The spectacular celebrity cast for the new season of “Dancing with the Stars” for Season 14 has been announced. We’ve got the lineup! Who are your favorites?
View the Season 14 cast of Dancing with the Stars with the 12 new celebrity contestants. Click through our gallery to see the six men and six women who will be competing for the mirror ball trophy.
The stars, the drama, the glamor and the glitter are back on ABC! “Dancing with the Stars returns for Season 14 on MONDAY, MARCH 19 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) with a sensational two-hour season premiere, then on TUESDAY, MARCH 27, with the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET).
“The Green Bay Packer”
PRO PARTNER: Peta Murgatroyd
We all know Donald Driver can do a touchdown dance, but how’s his Foxtrot? We’ll find out soon enough as this gridiron great is stepping into a whole new ballgame.
Donald Driver has overcome a childhood of homelessness and other obstacles to become a Super Bowl Champion and the all-time leading receiver in Green Bay Packers history. After being selected in the last round of the NFL draft, he went on to hold the Packers’ all-time receiving records for yards and receptions as well as a host of others.
Having grown up homeless and living in a U-Haul truck for a period of time, Donald was inspired to be one of the most community-minded athletes of our generation. He and his wife, Betina, created the Donald Driver Foundation in 2001 with a focus on homelessness, education and health and wellness initiatives. He has donated his time for hundreds of community appearances.
Donald is most proud of his family—wife Betina and kids Cristian, Christina and Charity. Donald’s kids and his commitment to education drove him to write three children’s books revolving around the lovable character “Quickie.” The books’ illustrations and stories are based on Donald’s family. He read his latest book, Quickie wins a Championship, at the Library of Congress at an event that featured First Lady Michelle Obama.
How does the excitement of playing in a football stadium filled with thousands of screaming fans compare to the intensity of the competition inside the ballroom? We’re pretty sure Donald Driver is about to find out!
“The Platinum Pop Star”
PRO PARTNER: Karina Smirnoff
We all know Gavin DeGraw can sing. Now we’re gonna see just how well he can dance!
Gavin is no stranger to the top of the charts. He first broke through with the 2003 release of his debut album, Chariot, which sold over a million copies, earned platinum certification, and yielded three hit singles: “I Don’t Want To Be,” “Follow Through,” and the title-track, “Chariot.”
Gavin’s self-titled second album debuted at No. 1 on the digital sales chart and at No. 7 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart in 2008, earning Gavin his first Top 10 album. It spawned the hit singles “In Love With A Girl,” which Billboard dubbed “a rocking home run,” and the gold-certified “We Belong Together.” In 2009, Gavin released Free as a gift to his die-hard fans clamoring for recorded versions of Gavin’s live favorites.
Gavin released his third studio album, Sweeter in September of 2011. The album’s first single, “Not Over You,” co-written with OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, was just certified platinum, is a huge hit and has been climbing the sales and radio charts since its June 2011 release. Wonder if he’s get to do a QuickStep to any of his tunes on Dancing with the Stars!
“The Empress of Soul”
PRO PARTNER: Tristan MacManus
We know she can sing, but can the legendary Gladys Knight dance? We’ll see soon enough!
Eight-time Grammy winner Gladys Knight has enjoyed #1 hits in pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Georgia-born, Gladys began performing recitals at age four in the Mount Mariah Baptist Church. Three years later, in 1952, she won the grand prize on television’s Ted Mack’s Amateur Hour and the following year, she, along with her brother Bubba, and her cousins formed The Pips. They had their first hit in 1961.
In 1962, the group was renamed Gladys Knight & The Pips. With Gladys singing lead and The Pips providing lush harmonies and graceful choreography, the group went on to achieve an iconic status, having recorded some of the most memorable songs of the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Top 20 hits, like “Every Beat of My Heart,” “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” and “If I Were Your Woman,” set the stage for an amazing run in the mid-1970s, with Top 10 gold-certified singles like “Neither One of Us (Wants to be the First to Say Goodbye),” “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination,” “Best Thing to Ever Happen to Me” and the #1 smash “Midnight Train to Georgia” established Gladys Knight and The Pips as the premiere pop/R&B vocal ensemble in the world.
All told, Gladys has recorded more than 38 albums over the years, including four solo albums during the past decade. This spring, she will release her newest album featuring the hit “I Who Have Nothing.” Most recently, she appeared in the Tyler Perry film I Can Do Bad All by Myself.
A longtime Las Vegas resident, Gladys returned to the Strip this past year at the famed Tropicana Hotel for a special engagement that ran in the newly-named Gladys Knight Theater, making her the first African-American performer to have a venue named after her in Las Vegas. Hey, if she does well enough on Dancing with the Stars, maybe they’ll name the ballroom after her, too!
PRO PARTNER: Anna Trebunskaya
An actor of daytime and primetime television and the stage, Jack Wagner is one of the most popular stars in the history of soaps. He studied theater in college, graduating from The University of Arizona with a BFA in Drama. Jack has starred in multiple television series, over a dozen of TV movies and has appeared in over 40 theatrical productions around the world. /p>
In 1983, Jack landed the starring role of rocker Frisco Jones on ABC’s daytime series General Hospital. He recorded several songs for the show, eventually signing with Quincy Jones’s record label, Qwest, where he recorded his first hit single, “All I Need.” The single was #2 on Pop charts and #1 on Adult Contemporary charts. /p>
In 1987, Jack returned to his theatrical roots touring nationally as Tony in West Side Story and as Danny Zuko in Grease. In the early ’90s, he moved to primetime television, joining the hit series Melrose Place where he spent the next five seasons both acting and directing. /p>
In 2000, Jack took the role of a lifetime in the Broadway musical Jekyll and Hyde. Most recently, he joined the company of The Bold and the Beautiful. In his spare time, Jack enjoys playing golf and participating in celebrity tournaments around the country. He is the National Celebrity Ambassador of the “Leukemia and Lymphoma Society,” which benefits from “The Jack Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic,” his annual golf tournament. /p>
Jack will have little time for golf once the dance rehearsals kick in. How far will this versatile star go in the competition? We have no idea. But we can’t wait to find out!
“The Sitcom Star”
PRO PARTNER: Kym Johnson
“Did I do that?” This was the catchphrase Jaleel White made famous as Steve Urkel on his hit sitcom Family Matters. The series is one of 22 shows in television history to reach 200 episodes. Jaleel has brought laughter to millions of people around the world as a multi-talented actor. He has also become an emerging screenwriter.
While attending UCLA’s School of Film and Television, Jaleel occupied a dual role as star and producer of the UPN series Grown-Ups. Upon graduating from UCLA, he worked as a WGA writer for such notable companies as Imagine Entertainment and Disney Channel Television. He has also resumed acting, playing guest starring roles in Boston Legal, House, NCIS and Dreamworks’ Dreamgirls.
Last year, he played a role in the feature film Judy Moody and the Not So Bummer Summer, voiced the role of Sonic the Hedgehog and wrote, produced and starred in his own web series Fake It ‘Til You Make It.
Jaleel currently plays recurring roles on USA Network’s cable smash Psych and the Nickelodeon series Problem Solverz. Coming up, he will host the new SyFy game show Total Blackout and will begin production on a film which he co-wrote titled Parkin’ Lot Pimpin.
Jaleel is used to entertaining us on TV, but he’ll be doing so on a totally different stage now. If he ever scores a 10 from the judges, do you think Jaleel will ask, “Did I do that?” We have no idea. But we can’t wait to find out!
“The Sexy Soprano”
PRO PARTNER: Mark Ballas
In case you were wondering who the world’s most prolific classical crossover artist is, look no further than Katherine Jenkins!
The Welsh Mezzo Soprano has sold in excess of seven million albums since launching her career in 2004. An internationally recognized figure, Katherine, at the age of only 31, has become an ambassador and inspiration for millions of people around the world.
When she was 23, Katherine signed what was said to be the biggest ever UK classical recording deal; she has broken records becoming the fastest selling mezzo soprano ever, has released eight studio albums, has won two Classical BRIT awards and broken countless records with her albums going platinum around the world. She has performed with Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli, had lunch with and performed for the Queen and other members of The Royal Family as well as Prime Ministers and dignitaries around the world.
Having recently worked with internationally renowned producers including David Foster and John Shanks, Katherine’s unique and timeless vocals have defined the genre. Known for her interpretations of popular songs, operatic arias and hymns, Katherine is also known for her long-standing work with the British Forces Foundation for which she is a trustee and has consequently made various trips to Iraq and Afghanistan to entertain the troops. This support for the troops has led her to being referred to as the Forces Sweetheart.
Cherished as one of Britain’s favorite singers, Katherine has become one of our greatest musical exports. Now she’s adding Dancing with the Stars to her already impressive list of accomplishments.
“Hollywood’s Hottest Host”
PRO PARTNER: Derek Hough
She’s an actress, author and the host of TV’s Extra. Now Maria Menounos is a dancer, too!
Maria’s story began when she was cleaning Boston nightclubs alongside her Greek immigrant parents at age of three. She didn’t learn to speak English until she was 10. At 22, she became the youngest person to host Entertainment Tonight and would later report for Today, Dateline and Nightly News.
Maria has traveled to such places as El Salvador, South Africa and Afghanistan while reporting on earthquakes, the AIDS epidemic and the war. Inspired by her world travels and the devastating effects of the AIDS crisis, she created the charity, “Take Action Hollywood!” In 2008, she conducted the only interview with the Obama family during the presidential campaign.
Maria is the New York Times bestselling author of the self-help book, The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life. She recently launched AfterBuzzTV.com, an online digital network dedicated to producing wrap-up shows for America’s favorite television series. She loves people, life and trying new things. Well, Maria is going to try many new things in the ballroom. We can’t wait to see how far she goes!
“The Tennis Legend”
PRO PARTNER: Tony Dovolani
Tennis anyone? No? Then how about some dancing?
A true champion both on and off the tennis court, Martina Navratilova is an influential athlete and cultural figure. Born in Prague in 1956, Martina is the most dominant tennis player ever to set foot on the court. She is the only player in history to win Grand Slam titles in four different decades, including a curtain-closing US Open victory in mixed-doubles at age 49. Martina’s resume is highlighted by 59 Grand Slam titles, a record 9 Wimbledon singles championships, and an unrivaled 344 tournament victories.
Off the court, Martina has been a lifelong champion for individual freedom and a pioneer for human rights. At age 18, she left communist Czechoslovakia and sought political asylum and freedom in the United States. After receiving her US Citizenship in 1981, Martina publically acknowledged that she is gay at a time when such announcements came at great personal cost to public figures.
In 2010, Martina was diagnosed with breast cancer. She approached this challenge like her tennis training, subsequently becoming cancer-free and a champion for breast cancer awareness. She is currently the Fitness Ambassador for AARP, inspiring its 39 million members to follow her example by redefining what it means to be 50+. Martina is an accomplished author and speaker and is an on-air commentator for the Tennis Channel. We can’t wait to see what kind of moves she serves up on the dance floor!
“The Little House Legend”
PRO PARTNER: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
We fell in love with her back when she was a little girl in a little house on TV. Then Melissa Gilbert grew up to continue her to amaze and entertain her fans in a variety of ways.
A native of Los Angeles, Melissa Gilbert comes from a long line of entertainers including her grandfather, Harry Crane, creator and writer of The Honeymooners and her father, respected comedian, actor, musician and dancer, Paul Gilbert.
At age two, Melissa made her on-air debut modeling baby clothes and appeared in more than 30 TV commercials over the next seven years. At age nine, she joined the cast of Little House on the Prairie, continuing with the popular series for 10 years. She has since starred in hundreds of TV movies, specials and series including the Emmy award-winning Movie of the Week The Miracle Worker.
In feature film, Melissa starred in Sylvester and did a cameo role playing herself in Griffin Dunne’s film Lisa Picard is Famous. On stage, she made her off-Broadway debut in A Shayna Maidel and later starred in The Miracle Worker, The Glass Menagerie and Love Letters. She made her directorial debut with the ABC after school special Me and My Hormones and produced the A&E documentary Child Stars: Their Story.
Melissa’s legacy came full circle when she starred as Ma in the national tour of Little House on the Prairie the Musical. In 2009, Melissa shared her personal story in her New York Times bestselling memoir, Prairie Tale.
Melissa served two terms as the 23rd President of Screen Actors Guild, two terms as Vice President on the AFL-CIO executive council, as Vice President for the California Labor Federation, as a commissioner on the California Film Commission and as chair of the 2005 SAG Theatrical/Television Negotiating Committee.
An avid philanthropist, Melissa is the President of the Board of Directors for the Children’s Hospice and palliative Care Coalition and recently became the first-ever national spokesperson for The Partnership at Drugfree.org. Melissa is a devoted mother to four sons. Bet they’re all proud of their mom as she takes on her latest challenge on Dancing with the Stars!
“Disney’s Triple Threat”
PRO PARTNER: Chelsie Hightower
Most widely recognized for his roles on Disney Channel, this musical artist, songwriter, producer and actor currently stars on the Disney Channel original series Shake It Up! as Ty Blue. Prior to this role, he appeared as Sander Loyer in the Disney Channel original movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Roshon also performed songs on the Camp Rock soundtrack as well as the DVD bonus track.
20 year-old Roshon recently released his first self-produced EP I Am Ro•Shon, which contains two new tracks written and produced by Roshon himself, “Got Me Like” and “Top Of The World” that fuses a unique universal sound of Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, Funk and Electronic Dance music. He writes and produces all of his own music under his independently owned record label, 3inaRo Entertainment, where he serves as CEO.
It’s obvious that Roshon is a very talented young man. We can’t wait to see all those talents on full display in the ballroom as he shakes it up on Dancing with the Stars!
“The View’s Sassiest”
PRO PARTNER: Val Chmerkovskiy
Sherri Shepherd is an actress, comedienne and co-host of ABC’s popular daytime talk show The View. Whether she’s on stage or screen, this Daytime Emmy® Award winner’s magnetic personality and hilarious sense of humor never fails to delight audiences.
Sherri has appeared in such popular television shows as 30 Rock, Less than Perfect and Everybody Loves Raymond and in films including Precious, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and most recently One for the Money.
Sherri is the author of a humorous autobiography Permission Slips: Every Woman’s Guide to Giving Yourself a Break. Now Sherri is ready to add Dancing star to her ever-growing list of accomplishments. Think they’ll dish about her performance on The View?
It’s a pretty impressive lineup! Any ideas on an early favourite?