Get on your dancing shoes and break out the mirror-ball trophy because “Dancing with the Stars” is gearing up for its big return and bringing along a star-studded lineup.
The season 18 contestants were announced on Tuesday (March 4) on “Good Morning America” with a “stoked” Cody Simpson vying for the championship.
— Cody Simpson (@CodySimpson) March 4, 2014
He will have to take down another teen heartthrob to get the win: Big Time Rush’s James Maslow, who Simpson toured with in 2012.
“We toured two summers ago, so there is some competition there, but it’s all friendly,” Simpson said on “GMA.”
— James Maslow (@jamesmaslow) March 4, 2014
Taking on the pop stars are Olympic gold medalists Charlie White and Meryl Davis, former child stars from “Full House” and “The Wonder Years,” Candace Cameron Bure and Danica McKellar as well as “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes.
OMG OMG! I'am doing Dancing With The Stars! Gonna rep ATL hard babe! Love my partner @tonydovolani
— NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes) March 4, 2014
This season brings back host Tom Bergeron, but will introduce Erin Andrews, who replaced co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet. However, that isn’t the only twist that will be featured this season, it was announced that the cast will all be switching partners at some point.
Rounding out the rest of the contestants are “Star Wars” star Billy Dee Williams, former hockey pro Sean Avery, “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey, record long distance swimmer Diana Nyad and Paralympic snowboarder, Amy Purdy.
The new season of “Dancing with the Stars” kicks off Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m. ET.