‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 16: Fast facts about the cast

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The cast for "Dancing With the Stars" Season 16 has been announced, and it includes the usual mix of athletes, reality stars, musicians, and soap opera hunks. Check out these fast facts about the new "DWTS" cast.

Wynonna Judd

The county music star has been vocal about her battles with an eating disorder, telling CNN's Larry King, "Food to me is what alcohol is to an alcoholic, and the struggle is up and down." After the live "DWTS" cast announcement, Judd said, "They asked me for six years. I'm trying to get back to my original weight of eight pounds and six ounces."

Kellie Pickler

The "DWTS" alum has a super short new 'do, but it's not just a fashion statement. Kellie Pickler's pixie haircut is a show of support for her BFF, who is undergoing treatment for cancer.

Dorothy Hamill

Speaking of hairdos, Dorothy Hamill made the wedge haircut famous in the late 1970s. But in an interview with More, the Olympic figure skater said, "I always hated my short hair. My mother would run around the house with a comb trying to brush my hair, and I never let her, so that's when she said, 'Ok, we'll just keep it short' because I had tangled hair. I just find it really quite humorous that people copied my haircut."

Andy Dick

The controversial comic made headlines for his outlandish behavior, but he may have crossed the line in 2011 when he launched an anti-Semitic rant against Howard Stern. According to E Online, Stern and co-host Robin Quivers banned Dick from their studio after he called the radio shock jock a "shallow, money-grubbing Jew" with a "big fat hook nose."

Ingo Rademacher

The "General Hospital" star has a wife and a little peanut at home -- literally. Of naming his now 4-year-old son Peanut Kai, Ingo Rademacher told People, "We were calling him that when he was in mommy. It kind of represented joy and happiness to us. It puts a smile on everyone's face." The boy's middle name, Kai, is Hawaiian for "water."

Lisa Vanderpump

The Bravo reality star and restaurant entrepreneur loves her Pomeranian pup, Giggy (she calls him the "sex monster") so don't be surprised if you see the pooch in the "DWTS" audience. Giggy is so popular he even has his own Twitter account. A recent tweet: "Vote for mistress!!!!"

D.L. Hughley

The actor and comedian came to the aide of his troubled TV son, Dee Jay Daniels, after the former child star was charged with murder in 2012. Of his co-star from the 1990s sitcom "The Hughleys," D.L. Hughley told Ebony, "I love him like he is my son. You can't spend that much time with someone, particularly during their [childhood] years, and not feel a kinship with them. [But] I feel like I'm a father who failed his son. I failed. A father who hasn't done right by his son." Daniels was later acquitted of the murder charges.

Jacoby Jones

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones set a Super Bowl record when he returned a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown during this year's championship game. Meanwhile, his touchdown dances have become legendary, so he may have an edge in the ballroom, at least come freestyle time!


The Disney star is paired with Val Chmerkovskiy for this season's "Dancing With the Stars," but it won't be her first foray with a popular pro. In 2012, she and "Shake It Up" co-star Bella Thorne teamed up with "DWTS" pros Mark Ballas and Derek Hough for a series of promos for Disney's "Beauty and the Beat 3D." But did Zendaya drop a hint to her future "DWTS" days? "Ballroom dancing is slow and steady, like Cogsworth," she said. "You have to go with the flow."

Victor Ortiz

In 2011, pro boxer Victor Ortiz was knocked out by Floyd Mayweather Jr. with a controversial sucker punch, but can he beat Mayweather's "DWTS" record? The bad-boy boxer came in ninth place when he competed on the show back in Season 5, but Ortiz seems ready for the challenge. After the "DWTS" cast announcement, he tweeted: "I am not quitting boxing. Just decided to kick some butt on the dance floor while my jaw fully heals. Gotta stay competitive!"

Aly Raisman

The 18-year-old Olympic gymnast has a huge fan base who followed her wins at the 2012 Summer Olympics, and that includes the male suitors who bombard her with marriage proposals on Twitter. In November Raisman told Boston Magazine she even got a face-to-face proposal -- with a Ring Pop. "I said no, but I took the Ring Pop," she said.

"Dancing With the Stars" Season 16 premieres on March 18 at 8 PM ET on ABC.

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