Dancing With The Stars 2013 (DWTS Season 16) cast and pairs revealed, Kellie Pickler included (Video)

By on Feb 26, 2013 in Entertainment, Television, United States Comments

Updated: March 19, 2013 11:50 a.m.

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The ‘Dancing With The Stars’ 2013 (DWTS Season 16) cast and pairs have been revealed today, Tuesday, February 26, 2013, as shown in the video below. The new DWTS cast include those earlier rumored personalities such as former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler and country singer Wynonna Judd.

As announced at ABC‘s “Good Morning America” show this Tuesday morning, the DWTS 2013 cast featured younger artists and athletes, as part of the network’s strategy to increase its rating. ‘Dancing With The Stars‘ hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet announced the names of the celebrity contestants.

According to a report at Los Angeles Times, ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee revealed last month that viewers of the DWTS All-Stars was not that high, as compared to earlier seasons. It had only 16.73 million viewers, which is down 27% lower than the previous season.

In addition to those mentioned above are standup comedian D.L. Hughley, comedian-writer Andy Dick, “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump, and Disney star Zendaya Coleman. Lindsay Arnold, Sharna Burgess, and Gleb Savchenko are the new professional dancers on the show.

Meanwhile, NFL star Jacoby Jones, who was earlier announced to be joining the upcoming DWTS Season 16, is not the only athlete in the show. He will be joined by three other athletes such as Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, professional boxer Victor Ortiz, and figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill.

Below is the complete list of the full cast and pairs of DWTS Season 16, which will premiere on a two-hour show on Monday, March 18, 2013, 8 pm ET at ABC. The show’s judges include Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli.

1. Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas

2. Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess

3. D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke

4. Dorothy Hamill and Tristan McManus

5. Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson

6. Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff

7. Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough

8. Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko

9. Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold

10. Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani

11. Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy

12. Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd (Announced later by ABC)

Dancing With The Stars 2013 cast announcement
Dancing With The Stars 2013 cast, during the announcement on ABC’s “Good Morning America”
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Dancing With The Stars 2013 cast announcement (Part 1)
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Dancing With The Stars 2013 cast announcement (Part 2)
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