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Meet the Cast of Season 16
The new celebrities for Season 16 of Dancing with the Stars have been announced! Click through to see who will vying for the Mirrorball Trophy this time. We have Olympic Gold medalists, Comedians, Grammy Winners, a Soap Star and more! Who are your favorites?
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: MARK BALLAS
Just 18 years old, Alexandra Raisman captained the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team to its first team gold medal since the 1996 Olympic Games. Raisman added the United States’ first ever gold medal in the floor exercise and also won a bronze on the balance beam, making her the most decorated American gymnast in London.
A respected leader, Raisman backboned the women’s victory in the team event at the 2011 World Championships where they upset Russia to win gold for the first time since 2007. In her career, Raisman has accumulated 19 international medals and eight U.S. Senior National Championship medals, earning a reputation as one of Team USA’s most consistent performers.
The eldest of four kids in her family, Raisman comes from a Jewish background and famously performed her gold medal-winning floor exercise to the traditional Jewish wedding song, “Hava Nagila,” for which she earned worldwide recognition in the Jewish community.
Since returning from London, she has been named Bostonian of the Year by The Boston Globe, was a presenter at the Video Music Awards, appeared on Fashion Police and most recently won an award at the Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards.
In her free time, Raisman can be found shopping, reading fashion magazines, hanging out with friends and family, or listening to some of her favorite music.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: SHARNA BURGESS
Andy Dick is an American comedian, actor, writer, director, musician and producer. Dick grew up in the Chicago area where he participated in many stage productions. During his senior year of high school, Dick’s love of performing proved decisive as he was elected homecoming king.
His first regular television role was on the short-lived but influential Ben Stiller Show. He was a mainstay on network television from 1995-2006 on NBC’s NewsRadio and ABC’s Less Than Perfect. In 2001, Dick wrote, directed, produced, and starred in The Andy Dick Show for MTV. Dick has also starred in a number of feature films including In The Army Now, Employee of the Month, and The Hebrew Hammer. Additionally, Dick has made memorable appearances in feature films such as Zoolander, The Cable Guy, Inspector Gadget, Road Trip, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Old School, and Funny People.
Most recently, Dick has shot guest appearances on NBC’s Community, FX’s Legit, the Netflix original series, Bad Samaritans and CBS’ Two Broke Girls.
He can regularly be seen performing at theaters and comedy clubs across the country.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: CHERYL BURKE
D.L Hughley, one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today has also made quite an impression in the television, film and radio arenas.
First and foremost a standup comedian, his fifth stand-up special Reset premiered on Showtime in 2012 and is currently available on DVD. Hughley can also be seen in the comedic documentary special for Comedy Central titled D.L. Hughley: The Endangered List. Known for being astute and politically savvy, Hughley served as host of the late night talk show D.L. Hughley Breaks the News on CNN. He was both star and producer of his namesake television show that ran on ABC and UPN The Hughleys. He is one of the standout comedians of the hit comedy docu-film The Original Kings of Comedy.
A veteran of numerous talk show appearances, Hughley switched the tables in 2005, hosting his own talk show Weekends at the DL on Comedy Central. In addition, Hughley has headlined several comedy specials including D.L. Hughley: Going Home, D.L. Hughley Live, Shocked & Appalled and the recent Unapologetic.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: TRISTAN MACMANUS
Dorothy Hamill captured the Gold Medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck, Austria at the age of 19. Overnight, she became one of those rare champions who transcended her sport and captured the country’s imagination.
Still, she has said she is most proud of her World Championship title in Gothenburg, Sweden, which followed her Olympic win. At that time, everyone had advised her to retire from amateur competition, saying that even a second place finish would tarnish the luster of her Olympic gold. Characteristically, once she set her mind to it, she would not be dissuaded, and won.
As a professional, Hamill has skated with many productions, including the Ice Capades for eight years. Four ABC primetime television specials have been produced in her honor and she has produced and starred in her own touring productions of Cinderella — Frozen in Time, Hansel, Gretel, the Witch and the Cat, and Nutcracker on Ice. She won an Emmy Award for her lead role in Romeo and Juliet.
Hamill has been inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame and the Figure Skating Hall of Fame. She was very proud to run the torch at Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City in 2002 and skate the closing ceremonies with vocalist Harry Connick Jr. Recently, Hamill released her memoir A Skating Life: My Story, which made The New York Times best-seller list.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: KYM JOHNSON
Soap opera star Ingo Rademacher is best known to audiences as the charismatic Jasper “Jax” Jacks on ABC’s General Hospital. Rademacher originated the role of “Jax,” having first aired on General Hospital in January of 1996. His other television credits include Hawaii Five-O, Titans, Veronica’s Closet, and According To Jim.
As an athlete, Rademacher has amassed an extraordinary list of accomplishments. As a youth, he was a ski champion and a competitive equestrian. As an adult, he has competed at a high level in beach volleyball and triathlons (winner of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, celebrity division for three consecutive years). He took the pole position in the 2005 Long Beach Grand Prix and he recently completed the grueling 32-mile Molokai to Oahu “Channel of Bones” stand-up paddle board race – all this when he wasn’t on the track racing dirt bikes or street bikes. Rademacher moved to Hawaii in 2012 to pursue his passion for the sport of stand-up paddle board racing.
He and his wife, Ehiku have two sons, Peanut and Pohaku.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: KARINA SMIRNOFF
Jacoby Jones is a professional football player for the 2013 Super Bowl Champions Baltimore Ravens. Jones began his professional career after being drafted by the Houston Texans in 2009 and was signed by the Baltimore Ravens in 2012.
Career highlights include matching an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. Jones is also the first Raven to post multiple kickoff returns for a touchdown in one season and is the current record holder for the longest touchdown at the Super Bowl. Career honors include AFC Special Teams Player of the Week, AFC Special Teams Player of the Month, the Associated Press first-team All-Pro and the PFW/PFWA first team All-Pro.
Jones was recently featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: DEREK HOUGH
Kellie Pickler grew up immersed in country music in the small town of Albemarle, North Carolina with the words of Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton shaping her musical footing.
At the age of 19, she gained fame as a contestant on the fifth season of American Idol, and in 2006, signed to 19 Recordings/BNA Records to release her debut, Small Town Girl, which has gone on to sell over 800,000 copies and produce three singles: “Red High Heels,” “I Wonder,” and “Things That Never Cross a Man’s Mind.”
In 2008, Pickler released her self-titled sophomore record featuring hits “Don’t You Know You’re Beautiful,” “Best Days of Your Life” (co-written with Taylor Swift and her first Top 10), and “Didn’t You Know How Much I Loved You.”
Having established herself as not only a powerful vocalist but also a songwriter, Pickler released her third studio album, 100 Proof, last year with famed producer Frank Liddell and Luke Wooten. The album earned recognition as one of the “Best of 2012” by Rolling Stone and The Washington Post.
She has performed on six USO Tours, including one to Afghanistan in Dec. 2012. Newly signed to Black River Entertainment, Pickler is poised to release a new single and album in 2013.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: GLEB SAVCHENKO
Hailing from London, restaurateur, designer, author, philanthropist, producer and television personality Lisa Vanderpump moved to the United States eight years ago.
Vanderpump is best known for The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which she joined in 2010. In 2013, Bravo launched Vanderpump’s own reality television show, Vanderpump Rules, exploring the intricacies of owning SUR, a sexy, unique restaurant in West Hollywood. The show follows Vanderpump as she balances her motherly instincts with a shrewd business sense while keeping the passionate and volatile staff at her West Hollywood restaurant in line.
After years as a restaurateur, Vanderpump showcased her passion for food, decor and lifestyle in her bestselling book, Simply Divine: A Guide to Easy, Elegant and Affordable Entertaining. Vanderpump serves as a Contributor to Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine.
She lives in Beverly Hills with her husband Ken Todd and their four dogs. They have two grown children, Pandora and Maxfield.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: Peta Murgatroyd
Sean Lowe has set hearts aflutter as the star of the The Bachelor which just concluded its 17th season on ABC. Sean’s “rosy” journey to The Bachelor was not without its, well…thorns. Originally as a contestant on the eighth edition of The Bachelorette, Lowe was eliminated right before the show’s finale. But heartbreak didn’t derail his pursuit of love and happiness as Lowe soon signed on as ABC’s next Bachelor.
Lowe, a successful Dallas businessman and entrepreneur, prides himself on his close-knit family. Lowe went to Kansas State University on a full football scholarship and, as a linebacker, was part of the 2003 Big 12 Conference Championship team. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in social science. He began his career in finance, following in his father’s footsteps in the insurance industry before committing to his new enterprise, owning and running an upscale, custom furniture business.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: LINDSAY ARNOLD
Victor Ortiz is a living, breathing example of the American dream. From a broken home in a small town in Kansas to the bright lights of the boxing ring, Ortiz has used every obstacle he has encountered along his journey to fuel his strength and attain his dreams.
As former Welterweight Boxing Champion, Ortiz finally found his life’s calling as a world class athlete. The nickname “Vicious” describes Ortiz when he’s in the ring, but his million-dollar smile is a preview to his heart of gold. His ability to connect with people on a human level has kept the spotlight from blinding him. Realizing the importance of hard work, dedication, and family at an early age, Ortiz always finds a way to give back.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: TONY DOVOLANI
Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author, Wynonna Judd has always revolved her career around telling stories. Whether performing alongside her mother as one half of the legendary duo The Judds, or pushing the boundaries on her own mega-successful solo path, Judd’s ability to reach the heart of the human spirit through her bold and unflinching honesty, is the entertainer’s true gift.
Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent, Judd’s rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning her epic 29-year career. Charting countless singles including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was once dubbed by Rolling Stone “the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline.”
Joined in the studio by her husband, bandleader and producer, Michael “Cactus” Moser, Judd’s highly anticipated eighth studio album is scheduled for release this year. This effort, known as a true labor of love, features her upcoming single “Something You Can’t Live Without” released by Curb Records. Most recently, she published a novel Restless Heart and was part of The Judds docu-series on OWN.
PROFESSIONAL PARTNER: Val Chmerkovskiy
Multi-talented actress and singer, Zendaya, stars as Raquel “Rocky” Blue, one half of the comedic duo, in the hit Disney Channel series Shake It Up! and is currently recording her debut album on Hollywood Records.
Born September 1, 1996, in Oakland, California, Zendaya grew up as part of the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, where her mother works as the House Manager. In addition to training at the theater’s student conservatory program, and later performing in numerous stage productions, Zendaya helped her mom seat patrons and sell raffle tickets to benefit the theater.
While attending the Oakland School for the Arts, she starred as Little Ti Moune in Once on This Island at the Berkley Playhouse and the breakout role of the male character Joe in Caroline, or Change at Palo Alto’s TheaterWorks. She also studied her craft at the CalShakes Conservatory program and at the American Conservatory Theater.
Zendaya has performed around the world, including at The White House and in the 2011 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and she tours select cities with her Z-Swagg Dancers and Singers. Zendaya, derived from the word that means “to give thanks” in Shona (a Bantu language native to the Shona people of Zimbabwe), was a fashion model for Macy’s, Mervyns and Old Navy. She was also one of the back-up dancers in a Sears commercial featuring Disney Channel star Selena Gomez.
Zendaya now resides in Los Angeles, California with her family and dog, a giant Schnauzer named Midnight.
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