The bad boy of the ballroom won’t be gracing the dance floor this season, but there will be a bad boy celebrity–Andy Dick. DWTS fans probably aren’t eager to see Dick shirtless, but in a Maksim-less season at least we have his brother Valentin and the return of DWTS golden boy Derek Hough who had said he’d be bowing out.
Of course, “Dancing with the Stars” season 16 will have athletes. This time, not one, but two Olympic gold medalists–figure skater Dorothy Hamill and gymnast Aly Raisman. Other athletes include a boxer and a football player. The full announcement of the 11 new contestants and their professional dance partners was made this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The cast of stars are: NFL player Jacoby Jones, country music singer Wynonna Judd, stand-up comedian D.L. Hughley, Real Beverly Hills Housewife Lisa Vanderpump, comedian and rehab celeb Andy Dick, pro boxer Victor Ortiz, Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman, Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman, soap opera “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher, country singer Kellie Pickler and Olympic gold medal figure skater Dorothy Hamill. Season 15 of DWTS begins on Monday, March 18 with a two-hour premiere (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) on ABC and will have a one-hour results show on March 26 (9 p.m. to 10:01 p.m.).
There is only one native Los Angeleno (Hughley), but a few Los Angeles residents (Vanderpump, Coleman, Rademacher) are on the cast.
NFL wide received Jacoby Jones (28) of the Baltimore Ravens will be paired with Karina Smirnoff. Jones played college football at Lane College and was originally drafted by the Houston Texans in 2007 (third round). Jones is a native of New Orleans.
Wynonna Judd, 48, is the daughter of Naomi Judd and as a duo they have 14 number one hits. Beginning her solo career in 1991, Judd had her firt three singles (“She Is His Only Need,” “I Saw the Light,” and “No One Else on Earth.”) go number one on the U.S. Country charts. She was ACM Female Artist of the Year in 1994.
Hughley, 49, was born in Los Angeles and was the star of the ABC/UPN sitcom “The Hughleys” and featured in Spike Lee’s “The Original Kings of Comedy.” He was the host of “D.L. Hughley Breaks the News.”
Lisa Vanderpump, 52, is a realty TV star on “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” She was born and raised in London and has been married to Ken Todd for almost 30 years. They own the restaurants Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills and SUR in West Hollywood. She was a Baywatch babe, playing Margo Curtis on “Baywatch Nights.”
Andy Dick , 47, was on NBC’s “NewsRadio” in the 1990s and briefly had his own show, “The Andy Dick Show” on MTV. More recently, Dick has been known for being a dick. In 2006, at the Los Angeles comedy Club The Improv, she shoulted “You’re all a bunch of niggers!” and angered the audience. This was in reference to Michael Richards who had made a similar comment two weeks earlier. He was forcibly removed from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in 2007 because of his behavior toward fellow guest Ivanka Trump. In 2009, Dick was one of the celebs on “Sober House” a rehab program with Dr. Drew Pinsky where Dick dealt this his alcoholism. In 2011, Dick caused a disturbance at a Newport Beach Film Fest-related party.
Victor Ortiz, 26, is a Kansas-born pro boxer and former WBC Welterweight champion. Ortiz’s father got him into boxing, but eventually abandoned the family. His mother had already left the family of six kids five years previously. The children went into foster care. When his sister aged out of foster care, he followed her to Denver, Colorado where he was spotted by former boxer Roberto Garcia. He trained under the Oxnard, California-based Roberto Garcia at La Colonia Youth Boxing Club. Garcia became Ortiz’s legal guardian and Ortiz graduated from high school in Oxnard (Pacifica High School).
Zendaya Coleman at 16 is the youngest star on this cast. Born in Oakland, California, she currently stars in “Shake It Up” as the character Rocky Blue. She formerly danced with a group called Future Shock Oakland. Last year she starred in the Disney Channel movie “Frenemies.” The year before, she voiced Fern in the movie “Pixie Hollow Games.”
Alexandra Rose “Aly” Raisman, 18, was the captain of the gold medal-winning U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team that competed at the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Raisman won a gold on floor and a bronze on beam at the Games. Raisman was the first American woman to win a gold on floor and did it to “Hava Nagila” which celebrates her Jewish heritage. She was also on the team that took the 2011 World Championships. Raisman was born in Massachusetts and her mother competed in gymnastics during her high school years.
German-born Ingo Rademacher, 41, played the role of Jasper “Jax” Jacks on “General Hospital.” Jax is an Australian business tycoon and previously owned the Metro Court Hotel. He is the father of Josslyn Jacks and is much married. He returned to the fictional Port Charles last year (2012) when Josslyn fell ill and his brother poisoned the water supply. Rademacher plays Officer Sacks on Tyler Perry crime thriller, “Alex Cross.”
Kelly Pickler, 26, competed in the fifth season of Fox’s “American Idol” and finished sixht place. Her small town naivete and her Southern charm made her a fan-favorite and Simon Cowell predicted she’d be in the top three. Last year, Pickler was ranked 14th as the best American Idol Alumna. In 2008, she won Breakthrough Video of The Year fir
“I Wonder” and Tearjerker Video of The Year for “I Wonder” and Performance of The Year:
“I Wonder @ CMA Awards” at the CMT Music Awards in 2008. Born and raised in North Carolina, Pickler is a former cheerleader and beauty queen. She was raised by her grandparents because her father was a drug addict and her mother had brushes with the law as well.
Dorothy Hamill at 56 is the oldest cast member. She was the 1976 Olympic figure skating champion at the Innsbruck, Austria Winter Olympics. During that Olympics she was known for the new skating move which is a camel spin that turns into a sit spin and is known as the Hamill camel. She was also known for her sassy haircut (created by Yusuke Suga). Hamill won the 1976 World Championships and turned pro. Hamill has written two autobiographies “On and Off the Ice” and “A Skating Life: My Story”) and is a breast cancer survivor.
What might be a major disappointment for fans is what pros aren’t returning: Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Louis van Amstel, Anna Trebunskaya and Peta Murgatroyd. There will still be a Chmerkovskiy–Valentin. Derek Hough is back, despite reports that season 15 (All-Stars) was his last. New professional dancers are Lindsay Arnold who was a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance” (season 9), Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko.
Savchenko previously was on the DWTS Australia cast and was the Australian National Professional Latin-American Champion for 2011-2012. Burgess is also Australian and represented that country at the World Championship in both Standard and Latin when she was 15. She also performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony. She appeared in the UK tour of “Simply Ballroom” and in 2006 became a cast member of “Burn the Floor” which toured 30 countries and in 2009 was on Broadway where she was one of the lead female dancers.
Arnold was born in Provo, Utah and attended Timpview High School. Her specialty is Latin Ballroom.
- Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff
- Wynonna Judd & Tony Dovolani
- D.L. Hughley & Cheryl Burke
- Lisa Vanderpump & Gleb Savchenko
- Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess
- Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold
- Zendaya Coleman & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas
- Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson
- Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough
- Dorothy Hamill & Tristan MacManus
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
“Dancing with the Stars” season 16 begins on Monday, March 18 with a two-hour premiere (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) on ABC and will have a one-hour results show on March 26 (9 p.m. to 10:01 p.m.).