Lace-up your dancing shoes, jump in the spray-tan booth, and grab a bottle of Advil… Rehearsals for the new season of ‘Dancing with the Stars‘ have begun!
Here are the 12 ‘Dancing’ stars and the professional dancers they’ve been paired with:
~Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
~Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower
~Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
~Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
~Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
~Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff
~Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
~David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson
~Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas (who was last saddled with ‘Crazy’ Cloris Leachman)
~Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
~Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
~Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
‘Dancing’ fans will notice the return of tiny Russian dancer Karina Smirnoff, who should be in all her eye-rolling glory keeping control of her ‘Situation,’ while Lacey Schwimmer is also back with ‘That’s So Raven’ actor Kyle Massey.
Noticeably absent from the dance pro roster? Edyta Sliwinska, who has been with ‘DWTS’ since the beginning. The famously flesh-baring female dancer has quit the show to pursue other interests.
“I’m grateful to the show but my life can’t be limited to DWTS. I hope you understand. Please know that you guys, the audience was the best part of the experience,” Edyta wrote Monday in a message on Twitter, after clarifying rumors that her departure is not the result of a “major disagreement with production” of ‘DWTS,’ as some tabloids have reported.
So now that we know the partner pairings, who do you think has the edge?
All 12 couples will dance for the first time–performing either the Viennese Waltz or Cha Cha–on the two-hour season premiere, Monday, Sept. 20th at 8 p.m. on ABC.