Last week, rumors were swirling that Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes would be joining the new season of Dancing With The Stars, and now that the big reveal date has come, it has been confirmed that not only will Leakes join the cast, but acting legend Billy Dee Williams will also join the cast for season 18.
Leakes as well as Williams joined the rest of the new cast on Good Morning America this morning to be revealed to the world, and Williams called his upcoming time on the show, “my last hurrah.” Let’s hope not.
In an interview with USA Today, Leakes said that she’s excited to do the show, and is hoping to drop the pounds she put on while dealing with her health issues (that pulmonary embolism).
“Being sick made me gain some weight. So I’m hoping this will help me lose 20 pounds.” However, Leakes says she’s feeling much better, and though there will be doctors on set who can help her in case she feels under the weather, she’s ready to hit the dance floor. A question about her past as a stripper was brought up to see if she qualifies as having dancing experience, but she says, “Not a whole lot of dancing there [laughs]. I think I have a little rhythm.”
Guess we’ll have to wait and watch to find out if this is true! As for their partnerships on the dance floor, Leakes will be paired with Tony Dovolani a previous mirror ball champ, while Williams will dance with pro partner, Emma Slater. Will you be rooting for them when the show premieres on March 17 (at 8 p.m. ET on ABC)? Check out ABC for a full list of the entire cast, which also includes The Price is Right host Drew Carey, and more.