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An NFL star, a former TV super nerd and a Motown star -- it could only mean the return of "Dancing With the Stars." The next team of celebrities for the 14th season of the ABC dance competition series was officially announced Tuesday.

But has the sheen worn off the dance floor? Last season's finale, which saw sentimental favorite J.R. Martinez take home the mirror ball trophy, was the lowest-rated fall finale to date. Maybe the roster for this season will be enough to give the series a boost. It begins with a two-hour premiere March 19.

Here's the list of celebrities who will be getting sequined up this season:

Jaleel White: Years of wearing skintight pants hiked up to his chin as TV's nerdiest neighbor, Steve Urkel, in the long-running sitcom "Family Matters" did not leave White's legs immobile.

The 35-year-old actor, who, post-Urkel fame, has appeared on "House" and "NCIS," and will soon be hosting a game show on the SyFy network, will get his dance on this season.

Melissa Gilbert: The former child star best known for her role as Laura Ingalls in "Little House on the Prairie" went on to make a career out of appearing in TV movies and as a leader of the Screen Actors Guild.

Jack Wagner: It's the only logical next step in life after a split from Heather Locklear, right?

The aging heartthrob (he's 52! Where did the time go?) best known for his roles on "General Hospital," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and "Melrose Place," will see if he has what it takes to cut a rug and land some decent scores.

Sherri Shepherd: Perhaps Shepherd was tired of the sedentary life that comes with co-hosting "The View"? She's also host of "The Newlywed Game."

Here's hoping her pal Niecy Nash, a contestant in Season 10, has given her some words of wisdom.

Maria Menounos: The "Extra" host knows a thing or two about skimpy outfits -- ahem, she donned a bikini in the middle of freezing Times Square after losing a Super Bowl bet -- so some skimpy sequined numbers under the warmth of bright lights will be a piece of cake when she joins the cast of celebrities competing this season.

We're sure "Extra" buddy Mario Lopez, a former "Dancing" contestant, also provided words of advice.

Gavin Degraw: Maybe now the rocker's biggest claim to TV fame won't be for having penned that "One Tree Hill" theme song.

Will the 35-year-old singer, who recently made headlines after he was attacked by a group of men in New York City, be adding choreography to his performances after his stint on "DWTS"?

William Levy: We really hope rumors of a relationship with Jennifer Lopez shortly after she divorced Marc Anthony weren't what nabbed the Cuban-American actor/model a spot on this season's roster. But we wouldn't be surprised.

Gladys Knight: The 67-year-old singer is taking the midnight train to the dance rehearsal studio. Tagged the Empress of Soul, she's almost bound to have some soulful moves.

Roshon Fegan: The 20-year-old appears on a Disney Channel series called "Shake It Up," about a group of friends who are professional dancers on a local show. Uh ...

Katherine Jenkins: Opera fans, rejoice! The Welsh mezzo-soprano is already familiar with the sleek floor on "Dancing With the Stars," having observed its sheen as a performer on the show last year.

Donald Driver: As if moonlighting as a children's author wasn't enough! The Green Bay Packers wide receiver is ditching the cleats for some ballroom shoes.

Will Quickie be as swift with the upcoming choreography he'll be given?

Martina Navratilova: Wielding a racket is a natural precursor to a stint as a wannabe pro ballroom dancer.

Hey, Navratilova played professional tennis until she was 49 (49!) -- that sort of dedication and resilience has her primed for a lengthy stay.