Dancing with the stars Season 14 live 2-hour premiere set for March 19th; Meet the cast

ABC’s DANCING WITH THE STARS
LIVE 2-HOUR PREMIERE EVENT
MONDAY MAR 19 8|7c

The stars, the drama, the glamour and the glitter are back on ABC!

“Dancing with the Stars returns for Season 14 on MONDAY, MARCH 19 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) with a sensational two-hour season premiere, then on TUESDAY, MARCH 27, with the premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET).

From TV personality, actors, athletes, singers, and artists, the show has the variety. Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet are back as hosts and are the three judges: Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.


Actress Melissa Gilbert will be paired with Val Chmerkovskiy. (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images; Jason Kempin/Getty Images)


Singer Gladys Knight will be paired with Tristan MacManus . (Larry Busacca/Getty Images; Angela Weiss/Getty Images)


TV personality Sherri Shepherd will be paired with Maksim Chmerkovskiy . (Ethan Miller/Getty Images; Jason Kempin/Getty Images)


Martina Navratilova will be paired with “Dancing With The Stars” cast member Tony Dovolani . (Tim Whitby/Getty Images; Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)


Actor Jaleel White will be paired with Kym Johnson. (John Sciulli/Getty Images; Mark Davis/Getty Images)


Jack Wagner will be paired with Anna Trebunskaya. (Samir Hussein/Getty Images; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


Donald Driver #80 of the Green Bay Packers will be paired with Peta Murgatroyd. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)


TV personality Maria Menounos will be paired with Derek Hough.(Jason Merritt/Getty Images; Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)


Actor Roshon Fegan will be paired with professional dancer Chelsie Hightower (Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)


William Levy will be paired with professional dancer Cheryl Burke (John Parra/Getty Images; Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)


Singer Gavin DeGraw will be paired with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff. (VALERIE MACON/AFP/Getty Images; Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)


Katherine Jenkins will be paired with Mark Ballas. (Andreas Rentz/Getty Images; Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images)

Meet the 2011 cast of ‘Dancing with the Stars’, two-hour premiere event on March 21

It seems like just yesterday that we were awaiting the big “Dancing With the Stars” casting announcement for the popular celebrity dance competition’s 11th season, where bold-faced names like Bristol Palin, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and eventual champ Jennifer Grey became even bolder during their time on the show.

Now, just six months later, the famous dance floor has been wiped clean to make way for a whole new crop of aspiring dance champs.

(The show airs on March 21st.)

Here’s a look at the 11 eclectic new contestants signed on for season 12 of “Dancing With the Stars”:

Chris Jericho
Jericho, born Christopher Irvine, is very well known to the world of professional wrestling fans. The 40-year-old was the first undisputed champion of the WWE in December 2001 (he beat Stone Cold Steve Austin and the Rock) but put his career on hold recently to focus more on his other passion project, performing as lead singer of heavy-metal band Fozzy.

Romeo
Although originally signed up to strut his stuff on season two, Romeo was replaced at the last minute by his equally famous poppa, Master P (whose turn on “DWTS” has been touted by many critics and followers as one of the worst in the show’s history; his Paso Doble holds the record for the lowest score ever). With the bar set slightly lower than average, the 21-year-old rapper, who once played college basketball for USC, likely hopes to make it farther than his father.

Kendra Wilkinson
The decidedly un-shy, already established reality-TV star Wilkinson is no stranger to performing or baring all in front of audiences. Wilkinson, who got her start as a Playboy model, ventured into television as a part of E!’s “The Girls Next Door” before slightly tempering her party-girl ways to settle down with NFL player Hank Baskett, their domestic bliss being the subject of her current show, “Kendra: Bunny Next Door.”

Kirstie Alley
Before she was the subject of her own reality show, “Kirstie Alley’s Big Life,” first on A&E and now Lifetime, and a Jenny Craig spokeswoman, Alley was known to several generations of TV watchers and filmgoers for her memorable turns on TV shows “Cheers” and “Veronica’s Closet” and movies like “Look Who’s Talking.” The outspoken celeb is a longtime “DWTS” fan.

Wendy Williams
The self-proclaimed “Queen of All Media” made a name for herself as a radio DJ then became a best-selling author and currently hosts her own syndicated daytime talk show called “The Wendy Williams Show.” Williams has a knack for asking uncomfortable questions during celebrity interviews and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with on the dance floor. Her talk show is reportedly scheduled to go on hiatus while she competes on the show.

Chelsea Kane
As has been the custom over the course of the past few seasons, the “DWTS” team has welcomed another Disney star into their midst, Chelsea Kane (formerly known as Chelsea Staub, Kane legally changed her professional name back in December). The 22-year-old was a regular on Disney’s “JONAS,” starring the Jonas Brothers, and currently lends her voice to the character Bea on the animated series “Fish Hooks.”

Sugar Ray Leonard
Leonard, a former professional boxer, follows in the footsteps of a slew of former professional athletes who have danced before him. While athletes have been formidable competitors in “DWTS” seasons past, the boxers haven’t fared quite as well. The 54-year-old’s illustrious career includes winning world titles in five weight divisions, including the welterweight champion of the world, as well as being the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in total purse winnings. Here’s hoping Leonard’s footwork is more like that of Laila Ali than Evander Holyfield and Floyd Mayweather.

Ralph Macchio
Although he’s had a few memorable parts on TV shows like “Entourage” and “Ugly Betty,” for a lot of people, Macchio will always and forever be the original “Karate Kid.” Sure, Jaden Smith karate-chopped his way to box-office success with his turn in 2010’s remake, but Macchio kicked his way into the hearts of teenage girls everywhere with 1984’s “The Karate Kid” and subsequent sequels.

Hines Ward
They’re certainly not skimping on the athletes this season! Ward joins the cast as one of three professional athletes competing for the famed discoball trophy. The onetime Super Bowl MVP currently plays wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and was born in Seoul, South Korea. In September of last year, President Barack Obama appointed him a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Petra Nemcova
This Czechoslovakian beauty is a supermodel with a big heart. The 31-year-old was one of hundreds of thousands of people caught in the devastating South Asian tsunami in 2004, which killed 250,000 people in 14 countries, including Nemcova’s boyfriend at the time, Simon Atlee. When Nemcova visited the site of the tsunami several months later, she was unsatisfied with the structure of how charitable donations benefit those living in states of emergency, so she created the Happy Hearts Fund to help children in post-disaster areas in eight countries: Haiti, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Hurricane Katrina-affected areas of the United States.

Mike Catherwood
While most TV watchers are familiar with Dr. Drew from his various VH1 shows, his “Loveline” radio partner, Mike Catherwood, might not be as well-known. Catherwood, also known as Psycho Mike, has co-hosted the syndicated radio show for a year now, following Adam Carolla’s exit back in 2005. The muscly radio host — who also works on Los Angeles’ “Kevin & Bean Show” — recently made a memorable appearance filling in for Regis Philbin on “Live With Regis & Kelly.” We’ll see if his smooth-talking skills and time in the gym translate to a successful “DWTS” run.

 

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Video: Karina and Maksim of DWTS and SYTYCD stars perform at the Emmys La la la dance (I feel on top of the world)

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From Fox Dance: “On the 61st Primetime Emmy® Awards live telecast, So You Think You Can Dance choreographers Tabitha and Napoleon D’umo choreographed a routine that showcased reality TV show dance and included some SYTYCD alumni. Season 4’s Joshua Allen, Katee Shean, and Mark Kanemura, and Season 3’s Hok Konishi and Dominic Sandoval danced on the Nokia Theater stage.”

“La la la” (I feel on top of the world) popularized by LMFAO from their album Party Rock. Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo choreographed this dance. Featuring Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff with Hok Konishi of SYTYCD.

Melissa Rycroft Sets Wedding Date

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Come December, Melissa Rycroft will be a bachelorette no more.

The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars alum and her fiancé, Tye Strickland, are set to tie the knot on Dec. 12, she tells Us Weekly.

“We aren’t doing much. I think small, we plan small,” Rycroft says. “But whether it’s going to turn out the way we have it in our minds, I don’t know!”

News: Melissa Rycroft is engaged

The 26-year-old got engaged to Strickland, an insurance agent she’s dated on and off for two years, in June — three months after infamously getting dumped by Bachelor Jason Mesnick.

Something tells us Mesnick will not be getting an invite to Rycroft’s big day. But fellow Bachelor alums Jillian Harris and Naomi Crespo have been invited, as well as her Dancing partner Tony Dovolani, the magazine says.

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Dancing’s Mya: "I’m Scared of Messing Up"

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Mya is aching — but she likes it. “My torso’s cramped,” she tells TVGuide.com about rehearsing with her Dancing with the Stars partner Dmitry Chaplin. “But it’s a good sore, like I should’ve been doing something in the gym before he battered me today!” The singer/actress is hard at work perfecting her moves with Chaplin, but don’t think her dance background puts her at a large or even unfair advantage. It just puts more pressure on her, she says. See what else she has to say about her new gig and if she’ll pay tribute to the “Cell Block Tango” she performed in the musical Chicago on the show.


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Dancing’s Ashley Hamilton Up for Spray-Tanning: "I’m Hamil-Tan"

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Dancing with the Stars contestant Ashley Hamilton isn’t offended if you’ve never heard of him. “I don’t think anyone knew me and when they said, ‘You got Dancing with the Stars,’ I said, ‘What star am I dancing with?'” he tells TVGuide.com. Hamilton, the son of Season 2’s George Hamilton and ex-husband of Shannen Doherty, is an actor, comedian, sometimes-musician and a self-proclaimed wallflower who is always up for a challenge. But does he think he can improve on his dad’s fifth-place finish? See what he says, and find out what he’s worried about.


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Dancing with the Stars 2009 Season 9 Cast Revealed!

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Donny Osmond, Melissa Joan Hart and Tom DeLay are among the 16 new celebrities who will hit the parquet on Season 9 of Dancing with the Stars in the show’s largest cast ever.

Making the announcement on Good Morning America, host Tom Bergeron revealed the 16 stars and a twist: In the middle of the season, there will be three double eliminations back to back.

In addition, four new dances will be introduced: the Bolero, the Charleston, the Two Step and the Lambada.

Here are the 16 stars of Season 9:

1. Kathy Ireland, supermodel, author and fashion CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide
2. Macy Gray, Grammy-winning singer
3. Melissa Joan Hart, actress and one of the stars on our wish list
4. Mya, R&B singer and actress
5. Ashley Hamilton, actor-comedian and son of Season 2’s George Hamilton
6. Michael Irvin, ex-NFL wide receiver
7. Mark Dacascos, The Chairman on Iron Chef America
8. Donny Osmond, entertainer and brother of Season 5’s Marie Osmond
9. Kelly Osbourne, singer and daughter of Ozzy Osbourne
10. Debi Mazar, Entourage star
11. Chuck Liddell, light heavyweight champion
12. Natalie Coughlin, 11-time Olympic medalist in swimming
13. Joanna Krupa, model; most recently seen on ABC’s The Superstars
14. Louie Vito, snowboarder
15. Aaron Carter, singer and brother of Backstreet Boy Nick Carter
16. Tom DeLay, former House majority leader

Pro pairings will be announced Aug. 24. Season 9 kicks off Monday, Sept. 21, at 8/7c. What do you think of the new recruits?


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Dancing Sets Rehearsal Limit to Curb Injuries

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Dancing with the Stars producers have set a rehearsal limit for the Season 9 couples in an attempt to reduce the number of injuries that have afflicted celebrities and pros alike in seasons past.

“They will monitor how long they rehearse for,” a source close to the show tells TVGuide.com. “It’s never been done before.”

Just last season, eight stars suffered injuries, two of whom — Jewel and Access Hollywood host Nancy O’Dell — were forced to withdraw prior to the season premiere. Their replacements, Girl Next Door Holly Madison and scorned Bachelor star Melissa Rycroft, respectively, got injured themselves during their runs.

Other stars who required a doctor’s visit last season were runner-up Gilles Marini, Steve Wozniak, Steve-O and Ty Murray.

The Season 9 cast will be revealed Monday.

What do you think of the new rule? Will it break the so-called Dancing curse, or will it hinder performances?


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