ABC announced the cast of the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars” during Monday night’s episode of “The Bachelor.” And while we’re sure the new cast of C- and D-listers will be “dancing,” and they’ll be doing it “with” somebody, it’s the “the stars” part that’s getting to be a stretch of the imagination/English language. (Source: Indystar)
Here’s a crash course on the new cast, from the cast’s official ABC.com bios:
“The Disney Dream Girl”
Chelsea Kane is a versatile young actress/musician who can be seen and heard in so many different ways these days. She currently stars in the web series The Homes on Lockerz.com. Chelsea is also the voice of Bea in Disney Channel’s hit animated comedy series “Fish Hooks.” She also played Stella Malone, the longtime friend and style guru to the Lucas brothers in the Disney Channel comedy series “Jonas,” where you may have seen her credited as Chelsea Staub.
A six-time WWE world champion, 2-time NY Times best-selling author, lead singer of the rock band Fozzy and host of the ABC game show, “Downfall,” Jericho began wrestling at age 19 and is best known as one of the most popular performers in wrestling history. In 2001, he was the first ever Undisputed Champion of the WWE and is the only performer to have held six different titles in the 44-year history of World Wrestling Entertainment. Jericho became a New York Times bestselling author in 2007 with his autobiography, “A Lion’s Tale: Around the World in Spandex.”
“The Super Bowl Steeler”
He’s a four-time Pro Bowler, three-time Super Bowl participant, two-time Super Bowl champ, and the Super Bowl XL MVP. Now Hines Ward is adding “ballroom dancer” to his already-impressive resume. Hines holds virtually every record in Pittsburgh Steelers’ wide receiving history and will go down as the team’s all-time leading wide receiver. He was named to the Steelers’ 75th Season All-Time Team and will be entering his 14th season with Pittsburgh this upcoming fall. That makes him the longest tenured wide receiver with the same NFL team.
“The Bunny Next Door”
TV personality/glamour girl Kendra Wilkinson is probably best known from her self-titled hit reality series “Kendra.” Just wrapping its third season on E!, the show follows Kendra, NFL star hubby Hank Baskett, and son Hank IV through their crazy lives. Between life in the spotlight, raising a toddler and the challenges of being an NFL wife, the show is a fun-filled, action-packed look into Kendra’s world.
“Hollywood’s Most Outrageous Actress”
Kirstie Alley has emerged as one of the top actresses of her generation, proving time and again that she is capable of great depth and range, as well as a comedic timing second to none. Kirstie’s TV work earned her seven Golden Globe and eight Emmy nominations. She’s won a Golden Globe, two Emmys and three People’s Choice Awards. Kirstie co-wrote and starred in Showtime’s critically acclaimed comedy “Fat Actress. “She also played the title character in the NBC sitcom “Veronica’s Closet” and also served as executive producer.
‘Loveline’s Lover Boy”
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mike Catherwood (aka “Psycho Mike”) has an eclectic background from the city that made him the person he is today. Michael is a mixed-race Hispanic who immersed himself in the L.A. punk and hard rock scene as early as he can remember. He headed east to study theatre at Rutgers University, where he enjoyed the emerging Jersey punk scene. After finishing school, Mike returned to L.A. to become a member of the top-rated Kevin & Bean Morning Show on KROQ-FM. Known to listeners as “Psycho Mike,” he has developed many of the show’s most well-known characters and segments.
“The Super Model Survivor”
Born and raised in Karvina, in the Czech Republic, Petra Nemcova took the modeling world by storm after being discovered by a modeling scout on the streets of her native country. She has graced the pages and covers of magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
‘The Karate Kid”
He’s a successful actor, writer, director and producer. And we’ll always love Ralph Macchio for being “The Karate Kid.” He chopped and kicked his way to stardom in that classic crowd-pleasing flick and as well as its successors, “The Karate Kid, Part II” and “The Karate Kid, Part III.” Ralph’s extensive list of film credits includes Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders” and the hit comedy “My Cousin Vinny.” Among his multiple TV credits are: a two-season arc on ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” a comedic guest lead on the series “Psych,” as well as a guest lead on the ABC drama “The Whole Truth.”
“The Prince of Hip Hop”
Percy Romeo Miller, Jr. (we just know him as “Romeo”) is an American entertainer, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He’s the son of businessman and music mogul Percy Miller. Romeo has sold over 10 million records as a multi-platinum music artist and has been awarded an American Music Award and a Grammy. Named one of 2010’s Top Five Sexiest Men in the World, Romeo is the CEO of the multi-million dollar record company No Limit Forever and is the youngest entertainer to top the Billboard charts, doing so at age ten. He has dedicated his life to giving back to the community and helping at-risk youth with his foundation Urbanborn.org. He is also the founder and president of P. Miller and College Boyys clothing.
Sugar Ray Leonard
Sugar Ray Leonard is a legendary sports icon. His very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a true champion. Ray was host and mentor for the first three seasons of the TV series, “The Contender,” on NBC and ESPN. Regarding the big screen, Ray appeared in the “The Fighter” and served as a consultant on the upcoming film “Real Steel,” starring Hugh Jackman.
“The Queen of All Media”
Called a “breakthrough in daytime” by The New York Times, Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in 2009 with the launch of her daily, syndicated program, “The Wendy Williams Show.” Touted by People as one of the “best shows of 2009,” the critically-acclaimed series now has the distinction of being destination television.
“Dancing with the Stars” kicks off with a live, two hour event Monday, March 21, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.