The popular country songstress, who rose to fame as half of the iconic duo The Judds, tweeted a string of praises for her better dance half Tony Dovolani, who won the All Star season alongside reality star Melissa Rycroft in the Fall of 2012. Judd called taking part in the hit reality dance competition "an experience of a lifetime" and termed Dovolani "the BEST teacher" and "an amazing life giver."
Dovolani returned the compliment to Judd, tweeting a simple "feeling is mutual."
Judd, 48, and Dovolani will open "DWTS" season 16 with a spicy, hip shaking cha cha cha. Four other couples, including Olympian and Las Vegas odds frontrunners Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, comedian D. L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke, Superbowl champion Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, and "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, will tackle the same style during week one.
Judd and Dovolani will face stiff competition from at least three of the other couples, as Raisman and Jones' athletic conditioning will help both of them with the physical demands of the style, and Hough's outstanding choreography talent and popularity with fans will likely buy Pickler more votes regardless of her skill set.
"DWTS" host Tom Bergeron joked over the general mindset of the cast on March 17, tweeting "Just watched all 12 training videos of our #DWTS16 cast. Wide-eyed, left-footed, entertaining raw fear has returned to the ballroom."
The "Dancing with the Stars" 2013 lineup includes Judd, Raisman, Hughley, Jones and Pickler, as well as "Real Housewife" Lisa Vanderpump, Disney actress Zendaya Coleman, Olympic skating champion Dorothy Hamill, "The Bachelor" 2013 Sean Lowe, soap actor Ingo Rademacher, boxer Victor Ortiz and comedian Andy Dick.
"DWTS" season 16 premieres March 18 on ABC.