On Tuesday, ABC announced the stars joining Dancing with the Stars Cast for season 16. The newest members of the Dancing with the Stars cast receiving the most buzz include Olympic gymnast, Aly Raisman, and country phenomenon Wynonna Judd. Another star of note joining the Dancing with the Stars cast this time around is Kellie Picker, country star and former American Idol contestant. This is the first time an American Idol star will join the ABC series.
See who else is joining the cast and the who is partnering with whom below:
Dancing with the Stars Season 16 Cast Revealed
• Boxer Victor Ortiz and new pro Lindsay Arnold
• Singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
• Country star Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani
• Soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson
• Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
• Comedian Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess
• Reality star Lisa Vanderpump and new pro Gleb Savchenko
• Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas
• Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus
• Comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke
• NFL star Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff
Why did Maks leave Dancing with the Stars ?
Most noteably absent from this list Dancing with the Stars cast members is dancing pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The outlandish Dancing with the Stars pro will not be returning to the series for it’s 16 season.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy addressed his absence from Dancing with the Stars in a statement to his fans.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy on his departure from Dancing with the Stars:
“ I just want to set the record straight to all of my amazing fans that I will unfortunately not be returning for this season of Dancing with the Stars. I’ve been a pro dancer on the show for about seven years now and am eager to explore other opportunities that have been made possible because of Dancing with the Stars. I’m going to take this time to dive into producing and acting, while fulfilling my sponsorship obligations.”
Will Dancing with the Stars be the same without Maks? Who are you most excited to see hit the dance floor? Tell us in the comments.