"The View"'s Sherri Shepherd and dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy (ABC)
The upcoming cast of Dancing With The Stars was announced last week, and now the cast photos are out! Below’s the list of the next season’s crop — the season premiere is March 11 — and then check out their photos!
• Former child star and Screen Actors Guild president Melissa Gilbert will dance with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
• Family Matters star Jaleel White will dance with former champ Kym Johnson
• Tennis legend Martina Navratilova will dance with Tony Dovolani
• Soap star-turned-singer Jack Wagner will dance with Anna Trebunskaya
• Green Bay Packers receiver Donald Driver will dance with Peta Murgatroyd
• Extra host Maria Menounos will dance with three-time champ Derek Hough
• The Disney Channel’s Roshon Fegan will dance with Chelsie Hightower
• Cuban heartthrob, actor and model William Levy will dance with two-time champ Cheryl Burke
• Singer Gavin DeGraw will dance with reigning champ Karina Smirnoff
• Music legend Gladys Knight will dance with Nancy Grace‘s former partner Tristan MacManus
• Singer Katherine Jenkins will dance with Mark Ballas
The new cast of Dancing With The Stars will be announced Tuesday on Good Morning America, but one name that definitely won’t be on the list? Giuliana Rancic.
The E! personality says she was approached to compete in the upcoming season, but is passing.
“I’ve been a big fan of the show for years,” she says. “But sadly, my schedule at the moment would never allow for the grueling rehearsal commitment. Who knows, maybe Bill (Rancic, her husband) and I can be on the show together one day and go toe-to-toe for the trophy.”
Others who have passed on the upcoming season include Tim Tebow, Herman Cain and Dolly Parton.
Dancing With The Stars will not be getting an infusion of politicos — and failed Republican presidential candidates — next season.
Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain turned down an offer to appear on Dancing with the Stars, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and offer that was confirmed by Cain’s staff.
“He can’t dance in an eight count. He can only dance in a nine-count,” Cain staffer Lisa Reichert said, making a reference to Cain’s proposed 9-9-9 tax plan.
While Cain confirmed he was asked but the show, Michelle Bachman, meanwhile, squashed rumors that she will be joining — although it hasn’t been confirmed if an actual offer was made.
Bachman said in a statement, “In full disclosure, I did win a polka dancing competition when I was in the tenth grade at my alma mater, Anoka High School. But, despite my tenth grade polka success and my lifelong love of ballroom dancing, the recent rumors are false. I will not be joining ‘Dancing with the Stars.'”