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ABC announces 'Dancing With the Stars' Season 16 cast

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman Credit: Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman (Getty Images)

They'd better get their dancing shoes ready.

Country singer Wynonna Judd, funnyman Andy Dick and former "American Idol" contestant Kellie Pickler are among those slated to compete on the upcoming 16th season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," premiering March 18. Judd is partnered with dancing pro Tony Dovolani, Dick with show newbie Sharna Burgess and Pickler with Derek Hough.

Athletes - who usually make a strong showing in the "Dancing" contestant pool - once again have a presence.

Eighteen-year-old Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is dancing with Mark Ballas; the Baltimore Ravens' Jacoby Jones is paired up with Karina Smirnoff; gold medalist Dorothy Hamill is with Tristan MacManus; and boxer Victor Ortiz is working with "Dancing" first-time pro Lindsay Arnold.

Rounding out the competition are comedian D.L. Hughley, "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and "Vanderpump Rules" star Lisa Vanderpump, "General Hospital" stud Ingo Rademacher, and Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman.

Longtime "Dancing" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy is not returning this season, but his brother, Val Chmerkovskiy, is dancing with Coleman.


Houghs developing ballroom reality show

In other "Dancing With the Stars"-related news ... pro Derek Hough and sister Julianne Hough - a former pro on the show - announced Tuesday that they are developing a series for Starz set in the world of international competitive ballroom dancing.

The Hough siblings will executive produce and serve as head choreographers for "Blackpool," set around the annual ballroom competition in Blackpool, England. A premiere date has not been announced.

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