The list of competitors for the latest edition long-running
But more about all those guys in a second. I seriously can't contain myself any longer about one person competing for the mirror-ball trophy this season. He may not be an athlete, but just the mention of his name will certainly send chills of excitement down the backs of every reader of this blog:
That's right! That oh-so-smooth scoundrel-turned-good guy from the "Star Wars" universe is going to put on his dancing shoes, strap on that sweet blue cape and show the rest of them how it's done in a galaxy far, far away.
OK, so I do realize that it's Billy Dee Williams, not his fictional character, who is actually competing on "DWTS." But ol' Billy Dee had some pretty smooth moves of his own -- you remember his Colt 45 commercials, don't you? Enough said.
Now, then, back to the athletes. Probably the biggest "get" in this group is the ice dancing pair of Charlie White and Meryl Davis, who became the first U.S. competitors ever to win gold in the event last month in Sochi.
Seems like a lot of their moves should translate well from one discipline to the other. Plus, former Olympians have done well on "DWTS" -- figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, speed skater Apollo Anton Ohno and gymnast Shawn Johnson have all won the competition, while figure skater
Also, it should be interesting to see White and Davis actually competing against each other after 17 years as a team. (Expect new co-host Erin Andrews to explore that story line in depth).
Other athletes joining the cast:
The new season of "DWTS" starts March 17, giving Purdy just barely enough time to compete in the Paralympics, which start Friday.