For the first time ever, the show will premiere with a massive opening number featuring all pro dancers as they perform live with musical guest Jason Derulo. Derulo will sing his mega hit song “Talk Dirty,” marking the first time ever a musical guest has accompanied a season’s opening number. Each couple will then perform a Cha Cha, Foxtrot or Contemporary routine, vying for America’s vote.
This season, “Macy’s Stars of Dance” returns to Dancing with the Stars with creative oversight by Emmy® Award-winning Choreographer and Pro Dancer, Derek Hough. “Macy’s Stars of Dance” showcases some of the best choreography and performers from all different styles of dance, and gives them the opportunity to perform in front of a national audience.
As previously announced on Good Morning America, the competition will feature a new game-changing twist called “The Switch Up.” For the first time ever, 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 one point in the season. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.
The celebrities and their partners for Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars are Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff, Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas, Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke, Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy, NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani, James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd, Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov, Amy Purdy & Derek Hough, Cody Simpson & Witney Carson, Charlie White & Sharna Burgess, and Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater.
Gallery photos of the cast below. Make sure to tune in to the season 18 premiere of Dancing With The Stars TONIGHT @ 8PM ET/PT on ABC.
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