Dancing with the Stars Ramps up Likability with Season 12 Cast

As a Dancing with the Stars addict, I was on pins and needles waiting for the news about the Season 12 cast. I didn’t watch a single episode of Season 11 in protest of Bristol Palin, who really wasn’t a celebrity. And with rumors floating around that politician Christine O’Donnell would participate in Season 12, I was afraid I’d have to torture myself by missing another season. Thankfully, I no longer have to live in fear. It seems that the DWTS producers have put together a cast which will soothe feathers ruffled by controversial contenders in previous seasons such as Bristol Palin and Kate Gosselin.

The cast will appeal to viewers of just about any demographic you can think of – Kirstie Alley and Ralph Macchio for those of us who grew up in the 80s; Chris Jericho, Hines Ward and Sugar Ray Leonard for sports lovers; and Chelsea Kane and Romeo Miller for young female fans. Below I’ve included a complete list of the new cast, plus a video of the announcement. This promises to be a fun season!

  • Kirstie Alley – Actress, best known from television series Cheers
  • “Psycho” Mike Catherwood – Radio DJ
  • Chris Jericho – Former pro wrestler (and avid metalhead!)
  • Sugar Ray Leonard – Prize-winning former boxer
  • Ralph Macchio – Actor, star of the first Karate Kid movies
  • Romeo Miller – Rapper/actor school/basketball player
  • Petra Nemcova – Model featured on cover of 2004’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue
  • Chelsea Kane – Actress on Disney Channel television show Jonas L.A.
  • Hines Ward – Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, MVP of Super Bowl XL in 2006
  • Kendra Wilkinson – Model/reality star and former girlfriend of Hugh Hefner
  • Wendy Williams – Host of Wendy Williams Show.
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