Celebrity Cast Announced for DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 16!
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Musicians, athletes and TV personalities are among the new crop of celebrity contestants who will take to the dance floor on season 16 of DANCING WITH THE STARS. The new cast of ABC's hit show was revealed today, exclusively on "Good Morning America," and the headliners include country music legend Wynonna Judd, former "Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump and NFL star Jacoby Jones.
Jones isn't the only athlete on the show. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, professional boxer Victor Ortiz, and figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill will compete this season. Comedians D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick, as well as "General Hospital" star Ingo Rademacher, and Disney star Zendaya Coleman round out the star-studded pack.
Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet appeared live on "GMA" from Studio B in Los Angeles today to make the highly-anticipated announcement of the cast. They also unveiled the professional partners, which include reigning pro champ Tony Dovolani, veterans Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Karina Smirnoff, Kym Johnson, as well as some new faces. See the list below for the official pairings.
The new season kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC. The couple with the lowest combined judges' scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home in the season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show."
The celebrity cast includes:
Country music great Wyonna Judd will bring a dose of Nashville, Tenn., to the dance floor this season. The five-time-Grammy-winner-turned-reality-TV-star rose to fame as a country music duo with her mother, Naomi, but broke out on her own to have a successful solo career with more than a dozen No. 1 singles.
Pro Partner: Tony Dovolani. Veteran pro Dovolani is the reigning pro champ, winning last season's "All-Star" competition with partner Melissa Rycroft. He returns to dance for a 15th season.
Stand-up comedian D.L. Hughley will give "Dancing" a whirl this season. The comic shot to fame on the sitcom, "The Hughleys," and went on to become a TV personality and pundit.
The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver is the latest NFL star to put his football footwork to the test in the ballrooM. Jones, who's known for his victory dances in the end zone, joins the "DWTS" cast on the heels of the Ravens' big Super Bowl victory where he scored two touchdowns. The 28-year-old follows in the footsteps of past NFL stars Donald Driver, Hines Ward and Emmitt Smith, who won the competition.
"Real Housewife of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump is competing this season. The British TV personality, restaurateur and bestselling author is best known for her role on the Bravo Reality Show about her luxurious lifestyle -- and her Pomeranian Giggy.