Meryl Davis and Charlie White will probably dominate ‘Dancing With the Stars’


Ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White, right, hold up their gold medals as they arrive at the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars Party in West Hollywood, Calif., Sunday. (Danny Moloshok/Reuters)

Considering what they do on skates, it’s probably safe to assume ice-dancing gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White will make it pretty far in this season’s “Dancing With the Stars,” which takes place on solid ground. The pair, who brought their gold medals to an Oscar party Sunday, is set to face off in the upcoming season of the hit ABC show when it premieres Monday, March 17. And considering they recently pulled out of the ice-dancing world championships for this, Davis and White better come in first and second.

Or perhaps they can come in first together? Yes, there’s a twist this year. At some point during the season, the stars will get to swap partners, TVline.com reports, and it will be up to at-home voters to decide who partners with whom. No word on if the viewers can vote on icing the dance floor, however.

America’s most sparkly sweethearts will compete against a few other athletes, as well, this season, including Paralympian snowboarder Amy Purdy, ex-NHL hockey star and former Vogue intern (seriously) Sean Avery, and world-class swimmer Diana Nyad.

Accompanied by the show’s stalwart host Tom Bergeron, new DWTS announcer Erin Andrews revealed the entire line-up on “Good Morning America” this morning. Others who will don some sequins this season include: Drew Carey, Nene Leakes, James Maslow, Cody Simpson, Billy Dee Williams, Danika McKellar and Candance Cameron Bure. (You may better know the last two better as Winnie Cooper and D.J. Tanner.)

Watch the entire presentation here.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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