This season we have the eclectic mix of athletes, musicians and TV stars with a couple of surprises. So, without further ado here are the contenders for season 16’s mirror ball trophy:
Wynonna Judd the country music star has five Grammy Awards under her belt but can she add the coveted mirror ball to her trophy case? According to Judd this is not the first time she has been asked. “This is something I said I would never do,” she said. “They’ve asked me for six years. I’m trying to get back to my original weight of 8 lbs, 15 oz. Because it’s the year of doing things that you’re scared of.”
Comedian and actor D.L. Hughley is a pleasant surprise. His vibrant personality should be a welcome addition although only time will tell if he and pro partner Cheryl Burke can make it through the finale.
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones has decided to follow in the footsteps of other NFL players Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver bringing his moves to the dance floor. Jones is having a winning year already with a Super Bowl win so we will have to see if this is going to be a trend.
Figure skating fans will be excited to see Dorothy Hamill in action off the ice. Winner of the the gold in the 1976 Olympics, Hamill may just be a force to be reckoned with paired with pro partner Tristan MacManus.
American Idol alum and country music artist Kellie Pickler will be taking to the floor with pro Derek Hough. Pickler makes the first competitor from Idol fame.
Can “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star and TV personality Lisa Vanderpump take home the mirrored trophy? Pro Gleb Savchenko makes his debut with the luxe lifestyle restaurateur and author.
Andy Dick is making his dance floor debut along with pro Sharna Burgess. Andy is an actor, comedian, producer and now also has his own comedy band.
Boxer Victor Ortiz is expected to bring some fancy footwork to the DWTS dance floor. Pro partner Lindsay Arnold who has appeared on SYTYCD is making her first appearance on the show.
Disney star Zendaya Coleman will be the youngest competitor at age 16. An actress, singer and dancer, Coleman plays Rocky Blue on Disney channel’s “Shake It Up” and will be hitting the DWTS floor with pro Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
Gymnast and gold medalist Aly Raisman from the London Olympics’ “Fierce Five” fame will be joining pro Mark Ballas. Ballas won the trophy in season 8 with gymnast Shawn Johnson.
Last but not least, Ingo Rademacher is going to dance with 13 season veteran and two-time DWTS champion Kym Johnson. Fans of ABC’s General Hospital will know Rademacher as the character Jasper “Jax” Jacks.
Albuquerque viewers can catch DWTS on ABC’s KOAT channel 7 starting Monday, March 18, 2013 at 7 p.m.