Sunday, February 8, 2009

"Dancing with the Stars 8" Cast and Pro Partner Pairings Revealed

The new cast of "Dancing with the Stars 8" has just been announced by ABC. Thirteen new celebrities will compete, including three real life couples. Husband and wife Ty Murray and Jewel, newly engaged dancers Maksim and Karina and country singer Chuck Wicks teams with his girlfriend Julianne Hough. New dances this season include the Argentine Tango and East Coast Swing. Also new this year: the bottom two couples facing elimination will have a Dance Off to determine who is eliminated in the first weeks of the competition. Here are all thirteen stars, what do you think of the new cast?

Singer-Songwriter Jewel 34
Pro Partner: Dmitry Chaplin (New)

Rodeo Star Ty Murray 39
Pro Partner: Chelsie Hightower (New)

Actor/Comedian David Alan Grier 53
Pro Partner: Kym Johnson

"Go-Go's" Lead Singer Belinda Carlisle 50
Pro Partner: Jonathan Roberts

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak 58
Pro Partner: Karina Smirnoff

Actress Denise Richards 38
Pro Partner: Maksim Chmerkovskiy

"Sex and the City" Actor Gilles Marini 33
Pro Partner: Cheryl Burke

Country Singer Chuck Wicks 29
Pro Partner: Julianne Hough

Olympic Gymnast Shawn Johnson 17
Pro Partner: Mark Ballas

Football Player Lawrence Taylor 50
Pro Partner: Edyta Sliwinska

"Access Hollywood" Anchor Nancy O'Dell 43
Pro Partner: Tony Dovolani

"Jackass" Star Steve-O 34
Pro Partner: Lacey Schwimmer

Rapper Lil' Kim 33
Pro Partner: Derek Hough