How to Decide Who to Root For in the New 'Dancing with the Stars' Cast


(ABC)After 17 seasons, there's at least one thing that remains the same with Dancing with the Stars: They sure take liberties with the "stars" label. You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who recognizes all 12 contestants on the upcoming season, but that doesn't mean there aren't people to root for. You just have to find the celeb who fits your personality, and we can help you with that.

If you ever had a crush on Winnie Cooper, you should root for...
Danica McKellar
(Partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy)

If you want to relate to your 12-year-old daughter, you should root for...
Cody Simpson
(Partnered with Witney Carson)

If you're old or a nerd or an old nerd, you should root for...
Billy Dee Williams
(Partnered with Emma Slater)

If TGIF was a big part of your childhood, you should root for...
Candace Cameron Bure
(Partnered with Mark Ballas)

If you watch hockey for the fights, you should root for...
Sean Avery
(Partnered with Karina Smirnoff)
If you watched the Olympics for the ice dancing, you should root for...
Charlie White & Meryl Davis
(Partnered with Sharna Burgess & Maksim Chmerkovsky, respectively)

If you're the kind of person who would bid one dollar more than your neighbor's bid, you should root for...
Drew Carey
(Partnered with Cheryl Burke)

If you think twerking will be a dance style this season, you should root for...
NeNe Leakes
(Partnered with Tony Dovolani)

If you like Justin Bieber's hair but not Justin Bieber, you should root for...
James Maslow
(Partnered with Peta Murgatroyd)

If you like to shred gnarly pow-pow (or even knows what that means), you should root for...
Amy Purdy
(Partnered with Derek Hough)
If you like someone whose cheery mood does not reflect the sheer and utter sadness of the news ticker below her, then you should root for...
Diana Nyad
(Partnered with Henry Byalikov)


Dancing with the Stars kicks off Monday, March 17.
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