Fresh off their gold-medal win at the Sochi Olympics, ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will headline the all-star lineup of ABC‘s competition series Dancing With The Stars when it returns for its 18th season — part of a celebrity lineup that’s heavy on athletes. Davis and White, who have been skating partners since 1997, will compete against each other on Dancing. They’ll be joined by double-amputee snowboarding champ Amy Purdy — a world-champion adaptive snowboarder and the show’s first Paralympian to compete. And, Sean Avery will be the first former hockey player in Dancing history. Also in this year’s celebrity cast: swimmer Diana Nyad, who became the first person to complete a historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West in September of 2013 on her fifth attempt.
Joining the athletes in the battle for the mirrorball trophy: The Wonder Years star Danica McKellar, comedian turned game show host Drew Carey, actor Billy Dee Williams, former Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure, Real Housewives reality star NeNe Leakes, Australian pop singer Cody Simpson, and Big Time Rush actor-singer James Maslow.
On Good Morning America this morning, Tom Bergeron and new co-host, Fox Sports’ Erin Andrews officially confirmed pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy will return after sitting out last season, to dance with Davis. He will be joined by season 17 pro champ Derek Hough who will dance with Purdy, as well as veterans Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Val Chmerkovskiy and more.
Dancing, one of the older reality competition series that are trying to find ways to bring back lost viewers, recently announced it was swapping out co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet for Andrews, and changing the format so viewers can vote to switch celebrities and their pro partners mid-season. The next edition debuts March 17. Watch this morning’s announcement here:
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