Incredibly enough, the 13th season of everyone’s favorite celebrity dance competition, “Dancing With the Stars,” is just around the corner. The season premiere is a few weeks away, and the only thing more exciting than watching the new crop of celebs strut their stuff for the first time is finding out exactly what brave stars have been assembled to compete.
The wait is over as ABC announced their bright, shiny new cast Monday night (August 29) during “Bachelor Pad.” Here’s a look at the eclectic new contestants readying their dancing shoes for season 13 of “Dancing With the Stars”:
The former prosecutor has made a name for herself as the host of her own talk show on HLN. Grace covers the world of current affairs, in a no-nonsense, take-no-prisoners approach that often draws criticism for her snap judgment and pointed opinions.
Longtime fans will always remember Lake from her big-screen debut as Tracy Turnblad in the 1988 movie “Hairspray.” Later in life, Lake made a name for herself with her daytime talk show, which ended its 11-year run in 2004 but is reportedly returning to TV in fall 2012.
Phillips has long been in the public eye and is perhaps best known as being part of popular ’90s trio Wilson Phillips. The daughter of the Mamas & the Papas’ bandmembers John and Michelle Phillips has dabbled in singing and acting over the years and has been married to Billy Baldwin (brother to Alec and Stephen) since 1995.
Solo joins the ranks of many professional athletes-turned-dancers on “DWTS.” The professional soccer star helped the U.S. Women’s team bring home the gold medal at the ’08 summer Olympics and is currently a goalkeeper for the MagicJack soccer club.
The MTV star stirred up trouble first on “Laguna Beach” and then took over for Lauren Conrad on the final season of “The Hills.” The newly single Cavallari will surely take full advantage of the show’s skimpy costumes and no doubt gain the attention of a new beau.
Canalis is best known for her highly publicized two-year romance with one of America’s favorite “Sexiest Men Alive,” George Clooney. Since their split last summer, the Italian beauty has appeared in film and TV shows and hosted the Italian version of “Total Request Live,” as well as the singing contest Sanremo Music Festival.
“Keeping Up With the Kardashians” might shine the brightest spotlight on the Kardashian sisters, but little brother Rob is often there as the voice of reason amid the family drama. The reality star could have a leg up on the competition, getting tips from sister Kim, who competed on season seven, or maybe Sabrina Bryan, the Cheetah Girls bandmate of Rob’s ex Adrienne Bailon, who competed on season five. Or maybe he should just keep it in the family.
Bono is the only child of superstars Cher and the late Sonny Bono. Despite living in the shadow of famous parents, Chaz, who was born Chastity, is a writer, actor and musician, and is well-known in the LGBT community for being a transgender advocate.
While Arquette is known for memorable roles in film and television, particularly as dopey policeman Dewey Cox in the “Scream” franchise, the actor/director/writer/occasional professional wrestler made headlines last year when he and Courteney Cox, his wife of nearly 11 years, announced their separation. Three months later, after giving Howard Stern a particularly revealing interview about the state of his marriage, Arquette checked himself into rehab for issues with alcohol. He is in recovery and has reportedly been sober since.
Or should we say Metta World Peace? The outspoken Lakers player and rapper, who is currently trying to change his name to that Ochocinco-esque alias, made headlines years ago for an on-court brawl but is now known as a quirkily lovable personality. We’ll see what antics he has up his sleeve on the dance floor.
This surefire fan favorite is an actor, motivational speaker and retired soldier who suffered burns over 40 percent of his body when his Humvee hit a landmine in Iraq. Martinez turned the harrowing experience into an inspirational tale for other burn victims and now has a role on ABC’s “All My Children.”
This fashion guru got his celebrity start as one of the “Fab Five” on Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” Kressley has an eye for how to make people look good and frequently appears on TV talk shows to offer his expert opinions on fashion. Kressley currently hosts his own show “Carson Nation” on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN.
“Dancing With The Stars” premieres Monday, September 19, at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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