This is one of the best DWTS lineups they have had in years! I usually pick a pre-show favorite, but I really can’t yet!!!!!! Who’s your favorite star? And Bye-Bye Maxs, you will be missed! I’ll be looking for you on the big screen!!!
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“Olympian No. 1, Aly Raisman, and, Mark Ballas: The 2012 Olympic gold-medal gymnast becomes an overwhelming favorite before she steps on the ballroom floor. She won on floor exercise for a spirited number to “Hava Nagila.” Mark was partnered with fellow gymnast golden girl Shawn Johnson in Season 8, so it’s not surprising he’s with Aly.
Olympian No. 2, Dorothy Hamill, and Tristan MacManus: The figure-skating legend of the 1976 Olympics is 56 years old??? She looks amazing, and she doesn’t think she’s worthy to be paired with Irish cutie Tristan. BTW, for three of his four seasons, Tristan has been paired with the oldest woman of the cast. Is this going to be his modus operandi foreve
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani: The country-music star, arguably one of the better-known names this season, said she had been asked for six years to do the show. She makes a joke about wanting to get back to her original weight of “8 pounds, 15 ounces” and said it’s the year of doing things that scare you. I see the inevitable “weight loss/personal growth” arc. Tony, who won last season with Melissa, is back with his usual kind of partner.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: At last, reality giants collide, as Kellie is the first former “American Idol” contestant to compete on “DWTS.” Will she split the country vote with Wynonna? Does her past as a roller-skating waitress help? Kellie said she’ll have experience with falling. Many expected Derek to leave after last season, but he’s back.
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay: Other than Season 4 finalist Laila Ali, boxers have a middling record on “DWTS.” (Think the likes of Sugar Ray Leonard and Floyd Mayweather Jr.). Victor, a former WBC welterweight champion, looks to change that streak. In keeping with the country theme, Brooke said he’s also wanted a career as a country-music singer.
The aforementioned football player, Jacoby, and Karina Smirnoff: He shows some swagger at 8:20 a.m. as he’s introduced and flirts with Karina. He’s also known for his end-zone dances and demonstrates for “GMA” viewers. He’s not shy at all. Len’s probably not going to like him; I see Ochocinco Take 2.
Andy Dick and Sharna: He’s a comedian/recovering addict, so it’s hard not to think of him as this season’s Steve-O or David Arquette, especially as he “trips” as he walks in. Sharna looks a little like former pro Lacey Schwimmer, and Lacey had been with Steve-O.
D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke: ABC dips into its 1990s well with sitcom star D.L., who was the lead on “The Hughleys” for a few seasons. He’s continued to act and also has appeared on CNN as a political commentator.
A Real Housewife, Lisa Vanderpump, and Gleb: Real Housewives have been rumored to be joining the “DWTS” pool for years. Lisa, from “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills,” is the first. She’s also responsible for the most random piece of trivia Tuesday: She was one of the first people to water ski barefoot in England.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: After Kellie Monaco’s successful stints on “DWTS,” it’s not surprising the show has raided the “General Hospital” cast again. The man better known as Jasper Jax played up his surfing background Tuesday. At least visually, he and Kym make a very striking couple and share Australian backgrounds.
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: The obligatory Disney Channel star, Zendaya appears on “Shake It Up,” the same show that brought us Season 14’s Roshon Fegan. At 16, Zendaya is the youngest contestant this season. This is also the first time we’ll have Val but no big brother Maks.”