The complete "Dancing with the Stars" 2014 cast was at long last revealed on March 4 during "Good Morning America," and it features an intriguing array of celebrity personalities from both the sporting and entertainment worlds.
The roster of stars and their celebrity partners includes "Full House" actress Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas, "The Wonder Years" alum Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy, Aussie singer Cody Simpson and Witney Carson, "Star Wars" actor Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater, famed long distance swimmer Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov, "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani, "Big Time Rush" alum James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd, former NHL star Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff, actor Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke, and Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, who will go head to head for the first time ever while partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Sharna Burgess.
The cast is rounded out by the series' most intriguing pick to date, Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, who will dance with five-time "DWTS" winner Derek Hough. After suffering a bout of bacterial meningitis at age 19, both of Purdy's legs were amputated below the knee. She is the first double amputee to compete on the show, but not the first amputee: that distinction goes to model and activist Heather Mills, who took part in season four with pro partner Jonathan Roberts.
But according to a press release from ABC, the celebs shouldn't get too comfy with their new partners. Per the announcement, season 18 will feature an all-new twist called "The Switch Up," which will allow viewers to vote to change pairings at some point during the competition.
"Dancing with the Stars" 2014 premieres March 17 on ABC.