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Marcia Brady Turned Dancer: Maureen McCormick DTWS 23

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The charm of Dancing with the Stars is primarily, well, the stars. Over the years, though, fans have come to see the professional dancers on the show as stars in their own right.

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Who a celebrity gets paired with can even have an impact on their chances of winning now, with fan favorite Derek Hough winning the most Mirror Ball Trophies of any pro dancer. Every year fans eagerly await to hear who the next cast of stars and their paired dancers will be announced, and on Tuesday, August 30, 2016, the new cast for the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars premiered on Good Morning America.

Maureen McCormick, who is known for her iconic role Marcia Brady on The Brady Bunch, was perhaps the most anticipated announcement. She will dance with Artem Chigvintsev. In addition to her star turn in the iconic series, Maureen reprised her role as Marcia for the sequel series The Brady Bunch Variety House and The Brady Brides, and her memoir, Here’s the Story: Surviving Marcia Brady and Finding My True Voice, was a bestseller.

Beloved dance pro and choreographer Derek Hough announced his return for the 23rd season, and he will be paired with Marilu Henner, the Taxi actress who is also known for her incredible memory. Derek’s sister, Julianne Hough, will be returning as a judge for the season.

Controversial Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte has joined the cast as well, and he was paired with returning pro dancer Cheryl Burke.

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Ryan recently landed in hot water after falsifying a police report in Rio while he was there for the Olympic games. It seems that he is putting all that behind him and seeking to start a new chapter in his life on the dance floor. He told Good Morning America, “I’m going to treat this kind of like going into the Olympics. You train for so long and you have that one shot to put it all out there, and I think that’s what I’m going to do.”

Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Allison Holker returns to the dance floor after being noticeably absent last season as she gave birth to her second child. She is being paired with Babyface, the singer-songwriter and record producer whose formal name is Kenneth Brian Edmonds.

The beloved Chmerkovskiy brothers will be appearing this year, which is thrilling for their many fans. In the past, Maksim Chmerkovskiy won fan’s hearts when paired with big stars like Melissa Gilbert and Kirstie Alley. This year Maksim, or Maks as he’s known to fans, will be hitting the dance floor with Amber Rose. His brother Val Chmerkovskiy will be paired with Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.

Perhaps the most surprising celebrity contestant is Governor Rick Perry, who will be paired with dance pro Emma Slater this season. Rapper Vanilla Ice, who is known for his 1990’s hit “Ice Ice Baby” and whose real name is Robert Matthew Van Winkle, will join popular pro dancer Witney Carson. The other pairs this season will be Terra Jole and Sasha Farber; Lindsay Arnold and Calvin Johnson; Jake T. Austin and Jenna Johnson; Sharna Burgess and James Hinchcliffe; and Gleb Savchenko and Jana Kramer.

You can see the 23rd season of Dancing with the Stars premiere on ABC on Monday, September 12, 2016, at 8 p.m. Eastern time.