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The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star, who's also a restaurateur and philanthropist, says she's "out of my comfort zone" in the ballroom. But she hopes teaming up with new pro Gleb Savchenko will make her a hit with Dancing's viewers. And if all else fails, there's always her pup Giggy to win over fans. "He's always with me," Vanderpump said at Tuesday's season 16 cast announcement in L.A.
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After a season of snagging passes and sprinting for touchdowns, the wide receiver helped his Baltimore Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII. No doubt Jones, who showed off his end-zone victory dance moves at the announcement, would love to put a mirror ball trophy on his mantle, thanks to his fancy footwork with partner Karina Smirnoff.
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She wowed fans with her raw vocals on American Idol. Now the country sweetheart hopes her "Red High Heels" will serve her well on the dance floor with three-time champ Derek Hough. "I'm used to falling down," the former roller-skating waitress said. "I'll be good. I got that covered."
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The welterweight boxing champ can hold his own in the ring, but does he have what it takes to be a knockout in the ballroom? He says he's happy to have new pro Lindsay Arnold, who trained with Mark Ballas and appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, in his corner.
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She witnessed two seasons of Shawn Johnson tearing up the dance floor. Now the Olympic gymnast hopes she, too, will win a mirror ball trophy to display with her gold medal. "I'm excited. This cast is really amazing," she said Tuesday. "This is going to be a really good season, and I'm really excited to have Mark [Ballas] as a partner. I can't wait."
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Pro Kym Johnson has her hands full with the German-born General Hospital hunk, who will surely captivate Dancing fans with his good looks and buff build. Keep an eye out in the ballroom for the family man's wife Ehiku and their boys, Peanut Kai and Pohaku Zen.
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After being asked to do the show for six years, the country music legend says she finally took the plunge. "I'm trying to get back to my original weight of 8 pounds and 15 ounces," she joked Tuesday, before adding that she will dance with reigning champ Tony Dovolani because "it's the year of doing things you're scared of [and] I'm scared to death."
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The eccentric comedian has always followed the beat of his own drum, which begs the question – can he keep up with his pro partner, former DWTS troupe member Sharna Burgess? One thing is for sure: After taking a faux tumble at the live announcement, Dick will delight with his ballroom antics.
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At 16, the star of the Disney Channel's Shake It Up will be Dancing's youngest contestant ever. And she hopes to follow in the footsteps of costar Roshon Fegan, who danced his way to the top 6 on season 14. "I will try. It's very different," she says of ballroom dancing. "I'm used to hip-hop dancing, which I realized is a completely different world."
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"I guess I'll see if I can learn to dance with my foot in my mouth," joked the comedian, who is already getting good results with partner Cheryl Burke. "I'm excited. I never knew my hips were supposed to move like that."
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She's long been one of America's most revered sweethearts. Now, at 56, the effervescent Olympic figure skating champion and breast cancer survivor hopes to inspire women with her ballroom journey. "I'm used to falling," she says of the tough rehearsals ahead. "I don't think it's going to help but I can try."
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