ABC Reveals Cast of "Dancing with the Stars" Season 12

Last night, ABC released the names of the 11 celebrities that will hit the dance floor for the twelfth (twelfth!) season of "Dancing with the Stars," which kicks off on Monday, March 21. The group is composed of actors, radio personalities, models, athletes, the token Disney Channel star, and more. We're pretty sure we've heard of at least half of them... Indeed, after two straight seasons with tabloid-bait cast members including Bristol Palin and Kate Gosselin on the roster, it should be interesting to see if the show can maintain it's high ratings this time around. Here's hoping that there's still a significant number of "DWTS" fans out there who tune in to see the dancing—or who can, at the very least, still find pleasure in watching lesser-known figures fall on their faces!

Without further ado, here's the list of celebs hoping to win your hearts and votes with their samba skills:

  • Kirstie Alley (actress)
  • "Psycho" Mike Catherwood (radio personality)
  • Chris Jericho (wrestler)
  • Chelsea Kane (actress and musician)
  • Sugar Ray Leonard (boxer-turned-TV personality)
  • Ralph Macchio (writer, director and producer)
  • Petra Nemcova (model)
  • Romeo (singer and actor)
  • Hines Ward (football player)
  • Kendra Wilkinson (reality TV personality)
  • Wendy Williams (talk show host)


The network has yet to announce which professional dancers will be partnering the celebrities, but we'll be sure to bring you that news as soon as it's available. In the meantime, we want to know what you think of the new cast. Are you pleased with the people on the list? Do you know who they are? Any early favorites? Share your thoughts by tweeting us (@Dance_SpiritMag) or by posting a message on Dance Spirit's Facebook page. We can't wait to hear from you!

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers by clicking on their names here:

Read Darriel's profile here

Read Diego's profile here

Read Emma's profile here

And then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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