'Dancing With The Stars' Rumored Contestant Cast: Mystery Nearly Solved

Monday, 25 Feb 2013 08:56 PM

By Alexandra Ward

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ABC won't officially reveal the lineup for the upcoming season of "Dancing With The Stars" until Tuesday on "Good Morning America," but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from churning out near-certain contestants for the 16th season of the celebrity dancing competition.

"We do not comment on casting rumors," a "DWTS" representative told TMZ. "Tune in to 'GMA' on Tuesday when we reveal the cast live!"


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But ABC did air a promo for the show during Sunday night's Academy Awards telecast, which unveiled its first official contestant: wide receiver Jacoby Jones, who is fresh off a Super Bowl win with the Baltimore Ravens. <br/>


Other sources told TMZ they can confirm the identities of four more of the upcoming "DWTS" contestants: "American Idol" season five alumna Kellie Pickler, "The Bachelor" Sean Lowe, 2012 Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman, and country star Wynonna Judd.

New York Daily News insiders say boxer Victor Ortiz, rated one of the top welterweight fighters in the world by most sporting news and boxing websites, will step out of ring and onto the ballroom floor for "DWTS" Season 16.

Insiders also say ABC is interested in adding June Shannon, best known as "Mama June" from TLC's "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo," socialite Kourtney Kardashian, and celebrity chef Bobby Flay to the lineup.

Spokespeople for other rumored cast members have already shot down some of the gossip. Ann Romney's rep denied the one-time potential first lady's participation with the show after speculation swirled when she was spotted at the live taping of last season's "DWTS" finale.


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The drums may be pounding already, but "Dancing With the Stars" doesn't premiere until Monday, March 18, at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. Past celebrity contestants include professional and Olympic athletes, supermodels, politicians, actors, singers, and astronauts.

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