'Dancing with the Stars' kicked off its season with a new dance style and contestants that included former Olympic athletes, reality show participants, and actors. 'Dancing with the Stars' is now in its sixteenth season.
“Dancing with the Stars” kicked off its sixteenth season by introducing one of the new dance styles which will be performed on the popular reality show.
The celebrity cast members for the current season include former Olympic skater Dorothy Hamill, singer Wynonna Judd, comedian Andy Dick, and actor D.L. Hughley. Other celebrity dancers are “The Bachelor” star Sean Lowe, former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler, soap star Ingo Rademacher, “Shake It Up” star Zendaya, boxer Victor Ortiz, NFL player Jacoby Jones, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump, and Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman. Zendaya is the show’s youngest contestant ever, at 16.
Four professional dancers, Anna Trebunskaya, Chelsie Hightower, Louis van Amstel, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, opted not to return for the current season. The new professional partners are Sharna Burgess, Gleb Savchenko, and Lindsay Arnold.
Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli all returned for the new season, as did hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet.
For the first episode, three of the couples performed contemporary routines, while the rest focused on the foxtrot and cha-cha-cha.