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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)


If she's fortunate enough to draw Maks or Louis or one of the other "tough guy" male dancers, Kirstie will have a transformational experience just like Kelly Osbourne and Bristol Palin did. Don't worry about her.

With Derek Hough taking this season off, the contest appears wide open to me.

Which guy got paired with Cheryl Burke? (My choice: Hines Ward!)

does anyone not realize that there are only 11 cast members revealed??? Theres one missing!

None of these people are the least bit interesting. We won't be watching this season.

Really don't see any names that elicit much emotion. No emotion on the viewers part, lower ratings for DWTS. Maybe Kirsty will provide the train wreck entertainment until she gets voted off. Does Sugar Ray have anything left upstairs? I hope he doesn't embarrass himself. Wouldn't mind to see Jericho and Hines ward go at it. They can pilot the new show, fighting with the stars. As far as Wendy Williams goes, I still say she's a he.

The winner? Who are the ladies going to vote for? Petra is too good looking to get their full support so gotta go with Psycho Mike.

with the exception of Kristy Alley, the Karate Kid and Sugar Ray.....WHO ARE THE REST OF THESE PEOPLE??????

Sorry to hear Wendy Williams and Ralph Macchio are hard up enough to do DWTS. Maybe John Galiano can be on next year.

I've never watched it, and this gives me no reason to start.

Who ARE these people???

Ah, yes, another season of "Dancing with the Non-Stars". XD

Rumor has it that ABC will be expanding the concept next year and will launch a new show: "Dancing with the Pols." Check out this report: http://davespoliticalsatire.blogspot.com/

Dancing with the what?
Definitely not stars- not even Kirstie Alley.
I may watch once just to laugh.

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