On Monday night (March 22), the 10th season of “Dancing With the Stars” is set to kick off with an eclectic lineup of athletes, TV personalities, actors and musicians. It’s only a matter of time until we find out who will take home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy, so we’re sizing up the competition and giving you a crash course on the contestants and their partners .
Dancer: Nicole Scherzinger
Partner: Derek Hough
How You Know Her: Scherzinger has toured with everyone from Lady Gaga to Britney Spears as the frontwoman of the Pussycat Dolls.
Dancer: Jake Pavelka
Partner: Chelsie Hightower
How You Know Him: Pavelka was the star of the last season of “The Bachelor,” where he picked Vienna Girardi as his lady love. In his non-TV life, he is a pilot.
Dancer: Chad Ochocinco
Partner: Cheryl Burke
How You Know Him: Ochocinco, a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, is one of several athletes on the show this season.
Dancer: Shannen Doherty
Partner: Mark Ballas
How You Know Her: She made a name for herself thanks to “Heathers” and “Beverly Hills, 90210,” and she quickly became known as a diva. After “90210,” she emerged as one of the bewitching sisters on “Charmed” and later hosted Syfy’s “Scare Tactics.”
Dancer: Kate Gosselin
Partner: Tony Dovolani
How You Know Her: Kate made a name for herself as the mom of eight kids on “Jon & Kate Plus 8.” Now divorced from Jon Gosselin, she is expected to make her reality-TV return not only on “DWTS,” but also her spin-off series.
Dancer: Evan Lysacek
Partner: Anna Trebunskaya
How You Know Him: Competition is natural for Lysacek, who won gold at the Winter Olympics this year in Vancouver.
Dancer: Niecy Nash
Partner: Louis Van Amstel
How You Know Her: She’s made fans laugh on “Reno 911” and has hosted on shows like “Clean House” and “The Insider.”
Dancer: Buzz Aldrin
Partner: Ashly Costa (formerly DelGrosso)
How You Know Him: In 1969, he made the historic Apollo 11 mission and accompanied Neil Armstrong as they set foot on the moon. And, of course, Buzz is the MTV Moonman himself.
Dancer: Pamela Anderson
Partner: Damian Whitewood
How You Know Her: After getting her start on “Home Improvement,” she really caught everyone’s attention as one of the lifeguards in that iconic red bathing suit on “Baywatch.” The Playboy Playmate also starred on “V.I.P.”
Dancer: Erin Andrews
Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy
How You Know Her: The ESPN sideline reporter made headlines last year when a peephole video of her, taken without her consent, leaked online.
Will you tune in to “Dancing With the Stars”? Who do you think will dominate the dance floor? Let us know in the comments!