This season’s dynamic lineup of stars — including two Olympic Gold Medalists, a game show host, a swimming legend and a teen pop star – will perform for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of Dancing with the Stars,MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
In a first for Dancing with the Stars, the competition will feature a new game changing twist called “The Switch Up.” This season, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrities and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners at a point in the season. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.
As announced this morning on ABC’s Good Morning America by Dancing with the Stars hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the 12 celebrities with their professional partners heading to the dance floor this season (in alphabetical order) are:
SEAN AVERY partners with KARINA SMIRNOFF.
CANDACE CAMERON BURE partners with MARK BALLAS.
DREW CAREY partners with CHERYL BURKE.
MERYL DAVIS partners with MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY.
NENE LEAKES partners with TONY DOVOLANI.
JAMES MASLOW partners with PETA MURGATROYD.
DANICA MCKELLAR partners with VALENTIN CHMERKOVSKIY.
DIANA NYAD joins first time professional partner HENRY BYALIKOV.
AMY PURDY partners with DEREK HOUGH.
CODY SIMPSON joins first time professional partner WITNEY CARSON.
CHARLIE WHITE partners with SHARNA BURGESS.
BILLY DEE WILLIAMS partners with EMMA SLATER.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings. For the final week, on Monday, May 19, online voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.