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Following weeks of rumors, ABC officially unveiled the new cast of Dancing with the Stars on Monday night.

The upcoming 10th season will have 11 “stars” vying for the coveted mirror ball trophy. Above is a photo of ten of the stars which included the more notable Kirstie Alley, Kendra Wilkinson and Wendy Williams.

The other stars included Ralph Macchio – the original “Karate Kid”, hall of fame boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, NFL player Hines Ward, professional wrestler Chris Jericho, Disney actress Chelsea Kane, actor/host Mike Catherwood, and rapper Romeo, who’s dad Master P was part of the show’s second season in 2005. Missing from the above photo is model Petra Nemcova.

And missing from the cast all together is Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell, who revealed she was contemplating doing the show after being asked. Christine would have been equivalent to last season’s Bristol Palin or perhaps season 8′s Kate Gosselin aka the controversial “star” this season seems to be lacking.

Meanwhile, TMZ revealed some of the stars/pro dancer pairs yesterday. Those are below -

Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke
Lil’ Romeo & Chelsie Hightower
Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas
Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna Trebunskaya
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff

ABC will officially reveal the full celebrities/professional dancer pairings on Wednesday, while the 12th season of DWTS will premiere March 21 at 8/7c on ABC.

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Levi JohnstonBristol Palin

Buckle up folks, it seems we have us an all new Jon Gosselin/Kate Gosselin 2.0.

Just a day after E! Online broke the news of Bristol Palin joining the cast of Dancing With The Stars, Bristol’s baby daddy/2x former fiance/Playgirl model Levi Johnston is now adding his own 2 cents to the news.

Levi, 20, appeared on CBS’ “The Early Show” this morning and spoke about Bristol and his mayoral race. Yes, he’s planning to run for mayor in his hometown of Wasilla, Alaska.

See, Bristol, 19, has criticized Levi for being obsessed with fame in the past, even citing that as the reason she ended their second engagement. So upon hearing the news that Bristol will be a contestant on the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars,” Levi stated, “I don’t think I’m any more obsessed with making a career out of this than she is.”

He added, “Obviously she’s doing Dancing with the Stars. I wouldn’t say I’m obsessed with any of it. I’m just taking it as it comes.” Bristol has also previously appeared on an episode of ABC’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.”

Popeater is also reporting today that a source close to Bristol tells them she “is excited and scared and hopes she gets Maksim Chmerkovskiy as her partner.”

In other DWTS related news, more names continue to leak out before the official Monday announcement from ABC. E! News is reporting today that Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson, Singer Michael Bolton, former NBA Player Rick Fox, and Dirty Dancing star Jennifer Grey have all been added to the cast.

The above stars join the previously confirmed Brandy, The Situation, Audrina Patridge, and David Hasselhoff.

E! also confirms the following stars will not be a part of the upcoming season – Kirstie Alley, Landon Donovan, Troy Aikman, or anyone for the Bachelor(ette) franchise.

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And just like that, it seems Dancing With The Stars has found a way to top their last season casting of Kate Gosselin.

E! Online is breaking the news today and confirming that Bristol Palin, daughter of former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, has joined the cast of DWTS.

E! adds that this will be the second time the 19-year-old has appeared on an ABC show, as she also guest starred last month on ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

Also confirmed for the new season of DWTS are David Hasselhoff, Audrina Patridge, The Situation and Brandy.

Likely not appearing on this season are Kirstie Alley, and Bachelorette stars Ali & Roberto, “unless there are a few last-minute switcheroos,” says E!.

A rep for ABC had the following to say regarding the news: “We don’t comment on casting rumors. The real Dancing With the Stars cast will be revealed Monday, Aug. 30, live on ABC during Bachelor Pad.”

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