The rumors were correct except for Bruce Jenner -he will NOT be on the show.   Here is the list for season 18

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Billy Dee Williams, the SUPERSTAR who played Lando Calrissian in two of the original "Star Wars" movies, will dance with Emma Slater


Danica McKellar, a.k.a. Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years" is paired with Val Chmerkovskiy


Candace Cameron Bure, a.k.a. D.J. Tanner from "Full House", and Mark Ballas


"Price Is Right" host Drew Carey will dance with Cheryl Burke


"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Nene Leakes and Tony Dovolani


Former pro hockey player Sean Avery will be paired with Karina Smirnoff


"Big Time Rush" star James Maslow will dance with Peta Murgatroyd


Olympic ice dancing gold-medalist Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy


Meryl's ice dancing partner Charlie White is paired with Sharna Burgess


Long distance swimmer Diana Nyad with first-time dancer Henry Byalikov, who has been on foreign versions of the various dancing competition shows


17-year-old singer Cody Simpson will be with new dancer Witney Carson, who was a finalist on "So You Think You Can Dance" in 2012



Ok, ready for the twist?

These are the pairings . . . FOR NOW.  In a new twist, the show will have the dancers switch partners at some point during the season . . . and the VIEWERS will be able to vote on what the new pairings will be.


As previously announced, former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant ERIN ANDREWS is joining TOM BERGERON as a co-host, replacing BROOKE BURKE-CHARVET.  The show's 18th season premieres on March 17th.