If you are like me, you have been eagerly waiting for Dancing with the Stars to launch again since Donny Osmond took home the mirrored disco ball last November. Monday night at 8 o’clock, we will finally get our first look at this season’s cast. For first time viewers, here is short primer on what to expect.
Stars + Partners
Soap star Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinkska
Legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa
NFL star Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke, 800-868-3401
ESPN host Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Olympic skating champion Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya
Bachelor star Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower
TLC star Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani, 800-868-3410
Pop star Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough
Comedienne and host Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel, 800-868-3405
Actress and model Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood
Actress Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas
Note: ABC hasn’t updated their voting page yet, but traditionally voting has been done both online and phone. A few of the dancing pros have already tweeted their “number” for the season. Where you see a telephone number following their name (above) that is their number for the season.
Brooke Burke – Season 7 winner and television personality Brook Burke joins DWTS this season and will be handling backstage interviews. Ms. Burke is a mom of four (!) and blogs at www.ModernMom.com. She recently shared her admiration for Kate Gosselin announcing that anyone who can handle eight kids can “handle anything in the world.”
Tom Bergeron – Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron returns for another season as host of DWTS. His unscripted banter helps to keep the show both entertaining and funny.
Bruno Tonioli – passionate and hyper. Usually good for at least one inappropriate quip during the show.
Carrie Ann Inaba – tougher than Paul Abdul, but strives to give constructive feedback to the stars no matter how rhythm-challenged they are.
Len Goodman – definitely old school and can be cantankerous at times, but he is actually a teddy bear once you have watched him for a while. If you score a “9” or “10” from Len, you know you have really made it.
In a depature from previous seasons, no star will be voted out this week. Stars are kept safe or voted out based on a combination scoring system that uses both the judges scores and the audience votes.
Stars will perform either the Cha Cha or Viennese Waltz during their first night of competition.
So will you be watching???
Update on Kate
Kate’s partner, Tony Dovolani, gave a very revealing interview with TV Guide about his partnership with Kate. It sounds like you can ignore the rumors that Tony has been bad-mouthing Kate. He has nothing but positive and kind things to say about the supposed diva. A small sample:
TVGuide.com: How often do you rehearse?
Dovolani: Every day for six hours a day at her home in Pennsylvania. The rest of the time, she’s with her kids. People think she’s away from her kids and she’s not. She’s a single working mom. Instead of being supportive of her, they’re bashing her. I don’t understand that. My sister told me, “Tell Kate that all of us mothers understand and we’re standing behind her.” To hear that confirms that I’m thinking the right way. She has to provide for those kids. They’re so sweet! They came up with a routine they showed us one day! Once in a while we perform for them. She’s a great mother. They’re all over her.
TVGuide.com: She’s a very divisive figue. Are you concerned about how that will affect voting?
Dovolani: I’m new to this whole thing about hating somebody and I don’t understand why people hate her. Our show is so positive that it’s going to be difficult to hate someone. I love our show. It’s the only show you can watch with the whole family. For me, it’s mindboggling to think people think negatively in general, let alone at someone they don’t know. I guess if you’re a hater, don’t watch when we’re dancing. … Honestly, I think the side she has shown — not what the tabloids have shown — there’s nothing wrong with her. She’s a mom taking care of her kids. She doesn’t buy into the tabloids. She’s a great role model for her kids.
Read more at TVGuide.
Lastly, many fan pages are being created for the stars and their dancing partners on Facebook. Tony and Kate’s page has more than 3,000 members. If you are interested in joining, check it out at: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/group.php?gid=338612104089