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'Dancing With the Stars' pairings announced

117529_6183_pre Hello, ballroom fans! ABC has just announced the celebrity/pro pairs for Season 9 of "Dancing With the Stars" (which premieres Sept. 21). Here's a rundown of who'll be stepping with whom:

- Pop star Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff

- Olympic swimmer Natalie Coughlin and Season 1 champ Alec Mazo

- "Iron Chef" star Mark Dacasos and Lacey Schwimmer

- Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and two-time champ Cheryl Burke (hey, it had to be someone, didn't it?)

- Singer Macy Gray and Jonathan Roberts

- Actor Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska

- Actress Melissa Joan Hart and two-time champ Mark Ballas

- Model Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani

- NFL star Michael Irvin and last season's pro dancer competition champ, Anna Demidova

- Model Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough

- "Ultimate Fighting" champ Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya

- Actress Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkoviskiy 

- Singer Mya and Dmitry Chaplin

- Reality star Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel

- Singer Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson

- Pro snowboarder Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower

Looking over the group, methinks Mya's proven dance moves will give Emmy-nominated choreographer Dmitry some good material to work with and make her the person to beat. I'm also curious to see what Chelsie can do with Louie Vito and am rooting for Natalie solely based on her swimming. Oddest pairing (well, other than Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke) has to be Kelly Osbourne and Louis Van Amstel— wonder if Louis' experience will smooth over the spitfire reality star?

What do you think of the pairs? Whom are you excited to see? Do you think people will vote for DeLay because he's paired with the popular Cheryl? Do Ashley Hamilton and Edyta Sliwinska make the tannest couple in the history of the show? Whom do you think has the goods to win the coveted mirror ball trophy? 

— Allyssa Lee

Photo: Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya. Photo credit: Harper Smith/ABC

Comments () | Archives (8)

Why lawd did they put Cheryl with Delay? Can't this girl get a break?

Chuck Lidell is gonna win. Hes going to bust out a spinning backfist in the middle of his dance routine and knock Aaron Carter out. Or maybe his dance partner. We'll see.

I'm definitely bummed that Cheryl is gonna have to take it with Tom.But if he can foxtroty all across the dance floor, i'm voting for them.

I thought they were going to bring back Cloris Leachman to partner Tom DeLay.

I agree.Why can't Cheryl get a break?She was unfortunate to be paired with Wayne.Cristian did hurt himself during the competition was on.She got labelled fat the following season.Then she was so much deserving to win the trophy and ended up empty handed,despite of some flawless performances by her and her partner with Gilles.And lastly,Tom DeLay?Poor Cheryl.But why do i get the feeling that Tom and Cheryl is going to do so much better than anyone else are expecting?Do not underestimate Cheryl's magic!

Little known fact: Liddell is an amazing ballet star. Well the pummel your face ballet. Seriously though, I do Mixed Martial Arts and it takes incredible skill, agility, footwork and technique. watch for Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya to take the "championship belt"

Well...that stuff bout MMA might be true but I don't think Chuck has the best footwork. However, his ballet spins will still KO Aaron Carter

I agree...poor Cheryl Burke! What could she have done to deserve that creep of a partner? We fans are the real losers, 'cuz Cheryl has the most personality & talent of all the pros. Some pairings promise real eye candy, though...Kym Johnson & Derek Hough & their partners, for instance.


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