ABC announced the season 18 cast for “Dancing with the Stars” on its morning news show, “Good Morning America” and confirmed by ABC News on March 4. Some names we had heard earlier this year but there were still a few surprises. Let’s meet the cast!
Cody Simpson is a 17-year-old pop singer from Australia whose dance experience is limited to his stage performances. His partner is Whitney Carson.
NeNe Leakes of “Glee” and “Real Housewives of Atlanta” fame will bring a brash, bold style to the ballroom. With her stripper background, she may have some moves never seen in the ballroom before. Her partner is Tony Dovolani.
Candace Cameron Bure played oldest daughter D.J. on “Full House” from the time she was 10 until she was 18. She is also a producer and author. Her partner is Mark Ballas.
Sean Avery, a former New York Ranger and ad-exec, will be the first NHL player to grace the ballroom. His partner is Karina Smirnov.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White are this year’s ice dance gold medalists at the Olympics. They also have the benefit of having trained with pro ‘DWTS’ dancer and 5-time champ, Derek Hough. Meyrl’s partner is Maks Chmerkovskiy. Charlie’s partner is Sharna Burgess.
Danica McKellar was the winsome Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years." Her partner is Val Chmerkovskiy.
Billy Dee Williams played Lando Calrissian, the reluctant friend of Hans Solo from "Star Wars." His partner is Emma Slater
James Maslow is a triple threat. He can sing, dance and act. He is a member of Big Time Rush. His partner is Peta Murgaroyd.
Diana Nyad is an author, journalist, motivational speaker, and world record long-distance swimmer known for her swims from the Bahamas to Florida, from Cuba to Florida and around the island of Manhattan. Her partner is Henry Bylakov.
Drew Carey, is an actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. His current gig is on "The Price Is Right" as host but many know him from the comedy improvisation show, “Whose Line Is It?” His partner is Cheryl Burke.
Amy Purdy is an Olympic snow boarder who is teamed with 5-time champion, Derek Hough.
New co-host Erin Andrews was on hand to help welcome the new cast along with host Tome Bergeron. Andrews replaces previous co-host/contestant Brooke Burke-Charvet who was let go in February.
Are you surprised by the cast announcements? Who are you most happy to see appearing on the show? Sound off in the comments and don’t forget to mark your calendars for March 17 when season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars” kicks off!
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