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'Dancing with the Stars' announces celebrity and professional pairs

By Reality TV World staff, 02/28/2012 

Dancing with the Stars' fourteenth-season professional partner pairings have been announced by ABC.

For the third time in Dancing with the Stars history, the upcoming season's professional partners will all be returning dancers: Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Val Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Chelsie Hightower, Derek Hough, Kym Johnson, Tristan MacManus, Peta Murgatroyd, Karina Smirnoff, and Anna Trebunskaya.

Dancing with the Stars' six female fourteenth-season celebrities are actress and former Little House on the Prairie star Melissa Gilbert, opera singer Katherine Jenkins, singer Gladys Knight, entertainment reporter and Extra host Maria Menounos, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, and comedienne and The View co-host Sherri Shepherd.

The six male celebrities are singer Gavin DeGraw, NFL football player Donald Driver, actor and Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan, actor and telenovela star William Levy. actor and former Melrose Place star Jack Wagner, and actor Jaleel White, who is best known for his portrayal of Steve Urkel on ABC's Family Matters sitcom.

Ballas will be partnered with Jenkins. He previously won Dancing with the Stars' sixth season with Kristi Yamaguchi, its eighth edition with Shawn Johnson, and is returning for his tenth season.

Burke will compete with Levy. She previously won Dancing with the Stars' second edition with Drew Lachey, its third season with Emmitt Smith, and is returning for her thirteenth season.

Maksim, who is participating in his twelfth season, will be partnered with Gilbert while his younger brother Val -- who joined Dancing with the Stars last season, along with MacManus and Murgatroyd -- will be paired with Shepherd.

Dovolani, who is back for his thirteenth season, will dance with Navratilova.

Hightower, a former So You Think You Can Dance contestant who will be participating in her sixth Dancing with the Stars season, will be paired with Fegan.

Hough will be partnered with Menounos and participating in his ninth Dancing with the Stars edition.  He previously won Dancing with the Stars' seventh season with Brooke Burke, tenth season with Nicole Scherzinger, and eleventh season with Jennifer Grey.
Johnson -- who won Dancing with the Stars' ninth season with Donny Osmond and twelfth season with Hines Ward -- will compete with White. She will be participating in her eleventh season.

MacManus will be partnered with Knight while Murgatroyd will be paired with Driver.

Smirnoff, who won last fall's thirteenth Dancing with the Stars edition with J.R. Martinez, will be partnered with DeGraw.  She will be competing in her eleventh season.

Trebunskaya, who is participating in her ninth season, will dance with Wagner.

Dancing with the Stars' fourteenth season will premiere Monday, March 19 at 8PM ET/PT with a two-hour broadcast and be followed by the edition's first one-hour results show on Tuesday, March 27 at 9PM ET/PT.

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