*Singer Gladys Knight, ”The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd, “Family Matters” actor Jaleel White and Green Bay Packers star Donald Driver will be among the 12 celebrity contestants on the next season of ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars.”
The new cast, announced Tuesday on “Good Morning America,” also includes tennis player Martina Navratilova, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw, “Little House on the Prairie” actress Melissa Gilbert, Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan, “The Bold and the Beautiful” actor Jack Wagner, telenovela star William Levy and “Extra” co-host Maria Menounos.
The new season will premiere March 19. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet joined “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles for the live announcement.
The stars also met their professional partners, who they will begin training with right away. Defending pro-champion Karina Smirnoff, who won her first mirror ball trophy last season with celeb J.R. Martinez, is partnered up this time with singer Gavin DeGraw. Pro Cheryl Burke, who sambaed with Rob Kardashian into the finals during season 13, will team up with William Levy this round, and three-time champ Derek Hough will dance with Maria Menounos.