NeNe Leakes and Billy Dee Williams Join “Dancing With the Stars”


Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes and Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams will be joining the cast of Dancing With the Stars for the ABC reality series’ 18th season. The full season cast was officially unveiled on Good Morning America on Tuesday, March 4.

Leakes has been paired with professional ballroom dancer, Tony Dovolani, winner of the show’s 15th season.  Williams will be partnered with Emma Slater, a professional dancer and choreographer.

Though the dancing pairs have been named, the stars may not want to get too comfortable because they won’t be with those partners for the complete season. According to professional dancer Derek Hough, there will be a new twist on the show this season.

“This season, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrities and professional dance pairings,” he revealed. “This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners at a point in the season. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.”

Quite the twist from past seasons that could completely change the dynamic of the dancing competition.

The 18th season of Dancing With the Stars is set to air March 17th at 8 p.m. on ABC.

Check out the full list of  the Dancing With the Stars contestants and their pro partners below.

Billy Dee Williams & Emma Slater
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess
Cody Simpson & Witney Carson
Danica McKellar & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Diana Nyad & Henry Byalikov
Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani
Sean Avery & Karina Smirnoff
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough

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