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NEW ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

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NEW ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

In a new twist, the season eight cast of Dancing with the Stars was revealed during commercial breaks in between ABC’s Sunday night primetime lineup.

The “namedropping” of the 13 contestants began at the eight o’clock hour when Extreme Makeover: Home Edition aired, and continued throughout the telecasts of Desperate Housewives and Brothers & Sisters.

For the first time on the show, a celebrity couple — singer Jewel and her husband, rodeo star Ty Murray — will compete against each other. In another first, two-time Dancing champ-turned-country-singer Julianne Hough will compete with her boyfriend, country singer Chuck Wicks.

“It’s the most diverse cast we’ve had,” Deena Katz, Dancing’s Senior Talent Producer tells PEOPLE. “The women are phenomenal and the men are such great characters.”

“Julianne is the cutest thing you’ll ever meet and she’s one of the toughest teachers,” says Katz. “I keep warning Chuck, ‘you see this loving side, but she is tough.’”

Real-life pro couple Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, who got engaged last December, will compete against each other with their respective celebrity partners.

Rounding out the celebrity lineup will be the youngest contestant ever on the show, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, 17. Also ready to rumba are pop star Belinda Carlisle, actress Denise Richards, former NFL star Lawrence Taylor, rapper Lil’ Kim, Jackass star Steve-O, Apple computer co-founder Steve Wozniak, actors David Alan Grier and Gilles Marini, and Access Hollywood co-host Nancy O’Dell.

An ABC spokesperson says the remaining professional dancer/celebrity pairings will be announced on Thursday, February 12.

Dancing’s eighth season premieres March 9 on ABC.

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Posted 2/9/09 8:17 AM
 
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Re: NEW ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

I read this earlier ... Chat Icon Chat Icon


ETA: I hope Denise Richards is the first one voted off. Chat Icon

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Posted 2/9/09 9:09 AM
 

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Re: NEW ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

Posted by Wendy

I read this earlier ... Chat Icon Chat Icon


ETA: I hope Denise Richards is the first one voted off. Chat Icon



I'm with you on that !!

Posted 2/9/09 9:26 AM
 

Milerose
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Posted by MarisaK

Posted by Wendy

I read this earlier ... Chat Icon Chat Icon


ETA: I hope Denise Richards is the first one voted off. Chat Icon



I'm with you on that !!



Me too I cannot stand her!

Posted 2/9/09 9:30 AM
 

smiles
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Re: NEW ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

Anyone else think it is not really fair that Julianne gets to dance with her boyfriend? They will have automatic chemistry and a ton of extra practice time at home.

Posted 2/9/09 9:36 AM
 

NS1976
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I am shocked to hear Julianne is dancing at all. She wasnt supposed to be this season. And yes, I think its VERY unfair that her and her bf dance together.

I am not liking the cast much at all.

Posted 2/9/09 10:08 AM
 

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Posted by nycchic24

I am shocked to hear Julianne is dancing at all. She wasnt supposed to be this season. And yes, I think its VERY unfair that her and her bf dance together.

I am not liking the cast much at all.




Maybe it's the only way she would come back ...

Posted 2/9/09 10:09 AM
 

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Re: NEW ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

I am not liking the cast. And I don't see a big deal with Julianne dancing with her boyfriend. I don't think they will have an advantage. If anything, it might be a disadvantage to have to learn from your girlfriend.

Posted 2/9/09 10:41 AM
 

LoveyQ
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Re: NEW ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

Posted by Wendy

Posted by nycchic24

I am shocked to hear Julianne is dancing at all. She wasnt supposed to be this season. And yes, I think its VERY unfair that her and her bf dance together.

I am not liking the cast much at all.




Maybe it's the only way she would come back ...



That's probably it - she had insisted that she was NOT returning for this season to pursue her singing career.

Also, it could be a hindrance for her to be partnered with her BF - at least for their personal relationship!

Posted 2/9/09 12:05 PM
 

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Posted by MikesCutie

I am not liking the cast. And I don't see a big deal with Julianne dancing with her boyfriend. I don't think they will have an advantage. If anything, it might be a disadvantage to have to learn from your girlfriend.



I agree. No one really excites me this season, but I will probably still watch.

Posted 2/9/09 12:13 PM
 

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Steve-O???Chat Icon Chat Icon

Posted 2/9/09 1:08 PM
 

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Re: NEW ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

kinda blah....
Jewel and her DH? blah
Steve Wozniak? blah
Denise Richards? BLAH!!!!

Posted 2/9/09 1:50 PM
 

CrankyPants
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Re: NEW ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’ CAST ANNOUNCED

I'm surprised to hear Jewel would be on-that just seems weird.

As for Julianna and her BF-I agree with some posters, I think it is going to be bad for them to be partnered together.

Posted 2/9/09 3:45 PM
 
 

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