The cast for the 14th season of “Dancing With the Stars” was announced Tuesday, and it features athletes, former child stars, TV hosts and more. With the show set to kick off on March 19, the new crop of celebrity dancers strutted their way onto the “Good Morning America” set in Los Angeles with their sights set on the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.
So, what celebrities will be dancing this season and with whom will they be dancing? Here’s the rundown:
The actor is best known for his work on soapy dramas like “General Hospital” and “Melrose Place.” He has also dabbled in music, having recorded several albums, and plays often in celebrity golf tournaments. “I’m going, ’OK, I’d better get it together fast,’ ” he said when he eyed his competition backstage at “GMA.” He will dance with Anna Trebunskaya.
Gilbert is an Emmy-nominated actress best known for her work as Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie.” She rose to fame in the 1970s as a child star and has appeared in a number of television shows in her decades-long career. When asked if she was still feeling nervous about the gig, she said, “I feel better because the veil of mystery is lifted.” She will be partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
Driver is a Super Bowl champion and plays for the Green Bay Packers as a receiver. He is also a children’s book author, whose books center on the character “Quickie.” He will be dancing with Peta Murgatroyd.
Levy is a telenovela star who is frequently dubbed “the Brad Pitt of Mexico.” He recently made headlines playing Jennifer Lopez’s steamy love interest in her “I’m Into You” video. He will be partnered with Cheryl Burke.
“The View” host, actress and comedian has appeared on shows like “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “30 Rock.” She also appeared in the film “One for the Money.” She’ll dance with Val Chmerkovskiy. “I’m scared to death!” she laughed. “I need Barbara Walters.”
The singer and actor currently stars on the Disney channel show “Shake It Up!” He also appeared in the hit movies “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.” He will be partnered with Chelsie Hightower.
The longtime TV host of shows like “Extra,” Menounos is also a former beauty queen and wrote the best-selling book “The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life.” She will be shaking it with Derek Hough.
He is the former star of “Family Matters,” best known for playing the dorky next-door neighbor Steve Urkel. He has since gone on to nab roles in films like “Dreamgirls” and recently starred in Cee Lo Green’s “Cry Baby” video. He will be partnered with Kym Johnson. “The fans have asked me to do this,” he said. “And I’m kind of doing it for my mom too.”
She is the legendary soul singer who rose to fame during Motown’s heyday with her group Gladys Knight and the Pips with iconic songs like “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Every Beat of My Heart” and “If I Were Your Woman.” She’ll be shimmying with Tristan MacManus. She said she wanted to dance because of the Pips.
The singer/songwriter has released hits like “I Don’t Want to Be,” “Follow Through” and “Chariot.” In 2011 he released his album Sweeter, which features the Ryan Tedder-produced “Not Over You.” Tedder accidentally spilled the beans about DeGraw’s casting at the Grammys earlier this month. He’ll be partnered with last season’s champ, Karina Smirnoff.
She is an opera star who has sold more than 4 million records. The Welsh-born singer has performed for the British royal family and with opera icons Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli. She also sang on the 12th season of “DWTS.” She is partnered with Mark Ballas.
She is a world-renowned tennis player who has 59 Grand Slam championships under her belt. Additionally, she had nine Wimbledon singles championships. She is partnered with Tony Dovolani. “Tennis is all closed up,” she said of taking her athletic abilities to the ballroom. “It’s a learning experience.”