The new ‘Dancing With the Stars’ cast

Erin Andrews
Erin Andrews will be your new “Dancing with the Stars” co-host.
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There will be big changes to Season 18 of “Dancing with the Stars.” As it was reported last week, Erin Andrews is the new co-host of the reality TV dance series — replacing poor Brooke Burke-Charvet, who was unceremoniously booted for the hot blonde. The unsinkable Tom Bergeron will still there.

In addition to Andrews, the new cast was just announced yesterday (see below). And hey, look who it is: Sochi Gold medal winners Meryl Davis and Charlie White. ABC is playing it up that the Olympic ice dancers will be competing against one another, hopefully so we’ll overlook that the two are, um, trained dancers at the pinnacles of their careers.

I’m no reality TV / sports expert, but isn’t the schtick of “DWTS” that “celebrities” are teamed with professional dancers? Doesn’t having trained dancers and trained dancers compete together stack the deck a bit? Or will thinking too deeply about an ABC reality TV program only cause me pain?

“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes. Dance partner, Tony Dovolani

Olympic figure skater Meryl Davis. Dance partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Olympic figure skater Charlie White. Dance partner, Sharna Burgess

Candace Cameron Bure. Dance partner, Mark Ballas

Drew Carey. Dance partner, Cheryl Burke

Retired hockey player Sean Avery. Dance partner, Karina Smirnoff

Singer James Maslow. Dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd

Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad.  Dance partner, Henry Byalikov

Danica McKellar. Dance partner, Val Chmerkovskiy

Billy Dee Williams. Dance partner, Emma Slater

Pop singing sensation Cody Simpson. Dance partner, Witney Carson 

Snowboarding champ (and double amputee) Amy Purdy. Dance partner, Derek Hough

 



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