Tuesday, February 26, 2013
A former Welterweight boxing champion from Western Kansas is set to compete in the 16th season of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."
ABC announced the new cast on "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning, including Victor Ortiz. The 26-year-old is originally from Garden City but currently resides in California.
Below is the full story from ABC:
Musicians, athletes and TV personalities are among the new crop of celebrity contestants who will take to the dance floor on season 16 of “Dancing With the Stars.”
The new cast of ABC’s hit show was revealed today, exclusively on “Good Morning America,” and the headliners include country music legend Wynonna Judd, former “Idol” finalist Kellie Pickler, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump and NFL star Jacoby Jones.
Jones isn’t the only athlete on the show. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, professional boxer Victor Ortiz, and figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill will compete this season. Comedians D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick, as well as “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher, and Disney star Zendaya Coleman round out the star-studded pack.
Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet appeared live on “GMA” from Studio B in Los Angeles today to make the highly-anticipated announcement of the cast. They also unveiled the professional partners, which include reigning pro champ Tony Dovolani, veterans Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Karina Smirnoff, Kym Johnson, as well as some new faces. See the list below for the official pairings.
The new season kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 18 at 7 p.m. CT on ABC. The couple with the lowest combined judges' scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home in the season premiere of "Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show."
Country music great Wynonna Judd will bring a dose of Nashville, Tenn., to the dance floor this season. The five-time-Grammy-winner-turned-reality-TV-star rose to fame as a country music duo with her mother, Naomi, but broke out on her own to have a successful solo career with more than a dozen No. 1 singles.
"This is something I said I would never do," Judd said about joining the season 16 cast. "They’ve asked me for six years. I’m trying to get back to my original weight of 8 lbs, 15 oz. Because it’s the year of doing things that you’re scared of."
Pro Partner: Tony Dovolani. Veteran pro Dovolani is the reigning pro champ, winning last season’s “All-Star” competition with partner Melissa Rycroft. He returns to dance for a 15th season.
Stand-up comedian and actor D.L. Hughley will give “Dancing” a whirl this season. The comic shot to fame on the beloved sitcom, “The Hughleys,” and went on to become a TV personality and political pundit.
Pro Partner: Cheryl Burke. The two-time pro champ Cheryl Burke returns for her 15th season.
The Baltimore Ravens wide receiver is the latest NFL star to put his football footwork to the test in the ballroom. Jones, who’s known for his victory dances in the end zone, joins the “DWTS” cast on the heels of the Ravens’ big Super Bowl victory where he scored two touchdowns. The 28-year-old follows in the footsteps of past NFL stars Donald Driver, Hines Ward and Emmitt Smith, who won the competition.
Pro Partner: Karina Smirnoff. Pro dancer Smirnoff, who won season 13 with soap opera star and veteran J. R. Martinez, returns for her 13th season.
“Real Housewife of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump is competing this season. The British TV personality, restaurateur and bestselling author is best known for her role on the Bravo reality show about her luxurious lifestyle -- and her Pomeranian Giggy.
Pro Partner: Gleb Savchenko. The professional dancer makes his “DWTS” debut this season.
Comedian Andy Dick is bringing his quips and humor to the dance floor this season. The funnyman is also an actor, director, producer and musician who fronts his own comedy band.
Pro Partner: Sharna Burgess. Dick is paired with pro dancer Sharna Burgess, who makes her “DWTS” debut.
Professional boxer Victor Ortiz, a former welterweight champion, will enter the “Dancing” ring this season.
Pro Partner: Lindsay Arnold. Jones is teaming up with pro dancer Lindsay Arnold, who is making her debut this season as a professional partner. She trained with fellow pro Mark Ballas and has appeared on "So You Think You Can Dance?"
The Disney star, known by her fans as Zendaya, is an actress, singer and dancer on the Disney channel’s hit series “Shake It Up” and at 16, will be the youngest contestant ever on the show. Coleman plays Rocky Blue, a young dancer trying to dance her way to stardom, and is currently recording her debut album.
Pro Partner: Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Coleman is paired up with dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy, a finalist from last season, who returns for his fourth season.
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman is going for the “Dancing” gold. The gymnast became a household name as part of women's gymnastics team’s “Fierce Five” at the London Olympics last summer, where she took home a gold medal for her performance on floor.
Pro Partner: Mark Ballas. Raisman will dance with two-time winner Mark Ballas, a “DWTS” veteran who returns for his 12th season. Ballas won the season 8 mirror ball trophy with Raisman’s former teammate, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson.
The German-born actor, best known for his longtime role as Jasper “Jax” Jacks on the ABC soap opera “General Hospital,” will put on his dancing shoes for season 16.
Pro Partner: Kym Johnson. Veteran Kym Johnson is a two-time champ who returns for her 13th season on the show.
No stranger to reality TV competition, country music singer Kellie Pickler will put her skills to the test on “Dancing.” The former “American Idol” contestant will be the first competitor to cross over from “Idol.” Pickler made headlines in September for shaving off her long blonde hair in support of her childhood friend battling breast cancer.
Pro Partner: Derek Hough. Hough is a three-time champion, who returns for his 11th season.
The figure skating great will trade her ice skates for dancing shoes to compete this season. Hamill, 56, won the 1976 Olympic gold medal in women's figure skating at age 19, wowing audiences with her envelope-pushing spins on the ice and her iconic hair.
Pro Partner: Tristan MacManus. MacManus returns for his fourth season on the show. The pro dancer has been partnered with contestants Pamela Anderson, Gladys Knight and Nancy Grace.