• Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa • Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood • ESPN’s Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy • 90210 star Shannen Doherty and Mark Ballas • TV mom Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani • NFL star Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke • Olympic gold medal figure skater Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya • All My Children star Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska • Singer Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough • Reno 911 star Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel • The Bachelor’s Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower
Though admitting she really “can’t dance,” Kate remained optimistic during her Monday appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! “I am gonna win,” predicted the Jon & Kate Plus 8 mom.
Kate admitted to being competitive and named Pamela Anderson and Pussycat Dolls’ Nicole Scherzinger as her biggest competitors. Kate showed her sense of humor when she jokingly said her advantage will be having her eight children vote for her.
“[Daughter] Mady asked if she can vote for me? I said, ‘Yes, please do,'” Gosselin told Kimmmel, adding that she told “the little kids” to vote too.
However, the question most people seem to be asking is how can Kate manage doing the show in LA and taking care of her eight children? Well Kate revealed she and her dancing partner Tony Dovlani, will travel back to her Wernersville, Pa., hometown where they will be practicing in her basement when the children are at school or asleep.
Kate will then travel to Los Angles two days a week to do the actual taping of the show.
One of the bigger cast surprises came when The Bachelor himself, Jake Pavelka was announced. Other surprises came in the form of 90210 actress Shannen Doherty, NFL Wide Receiver Chad Ochocinco, and Buzz Aldrin , 80, the second man to step foot on the moon. Buzz will also be the oldest man to ever compete on DWTS.
Other notable cast members include Nicole Scherzinger, leader of the girl pop group The Pussycat Dolls, comedian Niecy Nash from “Reno 911” and Erin Andrews, the ESPN sports reporter who recently made headlines when it was discovered a peeping tom had secretly taped her.
The full cast list is below –
Pamela Anderson – Model and Actress
Chad Ochocinco – NFL player
Shannen Doherty – Actress
Kate Gosselin – Reality Star
Nicole Scherzinger –The Pussycat Dolls leader
Niecy Nash – Actress and Comedian
Buzz Aldrin – Astronaut
Evan Lysacek – Olympic Skating Figure Medalist
Erin Andrews -ESPN Sports Reporter
Aiden Turner – Soap Star
Jake Pavelka – The Bachelor Reality Star
The new season is set to premier March 22 on ABC.
The tenth season of “Dancing with the Stars” announced its cast during the commercial breaks of “The Bachelor” finale on Monday, March 1. As previously reported, Pamela Anderson is in, along with NFL star Chad Ochocinco. These two were the first to be revealed by host Tom Bergeron and ET correspondent Melissa Rycroft.
Though ABC is set to officially announce the new cast on tonight’s finale of The Bachelor, entertainment reporter and co-host of Los Angeles’ KEARTH 101’s morning show, Lisa Stanley, was able to confirm that the Jon & Kate Plus 8 mom is already in LA practicing her dance moves at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel “under a shroud of security.” Her eight kids are said to be back home in Pennsylvania.
This shouldn’t come as a big surprise as Kate, 34, previously revealed to Jay Leno on his prime-time show that she’d like to appear on DWTS, despite having two left feet. “I want to laugh at myself. I so cannot dance. It would be a sad sight,” she said.
In other DWTS news, TMZ is now confirming Paula Abdul has rejected ABC’s offer to have her appear on the show. As we previously reported, ABC had offered Paula a $1,000,000 development deal to do the show. According to TMZ, Paula is still in talks with American Idol judge Simon Cowell, about becoming a judge on his upcoming new show – The X Factor.
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ABC does not plan to officially announce the new cast of Dancing With The Stars for 3 more weeks, but RadarOnline is now reporting that Pamela Anderson will be a part of that cast.
According to Radar, Pam and the show have agreed to all terms for a deal and the deal has been finalized. “Pam is thrilled and so is the show,” the source told RadarOnline.
Donny Osmondwas crowned champion last season of the hit dancing show, with R & B singer Mya coming in second. “She really wanted to do the show and the show thought it was a great idea,” the source said of Pamela.
There are also reports that Paula Abdul might be joining the cast.
DWTS host Tom Bergeron will make the announcements throughout the dramatic two-hour finale of the dating show. Immediately following the primetime unveiling, ABC.com will also post the cast list online.
The Spring 2010 season of “Dancing with the Stars” will premiere Monday, March 22 (8:00 – 10:00pm). The stars and their professional partners will then perform again during Week 2 on Monday, March 29, and the first elimination will occur on the Tuesday, March 30 results show. The team with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for both performances will be eliminated from the competition on the first results show.
No word yet on who will be joining the cast, but as we previously reported, ABC has made a substantial offer to Paula Abdul in hopes of getting her on the show this season.
Is Paula Abdul coming back to a TV screen near you soon? It seems so as TMZ is reporting Paula has received a nice offer to appear on the next season of Dancing With The Stars.
ABC has offered the former American Idol judge a $1,000,000 development deal, which will require she appear on “DWTS,” reports TMZ.
It is common knowledge that ABC has been going after Paula for years now, trying to get her on DWTS. In addition to this ABC offer, Simon Cowell is also said to be in heavy talks as he wants Paula as a judge on his new show – The X Factor.
The good news for Paula is the proposed ABC deal would allow her to do “The X Factor” with Simon and appear on DWTS. Sources tell TMZ Simon and Paula met a week ago to discuss the show, and it looks like it will happen.
Paula however has to quickly decide as the ABC offer is contingent on her doing “DWTS” this season, which starts in March.
Melissa Rycroftis officially a married woman. The 26-year-old Good Morning America correspondent was dumped on national TV earlier this year by The Bachelor winner – Jason Mesnick. Jason proposed to her on the finale, and then later changed his mind. All that drama is now in the past for Melissa as she exchanged vows Saturday afternoon in Mexico with fellow Texan – Tye Strickland.
“Tye is my best friend in the world, and now he’s my partner forever. We have had such a journey within our relationship, that to finally look at him and see my husband, gives me the calmest, most content feeling in the world,” Rycroft told In Touch Weekly. “I love him so much and am so excited for our forever to begin!”
Melissa got married in a beautiful Alfred Angelo gown. Tony Dovolani, Melissa’s dance partner on Dancing With The Stars and the Bachelorette’sJillian Harris were on the guest list. Both Melissa and Tye dated on and off for a couple of years before finally reuniting earlier this year. We certainly wish them the best.