The lineup has been announced:
Three athletes, a magician and an Oscar-winning actress are just some of the celebrities who’ve signed on to compete on the sixth season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars.
The cast was revealed on Monday night’s Dance War finale. On Tuesday, Good Morning America will announce which pro dancers will be paired with the celebrity contestants.
Here’s a rundown of who’s on board for the March 17 premiere:
Telenovela star Cristian de la Fuente
R&B singer Mario
Magician Penn Gillette
Actor Steve Guttenberg
Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skater Kristi Yamaguchi
Former tennis pro Monica Seles
NFL Player Jason Taylor
Actress Shannon Elizabeth
Radio/TV personality Adam Carolla
Actress Marissa Jaret Winokur
Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin
Actress Priscilla Presley
The announcement comes after months of media leaks on the Web. But still, there are some surprises, including Presley and current Miami Dolphin star Taylor — who told PEOPLE days before the announcement that he hadn’t informed his coaches or his teammates of his off-season endeavor.
“I’m going to turn off my text-messaging and my cell phone,” said Taylor in anticipation of a likely onslaught of ribbing from his colleagues.
Not that Dancing is for slouches. As earlier contestants can attest, the schedule is both mentally and physically demanding.
Half of the contestants will perform live on the March 17 premiere, and the other half will perform their first dances on Tuesday, March 18.
On March 24, the entire cast will perform a second dance. After the judges’ scores are combined with the popular fan vote for both weeks, two celebrities will be eliminated on the March 25 results show.
– Monica Rizzo