The cast for Dancing with the Stars was revealed during a commercial break in ABC’s Sunday night primetime lineup.
“It’s the most diverse cast we’ve had,” Dancing Senior Talent Producer Deena Katz told People. “The women are phenomenal and the men are such great characters.”
One highlight will be two-time Dancing champion Julianne Hough competing with her boyfriend, country singer Chuck Wicks.
“Julianne is the cutest thing you’ll ever meet and she’s one of the toughest teachers,” Katz said. “I keep warning Chuck, ‘you see this loving side, but she is tough.’”
Among the other cast members will be Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, pop stars Jewel and Belinda Carlisle, actress Denise Richards, former NFL star Lawrence Taylor, Jackass star Steve-O, rapper Lil’ Kim, Apple computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, Access Hollywood co-host Nancy O’Dell, actors David Alan Grier and Gilles Marini, and rodeo athlete Ty Murray.
According to an ABC spokesperson, the pairings will be announced on Thursday, February 12.
The 8th season of Dancing begins on March 9.