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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 ...

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The Bachelor star Juan Pablo Galavis was a virtual lock to appear on Dancing with the Stars this spring, but apparently producers are no longer interested.

ABC has not commented, but insiders who work on the show reveal that Juan Pablo initially was under "serious consideration" but is "no longer wanted."

"He's just too risky," says one DWTS source.

"There's too much negativity at this point."

Don't worry Juan Pablo ... EEEEES OK!

Juan Pablo Photo

In all seriousness, is hard to describe how hard Galavis' stock has tanked in the last two months, beginning with comments slamming the idea of a gay Bachelor.

Since then, two of the women who made it far on The Bachelor decided to leave him, not vice versa, and neither had positive things to say in the process.

Andi Dorfman, in fact, called Juan Pablo an "a—hole" with "no filter" who has no real feelings, uses the "language barrier" excuse too much and so forth.

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After a one-season hiatus, the Ukrainian stud is back in the ballroom. Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to Dancing with the Stars this spring, full-time.

He was seen leaving a meeting with executives for the show Wednesday and it's a done deal. Gotta work through that Kate Upton breakup somehow.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Erin Andrews Pic

It's not clear if Maksim will be back for any more seasons after this one, but fans who thought they'd seen the last of him will no doubt take what they can get.

As for his partner, it's also unclear who he'll be paired with. The celebrity contestants will all be announced next Tuesday on Good Morning America.

Among the rumored contestants? NeNe Leakes and Candace Cameron-Bure.

Even more notably, Erin Andrews, who was partnered with Maksim in Season 10, is coming back this year as host, replacing the fired Brooke Burke-Charvet.

This will be Chmerkovskiy's 14th out of 18 on the long-running ABC series.

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Two famous TV faces might be attached to the next Dancing with the Stars cast.

Sources tell E! News that Candace Cameron Bure and NeNe Leaks are two of the stars set to waltz into the reality competition show's ballroom for its 18th season. 

NeNe is a reality TV vet, having appeared on Bravo's The Real Housewives of Atlanta for 6 seasons. 

Candace got her small screen start on Full House back in 1987. She played DJ Tanner for eight seasons. She recently starred in the Hallmark Christmas film, Let It Snow

Wonder how these gals will fare on the dance floor...

DJ Tanner dancing

The full DWTS cast will be announced on Good Morning America on March 4. 

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ABC is yet to comment on Erin Andrews taking over as Dancing of the Stars co-host, or on Brooke Burke-Charvet getting the boot from the same position.

But Andrews has now spoken out in depth about the new position, at first giving props to the woman she's replacing.

"I know that I have huge shoes to fill. I'm a fan of Brooke," Andrews tells People. "She was very wonderful toward me in my season. She was so caring and so fantastic. I can only hope I can emulate somebody like that and use her for guidance."

Like with her gig as a Fox Sports reporter, Andrews said she can only "be myself" when on screen and pointed to Cay Deeley as a fashion role model.

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She's losing her job to Erin Andrews, but former Dancing With the Stars host Brooke Burke-Charvet is keeping her sense of humor about the situation.

And the Winner is?

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"Here's the skinny - The show found out Harold Wheeler, the band, Rob & me were putting together our own road show, so they fired us all!" the long time host tweeted.

Harold Wheeler, the musical director, is also out of a job.

Don't worry though, she was totes kidding:

"Off to bed with my sense of humor. I was totally kidding Tweeties. Night nite! Sweet dreams," Brooke added. "I'm really cool everyone. I did my 7 seasons, had a blast!"

"I'm ready for change. I love your loyalty. Thank you!"

Pretty classy response after the producers' surprising move to can her.

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Brooke Burke-Charvet may be gone from Dancing with the Stars.

But the ABC competition just managed to make itself even hotter for Season 18.

That's because Erin Andrews has been tapped to replace Burke-Charvet, who was dumped late last week by the network in a surprising move.

Stunning Erin Andrews
Erin Andrews is absolutely stunning, and a darn good sports reporter to boot.

Burke-Charvet was gracious but shocked by the decision in a statement, saying of her time on the series:

"I've seen my fair share of shocking eliminations in the ballroom, but this one takes the cake."

Andrews, of course, teamed with Maksim Chmerkovskiy on Season 10 and has been working as a FOX Sports reporter since August.

ABC is yet to comment on her hiring, but allow us to do so now: NICE MOVE!

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Brooke Burke-Charvet will not be by Tom Bergeron's side on Dancing With the Stars in 2014, and it was not the co-host's choice to bid the show farewell.

The 42-year-old confirmed her abrupt, surprising departure Friday.

Brooke and Tom

"I have enjoyed seven seasons co-hosting DWTS but understand the need for change considering the position of the show at this juncture," she said in a statement.

Putting a positive spin on it as best she can, Brooke Burke says:

"I've always been one to embrace change and looking forward to pursuing opportunities I previously wasn't able to entertain because of contractual obligations."

But in an appropriately-worded parting shot, she adds, "I've seen my fair share of shocking eliminations in the ballroom but this one takes the cake."

Sources tell E! that Burke-Charvet had no idea her job was on the line until ABC apparently informed her Friday afternoon she wouldn't be returning.

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Bruce Jenner is in talks to join Season 18 of Dancing With the Stars this spring, according to reports, and the 64-year-old Olympian is more than game.

"He's dying to do it," an insider says. "The show is close to locking him in."

The show has yet to announce any cast members for 2014. No word if the alleged Bruce Jenner sex change operation could torpedo his plans to tango.

Jenner is familiar with the ballroom, at least as an audience member.

The star previously cheered on stepdaughter Kim Kardashian and stepson Rob Kardashian, both of whom have competed on the program. Well, Rob did.

The younger Kardashian survived 10 weeks in 2011 and showed some real talent. Kim? Well, her talents are on display in the Kim Kardashian sex tape.

"He would have fun with it," Rob told Us of Bruce's chance to dance.

Bruce would surely have support from the crowd if he were to sign on, and given his newfound freedom and adventurous spirit, we're guessing he will.

Should Bruce go Dancing With the Stars?

 

Should he get a sex change operation?

 

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For the three remaining Dancing With the Stars competitors, it's all come down to this. The guts, the glitter and the glory were all on the line Tuesday.

With Bill Engvall finally eliminated the night before, Corbin Bleu, Amber Riley and Jack Osbourne comprised the only stars left in the ABC competition.

Jack came in as the underdog, with Corbin and Amber both in strong position to claim the crown. How did the Dancing With the Stars results shake out?

  • Amber Riley and Derek Hough
  • Corbin and Karina
  • Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke

The winning duo were the only ones who scored a perfect 30 in their final dance, a samba-quickstep combo that Len Goodman called "bedazzling."

The other two pairs scored all nines, for 27 apiece.

As predicted, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke finished third, leaving Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff and Amber Riley and Derek Hough to duke it out.

So which one of the pairs claimed the Mirror Ball?

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