Two Olympic gold medalists, an American Idol, a Disney Channel Star, a reality TV star and a football player. All that’s missing is the Playboy factor in this field of 11. American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler was one of the first “Dancing with the Stars” cast members leaked by the press, but the full announcement of the 11 new contestants and their professional dance partners was made this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
The cast of stars are: NFL player Jacoby Jones, country music singer Wynonna Judd, stand-up comedian D.L. Hughley, Real Beverly Hills Housewife Lisa Vanderpump, comedian and rehab celeb Andy Dick, pro boxer Victor Ortiz, Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman, Olympic gold medal gymnast Aly Raisman, soap opera “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher, country singer Kellie Pickler and Olympic gold medal figure skater Dorothy Hamill. Season 16 of DWTS begins on Monday, March 18 with a two-hour premiere (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) on ABC and will have a one-hour results show on March 26 (9 p.m. to 10:01 p.m.).
Probably the bigger surprise will be who isn’t returning among the professional dancers: Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Chelsie Hightower, Louis van Amstel, Anna Trebunskaya and Peta Murgatroyd. There will still be a Chmerkovskiy–Valentin. Derek Hough is back, despite reports that season 15 (All-Stars) was his last. New professional dancers are Lindsay Arnold who was a contestant on “So You Think You Can Dance” (season 9), Sharna Burgess and Gleb Savchenko.
Savchenko previously was on the DWTS Australia cast and was the Australian National Professional Latin-American Champion for 2011-2012. Burgess is also Australian and represented that country at the World Championship in both Standard and Latin when she was 15. She also performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games closing ceremony. She appeared in the UK tour of “Simply Ballroom” and in 2006 became a cast member of “Burn the Floor” which toured 30 countries and in 2009 was on Broadway where she was one of the lead female dancers.
Arnold was born in Provo, Utah and attended Timpview High School. Her specialty is Latin Ballroom.
- Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff
- Wynonna Judd & Tony Dovolani
- D.L. Hughley & Cheryl Burke
- Lisa Vanderpump & Gleb Savchenko
- Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess
- Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold
- Zendaya Coleman & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas
- Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson
- Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough
- Dorothy Hamill & Tristan MacManus
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke-Charvet (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
“Dancing with the Stars” season 16 begins on Monday, March 18 with a two-hour premiere (8 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET) on ABC and will have a one-hour results show on March 26 (9 p.m. to 10:01 p.m.).
On the second night of competition, Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins and her partner Mark Ballas again received the high score of the night to a total of 52 points. Jenkins and Ballas danced the jive to “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That” by Robert Randolph and the Family Band.
Disney star Roshon Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower also received a 26 and that brought them up to tie for second place with Latin hunk William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke who received a 25 for a total of 49 points. Fegan and Hightower were dancing the quickstep to “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” by Good Charlotte and were the top score for the quickstep. Levy and Burke were also dancing the quickstep, but got a low score from head judge Len Goodman, a 7, while the other two judges gave them nines. They danced to “Nice Work If You Can Get It” by George Gershwin.
The smooth Jaleel White fell to fourth when his jive routine with Kym Johnson only received a 22 for a total of 48 points. They danced the jive with an eight from Bruno Tonioli and two sevens from the other judges.
Although week 1 saw no team below 20, this week two teams were only teen worthy: Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani who received the lowest score of the night with 17 and Gladys Knight and her partner Tristan MacManus who were given a 19.
That left Navratilova and Dovolani with the lowest overall score. Actress Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were only given a 20 for their quickstep, but that left them only three points ahead of Navratilova and Dovolani.
What do you say? I say Navratilova and Dovolani should be the first to go.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26+26 = 52
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 24 + 25 = 49
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23+26=49
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 26+22=48
Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23+23 = 46
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 21+ 25 = 46
Donald Driver andPeta Murgatroyd: 21 + 24 = 45
Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 23+21 = 44
Gladys Knight andTristan McManus: 23+19 = 42
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 20 + 21 = 41
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20+20=40
Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 20+ 17 = 37
- Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26
- Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
- Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 22
- Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 21
- Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 21
- Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani: 17
- Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26
- Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25
- William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 25
- Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 24
- Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20
- Gladys Knight andTristan McManus: 19
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd
- Text-in Code: 3403
Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff
- Text-in code: 3404
Gladys Knight & Tristan McManus
- Text-in Code: 3411
Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya
- Text-in Code: 3402
Jaleel White & Kym Johnson
- Text-in Code: 3412
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas
- Text-in Code: 3410
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough
- Text-in Code: 3401
Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani
- Text-in Code: 3409
Melissa Gilbert & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- Text-in Code: 3407
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower
- Text-in Code: 3405
Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy
- Text-in Code: 3406
William Levy & Cheryl Burke
- Text-in Code: 3408
Last season (13), there wasn’t a Disney star in place, but Roshon Fegan fills the spot that Chelsea Kane filled during season 12 for a third place finish with Mark Ballas and Kyle Massey during season 11 with Lacey Schwimmer for a second place finish.
Roshon Fegan has to be talented to be a Disney Channel star. He’s an actor, songwriter, producer, dancer and rapper. He played Sander Loyer in the Jonas Brothers movie franchise “Camp Rock” and he also played Ty Blue in “Shake It Up!” Fegan already has dance credentials. “Shake It Up” is a TV sitcom about background dancers Cece Jones (Bella Thorne) and Rocky Blue (Zendaya) for a Chicago dance show called “Shake It Up Chicago.” Fegan plays Rocky’s brother. Disney star and Bieber girlfriend Selena Gomez performs the theme song.
Fegan’s father, Roy Fegan, is an actor, producer and director. The older Fegan has acted on various TV series including: The Shield, Will & Grace, The Jamie Foxx Show, Matlock, Touched by an Angel, Martin, Married… with Children and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper. Fegan’s mother is Filipina.
Roshon Fegan plays the piano, guitar, and ukelele.
Full name: Roshon Bernard Fegan
Partner: Chelsie Hightower
Birthday: 6 October 1991
- Age: 20
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Roshon Fegan & Chelsie Hightower
- Text-in Code: 3405