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New DWTS Cast Includes Wynonna Judd, Aly Raisman, Lisa Vanderpump

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This is the sixteenth season of Dancing With The Stars, and the new contestants are, as usual, from very different backgrounds — comedy, sports, music, acting and politics.

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We know Aly Raisman, captain of the gold medal-winning US Women's Gymnastics team has strength — but can she cha cha? We know Wynonna Judd can sing — but can she samba? And what about Lisa Vanderpump???

Here's the list, with the professional dancers they've been paired up with:

Singer Wynonna Judd with Tony Dovolani
Comedian D.L. Hughley with Cheryl Burke
Football player Jacoby Jones with Karina Smirnoff
"Real" "Housewife" Lisa Vanderpump with new dancer Gleb Savchenko
Actor Andy Dick with new dancer Sharna Burgess
Puerto Rican politician Victor Ortiz with new dancer Lindsay Arnold
Adorable Disney star Zendaya Coleman with Val Chmerkovskiy
Gymnast Aly Raisman with Mark Ballas
General Hospital star Ingo Rademacher with Kym Johnson
Singer Kellie Pickler with Derek Hough
Olympic gold medal-winning ice skater Dorothy Hamill with Tristan MacManus

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Not dancing this season: Maksim Chmerkovsky, Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower and Louis Van Amstel. ABC claims: "We frequently rotate the professional dancers, so it is not unusual for them to rest a cycle," but rumor has it Maks might be done for good.

The real question is: Would you rather see stars dance or dive? Because ABC has a new reality show Splash — aka Celebrity Diving. (A warning: Most of the "stars" are even more D-list. But if you want to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar jump into a pool, no judgments.)

[E!, EW, LA Times, CNN]

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gingergetthepopcorn
Ginger, get the popcorn!

Andy Dick is a hot mess. I don't see this ending well for him and/or ABC.

I always feel like the athletes have such an unfair advantage—they're starting off from such a different physical fitness level from all the others, they only need to learn how to dance, while a lot of the others have to get in shape first (or simultaneously).

Looks like a fun season, though. I assume all the judges are coming back?