After a rather lackluster All-Star season, ABC’s Dancing With the Stars needs a boost in ratings and it needs it badly. Sadly, chances of that happening with season 16 are slim to none, as the entire cast has just been announced.As several media outlets point out, you might need your trusty Google on hand for this one.
Besides the highly unpredictable Andy Dick, singer Wynonna Judd and Kelli Pickler, few of the names of the stars on the list will probably ring a bell with mainstream audiences, but ABC honchos are keeping strangely optimistic.
With the announcement also came confirmation that Maksim Chmerkovskiy is out, as I also reported some time ago. No word yet on when – and if – he’s coming back.
Below is the list of the stars on season 16 of DWTS, together with their partners, the professional dancers.
Victor Ortiz with Lindsay Arnold
Kellie Pickler with Derek Hough
Wynonna Judd with Tony Dovolani
Ingo Rademacher with Kym Johnson
Zendaya Coleman with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Andy Dick with Sharna Burgess
Lisa Vanderpump with Gleb Savchenko
Aly Raisman with Mark Ballas
Dorothy Hamill with Tristan MacManus
D.L. Hughley with Cheryl Burke
Jacoby Jones with Karina Smirnoff