Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars premieres tonight on ABC Action News at 8 p.m.
James Maslow-- is best known as the star of the hit television series “Big Time Rush” and as a member of the worldwide bestselling music group of the same name.
Mark Ballas partners with Candace Cameron Bure. He joined the show in Season 5. Despite their stellar performances, he and partner Sabrina Bryan were eliminated in week six.
Sharna Burgess is partnered with Charlie White. She grew up in Australia and has always had a love for dance and entertainment. At the age of 5, Sharna began training in ballet, jazz and gymnastics.
NeNe Leakes shot to stardom as a fan favorite on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta.” Her popularity as a housewife led to her own Bravo television series “I Dream of Nene: The Wedding.” She is partnered with Tony Dovolani.
Valentin Chmerkovskiy partners with Danica McKellar. He first captured the attention of audiences across the nation in 2011 when he appeared as a professional dancer on DWTS.
Tony Dovolani is partnered with NeNe Leakes. He made his Dancing with the Stars debut in Season 2, when he was paired up with professional wrestler Stacy Keibler. Tony was partnered with Melissa Rycroft in Season 8, where they came in third place.
Former pro hockey player Sean Avery is known for his unpredictable antics on the ice and a humorous personality. During his 12 year hockey career, he played for Detroit, Los Angeles, Dallas and New York. He's partnered with Karina Smifnoff.
Peta Murgatroyd is partnered with James Maslow. She studied classical ballet from the age of four and trained for 12 years under former principal dancer of the Kirov Ballet, Madame Lubov Nikonorenko.
Henry Byalikov is partnered with Diana Nyad. His dance career began at 9 years of age. He has acquired many prestigious accolades, such as Undefeated State Adult Latin and Ballroom Champion, and South Pacific Champion.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy partners with Meryl Davis. "The Bad Boy of the Ballroom" joined the show in Season 2, competing with partner Tia Carrere. Known for his bold moves and even bolder mouth, he's the one we love to hate and hate to love.
Karina Smirnoff partners with Sean Avery. We first fell in love with Karina during Season 3 when she swung into a second place finish with partner Mario Lopez.
Derek Hough partners with Amy Purdy. He is the only five-time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show Dancing with the Stars. He started dancing in his hometown of Salt Lake City, UT, at age 11.
Danica McKellar partners with Valentin Chmerkovskiy. She is best known as Winnie Cooper on “The Wonder Years” and Elsie Snuffin on “The West Wing.”
Emma Slater partners with Billy Dee Williams. She started dancing at the age of five when she joined a local stage school. Emma was immediately hooked on theatre and took part in a number of local productions.
Billy Dee Williams is partners with Emma Slater. He was often touted as the 'black Clark Gable,' especially after his co-starring role in “Lady Sings the Blues,” opposite Diana Ross.
Diana Nyad made history last year as 25 million people worldwide rooted for she became the first person to swim from Cuba to Florida. Nyad is parntered with Henry Byalikov.