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Shepherd 'scared to death' as new 'DWTS' cast announced

Staff
Published:   |   Updated: March 19, 2013 at 03:50 PM

A former tennis great, a popular talk-show host, and 1980s soap star are among the 12 celebrities who will be competing on "Dancing With the Stars" this season.

Martina Navratilova, Jack Wagner (formerly of "General Hospital) and Sherri Shepherd (co-host of "The View") will dance their first routines with their professional partners March 19 and March 26, and the first couple will be eliminated March 27.

The new cast was announced today on "Good Morning America." Those vying for the coveted mirror ball trophy:

Shepherd, who has long wanted to be on the show admitted jitters Tuesday morning on "Good Morning America.

"I am scared to death," she said. "I love to dance and have been dancing in front of my mirror."

Wagner said the competition will be "tough."

"I better get it together fast," he said.

Last season, actor J.R. Martinez and professional partner Karina Smirnoff took home the mirrorball trophy with reality TV star Rob Kardashian and partner Cheryl Burke coming in second place in front of former talk show host Ricki Lake and partner Derek Hough. Other previous champions include "Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey, Pussycat Dolls singer Nicole Scherzinger and gymnast Shawn Johnson.


Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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