New “DWTS” pairings announced

The celebrity and professional pairings of the new season of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars have been announced. The two-hour Season 12 premiere airs March 21 at 8pm ET.

  • Kirstie Alley will dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who is back for his 10th season
  • Radio personality “Psycho” Mike Catherwood teams with Lacey Schwimmer, beginning her fourth season
  • WWE star Chris Jericho teams up with two-time champ Cheryl Burke, returning for her 11th season
  • Disney star Chelsea Kane is paired with two-time champ Mark Ballas, now back for his eighth season
  • Sugar Ray Leonard will join Anna Trebunskaya, who is back for her seventh season
  • Ralph Macchio dances with Karina Smirnoff, back for her eight season
  • Supermodel Petra Nemcova partners with Dmitry Chaplin, returning for his third season
  • Rapper and actor Romeo is teamed with Chelsie Hightower, back for her fifth season
  • Hines Ward will partner with Season 9 champion Kym Johnson, returning for her ninth season
  • Reality star Kendra Wilkinson, partners with Louis Van Amstel, back for his eighth season
  • Talk show host Wendy Williams will join Tony Dovolani, back for his 11th season


Credit: ABC/Adam Larkey