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The new Dancing With the Stars cast was unveiled last week.

Now, with the season kicking off Monday, March 19, we've got promo pics of 10 of the 12 pairings set to take the parquet in the ABC hit's 14th iteration.

William Levy and Katherine Jenkins are still MIA, but the following 10 pairs will dance for their lives (and some decent money) a week from Monday ...

  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  1. Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd (above, left)
  2. Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (above, right)
  3. Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya (middle, L-to-R)
  4. Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani
  5. Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
  6. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower (below, L-to-R)
  7. Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff
  8. Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
  9. Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus
  10. Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya
  • Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower
  • Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff
  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus
  • Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy

Who do you think will be the favorites? Can Derek and Maria win his fourth Mirror Ball? Will Maks and Melissa earn his first? Who are you most excited to see?

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Jack Wagner, Sherri Shepherd, Maria Menounos, Gavin DeGraw and Melissa Gilbert will all be among those competing on Dancing With the Stars March 19.

A pair of sports stars - Green Bay Packers wideout Donald Driver and tennis legend Martina Navratilova - will also be lacing up their dancing shoes.

Perhaps more importantly, Maksim Chmerkovskiy says he'll be back!

  • Jack Wagner Pic
  • Maria Menounos at the 2012 Oscars
  • Gavin Pic
  • Sherri Shepherd at the Oscars

DeGraw is up for some serious double duty, as he will also continue his current U.S. tour for the first few weeks of the season, if he can last that long.

Gavin's pro partner, Karina Smirnoff, will most likely join him on tour so they can keep up the practicing, but none of his concerts conflict with DWTS dates.

Wagner, Heather Locklear's ex, will compete amid a minor scandal, while Menounos and Shepherd represent the entertainment show contingent.

The full Dancing With the Stars cast for Season 14 this spring:

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Giuliana Rancic is on the top of Dancing With the Stars' wish list for this spring. Whether the ABC hit can actually land her is another story, for myriad reasons.

"Yes, I've been approached for the new season," Rancic confirms.

She certainly has the body for those sequined outfits, as well as a winning personality, fan base and inspiring story (cancer survivor). But is she interested?

Get Well Giuliana

"I've been a big fan of the show for years," she adds. "But sadly, my busy schedule at the moment would never allow for such a grueling rehearsal commitment."

"Who knows, maybe Bill and I can be on the show together in a future season and go toe-to-toe for the Mirror Ball trophy." Now that'd be worth watching.

We're not sure why she thinks she can't put in the time, though. She only co-hosts two E! shows, works every red carpet and stars on her own reality show.

Come on, girl. Make it happen.


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The rumors are swirling again, as they seem to every spring and fall as Dancing With the Stars prepares to unveil a new cast: Will Maksim Chermkovskiy return?

He certainly didn’t endear himself to the judges last season when he made arrogant quips to Len Goodman about how the elder statesman should leave the show.

Even though he claimed in the same breath that “this is my show, you know,” is Maks calling it a career? He's hinted that he might, and ABC won't comment.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Shirtless Pic

The DWTS producers won’t reveal which pros will return for the 14th season until they announce the latest round of celebrities (February 28 on Good Morning America). 

When the new season begins March 19, there would be a gaping void without Maks - love him, loathe him or a little of both - that very few if any celebs could fill.

EW even lists the obvious reasons why:

  • His passion makes for great TV. He's over the top sometimes, but he cares.
  • He's an institution at DWTS, having been with the show since Season 2.
  • He has yet to win the Mirror Ball trophy. C'mon, Maks. One more shot?
  • He's actually a very good teacher ... occasional tough love and all.
  • Women seem to love images such as the one above.

What do you think? Would DWTS be the same without Maks?

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With ratings down last season, Dancing With the Stars is under the gun from ABC to live up to its name and land a buzz-worthy crop of contenders this spring.

J.R. Martinez, last season's winner, proved enormously popular - once he was cast on it. He was probably one of the least-known celebrities prior to the show.

ABC reportedly wants to change that and is willing to bust out big bucks to bag big names and generate serious buzz next go-around. One rumored target:

Taylor Armstrong Lips

The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Taylor Armstrong!

"We would love to have the drama and emotion that Taylor Armstrong would bring to the show," said an insider, adding that they are also looking to balance that out.

"The lovability that Regis Philbin has given audiences for decades" makes the retired talk show host a perfect fit, as does “ABC's wonderful relationship with Regis."

In the last few weeks and months since the show has ended, the reality competition reached out to Kendall and Kylie Jenner and various Republican candidates.

Michele Bachmann on Dancing With the Stars? Now that'd be something. She's got a lot more free time after quitting the presidential rate too. Just saying!

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To promote Game Show Network’s acquisition of Dancing with the Stars reruns, the cable channel recruited some past faves along with reigning champ J.R. Martinez.

Pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Derek Hough and Lacey Schwimmer joined Ralph Macchio, Mel B, Rick Fox, Gilles Marini, Audrina Patridge and Chaz Bono for a shoot.

You can begin catching reruns of DWTS on January 21 at 6 p.m. ET. First up: Season 4 (won by Apolo Ohno). GSN bought repeats through the coming Season 14.

Dancing With the Stars Stars

Dancing With the Stars returns again this spring in the time slot now occupied by The Bachelor, which kicks off its all-new quest for love/drama/laughs/ratings tonight.

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The Mirror Ball now has some company in J.R. Martinez's trophy case.

The Iraq War veteran, motivational speaker, advocate and actor who won Dancing with the Stars this fall put on his dancing shoes to help other disabled vets Friday.

As the guest of honor at Lois Pope's the Lady in Red Ball at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, he was presented with the Unsung Hero Award.

JR and Karina

J.R. won for "overcoming devastating injuries to make a full life for himself and bringing the plight of three million living disabled veterans into our consciousness."

Martinez was asked to donate a dance at the event to the person who pledged $25,000 to benefit the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial. He obliged.

"I am truly honored to be here, because Lois Pope's mission to build this Memorial in Washington is so awesome for someone like me to see," Martinez told People.

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Let the J.R. Martinez victory tour begin.

Dancing With the Stars champion J.R. Martinez received an invitation from U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta to visit the Pentagon and meet Panetta in person.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Panetta's respect for J.R., an Iraq War veteran, motivational speaker and actor, was displayed in a congratulatory note:

J.R. and Karina Pic

J.R. and Karina Smirnoff won the ABC competition Monday.

"Your strength and spirit have captivated the nation, and your victory sends a strong message about the strength and resilience of our wounded warriors."

The Defense Secretary then personally called J.R. to invite him to meet in person. J.R. Martinez will address thousands of active and retired troops while in D.C.

It seems everyone wants a piece of the man. Along with his journey to the Pentagon, Martinez has been named the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Rose Parade. 

The annual extravaganza takes place New Year's Day. Not only that, the 28-year-old will co-host the pre-show of CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.

If you're looking for a true inspiration, you could do a lot worse.

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J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff took home the title on last night's Dancing With the Stars season finale, besting Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke in a nail-biter.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough came in third after what was a very evenly matched final round. In the end, though, the fan favorite and top dancer took the crown.

"I joked about gluing it on the hood of my car and just driving around L.A.," J.R. said of the Mirror Ball trophy. "Or be like rappers, make a chain out of it and just wear it around! I'm going to cherish this thing every single day!"

  • J.R. Martinez, Karina Smirnoff Photo
  • J.R. and Karina: Dancing With the Stars Winners

Mirror Ball jokes aside, J.R. took a moment to thank his fans, saying, "We just want to thank everyone who voted for us for 10 weeks and believed in us week in and week out! I had no idea what it would feel like and it feels amazing."

Though she says all the finalists were "a team of friends who compete and enjoy the process," Karina admits it was nice to win the competition - her first in 10 seasons.

"To come out on top at the end and to hold [the trophy], it's so beautiful."

J.R., the 28-year-old Iraq War veteran, motivational speaker and soap opera star, partly credits his fellow competitors Rob and Ricki for his big victory.

"Both of them did so well and were so great. It was great that we all progressed because they actually pushed us to be better," said the true class act.

Watch the moment of truth below ...

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It all came down to one last Dancing With the Stars results show.

After 10 weeks of competiton, Ricki Lake, J.R. Martinez and Rob Kardashian headed into the DWTS season finale Tuesday with one last chance to win it all.

Rob took a slight lead Monday night, with Ricki and J.R. steady but not perfect and in a tie for second. Clearly, all three deserved their spots in the finals.

  • Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
  • Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
  • J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff

Who hoisted the Mirror Ball, Rob, Ricki or J.R.?

While J.R. and Ricki traded the top spot much of the season, Rob came on strong late.

A dark horse underdog for weeks, he rose to the occasion and proved he belonged with some outstanding performances this week. But would they be enough?

Follow the jump to see who prevailed on the Dancing With the Stars season finale ...

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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