockey with his son. He could also appear on the April 25th episode if he wins the episode that he competes on.
I guess this may be Alan's last new television appearance which could have been promoted, but it appears Food Network makes no mention of it in their press release. It will be interesting to see if Chopped puts "In Memory of Alan Thicke" or something like that at the end of the episode.
Alan also previously appeared on Chopped Jr. as a judge. When news of his passing began circulating, Chopped host Ted Allen tweeted, "We were privileged to have @Alan_Thicke on #Chopped set for two days—he was beyond delightful. Our hearts are with his family."
The press release about Chopped Star Power Tournament is below: