|“Dancing with the Stars” 2011 Season 12 begins a new season with two-hour premiere on March 21 (ABC-TV). The cast: KIRSTIE ALLEY, HINES WARD, CHRIS JERICHO, RALPH MACCHIO, WENDY WILLIAMS, TOM BERGERON, BROOKE BURKE, “PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD, ROMEO, SUGAR RAY LEONARD, KENDRA WILKINSON and CHELSEA KANE. Photo:ABC
It seems like just yesterday that we were awaiting the big “Dancing With the Stars” casting announcement for the popular celebrity dance competition’s 11th season, where bold-faced names like Bristol Palin, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and eventual champ Jennifer Grey became even bolder during their time on the show.
Now, just six months later, the famous dance floor has been wiped clean to make way for a whole new crop of aspiring dance champs. Here’s a look at the 11 eclectic new contestants signed on for season 12 of “Dancing With the Stars” Read more>>
For the first time in “Dancing with the Stars” history, the new celebrity cast will be revealed at a LIVE press conference. “Dancing with the Stars” co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke will reveal the cast during an episode of “Bachelor Pad,” MONDAY, AUGUST 30 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on ABC.
Immediately following each cast member’s live primetime unveiling, ABC.com will post the updated list online. ABC.com will also post the press conference, in its entirety, the following day. The Fall 2010 season of “Dancing with the Stars” premieres MONDAY, SEPT. 20 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET).
Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), “Dancing with the Stars” is the hit series in which 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. Also returning this season is “Macy’s Stars of Dance,” featuring some of the best choreographers and performers from different styles of dance and offering viewers performances that represent the peak of achievement in their genres, including fan favorite “Design-A-Dance,” in which viewers can vote and select the elements of the performance, from who is dancing to the style of ballroom to the music.
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.
“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. The series is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This series carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.