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'Dancing With the Stars' 2011: Season 12 Cast Announced

by Kelly Woo, posted Feb 28th 2011 10:12PM
Dancing With the Stars 2011 season 12 castThe 'Dancing With the Stars' 2011 spring cast, announced Monday night during 'The Bachelor,' includes a talk show host, model, football star, '80s acting faves and Disney Channel starlet. So, all in all, it was a typical line-up for the popular ABC reality show.

The rumors we reported earlier came true: 'Cheers' star Kirstie Alley and former Hugh Hefner girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson were both on the official roster. And while Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell didn't end up joining 'DWTS' (and neither did Joy Behar, despite our wish list), pro wrestler Chris Jericho and talk show host Wendy Williams will be among the celebrities shaking their hips.

Two of the bigger names on the cast are actors who broke out in the '80s -- Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio. Can the 'Cheers' star and the 'Karate Kid' have a shot at following in the foosteps of Jennifer Grey, who starred in the classic 'Dirty Dancing'?

So why did Alley decide to go 'Dancing'? "Hmm, why?" Alley mused. "I don't know, pass that to someone else!"

When 'DWTS' alum and 'Good Morning America' correspondent Cameron Mathison asked her how she'd make herself more likable, Alley responded, "I think we're just here trying not to fall on our butts the first week!"

Macchio told co-host Brooke Burke he hoped his 'Karate Kid' skills would come in handy in learning choreograph. "I guess I just have to point my toes this time," he laughed.

Season 12 also features rapper Romeo, who was slated to dance in season 2. But he was injured in a basketball game and his father, Master P, stepped in to compete.

Meet the rest of the new 'Dancing With the Stars' cast ...

Kirstie AlleyKirstie Alley

Profession: Actress

You Might Know Her From: 'Cheers'

Age: 60
Psycho Mike"Psycho" Mike Catherwood

Profession: Radio DJ

You Might Know Him From: L.A.'s KROQ and as the co-host of 'Loveline' -- more here!

Age: About 31
Chris JerichoChris Jericho

AKA: Christopher Keith Irvine (birth name)

Profession: Former pro wrestler

You Might Know Him From: Winning nearly 30 championships in the WWE, WWF and other wrestling federations

Age: 40

Sugar Ray LeonardSugar Ray Leonard

Profession: Former boxer

You Might Know Him From: Winning world titles in five weight divisions

Age: 54
Ralph macchioRalph Macchio

Profession: Actor

You Might Know Him From: 'Karate Kid'

Age: 49
RomeoRomeo Miller

Profession: Rapper/actor/basketball player

You Might Know Him From: His dad, 'DWTS' alum Master P; his albums; playing for the University of Southern California; or his acting gigs ('Honey,' Nickelodeon's 'Romeo!')

Age: 21

Petra NemcovaPetra Nemcova

Profession: Model

You Might Know Her From: The cover of 2004's Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue; being a victim of the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which killed her fiance

Age: 31
Chelsea StaubChelsea Kane

Profession: Actress

You Might Know Her From: The Disney Channel's 'Jonas L.A.' and voicework on 'Fish Hooks' -- more here!

Age: 22
Hines WardHines Ward

Profession: Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver

You Might Know Him From: Being named MVP of Super Bowl XL in 2006

Age: 34
Kendra wilkinsonKendra Wilkinson

Profession: Model and TV personality

You Might Know Her From: As one of Hugh Hefner's three girlfriends in 'Girls Next Door'; as the star of her own reality show, 'Kendra'; as the wife of football player Hank Baskett

Age: 25
Wendy Williams Wendy Williams

Profession: Talk show host, self-proclaimed "queen of all media"

You Might Know Her From: 'The Wendy Williams Show'

Age: 46

Who's your early pick to win 'Dancing With the Stars'?
Kirstie Alley6081 (5.1%)
"Psycho Mike" Catherwood1721 (1.4%)
Chris Jericho4444 (3.7%)
Sugar Ray Leonard18642 (15.5%)
Ralph Macchio16976 (14.1%)
Romeo Miller10899 (9.1%)
Petra Nemcova10132 (8.4%)
Chelsea Kane Staub7871 (6.5%)
Hines Ward15705 (13.0%)
Kendra Wilkinson23252 (19.3%)
Wendy Williams4678 (3.9%)

What do you think of the new 'Dancing' cast?
Fun group - let's 'Dance'!2899 (24.6%)
Underwhelming, but they might surprise us.5713 (48.5%)
Not a fan of this cast, I'll sit this one out.3163 (26.9%)

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Watch the cast answer audience questions here:

Part 1

Part 2

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Sarah Borthwick

http://sportsstreaming99.com/dancing-with-the-stars-season-12/05/2011 get more related to dancing with the stars season 12...

May 25 2011 at 6:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sue J

I think this show stinks, it is not fair they keep who they want. someone makes a mistake or falls they stay, but the one that didnt do good on a song they let go, they keep the playgirl that is the only reason she is voted to come back so they can see her throw her butt in front of an old man an give him a little thrill an its no wonder she was hefner's playgirl what do u expect thought this was dancing with stars not doing sex all over the screen, i will not watch it as u are going down the hill . i watched last year an it was clean an great an i would let my children an grandchildren watch not this year i hope u change this have that Kendra clean up her act or go tell her to go to a strip joint since she wants to perform like one. i hope they cut u off an not return untill u guys clean things up, u have let go of many good performers.

April 26 2011 at 10:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James Sutton

another example this week of popularity and not dancing skill.i think this year the show really sucks .its no longer a dance show but a real big joke.a dancer who was on the top of the dance board is let go .that really sucks .anyone who comes on to win better be popular with the public or no matter how good they are will be let go.i hope the public knows what they are voting on is the better dancer not who has the most friends.this show is slowly going down hill and my family thinks it stinks this year real bad.

April 19 2011 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Long

WHAT A JOKE KIRSTIE CANNOT DANCE AND KENDRA CLAIM TOI FAME IS shacking with a man in late 80's for money

April 19 2011 at 10:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

What happened to Derek....he was my favorite professional to watch...along with his sister Juilanne...now they both aren't on the show....who next Cheryl?

March 30 2011 at 8:38 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Marie Leo

He is taking time off from DWTS to perform on Broadway...

April 18 2011 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I am toally going for Kendra shes knows what she wants and goes after it.

March 30 2011 at 12:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

why are they letting Chris Brown

he beat Rinnia up

March 29 2011 at 9:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What happened to Derek. He was one of the best dancers you had; you have a few but I think I will set this series out this time as he is not there and there are a few that isn;t worth watching

March 29 2011 at 5:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

What happened to Derek,, He was so great and he really made the show

March 29 2011 at 5:39 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Marie Leo

He took tike off of DWTS to perform on Broadway..

April 18 2011 at 9:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Question: does anyone know how the choreographers are selected for a particular celebrity?

March 29 2011 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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