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ABC announces new cast of Dancing With the Stars

by Kona Gallagher, posted Aug 25th 2008 12:02PM
Dancing with the starsDancing With the Stars is a show that makes no sense to me. I understand the appeal of it; I'm usually very interested in any program that involves celebrities doing ridiculous things on national television and I know that people love bright shiny costumes, but it still somehow manages to hold no interest for me whatsoever.

With that said, I know that the announcement of each season's DWTS cast is heavily anticipated and rumored for months before the actual announcement. We heard that Dan Marino may be a contestant; a claim that was soon denied. 82-year-old Cloris Leachman was another name floated, as was Magnum, P.I. himself, Tom Selleck. Kim Kardashian and Kathy Griffin were also said to have been approached.

As with most rumors, some of these turned out to be false, but others had some truth to them. Follow me after the jump for the official (and completely insane) cast of Dancing With the Stars' seventh season, along with some twists the producers have cooked up for this go-around.

Lance Bass: Bass, formerly of N*Sync, was one of the early rumors for this season's cast. Bass is going to be appearing, but contrary to previous reports, his dancing partner will not be a man. Instead, he will be paired up with Lacey Schwimmer, who is making her first appearance on the show.

Toni Braxton: The six-time Grammy award winning "Un-break My Heart" singer has been on a medical hiatus for the past six months due to heart problems. She has apparently bounced back and will be paired with season one champion, Alec Mazo, who is making his fourth appearance.

Brooke Burke: The lad mag cover girl and former host of Wild On and Rock Star: Supernova will be competing with Derek Hough, who is performing on DWTS for the third time.

Rocco DiSpirito: Audiences were first introduced to this eccentric chef on his reality show, The Restaurant. While he was ousted from the restaurant on which the show was based, he has gone on to publish cookbooks and make other television appearances. He's getting another show on A&E called Rocco Gets Real, premiering in October. He is paired with the infamous Karina Smirnoff, who is making her fifth appearance.

Maurice Greene: This Olympic runner, dubbed "World's Fastest Man," has two Olympic gold medals, one silver, and one bronze that he won in the 2000 and 2004 games. He also currently holds the Indoor World Record for the 60m, with a time of 6.39 seconds. His partner is two-time DWTS champion, Cheryl Burke. This is her sixth appearance on the show.

Kim Kardashian: Most of us first heard about the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star when she appeared in a sex tape with Brandy's brother, Ray-J. Since then, she's appeared in somewhat more legitimate films, including the upcoming Disaster Movie. It was also just reported that she managed to slice her foot open by moving a mirror that was under her desk. This injury required stitches, but is not expected to keep her from competing. Her partner is defending champ Mark Ballas, who is appearing for the third time.

Cloris Leachman: Leachman is 82-years-old and is awesome. a nine-time Emmy award winner, she also won an Oscar for her role in The Last Picture Show. Leachman is paired with Corky Ballas, who is making his DWTS debut.

Cody Linley: As Hannah Montana's Jake Ryan, Linley is well-known to the tween audience. He's also the youngest celebrity to ever compete on DWTS. Luckily, he has a good partner in two-time champ Julianne Hough, who is returning for her fourth season.

Susan Lucci: Even if you don't watch soap operas, you know Lucci, who has played Erica Kane on All My Children since the beginning of time (Seriously. AMC is having its 10,000th episode in November). Lucci won an Emmy for her role in 1999. She is paired with DWTS vet Tony Dovolani, who is making his sixth appearance.

Misty May-Treanor: A beach volleyball player, May-Treanor apparently does not believe in vacations. She is competing on DWTS right after snagging a gold medal in Beijing. Her victory at the Olympic games also marked her 108th win in a row. She is paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who is returning for his fifth season.

Ted McGinley: Despite his reputation as a show-killer, it's doubtful that his appearance on DWTS is going to do any harm. He is probably best known for his roles on sitcoms Married: With Children and Hope & Faith. He's paired with newcomer Inna Brayer, so maybe producers aren't taking any chances.

Jeffrey Ross: Known as "The Meanest Man in Comedy," Ross can be seen on the various Comedy Central Roasts. He has also made appearances on Weeds and CSI. His partner is Edyta Sliwinska, the only professional dancer to appear on all seven seasons of DWTS.

Warren Sapp: Ths show loves having its awkward football players compete. A recently-retired Super Bowl champion, Sapp played for both the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders. Beginning in October, he will host Showtime's Inside the NFL. His partner is Kym Johnson, who is returning for her fifth season.

Dancing With the Stars premieres on Monday, September 22 in a big ol' live, three-night dancing extravaganza. Producers are switching things up a bit by making the contestants choreograph two dances for the first week. They will perform the first dance on Monday, and only 12 of the 13 teams will perform their second dance on Tuesday. On the Wednesday results show, another team will be eliminated. Jesse McCartney and The Jonas Brothers (insert high-pitched squeal here) will be performing.

In addition to having the oldest and youngest stars on the show this season, this is also the biggest cast they've ever had. Personally, I'm rooting for Leachman to go all the way and I think McGinley is going to be kicked off pretty quickly. But then again, I don't really watch the show, so I could be way off.

Who do you think is going to be the first one kicked off and who's going to win it all?

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I think Lucci should go. God Bless Cloris; but she needs to go and give the others their fair chance. Cloris is a wonderful lady. Lucci, I feel just puts on that "attitude" she does everywhere she goes. Sorry!!
Macs, he is awesome. Anyone he works with is good. I am pulling for him to win. He is just a natural at these dances. I very much enjoy watching him.

September 25 2008 at 1:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Macs is the best and who ever he dances with is good. He is always my favorite. Hope he wins!!

September 25 2008 at 12:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

How about "The Rock" as a Star dancer?

September 22 2008 at 11:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Here's a thought -- if you don't watch a show or don't like a show or don't understand a show -- have someone else blog about it! It's frustrating to read, especially if you are a fan and it is one of the most popular shows on the air.

August 26 2008 at 3:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you state you do not like DWTS....such a shame...considering all the other JUNK you like that appears in your column. Where do you get this stuff you write about...half of the stuff I have never heard about....

August 26 2008 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

you state you do not like DWTS....such a shame...considering all the other JUNK you like that appears in your column. Where do you get this stuff you write about...half of the stuff I have never heard about....

August 26 2008 at 12:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ed Venture

Now it's official, Dancing with the Stars has "jumped the shark."

Ted will signal its doom.

August 26 2008 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm confused, I thought that all of the other dancers were professional dancers? By Professional do you mean like, for money as opposed to for competition? I'm confuzzled.

August 25 2008 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

congrats to lacey on the new gig... you have to think her and lance bass will be one of the early favorites

August 25 2008 at 1:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Lance Bass is probably going to win this all ,not just because he was part of one of the biggest boy bands, but because he is paired with a contestant who ended up in the final four of So You Think You Can Dance, which in my mind, is the biggest dance show out there today. I wanted Lacey to win SYTYCD, so lets just hope she wins DWTS.

August 25 2008 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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