*D.L Hughley and teen actress Zendaya Coleman will join previously-announced Baltimore Ravens receiver Jacoby Jones among the new cast of “Dancing With the Stars,” which was announced live this morning on “Good Morning America.”
Rounding out the 11 celebs for season 16 are country legend Wynonna Judd, Lisa Vanderpump of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules,” troubled comedian Andy Dick, boxer Victor Ortiz, 2012 Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, “General Hospital” vet Ingo Rademacher, “American Idol” alum and country star Kellie Pickler and gold medal ice skating legend Dorothy Hamill.
“DWTS” hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet also appeared live on “GMA” from Studio B in Los Angeles today to announce the new cast, as well as their professional partners.
The new season kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET 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.”
Below, more details about the new cast and their pro partners:
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. (Also coming to LaughFest!)
Pro Partner: Cheryl Burke. The two-time pro champ Cheryl Burke returns for her 15th season.
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.
Pro Partner: Karina Smirnoff. Pro dancer Smirnoff, who won season 13 with soap opera star and veteran J. R. Martinez, returns for her 13th season.
“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.
Pro Partner: Gleb Savchenko. The professional dancer makes his “DWTS” debut this season.
Comedian Andy Dick is bringing his quips and humor to the dance floor this season.
Pro Partner: Sharna Burgess. Dick is paired with pro dancer Sharna Burgess, who makes her “DWTS” debut.
Professional boxer Victor Ortiz, a former welterweight champion, will enter the “Dancing” ring this season.
Pro Partner: Lindsay Arnold. Jones is teaming up with pro dancer Lindsay Arnold, who is making her debut this season as a professional partner. She trained with fellow pro Mark Ballas and has appeared on “So You Think You Can Dance?”
The Disney star, known by her fans as Zendaya, is an actress, singer and dancer on the Disney channel’s hit series “Shake It Up” and at 16, will be the youngest contestant ever on the show. Coleman plays Rocky Blue, a young dancer trying to dance her way to stardom, and is currently recording her debut album.
Pro Partner: Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Coleman is paired up with dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy, a finalist from last season, who returns for his fourth season.
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is going for the “Dancing” gold. The gymnast 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.
Pro Partner: Mark Ballas. Raisman will dance with two-time winner Mark Ballas, a “DWTS” veteran who returns for his 12th season. Ballas won the season 8 mirror ball trophy with Raisman’s former teammate, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.
The German-born actor, best known for his longtime role as Jasper “Jax” Jacks on the ABC soap, General Hospital.
Pro Partner: Kym Johnson. Veteran Kym Johnson is a two-time champ who returns for her 13th season on the show.
No stranger to reality TV competition, country music singer Kellie Pickler will put her skills to the test on “Dancing.” The former “American Idol” contestant will be the first competitor to cross over from “Idol.” Pickler made headlines in September for shaving off her long blonde hair in support of her childhood friend battling breast cancer.
Pro Partner: Derek Hough. Hough is a three-time champion, who returns for his 11th season.
The figure skating great will trade her ice skates for dancing shoes to compete this season. Hamill, 56, won the 1976 Olympic gold medal in women’s figure skating at age 19, wowing audiences with her envelope-pushing spins on the ice and her iconic hair.
Pro Partner: Tristan MacManus. MacManus returns for his fourth season on the show. The pro dancer has been partnered with contestants Pamela Anderson, Gladys Knight and Nancy Grace.
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