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2011 'Dancing With the Stars' cast: Kirstie Alley, Wendy Williams, Sugar Ray Leonard and more

New Dancing With the Stars Cast for 2011 Season 12

This post has been updated. Please see the note below for details.

The 2011 "Dancing With the Stars" cast has been announced, with hot names for "DWTS" Season 12 including TV host Wendy Williams, Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson, boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard and pro wrestler Chris Jericho.

Oh! Don't forget Kirstie Alley -- 'cause we have a thing for her, and because it's always fun to see if someone loses weight while competing in the show.

With Williams, Wilkinson and Leonard/Jericho covering the "controversial," "hottie" and "athlete" categories held last season by Bristol Palin, Audrina Patridge and Rick Fox/Kurt Warner, "DWTS" was left to fill the Season 11 roles of "name from Gen Xers' childhoods" (Ralph Macchio is the new Florence Henderson?) and "someone who came from Disney" ("Jonas" alum Chelsea Kane is the new Kyle Massey).

Show Tracker has more details and the rest of the names, which were announced Monday night during "The Bachelor." Pictures too!

For the record, 7:50 p.m. March 28: This post originally described Chelsea Kane as a "Wizards of Waverly Place" alum. Though she appeared on an episode of "Wizards," she's done significantly more work on "Jonas" and "Fish Hooks." Thanks to commenter @Danny Nicholas for flagging the gaffe.

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-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photos: Kirstie Alley, left, Ralph Macchio and Wendy Williams. Credits: Associated Press

 
Comments () | Archives (5)

the line-up looks very dull...won't be watching this season...no one worth rooting for...except maybe Kirtie Alley.

I am very bored with dancing with the stars! they need to come up with something new or just get cancel it! iam so over it! Boring boring boring
I really thingk is time to cancel this show!

Man tough to pick out someone to root for. What the heck is Wendy Williams doing? They are trying very hard to make her the next Oprah. lol

I know that I will not be watching this season's show. After Kate Gosselin got as far as she did, which she did not deserve after being the worst dancer week after week, and Palin got to the finals after dancing worse than Brandy and being bad all the way through. I believe that the competition is not a competition but rather a popularity contest. Kate pandered to the unwed, or single mothers when all that we read about her is that she is always away from her kids, unless she is exploiting them while filming. Palin pandered to the Republican Party, which was wrong. Especially with you always showing her mother. It almost became a Sarah Palin thing, with her daughter dancing. That is just wrong. So you have lost me as a viewer. My parents will not watch any more and I know of a lot of others that are disillusioned with your show. You had a good thing going and you went and ruined it by bringing no one, no talent, wanna be stars on the show and then pushing them to the end. That is just wrong.

Okay, I know you can't research or know everything, but Chelsea Kane is a Jonas Alum. She's never been within a mile of Wizards. The world couldn't handle her and Selena in the same room anyhow!


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