After a lackluster All-Star edition last fall, Dancing with the Stars is set to return with a brand-new cast of 12 celebrities competing against each other for that all-important mirror ball trophy. ABC has announced that the cast for season 16 will be revealed live on Good Morning America (7-9am) on Tuesday, February 26.

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GMA tweeted this morning, “The new cast of the next season of @DancingABC will be announced live on @GMA Tuesday, February 26!”

Will we have to sit through the entire two hours to find out the cast? Probably, considering the network will want to milk this for all it’s worth. And the big reveal will come during the same week that the celebrities and their professional dancing partners begin rehearsals, as Louis van Amstel recently mentioned.

We all want to know who this season’s contestants are (and who they’ll be paired with). We already know Ann Romney, Lindsay Lohan and Lance Armstrong are out of the running, since all three turned down offers. But others have spoken openly about their interest in joining the show, including Jersey Shore‘s Deena Cortese. NY Daily News says that Victor Ortiz may have signed on, and Emily Maynard, Kourtney Kardashian and Mama June (Honey Boo Boo’s mother) have all caught the attention of ABC.

Will anybody from our Season 16 Wish List make the cut? Sharon Osbourne, Dina Lohan or Bruce Jenner, perhaps?

The only thing we do know is that judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, along with hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet, are all expected to return.

Dancing with the Stars season 16 premieres March 18 at 8pm on ABC.

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Jeff Dodge

Staff Writer, BuddyTV

Jeff Dodge, a graduate of Western Washington University, has been a TV news editor for many years and has had the chance to interview multiple reality show stars, including Randy Jackson, Nick Cannon, Heidi Klum, Mel B and John Cena.