Dancing With the Stars Cast: Revealed For Season 18!

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Dancing With the Stars has rounded up another eclectic cast of B-to-D-level celebrities for Season 18 (yes, 18), kicking off Monday, March 17 on ABC.

Two Olympic darlings, three singers, two former child TV stars, one double amputee, a former NHL star and others will strap on their dancing shoes!

Oh, and a certain Real Housewives of Atlanta star ...

NeNe Leakes
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star is headed to the ballroom!

Maksim Chmerkovskiy returns to the ballroom this season, as does Fox Sports' Erin Andrews, who will replace Brooke Burke as co-host of the program.

Dance pro Derek Hough announced another twist on Good Morning America, saying that at some point this spring, the whole cast will switch partners.

"You have to change things every so often to keep them fresh," says executive producer Conrad Green. "We have to be mindful of keeping younger audiences."

DWTS still draws 15 million viewers a week, a huge total by any measure. But its average viewer age of 61.6 is near the top of that scale for any show.

But Green defends the show that has had so many years of success, and there's no reason to think it won't this time around with this year's cast.

Here's a breakdown of the celebs and their professional partners ...

  1. Danica McKellar (The Wonder Years) and Val Chmerkovskiy
  2. Cody Simpson (Australian singer) and Witney Carson
  3. Billy Dee Williams (Star Wars) and Emma Slater
  4. Diana Nyad (Long-distance swimmer) and Henry Byalikov
  5. NeNe Leakes (The Real Housewives of Atlanta) and Tony Dovolani
  6. James Maslow (Big Time Rush singer) and Peta Murgatroyd
  7. Sean Avery (Ex-NHL star) and Karina Smirnoff
  8. Drew Carey (The Price is Right) and Cheryl Burke
  9. Candace Cameron Bure (Full House) and Mark Ballas
  10. Amy Purdy (US Paralympic Team Snowboarder) and Derek Hough
  11. Charlie White (Olympic gold medalist, ice dancing) and Sharna Burgess
  12. Meryl Davis (Olympic gold medalist, ice dancing) and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Who do you think will win? Are you looking forward to seeing this cast of characters compete for the Mirror Ball? Share your comments with us below!

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......."Black Power "was called in, folks!!

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Might watch just to see Witney Carson, who really should be a movie star and not wasting her talent and beauty on this tired show.. As far as the "stars" go...another group of has-beens or wanna-bes. The dancing pros are now the stars.

Ems

I love Drew Carey, but I despise NeNe. She is the most ruthless, arrogant, self-centered, and rudest, person I have ever seen. Kanye West is a kitten compared to the viciousness of NeNe.

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@ ems

Well said! I agree.

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
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