« Previous Post | Show Tracker Home | Next Post »

New 'Dancing With the Stars' cast announced

dancing with the stars dwts season 12 kirstie alley kendra wilkinson wendy williams
ABC just has to maintain its presence at the water cooler. First with the Academy Awards. Then with Charlie Sheen.  Now with the "Dancing with the Stars" lineup announcement.

We've all heard rumors. But the wait is finally over. The network announced the new cast during the East Coast airing of Monday's episode of "The Bachelor."

So let’s now (officially) take a look at who will be twirling (and/or fumbling) across the stage this season. Here are the folks likely to take up your time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays:

Dwts-season-12 --Actor Ralph Macchio will revisit the “wax on, wax off” technique ... only he’ll be using his feet to add some sheen to the dance floor. 

--Romeo Miller has dropped the “Lil’ ” from his name, and now Master P’s son is ready to take on the dancing world. Perhaps the training he got as a USC basketball player will help? Given his record ...  maybe not.

-- Playboy bunny Kendra Wilkinson will add sashaying and shimmying (things we’re sure she’s familiar with) to diaper-changing and other mommyhood duties. And we’ll hear that ever-pleasant laugh in yet another forum. 

--Model Petra Němcová will put those long legs to use this season ... and we can hear Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino now, cursing ABC for not waiting to put him on this season.

-- Wrestler Chris Jericho is ditching the mat for the hardwood. Let’s hope he doesn’t accidentally body-slam his partner. 

-- Former “Cheers” star -- and Jenny Craig alum -- Kirstie Alley proved she could take dance instruction from John Travolta in “Look Who’s Talking.” Maybe those skills will transfer over? 

-- Outspoken radio and TV personality Wendy Williams doesn’t mince her words. Can she keep her foot out of her mouth long enough to prance around the floor?

-- Actress Chelsea Kane -- who previously went by Chelsea Staub -- hails from the school of Disney, having appeared on “Wizards of Waverly Place” and “Jonas L.A., ” just to name a few. Will her young following be enough to keep her in the game?

-- Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard has sparred with the best of them. Perhaps Evander Holyfield will pass along to him some helpful hints about how to jab with his feet, not fists. Wait ... that might not be such a good thing.

-- Hines Ward, wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers, is in good company with his fellow footballers-turned-dancers. The show has been good to NFL stars, with Emmitt Smith winning and Jerry Rice, Jason Taylor, Chad Ochocinco, Warren Sapp, Lawrence Taylor and Kurt Warner all competing and  (some of them) doing well. Maybe Kroy Biermann (from the Atlanta Falcons or “Real Housewives of Atlanta, whichever is your pleasure) was busy?

-- If sex is like dancing, does that mean shelling out sex advice will translate to awesome dance moves? Or the opposite? We’ll find out when “Loveline” co-host Michael “Psycho Mike” Catherwood steps on the stage. 

Show Trackers, what do you think of the lineup? Which of the contestants is the one to beat? Who is unlikely to get far?

-- Yvonne Villarreal


Top photos from left: "Dancing with the Stars" season 12 cast members Kirstie Alley, Kendra Wilkinson and Wendy Williams. Credits: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times; Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images; Charles Sykes / Associated Press

Bottom photo: Ralph Macchio. Credit: Peter Kramer / Associated Press. Here are more photos of the new "Dancing with the Stars" cast.

Comments () | Archives (32)

These are all like F list celebrities and lower. Ratings will be lowest ever.

its' will be enjoyed Something about Dancing With The Stars read for full post

What no Republicans this year! Fox is NOT going to be very happy about this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't believe anyone watches Dancing with the Stars. I watched 10 minutes of it and felt it was the dumbest show on TV. I switched to the History Channel.

I've only heard of two of them.

Are they calling this 'Dancing With the Stars' or 'Train vs. Car Aftermath'?

PSYCHO MIKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I worry about Kirstie Alley. She's WAY out of shape. How is she going to survive the physical demands of the show?

Psycho Mike is reason enough for me to tune in. Big fan of the Kevin & Bean show.

Stars? What stars?

Looks like a low budget 'Where Are They Now.Won't be Watching

I'm way excited for this cast!! Ralph Macchio, Kendra, Wendy Williams! Yay! Now I can't wait to find out who they're paired up with!!

DWTS is way past its sell by date. The new cast looks boring, but who knows? At least Bristol is gone.

Dancing with the stars really scrapped the bottom of the bowl this season,
what is going on? Might as well just recruit ordinary citizens, that would
be interesting.

I must ask: can ABC sensors hit the mute button each time annoying and not-hot-like-she-thinks Kendra blasts her excruciating immature laugh?

Why would they have a transgender on Dancing with the Stars (Weendy Williams) I won't be watching it this season.

I expect all the outspoken, "funny" people to fail miserably. They almost always do. So long Wendy, Kirstie, and Psycho Mike. The models are always pretty, but tend to be stiff on the dance floor. I'm thinking Ralph Maccho may surprise us!

I don't know who most of those people are. And sadly, I couldn't care less about the ones I DO know. DWTS won't darken my TiVO at all this season.

Wondering how well Sugar Ray Leonard will perform with his limited eyesight due to boxing injuries. He IS a star of yesteryear.

Although Kirstie Alley is the best known contestant, she might get kicked off early because she's older, chubby and loud ala Margaret Cho. She'll provide wit and personality that the show must have to draw viewers. But, why no Asian contestants? The late Pat Morita might wonder.

If Petra Nemacova can dance, she'll be in there for the long haul.

As always, DWTS proves to be a display of losers, "has-beens' , untalented and out of work clumsy people looking for hand-outs. So pathetic to witness people watching it and participating in that ridiculous display ! gag me...

1 2 | »


Recommended on Facebook

In Case You Missed It...


Tweets and retweets from L.A. Times staff writers.




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: