Getting her dance shoes ready! Katherine Jenkins leads celebrities signed up for new series of Dancing With The Stars
Katherine Jenkins is just one of the 12 celebrities who have signed up to star in the new series of Dancing With The Stars.
The Welsh singer, who is newly-single after splitting from fianc Gethin Jones earlier this year, will be joined by famous faces including fellow singers Gladys Knight and Gavin DeGraw, as well as actors such as Jack Wagner, Melissa Gilbert and Jaleel White.
Katherine will no doubt be hoping that her decision to take part in the show will help her break America with her music. She also performed on Dancing With The Stars back in February 2011.
Getting their dancing shoes ready: Katherine Jenkins and Maria Menounos are among those signed up to the new series of Dancing With The Stars
Dancing queen: Katherine previously showed off her dancing skills during the show Viva La Diva with Darcey Bussell in 2009
And Katherine isn't entirely without
dancing experience, as she joined Darcey Bussell on stage in the 2009
song-and-dance spectacular Viva La Diva.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova and
American television presenter Sherri Shepherd will
also be competing, alongside sportsman Donald Driver, The Disney Channel
star Roshon Fegan and Cuban model William Levy.
The announcement was made this morning on Good Morning America.
producer Conrad Green said: 'This season, we particularly wanted to go
for a likable cast, people that you feel affectionate toward.
Belting it out: Katherine had previously appeared on the show to perform back in February 2011
Accompaniment: Katherine had sung as Kirstie Alley performed with her dance partner on the show
'The core of our show is about finding people you can root for and wanting them to triumph.'
one person hoping to triumph on the show is Navratilova, who is looking
forward to throwing herself into the training and learn a new skill.
said: 'I like to conquer my phobia. I was afraid of heights. I got a
pilot's license. My biggest fear was to drown, so I got a SCUBA-diving
license. I get embarrassed dancing by myself, so I figured why not do it
in front of millions of people.
Dancing to victory Sherri Shepherd and Jack Wagner are also set to take to the dancefloor in the new series
Famous faces: Martina Navratilova, Gladys Knight and actress Melissa Gilbert have also signed up
focused on something physical for such a long time is easy for us and
it does involve your body. And I think if you excel in one sport, it's
easy to pick up the movements in another.'
Singer McGraw said he was inspired to take part in the show by his great-grandfather, who was a dance instructor.
He said: 'Growing up, I would hear these stories
about him. For someone my age, growing up seeing Dirty Dancing as a kid,
I created this fantasy world. This is a way for me of really satisfying
Bop to the top: Singer Gavin DeGraw and The Disney Channel's Roshon Fegan will also be competing
Suited and booted: Actor Jaleel White and NFL player Donald Driver will strut their stuff when the series begins in March
McGraw added: 'Only really recently have I been
embracing the element of stepping away from the piano, stepping out in
front of the audience during concerts. I think this type of thing will
make me a lot more comfortable being able to do that.'
Family Matter actor White said of his decision to take part in the show: 'I'm a performer, first and foremost.
'That's what I was raised to do. If you put a crowd in front of me, I don't want to see that crowd disappointed. I'm there to give them a good time.'
Dancing with the Stars season 14 begins March 19th on ABC.
Big announcement: The line-up was revealed by Brooke Burke and Tom Bergeron on Good Morning America this morning
Ready for action: The male cast members were present as the names were revealed
DANCING WITH THE STARS 2012, FULL LINE-UP:
Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins & professional Mark Ballas
Family Matters actor Jaleel White & professional Kym Johnson
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova & professional Tony Dovolani
Actor Jack Wagner & professional Anna Trebunskaya
Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver & professional Peta Murgatroyd
Melissa Gilbert & professional Maks Chmerkovskiy
The Disney Channel star Roshon Fegan & professional Chelsie Hightower
Extra presenter Maria Menounos & professional Derek Hough
Cuban actor William Levy & professional Cheryl Burke
Singer Gavin DeGraw & professional Karina Smirnoff
Singer Gladys Knight & professional Tristan MacManus
Sherri Shepherd & professional Val Chmerkovskiy