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'DWTS' 2014: Spotlight on Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke

Rehearsals are in full swing as the new slate of celebrities and their pro partners prepare for the first night of competition on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2014. Because the premiere is just days away, it’s a great time to look at each of the couples from season 18, including Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke. On March 14, Carey appeared on “Live with Kelly & Michael” and talked how he’s balancing his work on “The Price Is Right” with the strenuous practice sessions to prepare for “DWTS.” He also commented that because of his recent weight loss, he’s able to do things with his body that he couldn’t do before.

Drew Carey is partnered with two-time champion Cheryl Burke on "DWTS."

Both Drew and Cheryl are keeping fans updated on Drew’s progress with regular social media posts. On March 12, Carey tweeted, “My posture bar is here! My posture bar is here!” It looks like form may be one of his issues, so Cheryl is cracking the whip. In turn, Cheryl posted on Twitter on Thursday, “It just got real. 4 days till @DancingABC with @DrewFromTV.” To see Drew and Cheryl talk about competing together on “DWTS,” be sure to check out the video above.

Drew Carey is a stand-up comic turned actor and producer who had the distinction of having two hit shows simultaneously: the long-running comedy "The Drew Carey Show," which ran from 1995-2004, and the improv/sketch show "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" on which he was host and a producer. The success of that show led to the creation of "Drew Carey's Improv All-Stars," a troupe that performs in showrooms across the country. In July 2007, he was named the host of “The Price Is Right,” succeeding longtime host Bob Barker.

Funnyman Carey began his successful career as a comedian in April of 1986 at the Cleveland Comedy Club. In 1988, one of his first big breaks was competing on "Star Search.” In 1991, Carey landed a spot on HBO's "14th Annual Young Comedians Special" and appeared on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson." Carey landed his own television development deal with Disney, which led to an opportunity for him to co-star in the series "The Good Life." He went on to star in his own comedy special for Showtime, "Drew Carey: Human Cartoon" and performed in Showtime's "Tenth Anniversary of the Montreal Comedy Festival." Carey was born in Cleveland, Ohio and currently resides in Los Angeles.

With Cheryl Burke as a trainer and partner, Drew Carey should do well, even though TV Line predicted on March 12 that his odds of winning are 50-1, a long shot. Burke is one of three two-time champions (along with Mark Ballas and Julianne Hough) and has competed on every season since the second one. Cheryl led Drew Lachey and Emmitt Smith to back-to-back victories and she is hungry for another win. Cheryl’s past partners have included:

  • Drew Lachey in season two: (1st place)
  • Emmitt Smith in season three (1st place)
  • Ian Ziering in season four (4th place)
  • Wayne Newton in season five (10th place)
  • Christian de la Fuente in season six (3rd place)
  • Maurice Greene in season seven (5th place)
  • Gilles Marini in season eight (2nd place)
  • Tom DeLay in season nine (13th place)
  • Chad Ochocinco in season ten (4th place)
  • Rick Fox in season eleven (6th place)
  • Chris Jericho in season twelve (7th place)
  • Rob Kardashian in season thirteen (2nd place)
  • William Levy in season fourteen (3rd place)
  • Emmitt Smith in season fifteen (4th place)
  • D.L. Hughley in season sixteen (9th place)
  • Jack Osbourne in season seventeen (3rd place)

The 18th season of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres on Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. This year, Erin Andrews, sportscaster and past competitor, joins Tom Bergeron as co-host. The biggest news of all is a brand new twist. The celebrities must change partners mid-season, with America voting on the new teams.

Below are this season’s competitors and their pro partners, all hoping to take home a mirror ball trophy in 2014.

  1. Sean Avery: Former pro hockey player. Partner: Karina Smirnoff.
  2. Candice Cameron Bure: DJ Tanner from “Full House.” Partner: Mark Ballas.
  3. Drew Carey: Stand-up comic and host of “The Price Is Right.” Partner: Cheryl Burke.
  4. Meryl Davis: Gold medal Olympic ice dancer. Partner: Maks Chmerkovskiy.
  5. NeNe Leakes: Actress from “TRHOA,” “Glee” and “The New Normal.” Partner: Tony Dovolani.
  6. James Maslow: Star of TV series “Big Time Rush” and member of band of the same name. Partner: Peta Murgatroyd.
  7. Danica McKellar: Winnie Cooper from “The Wonder Years.” Partner: Valentin Chmerkovskiy.
  8. Diana Nyad: First person to swim from Cuba to Florida. Partner: Henry Byalikov.
  9. Amy Purdy: Dual amputee and competitor in Sochi Paralympics. Partner: Derek Hough.
  10. Cody Simpson: Popular pop star with a huge fan base. Partner: Witney Carson.
  11. Charlie White: Gold medal Olympic ice dancer. Partner: Sharna Burgess.
  12. Billy Dee Williams: Legendary leading man. Partner: Emma Slater.

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