So season 18 of the hit ABC dance competition Dancing With the Stars has undergone a bit of an overall making this new season dancing for the mirror ball an interesting one!  The 2hr season dance off premiere is Monday, March 17th at 8pm on ABC.

Last week ABC producers announced the replacement of the shows cohost Brooke Burke Charvet for FOX sports reporter & former DWTS competitor Erin Andrews.  Another blow to the ballroom was the termination of Harold Wheeler and his live band which was amaze-balls! So what other twists does season 18 bring?

The major change for season 18 will be a new twist called "The Switch Up" where at a certain point in the competition the remaining contestants & their partners will be regrouped or repaired with the help of America's votes.  This has never been done in the history of the show & so this will keep the couples & viewers on their toes.  My guess is despite DWTS being the highest rated show on tv, either they have lost some ratings or want to keep the audience they have & make it interesting.  Afterall, this is season 18.

Big name reality tv stars like Bravo's "RHOA" Nene Leakes, "Wonder Years" star Danica McKellar & "Growing Pains" star Candace Cameron Bure, comedian Drew Carey from "The Drew Carey Show" & the legendary actor Billy Dee Williams join the all star cast.

But the best part of the entire season is the fact that Maks is bzack! Yes, the bad boy of the ballroom Maksim Chmerkovskiy makes his return to the dancefloor.  He is the HOTtest of the male professional dancers & his butt looks so damn good in those tight ballroom dancers pants! Hell yeah!! Let the dancing begin!

To check out the entire allstar cast & their professional dancer pairings, click here:

http://abc.go.com/shows/dancing-with-the-stars/cast-announcement