My favorite part of every Dancing With The Stars season is the first episode. After weeks of buildup and buzz, we finally get to see who has the stuff to take it all the way and who’s there simply for fodder and ratings. This season that title goes to Andy Dick. I just can’t see the Newsradio star doing well. Poor Sharna Burgess. After spending several seasons in the Dance Troupe, she finally gets promoted to the big time, but saddled with Dick. LOL. With that said, the duo looks like they having lots of fun in their official promo photo.

ABC just released all the competing stars with their professional partners. This crop of wannabe hoofers doesn’t have the star wattage as previous ones, but I’m really looking forward to this season. We have new pro blood in the form of STYCYD alum Lindsay Arnold, Gleb Savchenko and the aforementioned Burgess. Based on first impressions Karina Smirnoff, Derek Hough and Val Chmerkovskiy have the best chemistry with their stars. Check out all the photos below.

Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough

Best Known For: Country music singer / American Idol
Professional’s Best Showing: Wins with Brooke Burke (Season 7), Nicole Scherzinger (Season 10), Jennifer Grey (Season 11)

“We’re very serious about this competition, because we’re going to take that shiny ball back to Nashville, Tennessee.”

Lisa Vanderpump & Gleb Savchenko

Best Known For: Real Housewives of Beverly Hills
Professional’s Best Showing: First Season

“I’m going to give it my best shot, but I need a good teacher. He’s easy on the eyes, so it’s going to be a little easier.”

D.L. Hughley & Cheryl Burke

Best Known For: Comedian & actor
Professional’s Best Showing: Wins with Drew Lachey (Season 2), Emmitt Smith (Season 3)

“What I need is technique and drive and somebody who has a good assessment of what my skill level is, and we can build accordingly. I think if we do that, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t win.”

Dorothy Hamill & Tristan MacManus

Best Known For: Olympic Gold Medalist
Professional’s Best Showing: 5th Place Nancy Grace (Season 13)

“The one thing I know is ice skating. I’ve been doing that since I was eight years old. I haven’t always been a winner there, either, but it’s just been a love and a passion. So I think, for me, that’s what’s potentially really fun about this: being passionate about something and trying to learn it.”

Zendaya Coleman & Val Chmerkovskiy

Best Known For: Disney Channel Star
Professional’s Best Showing: 3rd Place with Kelly Monaco (Season 15)

“I’m very motivated and I’m willing to go out there and try my hardest. That push and that effort is going to be very helpful in this process.”

Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold

Best Known For: Professional Boxer
Professional’s Best Showing: First Season

“Fun is key. If you’re not having fun doing something, than why do it? I’m going to have a blast, but at the same time, we’re going to work hard.”

Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff

Best Known For: NFL Wide Receiver
Professional’s Best Showing: Win with J. R. Martinez (Season 13)

“I don’t want to brag, but he is a Super Bowl champ, so I’m hoping all the Ravens fans are going to rally behind us.”

Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas

Best Known For: Olympic Gold Medal Gymnast
Professional’s Best Showing: Wins with Kristi Yamaguchi (Season 6) and Shawn Johnson (Season 8)

“I do better when I’m having fun. This show I want to take it really seriously but at the same time kind of go crazy, have fun and show everyone my personality.”

Wynonna Judd & Tony Dovolani

Best Known For: Country Music Singer
Professional’s Best Showing: Win with Melissa Rycroft (Season 15)

“He has no pressure on him now, but wait until he comes to the farm and does chores and comes out on stage in front of thousands of people and has to dance while I sing.”

Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson

Best Known For: Soap opera Actor
Professional’s Best Showing: Wins with Donny Osmond (Season 9), Hines Ward (Season 12)

“I’m not looking ahead. I don’t even know if I can do this, I really don’t.”

Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess

Best Known For: Comedian & Actor
Professional’s Best Showing: First Season

“This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever taken on. I’m completely petrified and ready to do it.”

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Who are you rooting for? Sound off below. Personally, I’m team Lisa Vanderpump, Kellie Pickler and Jacoby Jones. PS. I’m also rooting for Sean Lowe who’s rumored to be joining the cast with Peta Murgatroyd as his partner. Apparently ABC is keeping it a secret until the finale of The Bachelor. Season 16 of DWTS kicks off on Monday, March 18 at 8 p.m. on ABC. The first results show airs Tuesday, March 26 at 9 p.m.