March 18, 2013 at 2:35 PM ET
Get your sequins ready! It's almost time for the glitziest show on TV (not counting "Toddlers & Tiaras," of course) to kick into high gear again. "Dancing With the Stars" returns Monday night for the 16th season of the dance-floor showdown.
The latest batch of ballroom beginners are about to strut their stuff, but before they take their very first steps toward waltzing away with the mirror-ball trophy, it's time to take a closer look at how they stack up.
Wynonna Judd and Dorothy Hamill are probably the best known of the bunch, which will no doubt help in the early weeks of the competition, when the game is very much a popularity contest. Also working in both of their favors is their backgrounds. The country music star will likely have a strong sense of rhythm and musicality, while the gold medal-winning figure skater knows a thing or two about rehearsing difficult routines.
Of course, athletes often do well on the show, and Hamill is far from the only one this season. Another Olympic gold-medalist, gymnast Aly Raisman, could go far. Boxer Victor Ortiz has already shown that he has some fancy footwork in the ring. And with the success that football players have seen on "Dancing" -- past winners include Emmitt Smith, Hines Ward and Donald Driver -- Super Bowl champ Jacoby Jones is certainly one to watch this time around.
And don't count out teen sensation Zendaya. She may not be well-known to the over-18s in the audience, but her fame on the Disney channel's "Shake It Up" could make her a lock for the kid vote. Beyond that, Zendaya also already knows how to dance, a skill that is sure to give her a ballroom boost.
As for the reality stars in this mix, they range from an almost sure shot -- "American Idol" alum Kellie Pickler, who'll have three-time "Dancing" champ Derek Hough leading the way -- to complete dance-floor mysteries, such as "Real Housewivse of Beverly Hills" star Lisa Vanderpump and ex-"Bachelor" Sean Lowe.
But the real wild cards in the competition are the actors. Who knows what to expect from D.L Hughley, Ingo Rademacher and the wildest of them all, Andy Dick?
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