Monday, August 25, 2008

Dancing With The Stars Just Announced Their Line-Up

And here it is:

Kim Kardashian, reality TV star, will be dancing with Mark Ballas.

Cloris Leachman, Oscar-winning actress, Corky Ballas (Mark Ballas' father)

Maurice Greene, Olympic sprinter, will have the enviable task of being partnered with two-time winner Cheryl Burke.

Lance Bass, former N' Sync star, will dance with Lacey Schwimmer (who is making her first appearance on Dancing with The Stars. She is the 2006 U.S. Youth Latin Champ and 2007 World Swing Dance Champ).

Rocco DiSpirito, TV chef, will be Karina Smirnoff's cross to bear... er I mean partner... this season.

Warren Sapp, NFL star, will be partnered with Kym Johnson.

Misty May-Treanor, two time gold medal winning Olympic beach volleyballer, will be Maksim Chmerkovskiy's partner/victim.

Toni Braxton, Grammy award-winning R&B star, will be partnered with Alec Mazo.

Cody Linley, that cute kid from "Hannah Montana" show (otherwise known as the Disney representative on the show), will be dancing with the other two-time winner Julianne Hough.

Ted McGinley, veteran actor, will be dancing with another newcommer to the show, Inna Brayer.

Brooke Burke, actress/TV personality, will partner up with Derek Hough.

Jeffrey Ross, celebrity roaster and comedian, will be the burden that Edyta Sliwinska must bear this season.

Susan Lucci, "All My Children" star, will be partnered with cougar-magnet Tony Dovolani.

Looking at this list... I can't really see an early favorite outside of Lance Bass, and that is based on how well Joey Fatone did on the show a few seasons back. The down side is that its been a while since the last album... not to mention that the girls who idolized him as teens will probably not be there for him like they were for Joey. The boys on the other hand...

Another favorite would have to be Warren Sapp based on the Jerry Rice and Emmit Smith finishes (as long as he doesn't go the "Clyde the Glide" route). At first glance, it looks like Karina Smirnoff is still draying the short ends of the stick, although Edyta would seem to be close behind in that department.

As far as my sleeper pick... at first glance (and without seeing how any of this breaks down), I have to go with Susan Lucci. Big fan base. Good partner in Tony Dovolani. If she picks up enough, and given Tony's track record with the partner's he's had in the past, she could win it. I'm curious though to see what Mysti May-Treanor can do.

But the one that has me scared is the 82-year old Cloris Leachman. I hope Bergeron hasn't forgotten the number for the paramedics.

1 comment:

Blonde Justice said...

It bothers me when they pick someone with some dancing experience. I know Lance Bass wasn't a "dancer" per se, but he's at least got experience with choreography, and working with a dance coach, etc.

I felt that way about Kristi Yamaguchi last season too - isn't ice dancing just like dancing, but, um, on ice?