Season 18 is back and the cast for Dancing With The Stars has finally been announced. The show has a lot of surprises in store for its viewers this year and the cast is just the beginning of them!
Definitely the ones to watch are Olympic Gold medallists’, Meryl Davis and Charlie White. Though not dancing together, the Olympic duo are sure to offer stiff competition. The ice skaters were seen recently at the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party and then later at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party where they met up with Maddie Bowman and Kaitlyn Farrington, their Olympian mates.
Comedic actor turned game show host, Drew Carey, joins the dancing cast as well as Danica McKellar from The Wonder Years. Author and world record long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad competes along with Candace Cameron Bure from the old favorite T.V. show, Full House. Big Time Crush star James Maslow and teen heartthrob, Cody Simpson, promise to have the girls screaming wildly.
Watch out ladies, Real Housewives star, Nene Leaks, has signed on as one of the new cast for Dancing With The Stars season 18. Two big cast surprises this year have something to do with the next two celebrities who have signed on to compete for the glittering mirror ball trophy.
DWTS makes history by adding the first former hockey player to the line up, Sean Avery. The first ever Paralympic athlete to dance, Amy Purdy, has signed on. The snowboarding champ had lost both her legs due to contracting Neisseria meningitis at the young age of 19. The biggest name on the list would have to go to Billy Dee Williams. Williams, probably best known for his betraying role in The Empires Strikes Back, ends the list of the stars from present and past.
Purdy will be dancing with season 17 champ, Derek Hough. Avery is paired up with Karina Smirnoff, Carey will be locking arms with DWTS pro, Cheryl Burke, and Williams with Emma Slater.
The Sochi winner, White, is paired up with Sharna Burgess. Danica McKellar will be dancing with Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Full House actress, Bure, will be partnered with Mark Ballas and Nyad with Henry Byalikov.
Simpson will be dancing with first-timer pro dancer, Whitney Carson, and Maslow with Peta Murgatroyd. Leakes is to be paired off with DWTS All-Star Edition winner, Tony Dovolani. That leaves Davis. Bad boy, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, has returned this season and is definitely the fan favorite as pro dancers go.
The surprises just don’t stop with the cast, as Dancing With The Stars announced the new cast, the show also revealed a new host! That’s right, Brooke Burke-Charvet has been replaced with sports host, Erin Andrews. What’s the biggest change? One change that could really get the viewers going is the new format DWTS announced. One that will allow for viewers to vote and switch the pro-dancers and celebrity couples in mid-season. A twist that will surly cause attention.
Tom Bergeron is staying around and the two-hour season premiere of DWTS airs Monday, March 17, at 8/e on ABC. With all the surprises and changes that Dancing With The Stars have announced, season 18 is sure to be ratings grabber with a cast like this one.
Opinion by Derik L. Bradshaw