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Bergeron, Andrews reveal 'Dancing with the Stars' celebrity cast

Posted by Emily Wright  March 4, 2014 08:22 AM

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Season 18 of "Dancing with the Stars" is going to feature a ton of new faces, from co-host Erin Andrews replacing Brooke Burke-Charvet to a new band, and now we know who the faces of the competitors will be.

"Good Morning America" anchor Lara Spencer was in Los Angeles to help Andrews and Tom Bergeron introduce the newest competitors for the coveted mirror ball trophy, and Millenials will recognize a couple of kids they grew up with on the silver screen.

Here's the full list:

Celebrity: Danica McKellar (Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years")
Pro: Val Chmerkovskiy

Celebrity: Cody Simpson (Current Australian pop star, singer of "Pretty Brown Eyes")
Pro: Whitney Carson

Celebrity: Billy Dee Williams (Actor from "Star Wars" and other films)
Pro: Emma Slater

Celebrity: Diana Nyad (World champion swimmer)
Pro: Henry Byalikov

Celebrity: NeNe Leakes ("Real Housewives of Atlanta" personality, "Glee" actress)
Pro: Tony Dovolani

Celebrity: James Maslow (Big Time Rush group member, recently turned hunk -- see TMZ pic)
Pro: Peta Murgatroyd

Celebrity: Sean Avery (Former New York Rangers player)
Pro: Karina Smirnov

Celebrity: Drew Carey (Comedian, current host of "The Price is Right")
Pro: Cheryl Burke

Celebrity: Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner from "Full House")
Pro: Mark Ballas

Celebrity: Charlie White (Olympian ice dancer, partner to Meryl Davis)
Pro: Sharna Burgess

Celebrity: Meryl Davis (Olympian ice dancer, partner to Charlie White)
Pro: Maks Chmerkovskiy

Celebrity: Amy Purdy, who appeared via video (Paralympic snowboarder)
Pro: Derek Hough

Spencer chatted with the celebrities before their professional partners were revealed to get their reaction to their new casting. First up was Davis, the recently dubbed Olympic gold medalist ice dancer, who commented on being pitted against her long-time partner.

"It's gonna be different. I think we're excited for a little healthy competition, though," Davis said.

White added he's ready for a challenge.

"Obviously the way you move is completely different so it's exciting to try something new," White added.

Fans of "Full House" should keep an eye out for some famous uncles in the "DWTS" audience this year. Cameron Bure said she knows Stamos and rest of "Full House" crew will come cheer her on. "They're very supportive."


Emily Wright can be reached at emily.wright@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter at @missemilywright.

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