The new cast for season 16 of “Dancing with the Stars” was revealed on Feb. 26 on “Good Morning America.” There had been much speculation about who would or wouldn’t be appearing on the show in the recent weeks and even a few early announcements. Here is the full cast according to ABC.
Kellie Pickler – Kellie was a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol: which helped launch her country music career. With pro Derek Hough as her partner, she has a great chance.
Aly Raisman – This spunky 18-year-old was captain of the gold medal-winning US Women’s Gymnastics team at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Does she have the same stuff previous Olympic champion and DWTS champion Shawn Johnson had? With Mark Ballas who was Johnson ‘s partner when she won, there’s a good chance she’ll go all the way.
Wynonna Judd – The five-time Grammy winner trades the microphone for dance shoes to compete this season. Once part of the sensational mother-daughter duo ‘The Judds,” Wynonna has had an incredible solo career as well. Her dance skills remain a secret. Tony Dovolani will be her partner.
Victor Ortiz – The 25-year-old boxer has poise and charm and is a favorite among fans. With several welterweight championships under his belt, he has the self-discipline and drive to be a competitor. He will be partnered by DWTS rookie Lindsay Arnold.
Jacoby Jones – The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver will fill the major sports athlete spot this season. Jones is known for his stylish dance moves in the end zone. The seasoned and perky Karina Smirnoff will be his partner.
Andy Dick – Mostly known as a comedian, Andy may be one of the most risky choices DWTS has made. He is a bit of a wild card and is expected to provide comic relief. He’s been in and out of rehab and has been arrested several times. It should be interesting to watch him. Professional dancer and DWTS newcomer Sharna Burgess is his partner.
Lisa Vanderpump – The star of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” tries out her moves on the dance floor. She will be partnered with new dance pro Gleb Savchenko.
D.L. Hughley – The comedian, actor and political commentator is trying something new. With previous winner Cheryl Burke by his side, he has a great chance to show his stuff.
Zendaya – The 17-year-old Disney star is a singer and actress currently starring in “Shake It Up.” She is paired with the handsome and talented Val Chmerkovskiy.
Ingo Rademacher – The “General Hospital” actor moves from daytime to night time when he steps on the dance floor with previous professional winner Kym Johnson.
Olympian Dorothy Hamill – Olympic gold medal winning figure skater teams with the charming and versatile Tristan MacManus. Her figure skating background could help her as it did former champion Kristi Yamaguchi.
Season 16 of DWTS with its all-star cast premieres March 18. Southern Illinois viewers can watch it WSIL-TV, Channel 3.
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