"Dancing with the Stars" 2013 premieres March 18 on ABC with an all new cast of celebrity hopefuls. According to a March 17 report compiled by PureDWTS, the opening night dance order and voting numbers are set and the 12 contestants are ready to take their first steps toward Mirrorball glory.
Leading off the two-hour "DWTS" premiere with a cha cha cha are "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough. Boxer Victor Ortiz and pro newcomer Lindsay Arnold will follow with a foxtrot, while soap actor Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson will dance third and deliver a contemporary routine, ushering in the first of season 16's two new styles.
In the four-spot are "Real Housewife" Lisa Vanderpump and newcomer Gleb Savchenko with a foxtrot. Fifth place will be filled by a cha cha cha from comedian D. L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke, while Disney actress Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy will dance the night's second contemporary number in the six-spot.
Likely kicking off the second hour are "The Bachelor" 2013 Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd with a foxtrot. They'll be followed by a cha cha cha from Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, and then a contemporary routine from Olympic figure skater Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus.
Dancing 10th are country music legend Wynonna Judd and reigning "DWTS" pro champ Tony Dovolani, who will shimmy-shake through a cha cha cha. Foxtrot's the name of the game for comedian Andy Dick and troupe alum Sharna Burgess, who will perform next to last. Finally, Superbowl champion Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff will close out the debut performance with a cha cha cha.
The couples' season 16 voting phone numbers are determined by the premiere night dance order. All phone numbers begin with 1-800-868-34xx, so to vote for Pickler and Hough, who dance first, fans would dial 1-800-868-3401. To cast votes for Jones and Smirnoff, who dance 12th, fans should dial 1-800-868-3412.
Returning pro Val Chmerkovskiy, who will hoof it with Coleman, summed up the probable thoughts of most of the competitors on March 18, tweeting "Going to be a good day today."
"Dancing with the Stars" 2013, fronted by longtime host Tom Bergeron and "DWTS" alum Brooke Burke, begins March 18 with two hours of entertainment from the new set of stars.