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'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18 cast revealed

Sandy Kenyon with the details.
March 4, 2014 1:58:40 PM PST
This season's exciting new cast of "Dancing with the Stars" was revealed live Tuesday exclusively on Good Morning America.

The competition begins with a new batch of 12 celebrities who will brave the dance floor for their very first time.

Each week, they will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master technical choreography and entertaining performances. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy.

The season 18 cast is:

  • "Wonder Years" star Danica McKeller
  • Singer Cody Simpson
  • Actor Billy Dee Williams
  • Swimmer Diana Nyad
  • "Real Housewife of Atlanta" NeNe Leakes
  • Singer/actor James Maslow
  • Ex-hockey player Sean Avery
  • Comedian Drew Carey
  • Actress Candace Cameron Bure
  • Olympian Charlie White
  • Olympian Meryl Davis
  • US paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy

    CLICK HERE to see photos of the cast.

    WHO WILL WIN?

    A new twist will involve the teams switching partners midway through the season, with viewers deciding who pairs up with who.

    You can learn more about this season's cast by visiting the Dancing With The Stars website.

    Also new this year, Erin Andrews joins "Dancing with the Stars" as host alongside Emmy-Award Winner Tom Bergeron for its 18th season, which premieres Monday, March 17 at 8 p.m.

    No stranger to the ballroom, Andrews competed on the 10th season of the hit reality show, making it all the way to the finals. Known for being a pioneer in sports broadcasting, Andrews' skills from the field are sure to be an asset in hosting a spirited dance competition.

    This season, the show also welcomes new Music Director and Composer Ray Chew to the ballroom. Continuing a tradition of live musical accompaniment, Chew's band will feature a new line-up of musicians and singers performing music ranging from the latest pop hits to the great standards of the past.


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