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CHARLIE WHITE & SHARNA BURGESS
He already has gold – and we aren't just referring to Burgess's pants. The ice dancer won Olympic gold in Sochi, and he'll compete against skating partner Meryl Davis on the dance floor. "Meryl and I are so in tune with one another that we're going to be bringing it equally," he said. And he isn't kidding: he's already started practicing.
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MERYL DAVIS & MAKS CHMERKOVSKIY
If her ballroom dancing skills are anything like her grace on the ice, Davis will be one to watch – especially since she's paired with seasoned partner Chmerkovskiy, who will be looking to make a splash after taking last season off. "Feeling so fortunate to have been partnered with @MaksimC on @DancingABC! Let the adventure begin! Weeeee!" Tweeted the gold medalist.
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NENE LEAKES & TONY DOVOLANI
One thing is for sure, the Atlanta Housewife will keep things interesting for her partner. "I guess those days as an exotic dancer might pay off," she joked on her website. Luckily, nothing she says will scare away Dovolani. "You've got to be a little crazy, because if you're normal, then it's not interesting," he said of joining the cast.
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DANICA MCKELLAR & VAL CHMERKOVSKIY
She's all grown up! The former Wonder Years actress is ready to give it her all on the dance floor – even if that means enduring a little pain from Chmerkovskiy's teachings in the process. "Ok so I'm already really really sore from dance practice! Best advice for sore muscles?" she asked fans on Twitter.
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AMY PURDY & DEREK HOUGH
Former Amazing Race contestant and U.S. Paralympic snowboarder Purdy may be inspired by her pro dancer's ballroom skills, but it's her story that inspired him to stay another season. "Any woman who has overcome those sort of odds and defied them inspires me," Hough said about the double amputee. "It's given a new meaning and purpose for me to be part of the show. I want to see how far we can take this."
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BILLY DEE WILLIAMS & EMMA SLATER
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JAMES MASLOW & PETA MURGATROYD
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
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SEAN AVERY & KARINA SMIRNOFF
The former NHL star has dabbled in fashion, worked as a model, a restaurateur and an ad exec, so why not add dancing pro to his eclectic résumé? It'll be a highlight if he continues to follow his partner's lead. "Karina makes dancers look unbelievable and I think from a technical standpoint, she's probably the best dancer here," he said.
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