Actor Jack Wagner of “Melrose Place” fame, TV star Melissa Gilbert, who became a household name as Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie,” “The View” co-host Sherri Shepherd, and Jaleel White, best known as Steve Urkel from “Family Matters,” are among this season’s headliners.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, TV host Maria Menounos, Motown great Gladys Knight, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, Disney star Roshon Fegan, NFL champ Donald Driver, singer Gavin DeGraw and Telenovela actor William Levy round out the celebrity line-up.
The new cast and their professional partners make their official debut today on “Good Morning America.” Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet joined “GMA” co-anchor Robin Roberts at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles for the live announcement.
The stars also met their professional partners, who they will begin training with right away ahead of the March 19 two-hour season premiere. Defending pro-champion Karina Smirnoff, who won her first mirror ball trophy last season with celeb J.R. Martinez, is partnered up this time with singer Gavin DeGraw. Pro Cheryl Burke, who sambaed with Rob Kardashian into the finals during season 13, will team up with William Levy this round, and three-time champ Derek Hough will dance with Maria Menounos.
Nancy Grace’s former partner, Tristan McManus, returns this season to dance with Gladys Knight. Two-time champ Mark Ballas will tango with Katherine Jenkins.
Read more about the cast in their edited bios and tell us who’s your favorite. Which celebrity are you most excited to see hit the dance floor? Which pro pairing is your favorite?
The new season of “Dancing With the Stars” premieres in a live two-hour event on Monday, March 19 at 8/7c on ABC.