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'Dancing with the Stars' season 16 cast announced

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

We have our cast of the new season of "Dancing with the Stars" -- returning March 18 -- and while a few names here may beggar the definition of what a "star" is -- hey, this is "Dancing with the 'Stars'" after all -- this looks like a reasonably good cast. (Needs to be: Ratings dropped bigtime during the "All Star," and the bloom is very much off this rose...)

Your list, with brief ABC descriptors...Plus my two cents, in italics:

INGO RADEMACHER -- Soap Opera star... VG: Ingo who? Sure, reasonably big soap star on reasonably big ABC soap, "General Hospital.'  Ingo's the requisite soap/eye candy fixture, and could go far, but probably not too far.

ALEXANDRA RAISMAN -- 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.VG: The oldest rule in the "DWTS" book is "athletes rule!" Impossible to imagine Raisman doesn't go the distance or most of the distance, unless she's personality deficient which she's not. Got Mark Ballas as her pro -  a good matchup. 

LISA VANDERPUMP -- 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.”   VG: A "Real  Housewife" cannot and will not and more to the point should not win "DWTS." It just seems - I dunno - wrong. 

ZENDAYA COLEMAN -- Multi-talented actress and singer. VG: 'Nother ABC in-house pick - she's from TDC's "Shake it Up!" But don't discount these inside plants. They're invariably good, so I'm assuming sight unseen she is too. 

ANDY DICK -- Andy Dick is an American comedian, actor, writer, director. VG: Oh for God's sakes.  At least this will keep him out of the clubs and courts.

DOROTHY HAMILL -- Dorothy Hamill captured the Gold medal at the 1976 Winter Games in Innsbruck.  VG: By name alone, the prohibitive favorite. This remains very much a magic name, and once a pro always a pro. She'll do well here or I'll eat my "DWTS" press release.  

D.L. HUGHLEY -- D.L Hughley, one of the most popular and highly recognized standup comedians on the road today. VG: Lucky D.L. He's got Cheryl Burke by his side; along with Hough and Maks (Chmerkovskiy, who has left the show) she's one of the dancing stars who's bigger than most of the invitees.

JACOBY JONES -- Jacoby Jones is a professional football player for the Baltimore Ravens, the 2013 Super Bowl Champions. VG: "DWTS" would probably have rather had a household name like Ray Lewis, but JJ should do well (again, see "rule one/athletes")  but also has Karina Smirnoff who tends to upstage her partners.

WYNONNA JUDD -- Five-time Grammy winner and New York Times bestselling author. VG: Sure of course great. Big star. Big get. Big backstory. But I don't see this going long and deep. Could be wrong. I reserve the right to be. 

VICTOR ORTIZ -- Former Welterweight boxing champion Ortiz finally found his life’s calling as a world class athlete. VG: A Garden City native! Umm, Garden City, Kansas. Don't know much about him, but here's the obvious problem..."former boxer."  Boxers tend not to do well here because they tend not to get the vox populi votes.  

KELLIE PICKLER -- As a contestant on the fifth season of “American Idol."VG: Kellie! Or should I say, Kellie? Hey, she's had a career since "AI," just can't put my finger on what sort of career. But here's the thing - she's got Derek Hough. That means Kellie will be here for a long long time. She will go far or I'll eat my "DWTS" press release, or another one...

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