After two months of arguably the finest competition in Dancing with the Stars history, a brand-new champion has been crowned–If you don’t want to know who won, read no further!

The two-hour finale of DWTS brought some familiar faces from this season back to the dance floor as William Levy, Donald Driver and Katherine Jenkins were busy backstage polishing their final dance which they were given less than a day to prepare.

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William and partner Cheryl Burke were the first team chosen to tackle the 24-hour challenge and they did so in “Team Fuego” fashion, dancing a lively salsa befitting of their scorching nickname. Not only did the crowd love the performance, but the judges lavished their praise on the two before dishing a perfect thirty for a combined score of 89/90 for the finals.

Katherine and partner Mark Ballas were up next, taking to the stage with a playful jive which received similarly high praise all around from the panel. Carrie Ann Inaba commend the two for “setting the bar so high” with Len Goodman adding that Jenkins was nothing short of “the complete package” before handing out another perfect thirty for a combined score of 90/90 for the finals.

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Last but not least, Donald and partner Peta Murgatroyd gave it their all with a sexy Cha Cha Cha, wowing the judges into yet another perfect thirty for a combined score of 89/90 for the finals.

After the 24-hour challenge, the scores were tallied with last night’s fan votes, William and Cheryl were announced as the couple placed in third, leaving Donald and Katherine to await the final announcement.

At long last, Donald and partner Peta were announced as season 14’s winner—news the Green Bay Packers star took with great enthusiasm, rolling across the dance floor in disbelief. The enviable title incidentally comes one year after Donald won the Super Bowl for the first time with the Packers.

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Taking the loss in great stride, Katherine commended Donald for his win, telling host Tom Bergeron that regardless of the outcome, she enjoyed every minute of the competition. “I can’t put in words how much I loved this,” she said. “It’s been an absolute dream.”

Make sure to catch your newly crowned mirror ball champions tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live!. Donald and Peta will then hop on a jet to NYC for a second round of interviews with Good Morning America airing tomorrow.

Keep an eye out for the all-stars edition of Dancing with the Stars, this fall on ABC.

As a football pro, Donald Driver knows a thing or two about how to play a game. It doesn’t matter if you’re down in the first half — or even the first three quarters. What matters is where you land when the game’s over. And when the clock ran down on Tuesday night’s “Dancing With the Stars” finale, the Green Bay Packer was the clear winner.

Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd celebrate as “Dancing With the Stars” champions on Tuesday.ABC / Today

After spending most of the season trailing just behind his fellow finalists William Levy and Katherine Jenkins, Donald closed the gap (and then some) in the finals. A solid judge’s pick routine on Monday night and his 24-hour-prep performance in the finale helped him, but it was no doubt his show-stopping, country-themed finals freestyle that sealed the deal when it came to viewer votes.

When the results were announced, Donald threw himself across the dance floor, as he’s been apt to do during high-points all season long. Then host Tom Bergeron turned to the wide receiver and said, “I’ve got to ask you the question that Brooke (Burke Charvet) always asks: How do you feel?”

Completely ignoring that Brooke zinger, Donald raved, “Amazing! Oh, this is awesome! Thank you so much.”

The victory was a sweet one for the man who spent much of the season hoping (and rehearsing) for a single perfect score from the panel — and more importantly, from head judge Len Goodman. Donald regularly wished for a “10 from Len,” and in the final 24 hours of the competition, he boasted two of them and a sparkling mirror ball trophy too.

Of course, the win wasn’t just a victory for Donald. His partner, Peta Murgatroyd, is now a “Dancing” champ. After exiting the game in the first week during her premiere season, she took it all the way with Donald in her second effort.

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Donald and Peta’s win wasn’t the only one of the night. OK, technically it was, but Donald’s fellow finalists put on some praise-winning, if not show-winning performances.

First William, who ended the night in third place, took the floor for a salsa. It was a bold choice for his final routine after getting an earful from Len for performing a salsa-filled freestyle the night before. His last effort wasn’t as polished as his earlier ones, but it still packed the hip-shaking and rear-rotating moves he’s now known for.

Then second-place finisher Katherine took the floor for a jumping jive that earned raves from the panel. According to judge Bruno Tonioli, the dance only cemented the fact that she’s “the girl that has it all.”

Well, everything but a mirror ball trophy.

Donald’s last-chance cha cha — easily the best dance of the night, other than maybe his encore freestyle — proved his win was well earned. The routine packed body rolls, smooth transitions and fan-pleasing perfect lines.

All the dances earned top scores from the panel.

And those weren’t the only performances of note. The ballroom’s past challengers of the season came back to remind the crowd just what they could do. Highlights included Sherri Shepherd’s “It’s Raining Men” routine, complete with pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Tony Dovolani raining from the ceiling while she took one last spin with Val Chmerkovskiy. And Melissa Gilbert hit the floor again with both Brothers Chmerkovskiy for a reworking of her memorable trio routine.

Roshon Fegan had the chance to show viewers what his freestyle would have looked like had he made it to the finals. The fast, content-packed dance was worth watching, but it seems a safe bet to say Donald would have still won that round.

But one of the most memorable performances of the night came from a not-so-great dancer — Gladys Knight. The singing legend traded her dancing shoes for a microphone and belted out a tear-jerking rendition of “The Way We Were” while the finalists awaited the results.

That (and a whole lot of star-studded, clip-tastic filler) was all the two-hour finale could pack. But as Tom reminded viewers, the ballroom bash will be back in the fall with an all-star season bound to entertain fans once again.

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If it feels like Dancing With the Stars has been off air for a long time now, it’s because it has.

Since ABC decided to skip the springtime installment of the ballroom dance competition, fans have had to patiently wait a full year to watch DWTS again. While the network’s reasoning behind skipping the spring cycle of the show remains a mystery, it’s been great for season 27 winner Bobby Bones, who has held onto the title since last November.

Thankfully, fans won’t have to wait much longer. Here’s what viewers can expect from season 28:

When does Dancing With the Stars start again in 2019?

Past fall seasons of Dancing With the Stars have typically run between September and Thanksgiving. Season 28 will be no different: The show will begin at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, September 16 on ABC.

This year marks the first time DWTS hasn’t had a spring season since 2007. If we had to guess, last year’s controversial results may have something to do with it.

Bobby and Sharna dance in season 27. Getty Images

Despite receiving weekly low scores from the judges, Bobby was declared last season’s winner thanks to fan votes. The finale results caused a major uproar online and prompted viewers to demand that the show change its voting system.

So … is Dancing With the Stars tweaking the voting system then?

Though it’s not certain that the voting process will dramatically change in season 28, longtime host Tom Bergeron hinted on Twitter that the show’s producers have definitely been talking about it.

“Just had first meeting re: Season 28 of @DancingABC. Major takeaway, we hear you #DWTS,” he tweeted in early June.

In late July, Tom hopped on social media again to drop another clue about the scoring system. This time, he teased that the 10 paddles the judges use to reward outstanding performances will be going away.

— Tom Bergeron (@Tom_Bergeron) July 2, 2019

In prior seasons, the show gave equal weight to the judges’ scores and viewer votes. As a consequence though, many claimed that the show was simply turning into a popularity contest and didn’t properly award talent and skill.

ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke told Deadline that format changes were still in the works, but that fans should expect a “big season.”

“The producers were just in last week talking about the casting and the creative evolution,” she said in early August. “It’s all very exciting. It won’t be major format changes, just tweaking and tinkering.”

She went on to add that she hopes the small “tweaks and tinkering” will make the show more everlasting.

Who will be a part of the Dancing With the Stars 2019 cast?

As announced on Good Morning America, the DWTS 2019 cast of season 28 includes:

  • Hannah Brown, Bachelor and Bachelorette alum
  • Lauren Alaina, singer and songwriter
  • James Van Der Beek, Dawson’s Creek and Pose actor
  • Ray Lewis, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker
  • Kate Flannery, a.k.a. Meredith from The Office
  • Ally Brooke, former singer of the girl group Fifth Harmony
  • Lamar Odom, NBA star
  • Kel Mitchell, actor and comedian
  • Sean Spicer, former White House Press Secretary
  • Christie Brinkley, model
  • Mary Wilson, “The Supremes” singer
  • Karamo Brown, Netflix Queer Eye star

As far as the judging panel goes, fans can expect to see all three of their favorites again — Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba.

What about pro dancers Sharna Burgess and Artem Chigvintsev?

Shockingly, the two longtime Dancing With the Stars pros are not coming back for season 28. In recent weeks, Bobby Bones, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tom Bergeron, and many more from the DWTS family have talked about how “shocked” they are that ABC dropped them.

Sharna and Artem dance in the season 27 finale of Dancing With the Stars. Eric McCandless

Artem, who had been on the program for 10 years, told Nikki Bella on her podcast The Bellas that he found out the Friday before the GMA cast announcement. Up until then, he had been having “positive conversations” with the crew.

“I dedicated 10 years of my life to that company,” he said. “And getting let go three days before an announcement, that’s like a punch in the stomach, really.”

Likewise, Sharna made it clear on Instagram that she, too, was upset about the decision.

“I am unbelievably sad to not be back!!!” she wrote. “However, what i can whole heartedly tell you is that It’s all good, ALL love and in this moment.”

Wait … Carrie Ann Inaba is for sure returning even though she’s on The Talk?

Carrie Ann may have picked up a daytime gig on CBS’s The Talk since last season, but that doesn’t mean she’s giving up on DWTS anytime soon.

She confirmed to GoodHousekeeping.com that she was “looking forward” to the fall and is anxious to see who will be a part of next season’s cast.

How can I watch season 28 of DWTS?

Dancing With the Stars airs Monday nights live on ABC from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET.

If you’re not parked in front of your TV at home, you can always use your cable login and access ABC’s Go Watch Live service online, or watch through the ABC app on iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, Samsung smart TVs, or Roku. The live streaming service from ABC is only available in certain locations across the country, so check out ABC’s website to make sure you’re covered.

Apart from that, you can watch episodes after they air on ABC.com, which lets you view them a week after they air without signing in. If you have a cable login, you can watch them much sooner than that, whether on ABC.com or through the ABC app on various devices.

If you’ve got a Hulu + Live TV account, you’re also in luck. You can catch the show there live and on demand and also access Hulu’s library of exclusive series, movies, and more.

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Dancing with the Stars is in its 28th season and it’s quickly reaching the time when the competition will come down to the wire. Is there any way to tell who is going to emerge the winner in the popular dance competition that draws millions of viewers in for each episode? We have some ideas based on the performances and the indicators we’ve seen so far, and here are our early predictions for Dancing With The Stars Finalists.

Last year’s winner

Bobby Bones has been the guardian of the Mirrorball trophy for almost a full year, but there is a new crop of contestants who would love to deprive him of the burden. Part of the fun and excitement of the show is trying to guess who that will be. We all have our favorites, but as we’ve witnessed throughout the years, anything can happen at any time. It’s still anyone’s guess who’s going to ultimately win the competition, but there are a few who have the odds of rising to the fop and securing their places as finalists.

The 12 celebrity dancers

Helping with the competition for the 28th season, we have the lively former White House press secretary, Sean Spicer. He’s perhaps the most animated and excited member of the group this season. Hannah Brown, from the Bachelorette, is joining him along with James Van Der Beek of Dawson’s Creek. We all know that the success of the competitors depends greatly upon the performance of their celebrity dance partners. Ally Brook of Fifth Harmony, Ray Lewis, Karamo Brown, Kel Mitchell, Lamar Odom, Sailor Brinkley-Cook replacing her mother Christie Brinkley, and Lauren Alaina. This is certainly a magnificent lineup, but who were they paired with in the competition?

The celebrities and their competition pairings

We learned at the premiere of the season who will be paired together, and in case you missed it, here they are. Mary Wilson will dance with Brandon Armstrong. Hannah Brown is with Alan Bersten, Kramo Brown is with Jenna Johnson, Sailor Brinkley-Cook is with Val Chmerkovskiy, Ally Brooke is with Sasha Farber, Kate Flannery is with Pasha Pashkov, Ray Lewis is with Cheryl Burke, James Van Der Beek is with Emma Slater and Lauren Alaina is with Gleb Savchenko. Finally, we’ll see Kel Mitchell with Witney Carson, Lamar Odom with Peta Murgatroyd and last, but not least, Sean Spicer with Lindsay Arnold. While each of the contestants has their own fan base at home with friends, family and the fans that they’re going to make on the show, we know that there are going to be rooters out there for their favorite celebrity dancer as well, but how might that impact the outcome of the competition?

The order of best odds for making it to the finals

Although we’re not yet to the elimination rounds, bear in mind that they’re on the horizon. We’re predicting that there will be a few pairs who will rise to the top based upon the first week’s performances. We see Emma Slater making it into the finals round with James Van Der Beek as the two Tangoed their way into a good start, ahead of some of the others. They gave a stellar performance and we all know that Van Der Beek is a natural-born dancer.

  • Brandon Armstrong and Mary Wilson of The Supremes gave up an elegant performance of the Foxtrot. We’re placing the graceful duo high on the list for making it to the finals.
  • Alan Bersten and Hannah Brown tore up the Cha-Cha with a decent performance, although there were just a few missteps. The choreography and energy were good. We think they stand a good chance of making it into the finals if all continues to go well for them.
  • Sasha Farber and Ally Brooke also did a rendition of the Cha-Cha. Ally was previously labeled as the worst dancer in Fifth Harmony, and she’s out to prove them wrong. We think that all Ally needs to do is get her energy in check a bit, so it isn’t going slightly over the top, they might stand a chance.
  • Gleb Savchencko and Lauren Alaina stand a very good chance as Gleb was a finalist in season 23. Their performance wasn’t perfect, but it was good enough and we think if they keep working out the kinks they’ll have a more polished performance the next time.
  • Val Chmerkovskiy and Sailor Brinkley-Cook didn’t have a lot of time to practice, which may work to their disadvantage, but Val is a two-time champion, although she’s not favored to make it to the finals.
  • Witney Carson and Kel Mitchell did the Tango and got off to a good start, but as the routine moved forward, the timing was noticeably off for Mitchell. It wasn’t a terrible performance but he got a decent ping on points from two of the judges.
  • Jenna Johnson and Karamo Brown didn’t deliver as well as everyone had hoped. We did like some of the lifts, but the performance was just a bit lackluster. They’ll have to do something a little different to stay in the contention for making it to the finals.
  • Cheryl Burke and Ray Lewis didn’t deliver a perfect performance either, but it was fun to watch. Ray has the personality that can make you overlook a few mistakes, but we fear he’s going to need to do a lot of work if he wants to advance very far in the competition.
  • Pasha Pashkov and Kate Flannery kept it safe on the dance floor, but Kate has had some trouble finishing her moves. Like Ray Lewis, she also has a personality that shines almost above her mistakes, but if she wants to make it to the finals, like Ray, she’s going to need to tighten up on her techniques.
  • Lindsay Arnold and Sean Spicer went out on the dance floor and had a lot of fun. Sean isn’t the best dancer out there and it will surprise us if he advances very far in the competition. He can dance, but it’s not at the point of being finalist quality.
  • Petra Murgatroyd and Lamar Odom were a bit mismatched with regard to their physical stature. Odom seemed to be having a really good time, adn he is making improvements, but he needs to get his confidence level up. We don’t see him making it to the finals unless something changes drastically and quickly.

Dancing With the Stars‘ latest season can be described as puzzling, frustrating and, in some cases, downright wrong. But we’ll give it this: Season 28 has never been predictable.

From Christie Brinkley’s last-minute departure to Sean Spicer’s shockingly consistent safety, this Dancing cycle has had its fair share of plot twists. That includes the semifinals elimination of actor James Van Der Beek, who was cut the same week that he performed an emotional foxtrot mourning his wife’s recent miscarriage.

But four couples are still in the running after a season of baffling eliminations, with one of them poised to win the Mirrorball during Monday’s season finale (ABC, 8/7c). But who will most likely snag the trophy? And who should?

Former Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke seems to be the judges’ pick to win, having given her and Sasha Farber the most perfect scores of any couple this season. But Brooke has struggled to connect with the voting audience, which has landed her in jeopardy three times — and the judges’ decision to put Brooke in the finale over Van Der Beek seemed to annoy quite a few viewers. (Brooke herself even tried to give up the spot!)

Actor Kel Mitchell and country singer Lauren Alaina have both steadily improved throughout Season 28, though Alaina has yet to receive a perfect score, and Mitchell has done so twice. Both contestants have also found themselves in jeopardy before, which could reflect their chances of victory on finale night.

In fact, onetime Bachelorette Hannah Brown is the only finalist who has never been in danger of going home, which could mean she’s closing in on the win. But the judges — particularly Carrie Ann Inaba — have always been tough on Brown, and the scores they give her for Monday’s final performances could determine whether or not she hoists that Mirrorball.

Despite the unpredictability of Season 28, we want your predictions for how Monday’s finale will shake out. Which contestant will win the Mirrorball? And which one should? Cast your votes in the two polls below, then hit the comments to elaborate!

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ABC/Justin Stephens Pictured: Kel Mitchell

What are the winner predictions for Dancing With the Stars 2019? Could Kel Mitchell beat out Ally Brooke to become the DWTS season 28 champion?

Lauren Alaina, Hannah Brown, Ally Brooke, and Kel Mitchell are the four remaining contestants but Brooke and Mitchell’s scores have made them the celebrities to beat.

Read on below for their odds in the competition and winner predictions.

Ally Brooke Was Nearly Eliminated in the Semifinals

ABC/Eric McCandlessPictured: James Van Der Beek’s Elimination

Prior to last week, James Van Der Beek was dubbed the frontrunner this season, but an unexpected elimination took him out of the running. It was an emotional week for Van Der Beek who was dealing with his wife Kimberly’s miscarriage and he didn’t receive the usual high scores he was used to on the show. He ended up in the bottom of the votes with finalist Ally Brooke.

Brooke had been in the bottom a couple of times despite her high scores, so one might expect for her to be eliminated, rather than fan-favorite frontrunner Van Der Beek. It was clear on the faces of their fellow cast members that Van Der Beek’s elimination was a shock. Even the judges who made the decision to vote off Van Der Beek were affected by the loss.

People reported that judge Carrie Ann Inaba revealed on The Talk that she vomited after sending home Van Der Beek, though she stands by her vote. Inaba said, “As a human being, what he and his wife Kimberly suffered is heartbreaking and I have so much sadness in my heart for them and my prayers are with them. But, you know, this is when it’s really hard is that, as a judge, I have to judge the dance … I went home and I vomited.”

Contestant Ally Brooke was also overcome by the situation. She sobbed upon hearing the results and pleaded with host Tom Bergeron to let Van Der Beek take her place in the finale.

Since the semifinals, Brooke has been in contact with Van Der Beek via texting and she told Us Weekly, “James was so wonderful. He’s like, ‘Girl, you shine and go enjoy this and go shine.’ So I took that with me, but you know I did work so hard to get here and it’s not been easy and I’m very, very thankful to be in the finale.”

She continued, “He’s just the sweetest. He’s such an encourager and an amazing human being. He’s just a remarkable man.”

Brooke definitely has the judges on her side when it comes to her scores and how they feel about her evolution in her dancing. But, she hasn’t always had America’s support. Perhaps after graciously trying to give up her place in the competition to Van Der Beek, America will be swayed by her compassion and grant her their votes.

Kel Mitchell Has Consistently Had the Votes

ABC/Eric McCandlessPictured: Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson

Kel Mitchell has come a long way in the competition with his dancing consistently getting better. Starting off, his dancing wasn’t bad at all. He needed to learn more technique and loosen up on the dance floor. That he did.

He dances opposite a DWTS veteran, Witney Carson, who is a fan-favorite and has won the mirrorball trophy in the past. Fans may remember when she soared through the competition with the energetic and talented Alfonso Ribeiro.

Gold Derby has reported that Brooke is favored to win over Mitchell but that he is second in the odds to take the win. Regardless of this, Mitchell may have the votes over Brooke, as he has in past weeks.

Plus, it’s anyone’s game when it comes to a live show. One misstep or wardrobe malfunction can make or break the competition. James Van Der Beek is a prime example of this.

So, the predictable winner is Ally Brooke, but Mitchell definitely has a good shot at taking the season 28 mirrorball champion title.

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The new “Dancing with the Stars” cast. ABC

(CBS) “Dancing With the Stars” announced the cast for the show’s 14th season on “Good Morning America” Tuesday, and the lineup includes “The View” co-host Sherri Shephard, “Family Matters” star Jaleel White and singer Gavin Degraw.

The new season is scheduled to return March 19 on ABC, with 12 new celebrities competing for the mirrorball trophy.

Pictures: “Dancing with the Stars” Season 14

The other stars include actors Melissa Gilbert of “Little House on the Prairie,” Jack Wagner of “Melrose Place, Roshon Fegan of the Disney Channel series “Shake It Up!,” White of “Family Matters” and J.Lo music video star William Levy.

In addition to Degraw, other musicians who will compete are Katherine Jenkins and 67-year-old soul legend Gladys Knight. Donald Driver of the Green Bay Packers and retired tennis star Martina Navratilova will join the cast as well. Navratilova told USA Today, “Tennis is all closed up. This is all open,” adding that it will be a “challenge.”

TV personalities Maria Menounos and Shepherd, round out the cast. Shepherd told USA Today, “I’m scared to death. I need Barbara Walters!”

Here is the full list of celebrity-professional pairs:

  • Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
  • Sherri Shephard and Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani
  • Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya
  • Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
  • Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
  • Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower
  • Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff
  • Gladys Knight and Tristan Manus
  • Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
  • William Levy and Cheryl Burke

Tell us: What do you think of this season’s cast?

“Dancing with the Stars” Season 14 12 photos

“DWTS” Season 14 Cast Revealed!

For all of you “Dancing With the Stars” fans that have been dying to know who will be tearing up the dance floor this season, here’s the rundown:

The star: Jack Wagner

Why you know him: He’s starred in “Melrose Place” and “General Hospital,” but he’s best known as Heather Locklear’s ex-fiance.

His partner: Anna Trebunskaya

The star: Melissa Gilbert

Why you know her: She played Laura Ingalls on the television show “Little House on the Prairie.”

Her partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy

The star: Donald Driver

Why you know him: He’s a wide receiver for the Green Bay Packers and Super Bowl champion.

His partner: Peta Murgatroyd

The star: William Levy

Why you know him: Apparently he’s the “Brad Pitt of Mexico” and has appeared in several J.Lo videos.

His partner: Cheryl Burke

The star: Sherri Shepherd

Why you know her: She’s a co-host on the “The View.”

Her partner: Val Chmerkovskiy

The star: Katherine Jenkins

Why you know her: She’s an opera star who’s actually been a guest performer on the show in previous seasons.

Her partner: Mark Ballas

The star: Gavin Degraw

Why you know him: Pop singer and the voice behind the song every lyrical dancer has performed to: “Belief.”

His partner: Karina Smirnoff

The star: Martina Navratilova

Why you know her: She’s a tennis legend. (She has 18 grand slam titles!)

Her partner: Tony Dovolani

The star: Roshon Fegan

Why you know him: He’s one of the stars of the Disney Channel’s “Shake It Up.”

His partner: Chelsie Hightower

The star: Maria Menounos

Why know her: She’s one of hosts on “Extra.” (I remember her from her days on “Channel One”! Do you?)

Her partner: Derek Hough

The star: Jaleel White

Why you know him: Look! It’s Steve Urkel!

His partner: Kym Johnson

The star: Gladys Knight

Why you know her: We’re pretty sure there’s no explanation needed, but just in case, she’s a Motown star and 8-time Grammy winner.

Her partner: Tristan MacManus

Who will you be rooting for this season? If we had to guess, we’d put Maria Menounos and Derek Hough at the top of the leader board right out of the gate!

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The unveiling of the NEW Dancing with The Stars Season 14 Cast is finally here! The anticipation and rumors can be put to rest! Here’s the new cast with their pro partners:

THE MEN –

Donald Driver – “The Greenbay Packer” with Peta Murgatroyd

Gavin DeGraw – “The Platinum Pop Star” with Karina Smirnoff

Jack Wagner – “Soap’s Steamiest” with Anna Trebunskaya

Jaleel White – “The Sitcom Star” with Kym Johnson

Roshon Fegan – “Disney’s Triple Threat” with Chelsie Hightower

William Levy – “The Latin Hottie” with Cheryl Burke

THE WOMEN –

Gladys Knight – “The Empress of Soul” with Tristan MacManus

Katherine Jenkins – “The Sexy Soprano (singer)” with Mark Ballas

Maria Menounos – “Hollywood’s Hottest Host” with Derek Hough

Martina Navratilova – “The Tennis Legend” with Tony Dovolani

Melissa Gilbert – “The Little House Legend” with Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Sherri Shepherd – “The View’s Sexiest” with Val Chmerkovskiy

Now that Dancing with the Stars is going on Season 14, it is a whole new game. The casted pro partners are just as important as the selected “Stars”. Their fans play a huge roll on the winner.

My initial opinion is it is going to be a Male Dominated season! All of the men are handsome and are full of Charisma!

Disney Star Roshon Fegan with Chelsie Hightower should be a winning combination. The smooth dances may be his nemesis though. He is going have to work really hard to look strong. Great posture will be a must!

Making it a long way should be Gavin Degraw with last year’s winner, Karina Smirnoff. Gavin’s advantage is being confident as a stage performer and Karina will use this to their advantage.

Football player, Donald Driver, is probably going to be smooth; however, having a newcomer pro is going to prove to be difficult. Final three, he will not be.

It’s great to see a latin TV star on the show and the ladies are going to eat him up! Cheryl Burke partnering William Levy is going to be a sight to see! Final three, probably!

Jack Wagner will make a good showing, but in the end will fall short of the mirror ball trophy.

Jaleel White has come a long way from those dorky Steve Urkel days. He is confident and sporting a great physique. Hopefully his pants will stay below the belly button. Jaleel and Kym have a great chance of making it to the end!

Ladies, Ladies, Ladies! You are going to have to really step it up to take the votes from this talented group of men.

In a nutshell, Gladys is class act, but won’t make it mid-season. Katherine Jenkins is sexy, but will fall short on coordination. The tennis star, Martina, will have a hard time taking her althletic ability and having it translate into grace. Maria Menounos was on the out for me, but being partnered with Derek Hough will give her a fighting chance.

With the ladies, it should turn out to be the battle of the Chmerkovskiy’s! Sherri Sheppard’s personality and passion will partner well with Val. Melissa Gilbert isn’t on the prairie any more. She’s going to hold her own with Maks and the TV will be on fire! Maks knows how to push ALL the right buttons, but it should pay off with some great dancing!

Last year, Dancing with the Star’s was the number one rated show. With the popularity of Ballroom dancing, I don’t foresee this changing any time soon! Tune in and give me YOUR opinions.

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Roshon Fegan is our shiny little token Disney Channel export for the season. As if you couldn’t tell from the grin. He’ll dance with Chelsie Hightower.

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Extra host Maria Menounos is in! And she’ll be paired with Derek Hough. Which means 100 perfect teeth will be on the dance floor at once when it’s their turn.

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Undoubtedly, my favorite surprise of the year: Jaleel White! Seriously, how heartwarming would it be if Urkel won Dancing With the Stars? The ugly duckling becomes a swan! I thought I’d be rooting for Sherri, but he (and Kym Johnson) have my vote locked up.

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Last but not least, the amazing Gladys Knight. I’ll hold out hope that she gets kicked off early and sings every week for the rest of the season (sorry, I haven’t had my coffee yet, and I’m feeling selfish!). Gladys is paired with Tristan McManus.

So what do you guys think? Who out there loves DWTS–do you want to see more about it? And who are you disappointed ISN’T on the show? I was kind of hoping for a Housewife… and I think I’ll miss Lacey Schwimmer, my favorite pro…

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The cast for the 14th season of “Dancing With the Stars” was announced Tuesday, and it features athletes, former child stars, TV hosts and more. With the show set to kick off on March 19, the new crop of celebrity dancers strutted their way onto the “Good Morning America” set in Los Angeles with their sights set on the coveted Mirror Ball trophy.

So, what celebrities will be dancing this season and with whom will they be dancing? Here’s the rundown:

Jack Wagner

The actor is best known for his work on soapy dramas like “General Hospital” and “Melrose Place.” He has also dabbled in music, having recorded several albums, and plays often in celebrity golf tournaments. “I’m going, ‘OK, I’d better get it together fast,’ ” he said when he eyed his competition backstage at “GMA.” He will dance with Anna Trebunskaya.

Melissa Gilbert

Gilbert is an Emmy-nominated actress best known for her work as Laura Ingalls on “Little House on the Prairie.” She rose to fame in the 1970s as a child star and has appeared in a number of television shows in her decades-long career. When asked if she was still feeling nervous about the gig, she said, “I feel better because the veil of mystery is lifted.” She will be partnered with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Donald Driver

Driver is a Super Bowl champion and plays for the Green Bay Packers as a receiver. He is also a children’s book author, whose books center on the character “Quickie.” He will be dancing with Peta Murgatroyd.

William Levy

Levy is a telenovela star who is frequently dubbed “the Brad Pitt of Mexico.” He recently made headlines playing Jennifer Lopez’s steamy love interest in her “I’m Into You” video. He will be partnered with Cheryl Burke.

Sherri Shepherd

Roshon Fegan

The singer and actor currently stars on the Disney channel show “Shake It Up!” He also appeared in the hit movies “Camp Rock” and “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam.” He will be partnered with Chelsie Hightower.

Maria Menounos

The longtime TV host of shows like “Extra,” Menounos is also a former beauty queen and wrote the best-selling book “The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life.” She will be shaking it with Derek Hough.

Jaleel White

He is the former star of “Family Matters,” best known for playing the dorky next-door neighbor Steve Urkel. He has since gone on to nab roles in films like “Dreamgirls” and recently starred in Cee Lo Green’s “Cry Baby” video. He will be partnered with Kym Johnson. “The fans have asked me to do this,” he said. “And I’m kind of doing it for my mom too.”

Gladys Knight

She is the legendary soul singer who rose to fame during Motown’s heyday with her group Gladys Knight and the Pips with iconic songs like “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “Every Beat of My Heart” and “If I Were Your Woman.” She’ll be shimmying with Tristan MacManus. She said she wanted to dance because of the Pips.

Gavin DeGraw

The singer/songwriter has released hits like “I Don’t Want to Be,” “Follow Through” and “Chariot.” In 2011 he released his album Sweeter, which features the Ryan Tedder-produced “Not Over You.” Tedder accidentally spilled the beans about DeGraw’s casting at the Grammys earlier this month. He’ll be partnered with last season’s champ, Karina Smirnoff.

Katherine Jenkins

She is an opera star who has sold more than 4 million records. The Welsh-born singer has performed for the British royal family and with opera icons Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli. She also sang on the 12th season of “DWTS.” She is partnered with Mark Ballas.

Martina Navratilova

She is a world-renowned tennis player who has 59 Grand Slam championships under her belt. Additionally, she had nine Wimbledon singles championships. She is partnered with Tony Dovolani. “Tennis is all closed up,” she said of taking her athletic abilities to the ballroom. “It’s a learning experience.”

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