Fresh on the heels of film's biggest night, comes TV's biggest announcement? The new crop of celebrity hoofers competing in Season 18 of
As has become tradition, the unveiling occurred Tuesday morning during
There are TV stars of yesteryear. including "The Wonder Years'"
Some sports stars: recent gold medal winners from the Sochi Olympics, ice skating duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White; and swimming legend Diana Nyad. And some firsts: snowboarding champ Amy Purdy, who lost her legs as a teenager, will be the first Paralympian to compete; and Sean Avery will be the first former hockey player to hit the shiny wood floors.
Also getting in the dancing fun are comedian-turned-game show host Drew Carey, "Real Housewives" personality NeNe Leakes, and acting veteran Billy Dee Williams.
Sure to bring in some young viewers are Australian pop singer Cody Simpson and "Big Time Rush" actor-singer James Maslow.
Of course, the professional dancers have earned their own fan base. So here's the rundown of who the celebrities will be paired up with.
--Pro dancing bad boy
--Cheryl Burke partners with Carey.
--Derek Hough partners with Purdy.
--Witney Carson partners with Simpson.
--Sharna Burgess partners with White.
--Emma Slater partners with Williams.
-- Valentin Chmerkovskiy partners with McKellar.
--Peta Murgatroyd partners with Maslow.
--Tony Dovolani partners with Leakes.
--First timer Henry Byalikov partners with Nyad.
The new season of "Dancing with the Stars" begins March 17.