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'Dancing With The Stars' Season 16: New Celebrity Cast Announced

By ABC News

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The new cast of "Dancing With the Stars" was announced on "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 “American Idol” finalist 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 to make the highly-anticipated announcement of the cast. They also unveiled the professional partners, which include reigning pro champ Tony Dovolani, veterans Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Karina Smirnoff, Kym Johnson, as well as some new faces. See the list below for the official pairings.

The new season kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT 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."

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Wynonna Judd

Country music great Wynonna Judd will bring a dose of Nashville, Tennessee, 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.

"This is something I said I would never do," Judd said about joining the season 16 cast. "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."

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.

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D.L. Hughley

Stand-up comedian and actor D.L. Hughley will give 'Dancing' a whirl this season. The comic shot to fame on the beloved sitcom, “The Hughleys,” and went on to become a TV personality and political pundit.

Pro Partner: Cheryl Burke. The two-time pro champ Cheryl Burke returns for her 15th season.

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Jacoby Jones

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.

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Lisa Vanderpump

“Real Housewife of Beverly Hills” reality 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.

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Andy Dick

Comedian Andy Dick is bringing his quips and humor to the dance floor this season. The funnyman is also an actor, director, producer and musician who fronts his own comedy band.

Pro Partner: Sharna Burgess. Dick is paired with pro dancer Sharna Burgess, who makes her 'DWTS' debut.

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Victor Ortiz

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?"

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Zendaya Coleman

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.

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Aly Raisman

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.

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Ingo Rademacher

The German-born actor, best known for his longtime role as Jasper 'Jax' Jacks on the ABC soap opera, “General Hospital,” will put on his dancing shoes for season 16.

Pro Partner: Kym Johnson. Veteran Kym Johnson is a two-time champ who returns for her 13th season on the show.

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Kellie Pickler

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.

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Dorothy Hamill

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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Watch the two-hour premiere of "Dancing With the Stars" on ABC on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT 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" on Tuesday, March 26.

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Don't know who some of these fools are, but right off the bat my early faves are Aly Raisman, Dorothy Hamill, and Kellie Pickler!

And let me be the first to say I miss Maks!!!

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They need some more well known celebrities. I know Wynonna , Dorothy Hammil, Heard of Andy Dick and Kellie Pickler.....

bout it. :blink: I have a feeling this is going to be a boring season. DWTS is running it's course with me.

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Pickler for the win!!!!!

Pickler ditto - by the way SugarB I used to come here to read the comments on each dancer and miss that. I used to love your comments. I have the show DVR'd and sometimes I dont' get to watch it until the next day and I love hearing how they did before I watch it. I feel like they don't care about the forum members anymore. I guess Big Brother and Survivor is their only concern anymore. Oh well.

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I fell asleep before the last 2 dances and didn't see Dick's dick. I am going to go back and watch it today.

I started out with Pickler as my favorite but I like a few others a lot also. I am flip flopping. I do love Kelly though.

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I am glad that Kellie Pickler won. The young girl was a good dancer, too. The football player not so much and how did he hang so long, anyway?. I mostly watched recaps except for Wynonna Judd. Holey moley, girlfriend.

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Yay Kellie! Zandaya was really good too but I love the beautiful grace of Kellie's dancing.

Totally agree. Kellie Pickler's talent amazed me. No question that she deserved the win, imo. If the big hollywood musical was a moneymaker like it was back in 1958 - think South pacific with Mitzi Gaynor - Kellie would be a big star.

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Really enjoyed this season.

Kelly really kicked butt every dance it seemed... and Zandaya was no slouch either.

All in all it seemed to fly by really fast - and I thought it was a good mix of celebs.

Guess I'll pack away my dancing shoes till the next one comes around.

(slim... I can just hear Kelly singing "I'm gonna wash that man right outta my hair)

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Also glad Kellie won. I love it when someone who hasn't danced a lick learns and excels to win over someone who has dance experience! Zendaya already danced hip hop then she did hip hop for her freestyle - kinda put me off. She is super talented but so what? Kellie has a natural grace and worked hard to learn to dance so well! Totally deserved the win.

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