The new cast of ABC’s hit show ‘Dancing With The Stars, was revealed today on ‘Good Morning America.’ Headlining this season’s cast we have stars of music, TV and sport. There’s even a country music legend, Wynonna Judd, and a couple of reality TV veterans in the mix. Oh and some Olympians.
Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet appeared live on “GMA” 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 and Kym Johnson, as well as some new faces.
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 right away, so they don’t have long to get into their stride (or glide!)
So who are ‘Dancing With The Stars’ season 16 cast?
Country music legend Wynonna Judd is to be teamed with Tony Dovolani. Five-time-Grammy-winner-turned-reality-TV-star Wynonna began her career making music with her mom but her successful solo career has seen her make more than a dozen No. 1 singles. Apparently, after years of refusing invitations to appear on the show, she finally accepted “because it’s the year of doing things that you’re scared of” and she’s viewing it as a weight loss plan, “trying to get back to [her] original weight of 8 lbs, 15 oz.” Her professional dance partner Tony Dovolani has appeared in 15 seasons of DWTS and returns as the reigning pro champ, after winning last season’s “All-Star” competition with partner Melissa Rycroft.
Stand-up comedian and actor D.L. Hughley from the sitcom, “The Hughleys” who went on to become a TV personality and political pundit is partnered by two-time pro champ Cheryl Burke, who is returning for her fifteenth season.
Baltimore Ravens’ Jacoby Jones is the latest NFL star to compete on “Dancing with the Stars,” He is known for his victory dances in the end zone. In the Ravens’ recent big Super Bowl victory he scored two touchdowns. He’ll be partnered by Karina Smirnoff, who won season 13 with soap opera star and veteran J. R. Martinez; she is returning for her 13th season.
“Real Housewife of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump is also 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. She will be partnered by new boy Gleb Savchenko.
Comedian, actor, director, producer and musician Andy Dick who also fronts his own comedy band will be partnered by Sharna Burgess, another newcomer.
Professional boxer Victor Ortiz, a former welterweight champion, will enter the “Dancing” ring this season with new dancer Lindsay Arnold. She trained with fellow pro Mark Ballas and has appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance?”
Disney star Zendaya Coleman is the youngest ever contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” at just sixteen years old. She plays Rocky Blue in “Shake it Up”, a young dancer trying to achieve stardom, and is currently recording her debut album. We’ll see if she really can dance when she partners familiar face Valentin Chmerkovskiy, a finalist from last season, who is returning for his fourth season.
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman became a household name as part of women’s gymnastics team’s “Fierce Five” at the London Olympics last summer, where she took home a gold medal for her performance on floor. She will be partnered by Mark Ballas in his twelfthseason. Ballas won the season 8 mirror ball trophy with Raisman’s former teammate, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.
The German-born actor, Ingo Rademacher best known for his longtime role as Jasper “Jax” Jacks on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” will partner DWTS veteran Kym Johnson who is a two-time champ who is returning for her 13th season on the show.
Country music singer and former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler will be the first competitor to cross over from “Idol.” The singer made the headlines in September for shaving off her long blonde hair in support of her childhood friend battling breast cancer. She will partner three-time champion Derek Hough, who returns for his 11th season.
Figure skating great Dorothy Hamill (56) is doing it for the more mature ladies. The 1976 Olympic gold medalist in women’s figure skating triumphed at the tender age of nineteen. Her professional dance partner Tristan MacManus is returning for his fourth season on “Dancing with the Stars.”
The two-hour premiere of “Dancing With the Stars” season 16 will air on ABC on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC.
The eliminations will start right away; 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” on Tuesday, March 26.