For “Dancing With the Stars” fans, only Christmas comes close to the excitement surrounding this very day, the one in which new names are officially unveiled for the new season. Now, the all-new cast of celebrities has been announced — and when its 10th season kicks off March 22, everyone from the infamous to the athletic to the iconic will be hitting the dance floor.
On Monday night (March 1), ABC announced the new contestants during “The Bachelor.” Read on for a breakdown of which big names will be making their ballroom-dancing debut and fox-trotting into your living room.
The veteran actress/ model/ Borat abduction target, 42, will soon be adding competitive dancing to her résumé. Rumors of America’s favorite Canadian lifeguard joining the cast have been swirling around the Internet for quite sometime, but now that it has been confirmed, we can all breathe easy and start explore a different topic: how Pam will keep her balance on the dance floor considering her famously oversized, ahem, assets.
Best known as the lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, the 31-year-old Scherzinger would seem to have a natural advantage on “DWTS” due to her extensive singing/dancing work. Now that her bandmates are moving on and she’s strapping on her dancing shoes, could this indicate that the Pussycat Dolls have made their last meow?
The newly divorced reality star and mother of eight, Kate, 34, has fueled so many tabloid reports that she’s as recognizable to supermarket shoppers as Aunt Jemima. Now, she’ll be talked about for her dancing skills or — according to her — lack thereof. Will Jon be doing some heavy-duty babysitting on his own this season?
Every class needs a football player, and Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco will soon be using his soft hands to cradle a dancing partner rather than a pigskin. Ochocinco joins the fast-growing ranks of NFL players who have competed in the dancing competition, including Warren Sapp and Jerry Rice. Born Chad Johnson, the colorful player legally changed his name to the Spanish words for “eight” and “five,” and recently announced he’d be changing it again to the Japanese words — so, get ready for Chad Hachi Go. Let’s just hope there’s a lot of room for name inscribing on that mirror-ball trophy.
Like former co-stars Jennie Garth and Ian Ziering before her, “Beverly Hills, 90210″ alum Shannen Doherty, 38, will be leaving West Bev in the dust for “Dancing With the Stars.” The former Brenda Walsh spoke out publicly in 2007 against going on such shows, setting her up perfectly to continue a career-long tradition of rocking the boat. In semi-related news, Brian Austin Green continues to wait by the phone wearing a leotard and tap shoes.
At the just-concluded Winter Olympics, this 24-year-old figure skater took home the gold; now, he’ll be trying to duplicate that success on the dance floor. Trading in his skates for dance shoes, Lysacek won’t be able to move quite as fast without the ice beneath him — but hey, at least he’ll be warmer.
Long beloved by sports fans for her brains, beauty and sideline-reporting skills, Andrews has spent her recent days making TV commercials and dealing with a bizarre peeping-Tom video. Forget about dancing — it will be weird just to see her without a microphone in her hand.
The original moonwalker, Aldrin was on the historic Apollo 11 mission and accompanied Neil Armstrong as they set foot on the moon. Now, he’s 80 years old and still active enough to think he can teach those other “DWTS” whippersnappers a thing or two. Something tells us it’s gonna take a lot more than Tang and powdered ice cream to get him through this one.
The British stud, best known for his role as Aidan Devane on “All My Children,” follows in the footsteps of other ABC soap stars like Kelly Monaco and Cameron Mathison on “DWTS.” A cameo in Spice Girl Geri Halliwell’s “Bag It Up” music video might give the 32-year-old a leg up on the competition.
The “Reno 911″ funnywoman has often branched out from acting, with her hosting duties on “Clean House” and her panelist gig on “The Insider.” Now, the 40-year-old comic actress will stretch her skills even further to see how she fares on the dance floor.
It might have seemed like an odd choice to reveal the “DWTS” lineup during “The Bachelor,” but then the last contestant was announced: Jake. Between his search for love and now the dancing show, ABC is really taking care of the pilot.