The new cast of "Dancing With The Stars"
includes headliners Wynonna Judd and Dorothy Hamill, along with a varied lineup of former Olympic athletes, reality TV stars, and comedians.
The season 16 cast was announced live on "Good Morning America" Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation as to which celebrities would take to the ballroom floor
Wynonna Judd, 48, was an early prediction by TMZ sources. The country star first rose to fame in the '80s as part of The Judds, a duo group she starred in with her mother Naomi. She went solo in the '90s and her first three singles ("She Is His Only Need," "I Saw The Light," and "No One Else On Earth") all reached number one on U.S. charts.
Judd fits the casting mold previously established by "DWTS." Producers like contestants who can undergo a physical transformation while on the show, like Kirstie Alley did in season 12 when she lost 38 inches off her waist. She came in second place and appeared again on the "All-Star" season.
"DWTS" is known for giving celebrities another chance at the spotlight, and for Judd, who went through a DUI arrest in 2003, the show is the perfect opportunity to rebrand herself.
Judd is actress Ashley Judd's older half-sister.
Producers also kept in line with previous casts with the addition of athletes. Dorothy Hamill, 56, won the 1976 Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating at age 19 and shot to the forefront of American sports with her innovative moves on the ice. A breast cancer survivor, Hamill also holds the record of 1976 World Champion and three-time U.S. Champion (1974-1976). She's best known for inventing the Hamill camel, a skating move that merges a camel spin with a sit spin.
Now, Hamill will trade in her skates for ballroom heels and, if history is a signifier, she'll do very well. Of the 15 seasons of "DWTS," an athlete has been crowned champion seven times. Past winners include figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic champion gymnast Shawn Johnson, and speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno.
Here's the full list of celebrity dancers and their professional partners:
(country star) with pro partner Tony Dovolani
(singer – "American Idol" season five alumna) with pro partner Derek Hough
(2012 Olympic gold medal gymnast) with pro partner Mark Ballas
(NFL football player – Baltimore Ravens) with pro partner Karina Smirnoff
(boxer) with pro partner Lindsay Arnold
(comedian, actor, political commentator) with pro partner Cheryl Burke
(reality TV personality - "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills") with pro partner Gleb Savchenko
(actor, comedian) with pro partner Sharna Burgess
(Disney Channel star, singer) with pro partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy
(actor - "General Hospital") with pro partner Kym Johnson
(1976 Olympic figure skater) with pro partner Tristan MacManus
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