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TED JOINS NEW CAST OF DANCING WITH THE STARS

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Musicians, athletes, TV personalities and Ted are among the new crop of celebrity contestants on season 16 of “Dancing With the Stars.”

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The new cast of ABC’s hit show was revealed today, and the headliners include country music legend Wynonna Judd, former “Idol” finalist Kellie Pickler, reality TV star Lisa Vanderpump and Seth MacFarlane’s Ted – who is just off an appearance at the Oscars.

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DWTS made the unusual move to use Ted, but judging the reaction on the Internet and Twitter – fans love it!

“It’s the going to be awesome.  I hope Ted wins,” said Kyra Montrin of Scarsdale, AZ.  “Ted rules!”

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, professional boxer Victor Ortiz, and figure skating legend Dorothy Hamill will compete this season.  Comedians D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick, as well as “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher, and Disney star Zendaya Coleman round out the star-studded pack.

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Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet appeared live on “GMA” from Studio B in Los Angeles to make the highly-anticipated announcement of the cast. They also unveiled the professional partners, which include reigning pro champ Tony Dovolani, veterans Cheryl Burke, Mark Ballas, Derek Hough, Karina Smirnoff, Kym Johnson, as well as some new faces. See the list below for the official pairings.  Kym Johnson will be dancing with the rude and crude – Ted.

The new season kicks off with a two-hour premiere on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT on ABC. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home in the season premiere of “Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show.”

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