ABC has announced the the 11 contestants that will compete in the upcoming season of Dancing with the Stars. They are: Buzz Aldrin, Pamela Anderson, Erin Andrews, Shannen Doherty, Kate Gosselin, Evan Lysacek, Niecy Nash, Chad Ochocinco, Jake Pavelka, Nicole Scherzinger and Aiden Turner. Head on over the jump for the complete press release.
Dancing with the Stars premieres on Monday, March 22nd.
A SPECTACULAR LINEUP OF STARS MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE DANCE FLOOR
AS THE TELEVISION PHENOMENON “DANCING WITH THE STARS” RETURNS,
MONDAY, MARCH 22 ON ABC
All Eleven Couples Will Compete in Weeks One and Two
“Dancing with the Stars the Results Show” Premieres with First Elimination in
Regular Timeslot on Tuesday, March 30
The “Dance Off” Returns
Macy’s “Stars of Dance” Returns with All-new Performances Featured in the Results Shows
An all new lineup of stars — including a legendary astronaut, a Bachelor, an Olympic gold medalist, a Bengal, an ESPN Reporter, a pop singer, a “90210” alum, an actor, a comedienne and a reality television star who is the mother of eight — will strut their stuff on the dance floor in the highly anticipated two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” MONDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
All eleven couples will dance for the first time on live national television on MONDAY,
MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), with couples either performing the Viennese Waltz or Cha Cha. In week two, all of the couples will return to dance their second routines in a two-hour show, MONDAY, MARCH 29 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET). The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for both performances will be sent home on TUESDAY, MARCH 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) in the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.”
The eleven celebrities heading to the dance floor this season, as announced tonight on the finale of the “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” are:
BUZZ ALDRIN – Astronaut, scientist/inventor, bestselling author, advocate for man’s future in space, Buzz Aldrin is considered one of the greatest heroes of space exploration. On July 20, 1969, he and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moonwalk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. An estimated 600 million people — the world’s largest television audience in history — witnessed this unprecedented, heroic endeavor. Upon his return from the Apollo 11 mission, Aldrin was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest American peacetime award. Born in 1930, Aldrin was educated at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He then joined the Air Force, where he flew 66 combat missions in Korea and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross. Dr. Aldrin received his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT before being selected by NASA in 1963. He devised docking and rendezvous techniques for spacecraft in Earth and lunar orbit which became critical to the success of the Gemini and Apollo programs. He has received three U.S. patents for his schematics of a modular space station, founded Starcraft Boosters, Inc., a rocket design company, and the ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to advancing space education. An accomplished writer whose work has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list, Aldrin has most recently written an autobiography entitled Magnificent Desolation: The Long Journey Home from the Moon. Named after Aldrin are Asteroid “6470 Aldrin,” “Aldrin Crater” on the moon, Buzz Lightyear from “Toy Story,” and the MTV Music Video Award “The Moonman” was originally called “The Buzzy” and is shaped in his image.
PAMELA ANDERSON – Model, actress, mother, entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist, Pamela Anderson is a sex symbol who has appeared on more magazine covers than any other star of her generation and was named in the Guinness Book of World Records as “most downloaded.” Introduced to television audiences as the “Tool Time Girl” on the hit series “Home Improvement, “ Anderson went on to star in the global phenomenon “Baywatch.” Her other television work includes the hit series “V.I.P.” and her recent documentary series “Pam – Girl on the Loose.” Among her film work is her star turn in “Barb Wire” and “Borat,” in which she played herself and the object of Borat’s affections. Current projects include her role as the “face” of the current campaign for the work of legendary designer Vivienne Westwood, and her partnership with her friend, designer Richie Rich, on the A*Muse brand – a line of clothing inspired by Anderson and created by Rich. Anderson recently launched her own fragrance, Malibu by Pamela Anderson (along with other beauty-related products, all now available in drug stores worldwide). She also continues her extensive charity work in many areas – among which PETA remains her first love.
ERIN ANDREWS – Since joining ESPN in 2004, Erin Andrews has become one of the most well-known sports reporters in the country. Having begun her career at ESPN as a reporter for the network’s NHL coverage, Andrews has served as a reporter for “ESPN College Football Saturday” telecasts, “Saturday Primetime” college basketball games and Big Ten college basketball coverage. In 2005 she began reporting from the sidelines of the “ESPN College Football Primetime” series on Thursday nights, and added Major League Baseball sideline reporting to her responsibilities, including the “Monday Night Baseball” telecasts. Andrews has been a reporter on ESPN’s College World Series telecasts since 2005 and has worked ABC’s coverage of the Scripps National Spelling Bee as a reporter since 2008. A native of Lewiston, Maine, Andrews graduated from the University of Florida, where she was a member of the Gators’ basketball dance team from 1997-2000.
SHANNEN DOHERTY – Shannen Doherty is a television icon known throughout the world. She rose to stardom for her portrayal of Brenda Walsh in the popular television series “Beverly Hills, 90210” and later as Prue Halliwell on “Charmed,” after beginning her career at 11 as Jenny Wilder in “Little House: A New Beginning.” Over the course of her career, Doherty has appeared in numerous made-for-TV-movies, television series and films, including “Heathers” and “Mallrats.” She later went on to produce and star in her own reality show, “Breaking Up with Shannen Doherty,” for the Oxygen Network in 2006. Recently Doherty reprised her role as Brenda Walsh on the CW’s spin off “90210,” and completed filming on the Hallmark made-for-TV-movie, “Growing the Big One.” She is also the author of the upcoming book Bad Ass from publisher Clarkson Potter.
KATE GOSSELIN — Kate Gosselin has the joy, frustration and honor of raising eight children — twins and sextuplets — in central Pennsylvania. The daily lives of her family were previously chronicled for five seasons on TLC’s hit show “Jon and Kate Plus 8.” Gosselin is a sought-after speaker, author of the New York Times bestselling books Multiple Blessings and Eight Little Faces, and is currently in production on a new show for TLC. Her newest book, I Just Want You to Know, will be in stores this spring.
EVAN LYSACEK – Olympic gold medalist and World Figure Skating champion Evan Lysacek has been skating since the age of 8, when he received a pair of hockey skates. His win in Vancouver was the first in 22 years for an American male figure skater at the Olympics. A native of Naperville, IL, Lysacek relocated to Los Angeles at the age of 18 to train with Frank Carroll who, in addition to his Olympic and World titles, has also coached Lysacek to two U.S. National titles and a 4th-place showing at the Torino Games in 2006. This spring Lysacek will also be touring as a member of the cast of “Stars on Ice.”
NIECY NASH — The host and producer of the Style Network’s home makeover show, “Clean House,” Niecy Nash is a two-time 2009 Daytime Emmy nominee and the new Celebrity Panelist for the entertainment news program, “The Insider.” She recently won a 2010 Gracie Award for her role as no-nonsense Officer Raineesha Williams on the Comedy Central hit, “Reno 911!” and it’s spin-off film, “Reno 911: Miami.” In 2008 Nash starred in her own FOX comedy series, “Do Not Disturb.” She is also well-known for her recurring role on the comedy series “The Bernie Mac Show.” Her most recent film work includes “Not Easily Broken” and Walt Disney Pictures’ “G-Force.” Additionally, Nash is developing various television and film projects through her own production company, Chocolate Chick, Inc. The proud mother of three adoring children, when asked what her hobbies are, Nash proudly replies, “motherhood,” which she considers her greatest success in life.
CHAD OCHOCINCO – Chad Ochocinco is one of the NFL’s most prolific wide receivers. The Cincinnati Bengals drafted him from Oregon State in 2001. In his 9th season with the Bengals, he holds the franchise record for most receiving yards in a season, most receiving yards of all time, the most receptions, the most receiving yards in a game, the most seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards and the most touchdowns in a game. He is a six-time Pro-Bowler and was named All-Pro three times. He made headlines in 2008 when he legally changed his name from Chad Johnson to Chad Ochocinco to match his jersey number, “85.” Currently the spokesman for Degree, teaming up with them to endorse their line of men’s deodorant products, Ochocinco’s popularity can best be seen by his use of social media sites like Twitter and Ustream. Alternatively, Rock Software has produced an iPhone Application that gives users the ultimate “Ocho Cinco Experience.” Whether it is teaming with corporations to give away hundreds of seats to a Bengals game or racing a thoroughbred for charity, Ochocinco understands the importance of giving back and staying grounded to his roots. On a more global scale, he has partnered with Feed the Children to raise awareness of the worldwide epidemic of hunger and poverty among children.
JAKE PAVELKA — As the handsome commercial pilot and most recent bachelor looking for love on ABC’s “The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love,” Jake Pavelka has the reputation as an honest guy with an open heart. He has been a fan favorite since viewers were stunned when Jillian Harris rejected him right before the hometown dates on the previous season’s “The Bachelorette.” With a positive outlook on the experience, Pavelka won over the hearts of many and met his match when he narrowed 25 lucky bachelorettes down to one this past season. An accomplished pilot, he grew up in Denton, Texas and attended University of North Texas and Embry Engineering University for Aerospace Science. Pavelka became an airline captain flight instructor at 23. On his days off, he has fun flying acrobatic planes and woodworking at the home he owns near Dallas.
NICOLE SCHERZINGER – Nicole Scherzinger was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She is a singer, songwriter, trained actress, performer and the lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls. She was asked to join the Pussycat Dolls recording group as the lead singer after being recognized from her success on the TV show “Popstars” and the group Eden’s Crush. The Pussycat Dolls’ 2006 debut album, “PCD,” went double-platinum in America and sold over 9 million copies worldwide, with several Top 10 hits songs, including “Don’t Cha”, “Buttons” and “Stickwitu”. Following the success of “PCD,” Scherzinger recorded a series of duets and guest vocal appearances with artists such as P.Diddy, 50 Cent, Timbaland, Vittorio and several others. She also released two solo singles and videos before recording the second Pussycat Dolls album, “Doll Domination,” which to date has sold over 5 million copies and features hits like “When I grow Up and “I Hate This Part.” Scherzinger has toured the world as a headline act for over six years, playing stadiums and arenas and appearing on countless TV shows. In 2009 she wrote and recorded an adaptation of the AR Rahman song, “Jai Ho,” from the film “Slumdog Millionaire.” The song went #1 in 17 countries. Scherzinger is currently writing and recording new songs for release in 2010 while pursuing her love for acting and musical theater.
AIDEN TURNER – Aiden Turner was born on April 2, 1977 in Hertforshire, England and was educated at St. Edmund’s College. He attended culinary school to pursue his love of cooking, and for two years he worked as a chef in Hertford. While doing so, he taught himself how to mix music, and so he also began working at night as a DJ. He then went on to follow his dream to travel all over the world, visiting Thailand, Malaysia, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and North America. He studied acting at the Method Studio Covent Garden in London, which helped him land commercial and television castings. He was cast for the role of Aiden Devane on ABC’s “All My Children” in 2002. He played that role for eight years, and recently left the show to pursue other acting opportunities in film and television.
“Dancing with the Stars” returns with new surprises and all the elements viewers have come to know and love. “Macy’s Stars of Dance,” which features some of the most renowned dancers and choreographers of our time, will be back with performances on “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.” One of the “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performances will be the hugely popular “Design-a-Dance,” where fans have the chance to select their favorite celebrity dancers, dance styles and wardrobe at www.abc.com. Three weeks of the competition will feature the return of the “Dance Off,” where contestants will perform a dance style of their choosing to fight for their spot in the competition, followed by three consecutive single eliminations.
Below are key dates for Season 10 (dates and times subject to change):
* “Dancing with the Stars,” two-hour season premiere performance show, MONDAY, MARCH 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET).
* “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show,” one-hour season premiere, TUESDAY MARCH 30
(8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).
* “Dancing with the Stars,” one-hour final performance show, MONDAY, MAY 24 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).
* “Dancing with the Stars” season finale, two-hours, TUESDAY, MAY 25 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET)
Each week this season, the celebrity and professional dance pairs will perform live choreographed Latin, traditional and contemporary ballroom dance routines to popular live music played by a 17-piece orchestra, led by musical director Harold Wheeler. Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 30 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars” performance shows. AT&T customers may also text message their votes by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support (message and data rates may apply). Viewers may also vote online at www.abc.com starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast and until 12:00 Noon, ET the following day.
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”), the celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which will be judged by renowned Ballroom judge Len Goodman and dancer/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba, who all return for their tenth season together.
“Dancing with the Stars” is the U.S. version of the international smash hit series, “Strictly Come Dancing.” This version is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade is co-executive producer. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.
About BBC Worldwide Productions:
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and wholly-owned subsidiary of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). In the U.S., BBC Worldwide Productions, one of BBC Worldwide’s seven core businesses, is based in Los Angeles and New York. It is responsible for the smash hit “Dancing with the Stars” and develops scripted and non-scripted projects for U.S. cable and broadcast networks.