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Geraldo Rivera joins ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Rivera to compete with Edyta Sliwinska on season 22

 

Geraldo Rivera is putting on his dancing shoes.

The 72-year-old veteran talk show host and reporter, who came in second place on "Celebrity Apprentice" last year, has joined the celebrity cast for season 22 of "Dancing with the Stars." He will team up returning pro Edyta Śliwińska to battle for the coveted Mirror Ball.

The new batch of contestants joining Rivera includes three professional NFL players who are trading in their helmets for dancing shoes, a deaf model, a UFC fighter and Donald Trump’s ex-wife, Marla Maples. The announcement was made Tuesday on "Good Morning America."

“Fuller House” star Jodie Sweetin is partnered with Keo Motsepe, while “The OC” alum Mischa Barton will be dancing with Artem Chigvintsev. “The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s” Kim Fields is following in the footsteps of other “Housewives” and will be dancing with Sasha Farber.

For the athletes, Doug Flutie, a former Heisman trophy winner and NFL quarterback who is now an NBC commentator, is dancing with Karina Smirnoff. Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller is partnered with Witney Carson while Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Antonio Brown is dancing with Sharna Burgess.

UFC fighter Paige VanZant is dancing with two-time Mirror Ball trophy winner Mark Ballas.

“America’s Next Top Model” cycle 22 winner Nyle DiMarco, who was the first and only deaf contestant to appear on the show, will be dancing with Peta Murgatroyd. He is the second deaf contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” after Oscar winner Marlee Matlin competed in season 6.

“Good Morning America’s” Ginger Zee will put on her dancing shoes and has been partnered up with Val Chmerkovskiy while actress and radio host – and ex-wife to business mogul Donald Trump – Maples will be dancing with Tony Dovolani.

Boyz II Men singer Wanya Morris will dance with Lindsey Arnold.

Season 22 of the long-running show will return on March 21 with judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman as well as co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews. Last year's winner Derek Hough will not be returning - to appear on "Nashville" and Broadway's upcoming musical "Singin' in the Rain" - while sister Julianne Hough will not return to the judges panel. 

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