If you’ve ever wondered who would win a dance contest between Winnie Cooper and Lando Calrissian, you’re about to find out: Danica McKellar and Billy Dee Williams are among the new contestants on “Dancing With the Stars,” along with Olympic ice dance duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White, Drew Carey, and swimmer Diana Nyad.
Former “Full House” actress Candace Cameron Bure, “Real Housewives” reality star NeNe Leakes, Australian pop singer Cody Simpson, and “Big Time Rush” actor-singer James Maslow are also competing. Double-amputee snowboarding champ Amy Purdy, who lost both of her legs as a teenager but still became a world-champion adaptive snowboarder, will be the first Paralympian to go for the mirror ball trophy. Sean Avery will be the first former hockey player.
The competitors for the shows 18th cycle, premiering March 17, were introduced on “Good Morning America.”
The show is making some changes this time around, including replacing host Brooke Burke-Charvet with Erin Andrews and a new format in which viewers will be able to vote mid-season to switch celebrities and their pro partners.