Dancing With the Stars Season 18 Cast Announced!

STANDING: LARA SPENCER, EMMA SLATER, BILLY DEE WILLIAMS, DANICA MCKELLAR, VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY, SEAN AVERY, CANDACE CAMERON BURE, MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, MERYL DAVIS, NENE LEAKES, TONY DOVOLANI, SHARNA BURGESS, CHARLIE WHITE, CHERYL BURKE, DREW CAREY, DIANA

The Mirror Ball trophy is back up for grabs! Dancing With the Stars returns in less than two weeks, and on Tuesday, hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews appeared on Good Morning America to announce the new cast pairings.

Five time winner and defending champ Derek Hough is paired with Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, who’s had both legs amputated below the knee. In fact, the competition is full of athletes this year — Olympic ice dancers Charlie White and Meryl Davis (partnered with Sharna Burgess and Maksim Chmerkovskiy), long distance swimmer Diana Nyad (with Henry Bialikov) and former NHL player Sean Avery (with Karina Smirnoff) will also take on the ballroom.

Former child stars Candace Cameron-Bure (with Mark Ballas) of Full House and Danica McKeller (with Val Chmerkovskiy) of The Wonder Years will give dancing a try, as well.

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Meryl Davis, Charlie White & Sharna Burgess

The competition rounds out with pop singer Cody Simpson (with Witney Carson), Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes (with Tony Dovolani), The Price is Right host Drew Carey (with Cheryl Burke), Big Time Rush musician James Maslow (with Peta Murgatroyd) and Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams (with Emma Slater). 

Dancing With the Stars premieres on Monday, Mar. 17.

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