ABC Press Release:
A star-studded cast filled with celebrities across a variety of genres — including a boxing legend, a talk-show personality, a Super Bowl Steeler, a former Playboy bunny and a legendary comedic actress – are set to compete each week on the dance floor in the spectacular two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
All 11 couples will dance for the first time on live national television on MONDAY,
MARCH 21, with couples either performing the Foxtrot or the Cha Cha Cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home the following week on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET).
The 11 celebrities heading to the dance floor this season, as announced tonight by “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke in a live press conference during “The Bachelor,” are as follows:
KIRSTIE ALLEY – Kirstie Alley has emerged as one of the great actresses of her generation, proving time and again that she is capable of great depth and range, as well as possessing comedic timing second to none. Kirstie’s work in television has earned her seven Golden Globe and eight Emmy nominations, winning one Golden Globe, two Emmys and three People’s Choice Awards. She co-wrote and starred in Showtime’s critically acclaimed comedy “Fat Actress,” and played the title character, as well as serving as executive producer, on the NBC sitcom “Veronica’s Closet.”
“PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD — Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael 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 Los Angeles punk and hard rock scene. He moved to the east coast to study theatre at Rutgers University, where he spent most his time enjoying the emerging Jersey punk scene. After finishing school, he 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 radio show’s most well known and talked about characters and segments. His often controversial music has garnered him worldwide notice and acclaim.
CHRIS JERICHO — A six-time WWE world champion, two- time New York Times best-selling author, lead singer of the rock band Fozzy and host of the ABC game show “Downfall,” Chris Jericho began wrestling at age 19 and is one of the most popular performers in wrestling history. In 2001 Chris was the first ever Undisputed Champion of the WWE, and he is the only performer to have held six different titles in the 44-year history of World Wrestling Entertainment.
CHELSEA KANE – Chelsea Kane (formerly Chelsea Staub) is a versatile young actress and musician. She currently stars in the web series “The Homes” on Lockerz.com. She is also the voice of Bea in Disney Channel’s animated comedy series, “Fish Hooks,” the imaginative story of three tween fish navigating high school. Chelsea recently starred as Stella Malone, the longtime friend and style guru to the Lucas brothers in the Disney Channel comedy series, “JONAS.” The Phoenix, Arizona native has been acting professionally since the age of nine. She landed her first role as Young Kim in the national Broadway tour of “Showboat,” and went on to star in the productions “Peter Pan,” “The Wiz,” “Cinderella,” “Oliver,” “Annie,” “Titanic,” “The Sound of Music,” “Schoolhouse Rock,” “A Christmas Carol” and “The Secret Garden,” among others.
SUGAR RAY LEONARD – Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century whose very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a champion. He was host and mentor for the first three seasons of the series “Contender” on NBC & ESPN, by Dreamworks Television and Mark Burnett Productions. Ray recently appeared in the Paramount Pictures feature film “The Fighter,” and served as a consultant on the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures film starring Hugh Jackman, “Real Steel,” being released fall 2011. Ray will release his first autobiography (Viking Books) entitled The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring on June 7, 2011, developed with veteran author Michael Arkush. Having learned to box at age 14, Ray’s career includes three National Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships and the 1975 Pan-American Games crown.
RALPH MACCHIO – An actor, writer, director and producer, Ralph Macchio first gained world recognition for playing the title role in the popular classic “The Karate Kid” and its successors, “The Karate Kid II” and “The Karate Kid III.” His extensive list of film credits includes Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders” and the hit film “My Cousin Vinny.” Among his multiple television credits, Ralph had a two-season arc on ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” a comedic guest star lead on the series “Psych,” as well as a dramatic guest lead character on ABC’s drama, “The Whole Truth.” He was seen as a guest star on the hit series “Entourage,” as well as the comedy “Headcase.”
PETRA NEMCOVA – 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. Petra has graced the pages and covers of magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. In 2004 she suffered a broken pelvis and severe internal injuries while on vacation in Thailand during the devastating Tsunami. After her recovery, Petra created the “Happy Hearts Fund” (www.happyheartsfund.org), a charitable organization and campaign dedicated to improving children’s lives through education and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas.
ROMEO – Percy Romeo Miller, Jr., better known by his stage name, Romeo, is an American entertainer, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is 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 in 2010’s “Top 5 Sexiest Men in the World,” he is the youngest CEO of the multi-million dollar record company No Limit Forever, and is the youngest entertainer to top the Billboard charts, at age 10. Romeo has dedicated his life to giving back to the community and helping at-risk youth with his foundation, Urban Born.org.
HINES WARD – A four-time Pro Bowler, three-time Super Bowl participant, two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl XL MVP, Hines Ward holds virtually every record in Steelers wide receiving history and will go down in the record books as the Steelers’ all-time leading wide receiver. He was given the honor of being named to the Steelers’ 75th Season All-Time Team, and this fall will be entering his 14th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers as the longest tenured wide receiver with the same team in the NFL.
KENDRA WILKINSON – Television personality and glamour girl Kendra Wilkinson is best known from her self-titled E! hit reality series, “Kendra.” Just wrapping its third season, the show follows Kendra, NFL player husband Hank and son Hank IV through their crazy lives. Portraying life in the spotlight and the challenges of raising a toddler son and being an NFL wife, the show is a fun-filled, action-packed look into the real world of Kendra Wilkinson. She got her start on one of E! Entertainment’s highest rated television shows, “The Girls Next Door,” co-starring on the reality hit for five seasons, until 2009, when she closed that chapter in her life and opened a new one.
WENDY WILLIAMS – Called a “breakthrough in daytime” by The New York Times, Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 with the launch of her daily, syndicated program, “The Wendy Williams Show.” Touted by People Magazine as one of the “best shows of 2009,” the critically-acclaimed series now has the distinction of being “must-see TV.” A mother, wife and best-selling author, Wendy built a devoted cult following from her years as one of radio’s most popular personalities. In addition to her daytime television success, she will host GSN’s new original series, “Love Triangle,” slated to premiere April 2011. Wendy was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame (only the second African American woman to be honored by the organization) in November 2009. She is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Wendy’s Got the Heat and The Wendy Williams Experience.
“Dancing with the Stars” returns with new surprises and all the elements viewers have come to know and love. “Macy’s Stars of Dance,” which features some of the best choreographers and performers from different styles of dance and offers viewers performances that represent the peak of achievement in their genres, will return on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.” One of the “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performances will be the hugely popular “Design-a-Dance,” where fans have the chance to select their favorite professional dancers, dance styles and music at www.abc.com.
Below are key dates for Season 12 (dates and times subject to change):
• “Dancing with the Stars’” two-hour season premiere performance show, MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET).
• “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show’s” one-hour season premiere, TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET).
• “Dancing with the Stars’” 1000th Competitive Dance, MONDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00-9:31 p.m., ET)
• “Dancing with the Stars’” final performance show, MONDAY, MAY 23 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET)
• “Dancing with the Stars’” season finale, TUESDAY, MAY 24 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
What are your thoughts about this cast? Is there anyone that will cause a stir or motivate you to watch? Who will you be pulling for? Most importantly, will you watch?