Fresh off their gold-medal win at the Sochi Olympics, ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will headline the all-star lineup of ABC‘s competition series Dancing With The Stars when it returns for its 18th season – part of a celebrity lineup that’s heavy on athletes. Davis and White, who have been skating partners since 1997, will compete against each other on Dancing. They’ll be joined by double-amputee snowboarding champ Amy Purdy – a world-champion adaptive snowboarder and the show’s first Paralympian to compete. And, Sean Avery will be the first former hockey player in Dancing history. Also in this year’s celebrity cast: swimmer Diana Nyad, who became the first person to complete a historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Key West in September of 2013 on her fifth attempt.
Joining the athletes in the battle for the mirrorball trophy: The Wonder Years star Danica McKellar, comedian turned game show host Drew Carey, actor Billy Dee Williams, former Full House actress Candace Cameron Bure, Real Housewives reality star NeNe Leakes, Australian pop singer Cody Simpson, and Big Time Rush actor-singer James Maslow. Read More »
UPDATE MONDAY 6:40 AM: ABC this morning made the official announcement of Erin Andrews joining Dancing With The Stars for the upcoming season, whose celebrity cast will be revealed tomorrow morning. She joins fellow new Dancing addition, musical director Ray Chew, who replaces longtime band leader Harold Wheeler.
PREVIOUS SUNDAY 4:30 PM: Fox Sports‘ Erin Andrews has been tapped as co-host of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, Deadline has confirmed. The news broke shortly after long-running co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet Tweeted her firing from the reality dancing competition, which returns for its 18th season on March 17. People broke the news first. Andrews, who competed on DWTS Season 10, is expected be officially announce as Charvet’s replacement as soon as tomorrow.
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Sportscaster Erin Andrews, who exited ESPN last week as co-host of College GameDay, has joined Fox Sports as speculated, where she’ll host the network’s new primetime college football pregame show as well as have a significant role in National Football League, Major League Baseball and other sports coverage. Fox Sports announced Andrews’ multiyear deal today. Andrews, who got her start at Fox Sports Florida in 2000, spent eight years with ESPN. Fox Sports’ new half-hour pregame show will lead into the network’s first regular-season over-the-air college football package. That coverage kicks off Saturday, Sept. 1 as Hawaii visits USC live from the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
After being with the sports network for eight years, Erin Andrews is leaving ESPN. The sports network’s VP of Communications Josh Krulewitz tweet this afternoon that “Erin Andrews leaving ESPN. She did great work for us & we made an aggressive offer to keep her. We wish her the best on her next chapter.” Andrews’ contract with ESPN expires tomorrow. Sports Illustrated reported earlier that Fox Sports was talking to Andrews about the host coming over to them. Andrews, who joined ESPN in 2004, has been the co-host of the network’s College GameDay since 2011. Andrews hasn’t actually appeared on-air for ESPN since March when she reported on a college basketball tournament. The host, who appeared on Dancing With The Stars in 2010, was also a contributor to Good Morning America, though she hasn’t appeared on the show since covering the 2011 Academy Awards.