It’s that time of the year again: ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” casting announcement is here! The rumors have been circulating, guesses made and, finally, the official list is here.
As usual, the new crop of celebrity dancers is a band of merry misfits. But we here at MTV News can’t help but smile that two of the newest castmembers are, in a sense, homegrown:
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino
Something tells us this “Jersey Shore” breakout star isn’t going to have a problem showing off a little chest on “DWTS.” The self-proclaimed guido has already made an impression on reality-TV fans with his one-liners and manscaped abs; now he can put all the time he spent fist-pumping in Seaside Heights nightclubs to good use on the dance floor.
The brunet starlet made her Hollywood debut on MTV’s “The Hills” as Heidi and Lauren’s aspiring-model neighbor. Patridge has since pursued an acting career, scoring parts in “Sorority Row” and “Into the Blue 2.” With “The Hills” signing off this past July, the California girl is ready to show off her fancy footwork on a new reality show.
Once known primarily as the spunky and sweet teen singer of “Sittin’ Up in My Room” and “I Wanna Be Down” and the star of the sitcom “Moesha,” Brandy Norwood is back on television with her brother Ray J in the VH1 reality show “Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business.” Norwood was also rumored to be dating rapper Flo Rida in the spring.
By now she is no stranger to the spotlight. First thrust into the public eye via her mom’s VP candidacy with John McCain in 2008, Bristol Palin was just 17 when it was announced she was pregnant and engaged to her child’s father, Levi Johnston. Palin currently juggles the duties of a single mom with public speaking, advocating abstinence to teens. She also appeared as herself on an episode of “The Secret Life of an American Teenager.” Her relationship with Johnston has been the epitome of on-again, off-again (they are currently “off”).
We can hear the “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” quotes now. Die-hard fans of the beloved “Dirty Dancing” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” actress are likely clamoring to get tickets to see Grey step back into her dancing shoes — surely she’ll dance to “Time of My Life” (the classic “Dancing” number), right? In recent years, Grey has appeared on TV and in film, often guest-starring as herself.
Hasselhoff — a.k.a. “The Hoff” — is no stranger to reality television, having just ended his stint as a judge on “America’s Got Talent.” Hasselhoff first rose to fame on the ’80s TV hit “Knight Rider,” then as forever-tan lifeguard Mitch Buchannon on “Baywatch.” He also enjoyed a brief career as a pop star in Germany, with two #1 hits on the German pop charts. Plus, he knows how to ham it up and take criticism — just check out his “Comedy Central Roast.”
The spunky 76-year-old is best known for playing the matriarch on “The Brady Show” in the late ’60s and early ’70s, but she hasn’t been a stranger over the past few decades, appearing on “The Surreal Life” in 2006 and even guest-hosting “WWE Monday Night Raw.” Hopefully she’ll fare a little better than previous AARP-eligible contestants (see: Cloris Leachman, Buzz Aldrin).
The racy comedian first made an impression with her 1994 sitcom “All American Girl,” which only lasted one season. Since then, she has written several books and found success on the road with her stand-up act. She also scored her own reality show in 2008: VH1′s “The Cho Show.” Let’s see if her entertaining comedy routine can translate into “DWTS” success.
One of two former pro athletes in the cast, Warner is a much-loved (for both his work on the football field and off) former NFL quarterback. Warner played 12 seasons for three different teams: the St. Louis Rams (with whom he helped win the Super Bowl and MVP in 2000), New York Giants and the Arizona Cardinals. Warner holds several NFL records, including the three highest single-game passing yardage totals in Super Bowl history.
Anyone listening to top 40 radio in the ’90s grew to either love or hate Bolton’s chart-toppers “When a Man Loves a Woman” and “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You.” Combined with his signature (and sultry) tenor voice and his formerly flowing locks, Bolton was a force to be reckoned with. The balladeer has been in the news recently after word got out that he and Lady Gaga were working together on his upcoming album, One World One Love, due in September.
Many former pro athletes have found success on the show (Apolo Ohno, Kristi Yamaguchi, Emmett Smith, etc.), so the addition of the former NBA player — he played for the Celtics and the Lakers — is not too much of a surprise. Fox is also well-known for being Vanessa Williams’ ex-husband and a sometimes actor with bit parts in TV and film.
Perhaps due to the success and popularity of their last Disney kid, “Hannah Montana” actor Cody Linley, ABC added “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House” star Kyle Massey to the roster. The plucky 19-year-old — who is also a rapper — is the cast’s youngest member. Perhaps he’ll wow the audience with his dance moves and lyrical stylings.
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