By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
I’ve got to hand it to Dancing with the Stars, because it’s one of the few reality dancing show competitions that truly provides some hilarious onscreen antics. Ever since last season was won by Glee actress Amber Riley, fans have wondered what star-studded lineup would burn the floor next. Now, Season 18’s Dancing With the Stars cast has been revealed, and you won’t be disappointed!
Let’s start with the usual assortment of child TV stars, this time hailing from The Wonder Years and Full House! No, don’t get your hopes up – Fred Savage won’t be dueling the Olsen twins. However, you will get Danica Mae McKellar, who played the nerdy Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years, and Candace Cameron Bure, who played the oldest sister on Full House, D.J. Tanner.
Next, we have the athletes! There’s 64-year-old Diana Nyad, who defied age stereotypes when she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage… last September! Then, fresh off the Sochi Winter Olympics, ice dancing gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will dazzle the crowd with what seems like an unfair advantage. Especially… when you consider how easily they can probably skate circles around geeky comedian Drew Carey and pop singer Cody Simpson, who will be bringing some legitimate star power to the show.
Or, will the tough-as-nails NeNe Leakes steal the show, since she plays an Olympic bronze-medalist coach on Glee? Perhaps Billy Dee Williams will swoop in with his Lando Calrissian galactic pirate skills from Star Wars. Don’t discount Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy, who despite losing her legs below the knee is a top-notch athlete and spokesperson for the Challenged Athletes Foundation. You can bet she’s a fighter. As for the Nickelodeon fans out there, you might be rooting for James David Maslow, who plays James Diamond on Big Time Rush!
To see who’s being paired with which professional dancer, take a look here.
Images courtesy of ABC Dancing With the Stars.