ABC has announced the 16 newest stars set to appear on Dancing With The Stars’ninth season which premieres Sept 21. Sixteen celebrities — including Donny Osmond, Melissa Joan Hart and Aaron Carter — have signed on.
DWTS executive producer Conrad GreentellsPEOPLE about the cast increase, “It was about trying to make it as big as possible and try to get that sense of fun and excitement and real character come through on the show.”
The new lineup also includes former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin, reality star Kelly Osbourne and supermodel-turned-billionaire businesswoman Kathy Ireland. Lesser-known celebrities, such as snowboarder Louie Vito, Iron Chef’s Mark Dacascos and model Joanna Krupa join the cast as well. The most surprising contestant by far is former House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay.
Below are the 16 stars:
Chuck Liddell: The Ultimate Fighting Championship member .
Louie Vito: A professional snowboarder who has participated in the Winter X Games.
Natalie Coughlin: The swimmer earned six gold medals at the 2008 Olympics.
Michael Irvin: A former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver who was inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame.
Mya: A Grammy-winning R&B singer and former star of Broadway’s Chicago.
Kelly Osbourne: The London-born daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne.
Macy Gray: She won one Grammy and was nominated for four more.
Debi Mazar: Stars on Entourage and has also appeared in four Madonna videos.
Ashley Hamilton: The son of George Hamilton and Alana Stewart (and stepson of Rod Stewart).04.
Kathy Ireland: The former model (who appeared in Sports Illustrated for 13 consecutive years) .
Joanna Krupa: Maxim named her the sexiest swimsuit model in the world.
Aaron Carter: A pop singer (and little brother to the Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter) .
Donny Osmond: The one-time teen idol used to perform with his brothers as a kid in the Osmond Brothers.
Melissa Joan Hart: A mother of two boys, she is most known for starring in Sabrina the Teenage Witch from 1996 to 2003.
Tom DeLay: A former Republican House Majority Leader who resigned after being indicted on campaign finance violations.
Mark Dacascos: The chairman of Kitchen Stadium on Iron Chef America since 20.
Jon Gosselin’s 22 year old girlfriend, Hailey Glassman, is speaking out on their relationship. Hailey is defending her relationship with the Jon & Kate Plus 8 dad and calling him her “first love.”
“I’m not some fame whore,” Hailey tells E! Online about her relationship with Jon. “I want people to know the truth. Right now I’m speaking from my heart, myself. I’m not some celebrity, I’m not some famous person – I’m just a 22-year-old girl who got caught in the middle of all this.”
Hailey goes on to dismiss the speculation that she played a part in Jon & Kate’s divorce. She says the couple were separated for “months” before she became an item with Jon, proclaiming that her relationship with Jon began while he was staying at her parents’ home.
“He was living in my house, the person I joked around with. He was sad and bored, I was home and bored,” Hailey says.
Hailey also happens to be the daughter of Kate’s tummy-tuck surgeon. “Jon and Kate have moved on with their lives,” she says. “It’s only the viewers who haven’t moved on.”
VH1’s latest celebrity dating show is set to premier tonight at 10/9c. My Antonio starring Antonio Sabato Jr will show the 36 year old Soap star and underwear model looking for love in the midst of 12 women.
My Antonio is a real-life soap opera, with romance, betrayal and a show-stopping plot twist: A woman from Antonio’s past will shock everyone when she shows up to compete for his love. And she’s not just any woman. She’s Antonio’s ex-wife! Now she’s determined to win him back—at any cost.
And there’s another lady causing trouble — Antonio’s momma. She arrives to help him make the most important decision of his life. But is anyone good enough for her number one son?
Chima Simone of Big Brother 11 is speaking out for the first time since leaving the show. BigBrotherExaminer was able to get an email from Chima explaining her side of what supposedly happened.
Our first report on this story yesterday was that Chima had quit. CBS then put out a statement claiming the producers kicked her off the show. Well Chima is now saying she did “in fact quit the show.” Her words are below -
“Yes, I did in fact quit the show, although there are reports on EW from CBS to the contrary. Big Brother would like everyone to believe I was kicked off for not following the rules, but I went to the producers repeatedly over the past couple of days wanting to leave….wanting out of that house!
As crazy as that house is, the producers NEVER want the world to think or know that we houseguests DO LEAVE when it becomes futile to stay. I lost faith in the show & my ability to remain committed to this game. All of the remaining housemates know I wanted to leave and that is why any conversation concerning me is cut in the live feed because they don’t want America to hear the truth about my voluntary departure.
Do you really believe that I would be expelled for tossing my microphone when past houseguests have only been kicked off for violence & threats of violence? You know better, as do I.
It’s better that I left. I did what was best for me in this game and that was to leave. When I chose to play & play hard the power I did earn was completely usurped by a game piece never used before in this game and my HOH reign was rendered useless. I have no regrets. As cliche’ as it sounds, until the public is a part of a human pressure cooker, then the judgements should cease.
I find it interesting that my personal attacks on Russell have been highlighted, but his attacks on me pushed under a rug. Selective portrayals? I think so. Russell did terrorize the house, especially the women in the house. Why America constantly finds men attacking women okay, yet vilifies the woman defending herself, will always confound me. But what’s done is done, now BB fans can find a new woman to hate. I didn’t sign up for what I was exposed to & I left gladly. It was the principle of the matter, the $500,000 prize be damned. That’s all for now! Take Care…’
There is a new twist in the whole Chima Simone leaving the Big Brother house saga. We reported earlier today that Chima quit the show, but CBS has now issued an official statement saying Chima was kicked off the show by the producers. The statement is below -
“Chima has been evicted by the producers from the Big Brother house for violating the rules. She will not be part of the show’s jury. Her eviction will be addressed on an upcoming broadcast of the show.”
It was assumed that Chima had quit based on her actions on Friday, and her past threats to quit the show. When the feeds came back on today, the other houseguests also seemed to be under the assumption she had quit. Can’t wait to see the footage of what really happened.
Chima Simone has officially quit Big Brother 11. The most annoying houseguest in BB history 32 years old freelance journalist from California freaked out on the live feeds last night and is no longer on the show.
The feeds were cut off for about 2 hours early this morning, Chima was no longer in the house once they came back on. There is some speculation as to what exactly happened but there are certain facts that we do know.
THE REMAINDER OF THIS POST CONTAINS SPOILERS AS WELL AS MORE DETAILS ON CHIMA’S QUITTING.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star, NeNe Leakes recently published her new book, Never Make The Same Mistake Twice, which is already in stores. In an interview with WSBTV.com, NeNe talks about her unsteady relationship with fellow cast member Kim Zolciak, clears up rumors about her home being rented, and hints at the likelihood of leaving ATL.
Below are some of the excerpts from the interview-
Why is your relationship with Kim on the rocks?
We’re not real friends and we never have been. That’s what I think a lot of the viewers don’t know. We’re good associates and I don’t think associate is a bad word. Kim is in the associate category. My very good friends are not seen on the show.
Speaking of folks you’re not getting along with … let’s talk about the friction between you and Kandi, the newest cast member. What’s the beef between you two? I’m not really sure. I didn’t know Kandi before the show.
Were you a fan of the group Xcape? I don’t know the group Xscape. I think they may have done OK … some good music here and there.
They had some big hits Really? Well, I hadn’t paid attention. It’s been a long time since they’ve been on the scene. We’re just two women who are like oil and water. We just don’t mix. I’m not going to lose sleep or weight over it.
Have you talked to fellow housewife Lisa Wu-Hartwell after losing her home? I’ve spoken to Lisa … you know we talk all the time. It’s not a big deal. I’m outspoken, but I don’t ask people about their personal business. I know that Lisa’s doing just fine.
Are the rumors true that you rent your home?
What’s wrong with renting? Regardless of whether I rent or buy, I have to pay the bill. Nobody is giving me anything. In fact, this is a great time to rent.
So will you confirm whether you are renting?
I do not own the house that I currently live in. I’m doing a lease purchase.
Do you plan to stay in the house?
As a celebrity, I’m all over the place. I might end up leaving Atlanta.
What can we do to get you to stay?
You got to give me a check. I got to go where the checks are … I’m all over the place.
How do you respond to the stereotypes and criticism that you don’t represent housewives in Atlanta? I’m not trying to represent any one other than NeNe Leakes.