'Dancing With the Stars' New Season 14 Cast Revealed

New lineup includes Jack Wagner, Sherri Shepherd, Melissa Gilbert, Jaleel White.

February 27, 2012, 5:28 PM

Feb. 28, 2012— -- intro: A whole new celebrity cast is putting on their dancing shoes and preparing to take the ballroom by storm on Season 14 of ABC's "Dancing With the Stars."

Actor Jack Wagner of "Melrose Place" fame, TV star Melissa Gilbert, who became a household name as Laura Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie," "The View" co-host Sherri Shepherd, and Jaleel White, best known as Steve Urkel from "Family Matters," are among this season's headliners.

Tennis legend Martina Navratilova, TV host Maria Menounos, Motown great Gladys Knight, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, Disney star Roshon Fegan, NFL champ Donald Driver, singer Gavin DeGraw and Telenovela actor William Levy round out the celebrity line-up.

The new cast and their professional partners make their official debut today on "Good Morning America." Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet joined "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts at the El Capitan Theater in Los Angeles for the live announcement.

PHOTOS: Meet the Season 14 Cast and Pro Partners!

The stars also met their professional partners, who they will begin training with right away ahead of the March 19 two-hour season premiere. Defending pro-champion Karina Smirnoff, who won her first mirror ball trophy last season with celeb J.R. Martinez, is partnered up this time with singer Gavin DeGraw. Pro Cheryl Burke, who sambaed with Rob Kardashian into the finals during season 13, will team up with William Levy this round, and three-time champ Derek Hough will dance with Maria Menounos.

Fan favorite pro dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy will teach Melissa Gilbert the ropes and his brother, "DWTS" newcomer Val Chmerkovskiy, is matched up with Sherri Shepherd.

Nancy Grace's former partner, Tristan McManus, returns this season to dance with Gladys Knight. Two-time champ Mark Ballas will tango with Katherine Jenkins.

Read more about the cast in their edited bios and tell us who's your favorite. Which celebrity are you most excited to see hit the dance floor? Which pro pairing is your favorite?

The new season of "Dancing With the Stars" premieres in a live two-hour event on Monday, March 19 at 8/7c on ABC.

In the early 90's, Wagner joined the hit series "Melrose Place," where he spent the next 5 seasons both acting and directing. In 2000 he took the role of a lifetime in the Broadway musical "Jekyll and Hyde." Most recently, Wagner joined the company of "The Bold and the Beautiful." In his spare time, Wagner enjoys playing golf and participating in celebrity golf tournaments. He is the National Celebrity Ambassador of the "Leukemia and Lymphoma Society," which benefits from "The Jack Wagner Celebrity Golf Classic," his annual golf tournament.

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Having grown up homeless and living out of a U-Haul truck for a period of time, Donald faced obstacles growing up that most could not imagine. From it, he was inspired to be a community-minded athlete. Along with his wife Betina, Driver created the Donald Driver Foundation in 2001, which focuses on homelessness, education and health and wellness initiatives. He has donated his time for hundreds of community appearances. Donald is most proud of his family, wife Betina and kids Cristian, Christina and Charity. Donald's kids, and his commitment to education, drove him to write three children's books revolving around the lovable character "Quickie." The books' illustrations and stories are based on Donald's family.

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Off the court, Navratilova has been a lifelong champion for individual freedom and a pioneer for human rights. At 18, Navratilova left communist Czechoslovakia and sought political asylum and freedom in the U.S. After receiving her U.S. citizenship in 1981, she publically acknowledged that she is gay at a time when such announcements came at great personal cost to public figures. In 2010, Navratilova was diagnosed with breast cancer. She approached the illness like her tennis training, and has become cancer -free and a champion for breast cancer awareness. She is currently the Fitness Ambassador for AARP, inspiring its 39 million members to follow her example by redefining what it means to be over fifty. She is an author, speaker and an on-air commentator for the Tennis Channel.

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quicklist: 13title: Vote for Your Favorite Startext: Which "Dancing With The Stars" celebrity are you most excited to see hit the dance floor on Monday, March 19? Vote now!


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The new season of "Dancing With the Stars" premieres in a live two-hour event on Monday, March 19 at 8/7c on ABC.


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