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'DWTS' Cast 2014: Drew Carey, Billy Dee Williams, Sean Avery Sign on

By Alexandra Ward   |   Tuesday, 04 Mar 2014 08:08 AM

After weeks of speculation and rumors flying online, the official cast of season 18 of "Dancing With the Stars" was revealed Tuesday morning on "Good Morning America."

From TV chefs and singers to reality starlets and former Olympians, this season's cast of 12 celebrity dancers spans the spectrum of fame.

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Here's the official lineup for season 18 of "DWTS":

Candace Cameron Bure – Actress ("Full House")

Cody Simpson - Australian pop singer

Diana Nyad – Marathon swimmer

Meryl Davis - Olympic ice dancing gold medalist

Charlie White - Olympic ice dancing gold medalist

Sean Avery - Former NHL player

James Maslow – Actor and singer

NeNe Leakes – Reality TV star ("Real Housewives of Atlanta"

Billy Dee Williams – Actor ("Star Wars")

Danica McKellar - Actress ("The Wonder Years")

Drew Carey - "The Price Is Right" host and sitcom star

Amy Purdy - Double-amputee snowboarding champ

"DWTS" is also mixing things up this season by introducing a new co-host to report from the sidelines with Tom Bergeron. Producers announced last month that Brooke Burke-Charvet has been replaced by Fox Sports' Erin Andrews.

"DWTS" execs also axed Harold Wheeler and his 28-member orchestra, who provided live musical accompaniments to each dancer's routine.

Season 18 of "DWTS" kicks off March 17 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC.

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