(ABC NEWS/GOOD MORNING AMERICA) - Musicians, athletes and TV personalities are among the new crop of celebrity contestants who will take to the dance floor on season 16 of “Dancing With the Stars.”
The new cast of ABC
’s hit show was revealed today, exclusively on “Good Morning America
,” and the headliners include country music legend Wynonna Judd, former “Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler
, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump
and NFL star Jacoby Jones.
Jones isn’t the only athlete on the show. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, professional boxer Victor Ortiz, and figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill will compete this season. Comedians D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick, as well as “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher, and Disney star Zendaya Coleman round out the star-studded pack.
Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet appeared live on “GMA” from Studio B in Los Angeles today to make the highly-anticipated announcement of the cast.
The new season kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC50. 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."
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.
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.
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.
“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.
Comedian Andy Dick is bringing his quips and humor to the dance floor this season.
Professional boxer Victor Ortiz, a former welterweight champion, will enter the “Dancing” ring this season.
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.
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.
The German-born actor, best known for his longtime role as Jasper “Jax” Jacks.
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.
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.