ABC hopes to recapture Dancing with the Stars audience by going "Back to Basics"
6:33 AM, Mar 18, 2013
9:15 PM, Mar 18, 2013
After an All-Star season of Dancing with the Stars ended with underwhelming ratings last fall, the popular ABC program is going back to the format fans fell in love with: A new season with an all-new cast.
The newcomers that will be featured on Dancing with the Stars 16th season have very little dance experience, something the show's executive producer Conrad Green told TV Guide the viewers were missing.
"...it's quite nice this season to go back to fresh faces, people completely unfamiliar with dance and get back to that kind of innocence," Green continues. "It's back to basics almost. There's definitely a vibrancy and energy and excitement that comes with feeling like we're back on our usual course."
The 12 stars rounding out this season's cast include Olympians Aly Rasisman and Dorothy Hamill, comedians Andy Dick and D.L. Hugley, country star Wynonna Judd, American Idol alum turned country star Kellie Pickler, Real Housewife star Lisa Vanderpump, Bachelor star Sean Lowe, and Disney channel's Shake It Up star Zendaya Coleman, the show's youngest star ever.
The show will be using two new dance styles this season, including contemporary and jazz. These are the first additions of new dance styles since Season 9.
Dancing with the Stars will kick off March 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time and it will air Monday and Tuesday nights starting March 25 on ABC.