Dancing With the Stars Season 12 Pairings Unveiled

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The unveiling of the new Dancing With the Stars cast on Monday night was met with mixed reviews. No HUGE gets, but some intriguing names just the same.

ABC has now announced all the dynamic duos for the 12th season of the hit show. Which celebrities have been matched with which dancing professionals?

Hines Ward, Kym Johnson Picture

Moreover, which DWTS staple is taking the season off? See below ...

  • NFL star Hines Ward (above) and Kym Johnson.
  • Actress Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
  • Radio personality Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer.
  • WWE star Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke.
  • Disney starlet Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas.
  • Boxer Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya.
  • Karate Kid Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff.
  • Rapper-actor Romeo and Chelsie Hightower.
  • Reality star Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel.
  • Talk show host Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani.

Derek Hough, who was the victor with Jennifer Grey last season, won't be joining the show this season to focus on his other career pursuits.

Specifically, he has the lead role in upcoming dance film Cobu 3D opposite Korean pop star BoA. That films this spring. He'll be back in the fall.

The brand-new pairs will dance for the first time Monday, March 21. Who are you rooting for this season on Dancing With the Stars? Tell us below.


Go Kristie and Maks,go all the way. Good Luck!


IAm sad derek wont be in this season it makes me wanna cry... but yes wendy of course and whoever maksim is with so i can stare at that tight russian ass....


I dont know about you guys but im really excited to see chris jericho moves outside the ring...and wendy williams yaay..how u doin


I have to say that I am extremely excited to see both Kirstie and Ralph up there on that stage showin' us what's up, because as everybody knows, ol'd school is the best! GO RALPH! GO KIRSTIE!


OMG...Kirstie Alley hope the stage can hold her up~~~~


I wl rally miss Derek a great deal. Having sad that,I wish you could get a little bit higher quality of "star" They weem to be weaker as each year goes by.. Am I imagining this??? NOt sure how muxh I will watch of this round...


Kirstie and Maks go all the way!!!!


I'm for Kendra I l've always like her


Im totally voting for kendra! she is my idol! i wanna be a pornstar when i grow up....oh and also a playboy! :p


Come on Kendra or Ralph :)


Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente