Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman

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

The mirror ball is up for grabs again, as "Dancing with the Stars" begins its 16th season Monday night. For those watching along at home (or those with incurable gambling habits), here's a guide to this season's celebrities:

Andy Dick
BEST CASE: All of those pratfalls on "Newsradio" gave Dick a certain grace, and he translates it into a deep run on the show.
WORST CASE: All of those pratfalls on "Newsradio" weren't scripted.

Dorothy Hamill
PROFESSION: Figure skater
BEST CASE: Hamill follows the lead of Kristi Yamaguchi, a fellow Olympic gold medalist (and winner of season six of DWTS), and wins it all.
WORST CASE: At age 56, those championship days are too far gone to recapture.

Zendaya Coleman
BEST CASE: The 16-year old Disney star harness the power of teen girls everywhere to win the fan voting no matter what the judges say.
WORST CASE: The show airs after her prime demographic's bed time.

D.L. Hughley
BEST CASE: Hughley is as quick with his feet as he is with his wit and strikes a blow for stand-ups everywhere.
WORST CASE: The last participant with stand-up experience to compete on the show was Sherri Shepard in season 14. She finished 10th out of 12.

Jacoby Jones
PROFESSION: Wide receiver
BEST CASE: Jones becomes the first person to win the Super Bowl and DWTS in the same year (Hines Ward won DWTS in 2011, months after his Pittsburgh Steelers lost in the Super Bowl).
WORST CASE: Jones treats the show in the same way football players treat the Pro Bowl.

Wynonna Judd
PROFESSION: Country singer
BEST CASE: Judd is as comfortable in ballet shoes as cowboy boots.
WORST CASE: Gavin DeGraw (ninth of 12 in season 14) and Judd can swap horror stories.

Victor Ortiz
BEST CASE: Boxing footwork translates directly to dancing ability and Ortiz sticks around until deep into the competition.
WORST CASE: Evander Holyfield was the second person ever eliminated from the show and had the lowest average score of the first season. Be careful, Victor.

Kellie Pickler
PROFESSION: Country singer
BEST CASE: Fans of the ex-"American Idol" participant, well versed in the world of reality television voting, get behind the singer.
WORST CASE: Idol-ites are too interested in the Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj feud to be distracted.

Ingo Rademacher
: Soap opera actor
BEST CASE: Soap opera fans are the "Twihards" of previous generations; their fanaticism carries over to big audience vote totals.
WORST CASE: "Mugging for the camera" is not a category on judge scorecards, rending soap opera "acting" skills useless.

Aly Raisman
BEST CASE: Gets pointers from former gymnast and previous DWTS winner Shawn Johnson.
WORST CASE: Ability to learn new dances is hampered by her low self esteem, having never been able to impress Fierce Five cohort McKayla Maroney.

Sean Lowe
BEST CASE: Lowe's fans from the just-completed "The Bachelor" keep watching ABC on Monday nights.
WORST CASE: "Well, that's over. Hey, what's on 'Bones'?"

Lisa Vanderpump
PROFESSION: Reality TV "star"
BEST CASE: She picked up a move or two while on the set of the music video for "(What) In the Name of Love" by Naked Eyes (no, really).
WORST CASE: She leaves in disgrace, slinking off to star in a dignity-crushing reality show devoid of likeable characters ... oh.

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