Other celebs who will compete on the ABC hit show include actor William Levy aka the Spanish Brad Pitt who also appeared on the Real housewives of Miami, legendary singer Gladys Knight, singer Gavin DeGraw, and actor Jaleel White aka Steve Urkel from Family Matters.
Below is the full list of the 12 celebrity contestants this season as well as their pro partners:
The View’s Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy
Actress Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Extra Reporter Maria Menounos and Derek Hough
Actor Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya
Cuban Actor/Model William Levy and Cheryl Burke
Music legend Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus
Actor Jaleel White and Kym Johnson
Singer Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani
NFL receiver Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd
Disney Actor Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower
Singer Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
The new season premieres March 19 on ABC.
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With just one day left until the official announcement by ABC, TMZ has now revealed four of the Dancing With The Starsseason 14 contestants!
Sources close to production confirm to TMZ that The View’s Sherri Shepherd, actor Jack Wagner, actress Melissa Gilbert, and entertainment reporter Maria Menounosare all gearing up to put on their dancing shoes!
Sherri’s name is not much of a surprise as she has made no secret of her wish to do the show in the past.
Meanwhile, there had been rumors that super hotness/pro Maksim Chmerkovskiywould not be returning to the show, but Maksim shut down those rumors over the weekend confirming to TMZ that he will be back! It is his show after all.
One person who won’t be appearing on the new season is E! reporter Giuliana Rancic. Reports came out stating the series was interested in Giuliana following her battle with breast cancer. The 37-year-old E! host, however, stated she had to turn down the offer as she is currently too busy to do the show.
She told E! Online: “I’ve been a big fan of the show for years. But sadly, my schedule at the moment would never allow for the gruelling rehearsal commitment.”
On last night’s episode of Real Housewives of Atlanta, Kim got ready for Kroy to leave for training camp and the rest of the ladies planned their trip to South Africa! NeNe decided to really stir up the drama by sneak inviting Marlo, and telling nary a soul, but Cynthia. And, oh my, were the ladies surprised, but not thrilled when Marlo joined them at the departure gate!
Things begin at Marlo‘s house, and ok, call me crazy, but I love the decor and the color scheme. NeNe is impressed that Marlo read Kim and Kandi the riot act at Cynthia‘s agency opening and definitely didn’t back down. On the tour, NeNe discovers Marlo has a full security system installed in her house, which she can monitor from her bedroom! Who is she, Drita D’avanzio? Is she mistressed to the mob in secret?
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It seems that Sherri and her husband were attending a party in New Jersey and who should show up but Melissa, hauling with her a buncha drama. Le sigh. And if you are wondering what kind of people get into an argument at a Christmas party, look no further than the hot-tempered ladies of RHONJ!
Sherri, rightfully annoyed that a peaceful evening was ruined by squabbling twelve-year-olds women, took to Twitter to complain about the nonsense. “Why am I at a party in Jersey with Sal & one of the New Jersey Housewives gets into an altercation w someone! This is surreal & a #hotmess,” Sherri admonished, via Twitter. Sherri initially believed Teresa was the hot mess in question, but Teresa immediately set her straight, Tweeting: “And no I was NOT at the Jersey party w/ @SherriEShepherd yest. I was in NYC w/my kids. She’s got her hot mess NJHousewives mixed up! 😉 xx”
After realizing her error Sherri, tweeted her sorries. “Apology to @Teresa_Giudice … thought you were at the party. I swear you got a doppleganger [sic]! Just as well – the drama didn’t involve you!” Teresa sort of does have a doppelganger (assuming she knows what that is): her sister in law Melissa — who as it turns out was the hot mess in question! Oh dear.
It seems Melissa attended the get together with Kathy Wakile and some bickering occurred in the bathroom — wait didn’t this already happen at the Posche Fashion Show? Melissa instantly went on the defense over Sherri’s “hot mess” accusation and replied, “”No honey! Someone tried 2 pull a publicity stunt last night 2try & cause drama, I was upset they did that!” Melissa claims she was jut an innocent bystander victimized by fame seeking harlots. uh huh. Again, haven’t we heard this story before (ahem… Posche Fashion Show)?
Speaking to the Huffington Post, Melissa explains her side of the story and insists it was all nonsense stirred up by a random party guest looking for a spot on RHONJ. “Someone tried to cause a fake fight to get attention because they are trying to be on the new ‘Housewives.’ ”
“Someone pretended that they overheard me and Kathy talking about a girl in the bathroom that is trying to get on the next season,” Melissa recounts. “I knew it was B.S. because we didn’t talk about anyone in the bathroom. So I called them out on it right away.”
“The girl admitted it the next day,” Melissa added. “It was so stupid they were just trying to get attention.” Richie Wakilesummed up the incident as, “Fake ass people out there! & you know who you are bitches!”
No word on who the “girl” is, but I’m guessing there is a lot more to this story than meets the eye — particularly with all the rumors swirling about Melissa as of late!
If you’re wondering if Melissa is tired of living “On Display” the answer is of course not! A fan tweeted her asking just that and she replied: “It comes with territory what I don’t like is the lying, everyone has an opinion I can’t get mad at that! Xo” Will the insanity never cease?
In other RHONJ news, Jacqueline Laurita is up to her Twitter antics again and this time she is admitting something we all suspected! Apparently her friendship with Melissa is not exactly what it’s portrayed to be! After giving Melissa a shout-out for producing payroll sheets to prove she was never a dancer, a fan asked Jacs about the nature of her relationship with her ex-bestfriend’s sister-in-law. Jacqueline Tweetplied: “Got friendly w/Mel bc I respect her as Ts fam.I like her.Shes always been nice2me.We dont talk&hangout like bffs.C her here&there”
My interpretation: Jacqueline got angry at Teresa and started buddy-ing up with Melissa to make Teresa angry.
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DO YOU BELIEVE MELISSA’S ACCOUNT OF WHAT HAPPENED OR IS THERE MORE TO THE STORY? WAS SHERRI RIGHT TO CALL THESE DRAMA QUEENS OUT? ARE YOU SURPRISED JACQUELINE AND MELISSA AREN’T REALLY CLOSE FRIENDS?
The official premiere party of the DC ladies was hosted on Thursday, but according to UsWeekly, Michaele Salahi and her husband Tareq Salahi decided to skip out on the party, much to the joy of her castmates it seems.
“I don’t want to see them; I don’t want to talk to them,” said the outspoken Catherine Ommanney. “I don’t want to be associated with them.”
Catherine even added that she would not return for another season of the show if the Salahis signed on. “Absolutely, categorically, no,” she told US. “I’ll have to have therapy the rest of my life to get over being associated with her.”
Housewife Lynda Erkiletian added, “I was very happy to hear that they had their own premiere party and would be attending that and not torturing us any more than they have in the past.” Other housewife Mary Schmidt Amons has also had it with the Salahis, saying: “I’ve really have had enough. The last two days have been a challenge, just to deal with the trauma of The View, overall.”
Radar Online is also reporting that the Salahis are charging up to $500 a ticket for the premiere party they are hosting. An organizer for the party however adds that proceeds from the event will be going to the Salahis’ bank account charity.
In other NJ news, RadarOnline is reporting that Michaele is considering suing Whoopi Goldberg and The View talk show for defamation.
Lawyer for the Salahis, Lisa Bloom, who also happens to be the daughter of famed attorney Gloria Allred, told Radar that the attention-seeking couple are considering their legal options. “All options are open right now,” said Lisa when asked if the Salahis will take legal action against the show.
Lisa believes Michaele was defamed after being called a ‘gatecrasher’ five times during her segment. Adding that producers of the show turned on the applause light for the audience when the show’s Sherri Shepherd told Michaele that “you should be in jail.”
“I believe she was defamed,” Lisa told Radar. “My client is not a criminal and she has not been charged by anybody for any crime.”
Ratings – And finally, the ratings for the premiere of the DC housewives is out and let’s just say the ratings were so-so. The show pulled in a mere 1.6 million viewers, in comparison to last year’s premiere of the Real Housewives of New Jersey which pulled in 1.7 million viewers back then.
The DC figure is even more lackluster when you add in the amount of publicity the show received. The finale of Bethenny Getting Married also drew drew 1.9 million total viewers, just above the 1.8 million season average.