'Dancing with the Stars' Season 16 Preview: Kellie Pickler, Aly Raisman, Victor Ortiz the Early Favorites
'Dancing with the Stars' Season 16 Preview: Kellie Pickler, Aly Raisman, Victor Ortiz the Early Favorites
Scott Taylor
Scott Taylor
Contributing Writer, BuddyTV
Dancing with the Stars' season 16 premiere will feature a whole new cast of stars and a few new pros dancing alongside them. This season's celebrities will be vying for the Mirror Ball Trophy and, let's be honest, a chance to revive their careers.

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For most of the celebrities on Dancing with the Stars, this show is a chance to get back into the spotlight and possibly turn their career around. This is the case for stars like Andy Dick, Wynonna Judd, D.L. Hughley, Dorothy Hamill and Ingo Rademacher. The rest of the stars are either new to the spotlight or sports stars who are trying to venture out of their comfort zone.

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The season 16 premiere on Monday, March 18 at 8pm will be a two-hour show introducing fans to this season's stars and pros. America will get a chance to decide which teams they want to root for all season and which celebrities just rub them the wrong way. Can anyone say Andy Dick?

Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet are back as hosts along with judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba. Unfortunately, it seems like we're missing those controversial or must-see celebrities that have fueled past seasons. However, once the show starts, there are certainly going to be some that antagonize fans, while others become fan favorites.

The celebrities with clear advantages going into season 16 of Dancing with the Stars are 18-year-old Olympian gymnast Aly Raisman, 26-year-old former boxing champion Victor Ortiz and country music star Kellie Pickler.

Olympians have done well in the past in the competition, and it just makes sense to think the athletic prowess needed to be an Olympian would translate to the ballroom. Aly's partner Mark Ballas has won the in the past with other Olympians, so she is an early favorite. The same goes for boxing and dancing. Boxers need to have tremendous footwork and that figures to help Victor. The former boxing champion is working with a brand new dancing pro in Lindsay Arnold. Kellie is a natural performer and reality show veteran with plenty of country music fans. She also is with three-time DWTS winner Derek Hough.

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A few contestants like Andy Dick, Wynonna Judd and D.L. Hughley should be watched closely. These stars all have big personalities and could prove to become fan favorites or get knocked out early if they are a little too annoying for fans.

Andy's pro partner Sharna Burgess will have her hands full with the loose cannon. Wynonna, meanwhile, is going to be hurt by her size, but she is also paired with former pro champion Tony Dovolani. D.L. and maybe the most recognizable pro dancer, Cheryl Burke, will be a team to watch. They could find themselves as one of the fan favorites before long.

A couple of the show's older season 16 contestants are the 56-year-old former Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill and 52-year-old Lisa Vanderpump. They couldn't be further apart in the eyes of fans. Dorothy is still America's sweetheart, while Lisa is a reality show star that could rub a lot of people the wrong way with her strong personality. Lisa is matched up with new pro and Australian Latin ballroom champion Gleb Savchenko while Dorothy is paired with Tristan MacManus, who has worked with Gladys Knight and Nancy Grace in past seasons.

Two big wild cards are Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl-winning wide receiver Jacoby Jones and 16-year-old Disney star Zendaya Coleman. Jacoby is a great athlete and already seems to be showing great chemistry with his partner Karina Smirnoff. Zendaya is the youngest competitor ever on Dancing with the Stars, but she has dancing pro Val Chmerkovskiy helping her.

The final two contestants are German-born Australian actor Ingo Rademacher and The Bachelor's Sean Lowe. Ingo is a former General Hospital star, and he figures to get help from his fan base while competing alongside fellow Aussie Kym Johnson. Sean is arguably the show's biggest star because of his Bachelor fame. He will have a lot of fans rooting for him while he dances with pro Peta Murgatroyd.

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Those are your teams for season 16 of Dancing with the Stars. Although this season seems to lack some of the more controversial star power that they've had in past seasons, the show usually does a good job of creating that allure on its own.

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