NeNe Leakes, Billy Dee Williams Officially on ‘Dancing with the Stars’

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  • Dancing With The Stars” will return for its 18th season this month with a famous reality star and a  Hollywood icon among the celebs vying for the Mirrorball.

    Announced among the cast this morning were NeNe Leakes of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta” and acting legend Billy Dee Williams.

    They’ll join “The Wonder Years” star Danica McKellar, comedian turned game show host Drew Carey, swimming legend Diana Nyad, former “Full House” actress Candace Cameron Bure, Australian pop singer Cody Simpson, former NHL player Sean Avery and “Big Time Rush” actor-singer James Maslow.

    Rounding out the crop, fresh from the Sochi Olympics, are gold medal ice dancing duo Meryl Davis and Charlie White, and double-amputee snowboarding champ Amy Purdy.

    The entire celebrity cast was announced live today on “Good Morning America” from Glendale, Calif., ahead of the March 17 premiere. Tom Bergeron and new co-host sports host Erin Andrews unveiled the celebrities and their professional partners, including reigning season 17 pro champ Derek Hough and veterans Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Karina Smirnoff, Tony Dovolani, Val Chmerkovskiy and more.

    Pro dancer and so-called “bad boy of the ballroom” Maksim Chmerkovskiy, will return after sitting out last season to dance with Davis.

    Also announced this morning is a new “twist” this season – viewers will vote to switch celebrities and their pro partners mid-season.

    - Pop singer Cody Simpson (with pro Witney Carson)

    - Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad (with pro Henry Byalikov)

    - Olympic ice dancing pair Charlie White & Meryl Davis (with Sharna Burgess & Maksim Chmerkovskiy)

    - “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star NeNe Leakes (with pro Tony Dovolani)

    - Former NHL hockey player Sean Avery (with pro Karina Smirnoff)

    - Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy (with pro Derek Hough)

    - “The Price is Right” host Drew Carey (with pro Cheryl Burke)

    - Big Time Rush singer James Maslow (with pro Peta Murgatroyd)

    - “The Wonder Years” actress Danica McKellar (with pro Val Chmerkovskiy)

    - “Full House” actress Candace Cameron-Bure (with pro Mark Ballas)

    -“Star Wars” actor Billy Dee Williams (with pro Emma Slater)

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