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The official cast photos of Dancing With The Stars season 13 have now been released!

Above is the first glimpse of Chaz Bono, the first transgendered contestant on the show, in his dancing costume alongside partner Lacey Schwimmer. As we reported, the casting of Chaz, 42, has proven to be a rather controversial one for ABC with some fans voicing their disapproval.

Below are more photos of the remaining “stars” which includes David Arquette, Nancy Grace, Kristin Cavallari, Carson Kressley and their dancing partners!

In other DWTS news, TMZ is reporting today that Rob Kardashian has been slacking off when it comes to practicing his dance moves. Rob’s partner Cheryl Burke is reportedly “fed up” with him as he refuses to practice for more than 2 hours with her. Other contestants are putting in over 5 hours a day.

Cheryl now feels this shows Rob’s lack of interest in doing the show. And while he’s busy not practicing, Rob is reportedly bragging to his older sister Kimmie Kardashian that he will top her DWTS performance by making it past week 3. Good luck with that one Robbie!

Dancing With The Stars returns to ABC on Sep. 19 at 8/7c.

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DWTS 13 Cast

ABC has officially revealed the Dancing With The Stars season 13 pairings!

The revelation was made this morning on Good Morning America. One of the biggest surprises is the addition of Val Chmerkovskiy to the cast! Val is the younger brother of DWTS hotness Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And despite the speculation that we might be getting the first same-sex couple this season, openly gay style guru Carson Kressley is paired up with a female partner.

Returning this season is three-time champ Derek Hough after taking a break last season. Derek is paired up with Ricki Lake.

Below are the full pairings for DWTS Season 13 -

  • Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
  • Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • David Arquette and Kym Johnson
  • Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas
  • Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
  • Elisabetta Canalis and Val Chmerkovskiy
  • Ron Artest and Peta Murgatroyd
  • RJ Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
  • Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
  • Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
  • Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya
  • Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani

Meanwhile this season’s Kate Gosselin Nancy Grace, who is arguably the biggest casting surprise this year, is speaking out on doing the show.

In a new interview, Nancy reveals she thought she was dreaming when she got the call from DWTS. “I feel like Cinderella that got invited to the ball. I don’t know how to dance,” Nancy, 51, states. “I don’t know what I’m going to wear, but I know I have been invited.”

Nancy adds, “I want to have fun. Ever since my fiance was killed in ’79, my whole life has been about putting bad guys away, going to law school, making law review, trying cases, representing crime victims – and this is such a departure, to get to dress up in crazy outfits and dance. Are you kidding me?!” Nancy also states she is NOT counting on Casey Anthony’s vote!

The new season of DWTS premieres Sep. 19 on ABC.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON THE PAIRINGS? WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE TO WIN IT ALL?

Dancing With The Stars pros Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Cheryl Burke were caught red handed making out during the Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas!

Above is a photo of the two dancers kissing at the Moon nightclub at the Palms on Saturday. At first the photos (which have since been removed from the club’s website) flew under the radar as the kissing was actually taking place in the background of a pic.

However twitter user @DWTS_Gossip noticed the action going on in the background of some of the pics. In other pics posted below, hotness Maksim can be seen holding Cheryl close while grabbing her hair.

Fast forward to today and Maksim and his reps are in damage control mode, denying he and Cheryl were kissing. According to the rep, Maksim “was merely whispering in a fan’s ear in a loud nightclub.” Albeit a fan who happened to be wearing the same exact dress as Cheryl with the same exact hair style.

But there is good reason for the damage control. Why you ask? Well Maksim is currently starring on the Ukraine version of The Bachelor (oddly enough the finale episode airs tonight in the country) and is under a strict contract which forbids him from, you know, making out in public with women who are not his finalists on the show.

This would be equivalent to Brad Womack getting photographed making out with a random woman the same week his final pick episode was scheduled to air on ABC. Fans of the show are said to be upset.

As for Maksim and Cheryl, the two have been romantically linked in the past as they reportedly briefly dated a few years back. The two deny there is any romance going on today so perhaps it was just an alcohol fueled make-out session. In the past, Maksim was previously engaged to DWTS pro Karina Smirnoff while Cheryl admitted earlier this year that she did have a fling with her former dance partner Chad Ochocinco.

TELL US – YOU BUYING WHAT MAKSIM’S REP IS SELLING?

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And then there were six. In a predictable turn of events, the lowest scoring star got the boot on Tuesday’s results show of Dancing With The Stars.

Yes, wrestler Chris Jericho and partner Cheryl Burke were sent packing following their lackluster Tango on Monday night. Chris’s elimination proves this season is still up for grabs as just a week ago, he was tied for second place.

Chris, 40, was however a great sport about his elimination. “It’s actually good timing, because I have to fly over to England for the royal wedding,” he joked upon hearing the news. “No, but honestly, it wasn’t my best dance last night, and at this point you have to be your best because everyone’s so evenly matched,” he added.

Chris then went on to praise his partner Cheryl. “The only reason I got this far is because of Cheryl. She’s a great performer, she’s become a friend for life…I haven’t seen my kids in four weeks, so it’s time for Chris Jericho the Dancer to step aside and Chris Jericho the Daddy to come back.” he said.

Meanwhile, former American Idol contestant Pia Toscano gave her widely talked about performance during which her new beau Mark Ballas and Karina Smirnoff danced while she sang “I’ll Stand by You.”

And of course show host Tom Bergeron had to ask Pia about her romance with Mark. Tom didn’t ask if they were dating, simply asking her if Mark was a good kisser. “He’s a wonderful person,” was Pia’s reply. Well played Tom Pia. Well played.

The remaining six contestants live to compete once again next Monday.

TELL US – DID THE RIGHT CONTESTANT GO HOME?

There were no surprises last night on Dancing With The Stars as the star with the lowest combined score from the first two dances got the boot.

Radio host “Psycho” Mike Catherwood was the first to be eliminated this season after finding himself in the bottom three with Wendy Williams and Sugar Ray Leonard.

“It’s been nothing but a pleasurable experience,” said Mike, 32, of his time on the show. “It sucks to be sent home first, but I’ve made a lot of good friends,” he added. “America obviously knows that Lacey Schwimmer is a beautiful person on the outside, but everybody needs to know she’s equally, if not more, beautiful on the inside. I’ve made a lifelong friend.”

Do not feel sorry for Mike yet as there continues to be rumblings that he is being considered to replace Regis Philbin on Live With Regis & Kelly. Mike, a guest host on the show recently, confirmed ABC has invited him back to co-host a future episode.

Singer Chris Brown performed two songs on the show last night and it all went without a glitch as no windows were broken nor was he interviewed by show host Tom Bergeron. See, following Chris’s outburst at GMA last week, there had been some controversy surrounding his DWTS performance.

Tom went on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show this week and stated “I did tell the producers it may be to their advantage to not have me interview him.” The reason? “Don’t put me in a position where you’re asking me to not say something,” said Tom, adding “cause I won’t really do that. Even if it’s just a snarky little aside, you know, ‘How was your week?’”

Also, dancer Cheryl Burke spoke out against Chris this week. “As a victim of domestic violence, I don’t agree with him coming on the show, but it’s out of my control,” said Cheryl to Extra. Wendy Williams also stated on her talk show last week that she was “disgusted with this little boy” following his GMA incident.

Next week, the stars return to compete on Monday night with a clean slate.

TELL US – THOUGHTS ON MIKE’S ELIMINATION & WAS ABC WRONG IN ALLOWING CHRIS BROWN TO PERFORM?

Days after announcing the celebrity-star pairings, ABC has now unveiled the official cast photos of Dancing With The Stars season 12.

Above is a photo of Playboy Playmate and E! reality star Kendra Wilkinson, who has been paired up with Louis van Amstel. According to numerous reports, Kendra, 25, is the favorite to win the show.

Meanwhile, 60-year-old actress Kirstie Alley is hoping to use the show as a weight loss vehicle. “I’ve lost 60 pounds, and I have 30 or 40 more to go,” the former Jenny Craig spokesperson told US Magazine this week. “And I think with this strenuous, rigorous dance schedule, I think it’s going to work. It’s exciting.”

That should no problem for Kirstie, who is paired with hotness/tough hard-ass teacher Maksim Chmerkovskiy . The 12th season of Dancing With The Stars will officially kick off on March 21.

The remainder of the DWTS Season 12 cast photos below!

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ABC unveiled the Dancing With The Stars season 12 celebrity-dancer pairings this morning on Good Morning America!

Kirstie Alley, 60, will be paired up with pro hottie Maksim Chmerkovskiy. And according to Kirstie, the pressure is on. “My partner [Maksim Chmerkovskiy] is calling me ‘G’ for Grandma,” she said at Monday’s press conference. “He says I’m too slow. I call him ‘M’ for mean.”

Kendra Wilkinson is paired up with Louis van Amstel, while talk show queen Wendy Williams is paired with Tony Dovolani. Many are picking Kendra as the favorite to win it all.

The full pairing list is below -

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel
Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke
Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson

The 12th season of DWTS officially kicks off March 21 on ABC.

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THESE PAIRINGS? WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE TO WIN?

The ‘Jolly Green Giant’ received the axe on last night’s Dancing With The Stars results show.

Despite receiving his highest score this week for his Quickstep, 41-year-old former NBA player Rick Fox still found himself on the chopping block, making it the second week in a row the lowest scoring star was not eliminated on DWTS.

“It’s been a transformational journey for me,” Rick said following his elimination. “It’s been amazing. My relationship has transformed with my girlfriend, my daughter – it’s the most enjoyable time having her here and sharing this with me.” Rick’s actress girlfriend Eliza Dushku sat in the audience with his daughter.

Rick also had some nice words to say about his partner Cheryl Burke. “What I’ll take out of this competition,” he said, “is a friendship with Cheryl and, hopefully, 15 to 20 new dance moves.”

On next week’s episode of DWTS, the show will be doing something its never done before. Maksim Chmerkovskiy tells E! News, ” They’re going to give us the dance after the show tonight but they won’t give us the music. So we’re going to have to prepare a dance without the music and get the music next Monday [during the show] and…we’ll have 20 minutes to prepare our dance.”

Maksim, who feels that the new change is really unfair, also adds, “I’m not really sure if I think it’ll make for great TV. I just think it’s absolutely unnecessary pressure on celebrities that are already under pressure. “

TELL US – WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON RICK GOING HOME? AND THE RULE FOR NEXT WEEK?

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