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'Dancing With the Stars' announces new cast

Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is one

Gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is one of a few athletes on the season 16 cast of "Dancing with the Stars." (Aug. 7, 2012) Credit: AP

With ratings down and archrival "The Voice" returning March 25, "Dancing With the Stars" Tuesday announced a 16th season cast lineup designed to erase doubts, boost ratings and reverse impressions that ABC's dominant franchise is waning.

In other words, take a bow, Wynonna Judd. It's all on your shoulders now.

There are a few big stars, like Judd, a few marginal ones, a few ABC/Disney ones, and a couple that beggar the definition of "star." The new lineup looks (in other words) both traditional and safe. But for "Dancing," after a relative ratings drought during last fall's "All-Star" edition, that may be more than enough.

Here's the lineup:

EARLY FAVORITESAlexandra Raisman

U.S. Women's Olympics gymnastics captain, and a gold medalist. She should be considered one of the front-runners.

Dorothy Hamill

1976 skating gold medalist. Should also go far.

Jacoby Jones

Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl hero. "Dancing" loves gridiron stars, so . . .


Wynonna Judd

Five-time Grammy winner is the best-known name in this year's crop.

Ingo Rademacher

"General Hospital" star; "Dancing" has had a long love affair with soap actors -- particularly ABC's own.

Lisa Vanderpump

From "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."

Zendaya Coleman

Star of Disney Channel's "Shake It Up!" Disney Channel stars have done well here.

Andy Dick

Comedian with lots (and lots) of past legal problems, relating to substance abuse.

D.L. Hughley

Veteran TV comedian ("The Hughleys") who has moved into radio.

Victor Ortiz

Former welterweight champ from Garden City -- Kansas, not NY.

Kellie Pickler

Season five "American Idol" contestant.

The fun starts March 18.

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