March 4, 2014

Cast Confirmed: “Dancing with the Stars” Reveals New Lineup

NeNe Leakes, Billy Dee Williams & Drew Carey

On Tuesday, ABC revealed the confirmed contestants for season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars” during a live presentation on “Good Morning America.”

Premiering later this month, the show will include celebrities like “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes, Emmy nominee Billy Dee Williams, “Full House” star Candace Cameron Bure, “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey, tween star Cody Simpson, former NHL star Sean Avery, “The Wonder Years” star Danica McKellar, Nickelodeon star James Maslow, long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad, snowboarder Amy Purdy, and Olympic figure skaters Charlie White and Meryl Davis.

(Below is a full list of the contestants and their professional dance partners.)

Season 18 also marks the return of show favorite, professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy. A fan favorite who took a two-season absence, Chmerkovskiy has never won a season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

The new season will also feature a first time twist. At some point in the season, everybody will switch partners! America will vote to determine who they’d like to see in new pairings.

Carla Hall, Jackee Harry, Towanda Braxton & Nadine Ellis

Feedback on social media has been mixed about the new cast, with fans of the show expressing that this season lacks the star-power of previous ones.

Season 17 of “Dancing with the Stars” was won by “Glee” star Amber Riley and professional partner Derek Hough.

There have been other celebrities who have expressed interest in competing on “Dancing with the Stars.” Stars who have disclosed interest in the show include “The Chew” co-host Carla Hall, veteran actress Jackee Harry, “Braxton Family Values” star Towanda Braxton and “Let’s Star Together” star Nadine Ellis.

Who would you like to see join a future cast of “Dancing with the Stars?”

LIST: Here are the pairings of celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners.

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough
Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani
Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff

Derek Hough & Amber Riley



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