Dancing‘s Pro Pairings Announced on GMA
02/19/2008 AT 12:00 AM EST
The announcement was made live on the morning telecast, a day after the celebrity cast was revealed on Monday night's Dance War finale.
Notably absent from the pro list is fan favorite and two-time finalist Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who confirmed to PEOPLE Saturday that he was taking this season off. New to the cast is Chmerkovskiy's pal, mambo champion Fabian Sanchez. Returning favorites this season are two-time DWTS champs Cheryl Burke and Julianne Hough, as well as Edyta Sliwinska, the only pro to compete in all six seasons of the show.
Here's the lineup of who's paired with whom:
Olympic Gold Medal skater Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark BallasActress Priscilla Presley and Louis van AmstelNFL star Jason Taylor and Edyta SliwinskaActor Cristian de la Fuente and Cheryl BurkeR&B singer Mario and Karina Smirnoff (pictured above) Oscar-Award-winning actress Marlee Matlin and Fabian SanchezIllusionist Penn Jillette and Kym JohnsonTV and Radio Personality Adam Carolla and Julianne HoughActress Shannon Elizabeth and Derek HoughActress Marissa Jaret Winokur and Tony DovolaniFormer Tennis Champ Monica Seles and Jonathan RobertsActor Steve Guttenberg and Anna Trebunskaya
The cast all met for the first time in Chicago on Tuesday to tape a special DWTS-themed episode of Oprah Winfrey's talk show, which will air on Thursday, Feb. 21. Joining the new cast on Oprah will be previous Dancing winners Kelly Monaco, Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith and Helio Castroneves.
Dancing's season six premiere kicks off on March 17. --Monica RizzoEthan Miller/Getty; Brad Barket/Getty