ABC has officially announced the pairings for the new season of "Dancing of the Stars". As for the "stars," they're the same as the rumored list we heard about yesterday . . . with one exception.
Instead of BRUCE JENNER . . . the cast will include AMY PURDY, a snowboarder and double-leg amputee, who was on "The Amazing Race" back in 2012. (Here's a video.) Amy will be paired with DEREK HOUGH.
Here are the rest of this season's pairings:
Billy Dee Williams, the SUPERSTAR who played Lando Calrissian in two of the original "Star Wars" movies, will dance withEmma Slater
Danica McKellar, a.k.a. Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years" is paired with Val Chmerkovskiy
Candace Cameron Bure, a.k.a. D.J. Tanner from "Full House", and Mark Ballas
"Price Is Right" host Drew Carey will dance with Cheryl Burke
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Nene Leakes and Tony Dovolani
Former pro hockey player Sean Avery will be paired with Karina Smirnoff
"Big Time Rush" star James Maslow will dance with Peta Murgatroyd
Olympic ice dancing gold-medalist Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Meryl's ice dancing partner Charlie White is paired with Sharna Burgess
17-year-old singer Cody Simpson will be with new dancer Witney Carson, who was a finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2012
Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad with first-time dancer Henry Byalikov, who has been on foreign versions of the various dancing competition shows
These are the pairings . . . FOR NOW. In a new twist, the show will have the dancers switch partners at some point during the season . . . and the VIEWERS will be able to vote on what the new pairings will be.
As previously announced, former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant ERIN ANDREWS is joining TOM BERGERON as a co-host, replacing BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET. The show's 18th season premieres on March 17th.
(For a photo of the cast . . . as well as more information on all the stars . . . check out the full press release, here. For some reason, Amy Purdy is the only one NOT pictured.)