New Dancing With the Stars Cast Revealed!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…kind of: The roster of dancetestants for Season 12 of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars has been revealed!

ABC doled out this season’s celeb DWTS dancers during this Monday night’s installment of The Bachelor. These are the names fans get to look forward to seeing in just three weeks, when Season 12 kicks up its heels:

NAME | Kirstie Alley
AGE | 60
DWTS ROLE | “The Funny Gal”
CLAIM TO “FAME” | She’s an Emmy winning actress (Cheers — remember that one?), but in recent years Alley is most recognized for her public battle with weight loss (Jenny Craig spokeswoman) and gain (Kirstie Alley’s Big Life on A&E).

NAME | Chris Jericho
AGE | 40
DWTS ROLE | “The Hunk”
CLAIM TO “FAME” | Jericho is a six-time World Wrestling Entertainment Champion — but if you’re not into WWE, you may know him from his contributions to past VH1 shows Best Week Ever and the I Love the… series.

NAME | Kendra Wilkinson
AGE | 25
DWTS ROLE | “Potential Wardrobe Malfunction”
CLAIM TO “FAME” | The E! princess got her start in the Playboy mansion on The Girls Next Door, which landed her a solo project, Kendra. Her current reality venture follows her life as a new mom and wife to NFL pro Hank Baskett.

NAME | Petra Nemcova
AGE | 31
DWTS ROLE | “The Beauty”
CLAIM TO “FAME” | Nemcova is a world renowned supermodel. In 2004, she survived a devastating tsunami in Thailand and has since become an active philanthropist.

NAME | Romeo
AGE | 21
DWTS ROLE | “The Singer”
CLAIM TO “FAME” | Once known as Lil’ Romeo, Percy Romeo Miller, Jr. is a hip-hop star and actor — and also the son of DWTS alum Master P.

NAME | Ralph Macchio
AGE | 49
DWTS ROLE | “The Retro Flashback”
CLAIM TO “FAME” | He’s the Karate Kid, duh. And just to prove his retro cred, he was trending on Twitter not long after being announced as part of the cast. Mr. Miyagi would be proud.

NAME | Chelsea Kane
AGE | 22
DWTS ROLE | “The Disney Darling”
CLAIM TO “FAME” | Thank those Jonas Brothers for this lovely lady. Kane costared with the boys on their Disney series Jonas L.A., and currently provides a voice for the networks new animated series, Fish Hooks.

NAME | Sugar Ray Leonard
AGE | 54
DWTS ROLE | “The Retired Athlete”
CLAIM TO “FAME” | Does he really need an introduction? Leonard is widely considered one of the best boxers of all time, and even appeared as himself in this season’s critically acclaimed film, The Fighter.

NAME | Wendy Williams
AGE | 46
DWTS ROLE | “The Talking Head (Female)”
CLAIM TO “FAME ” | The “Oueen of all Media” got her start as a radio personality, but now hosts her own syndicated series The Wendy Williams Show.

NAME | Hines Ward
AGE | 34
DWTS ROLE | “The Lumbering Jock”
CLAIM TO “FAME” | Fresh off a run at another Super Bowl ring, Ward is the wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

NAME | Mike Catherwood
AGE | 31
DWTS ROLE | “The Talking Head (Male)”
CLAIM TO “FAME” | Otherwise known as “Psycho Mike,” Catherwood is the co-host of the hit radio show Loveline.

What do you think of the new Dancing crew? Sound off below!

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  1. Mike says:

    Big names? lol

  2. Linda Joplin says:


  3. V says:

    I think they are running out of stars….I’ve heard of 2 of those 5. Haha!!

  4. Becky says:

    I recognize two of those names, and couldn’t care less about the others. I hope that the rest of the contestants are people who would appeal to older viewers.

  5. Linda says:

    Seriously? It should be changed to Dancing With the Nobodies

    • DWTSLvr says:

      If thats how ya’all think about the show,then why do you watch or take the time to comment? Seriously people, do you really have to be so negative? Id like to see YOU up there dancing, its gotta be alot of hard work! I like that they get a variety of different people. BTW Im only 38 and I know all of the stars,and Im not “old”.If its “dancing with the nobodies” then one would know them, not to mention how many “nobodies” are saying mean stuff on here? Just a thought.

  6. sammie says:


  7. Nic says:

    Really? It’s hard to imagine a more pathetic lineup.

  8. Dennis Dziadowicz says:

    Now you know why I call this show Dancing With The Hasd-beens.

  9. Marisa says:

    I know 8 out of the 11. I obviously need to beef up on my pop culture knowledge.

  10. Anna says:

    Looks like another season of no watching because there is no one of interest again. Who is doing the casting anyhow?

  11. Beau Hajavitch says:

    DWTS wanted Chris Jericho before, but he couldn’t do it because DWTS is live on Mondays, and he was on WWE Monday Night Raw, also live on Mondays. Now he’s taking a break from WWE, so he can do it.

  12. Lolita Connor says:

    I know of 6 of them. Will I be watching? Probably the first two episodes like I do every season and then not watch the rest until the finale lol.

  13. CJ says:

    Sorry, I don’t see an actual “star” in the whole bunch.

  14. boidiva02 says:

    So sad that soap star Colleen Zenk wasn’t cast!

  15. Steven says:

    I’ll watch the parts with Kirstie Alley and Wendy Williams. i love them.

  16. Chmarin says:

    Well I guess every Teesday/Wednesday morning we’ll be getting “Dancing 20% down from fall premiere”, “Dancing drop 15% from last week”, “Dancing hits season low”, “Dancing finale lowest rated ever”.

    C’mon, seriously, I’ve heard of 4 people on that list. Even The Celebrity Apprentice has a more famous cast this year.

  17. Ryan says:

    Looks like Joel McHale will have something to make fun of, especially when it comes to Wendy Williams.

  18. JD says:

    This show never has true “stars”. They always get either fringe-celebs or has-beens.

    Who watches this stuff?

    I wonder if the Rat-Pack rolls in their graves every time they hear the word star used with this garbage!

  19. Alex says:

    Wait… which ones are the “stars”?

  20. peggy says:

    LOL! I am so glad to see that I am not the only one who only knew a few tnames on that list, I recognize three, not actually stars but I have heard of them.

  21. heather says:

    I have heard of them all except the radio guy. Who is he that he is considered a “star”? I don’t really consider any of them stars except for Hines Ward, and only because of the recent Superbowl.

  22. Sara says:

    For once, I have heard of everyone in the line-up. I think it sounds like a pretty interesting cast. I am curious to find out tomorrow who everyone is paired up with. I think it will be hard for the radio guy to make it past the first week and Sugar Ray will go far (depending on his partner).

  23. kim says:

    the only one i like is ralph macchio

  24. susela says:

    “Dancing With the Wannabes”?

  25. 4F says:


  26. Kelly Brackemyre says:

    Sadly again, my household won’t be watching DWTS! So tired of Playboy sleeze bags being cast on the show! Kids don’t recognize them and ask why they’re stars.How do you say “cause they’ve spread their legs for the entire world to see”? Seriously DWTS, clean up the show … Ballroom dancing should be classy & elegant, not sleezey & trashy! :(

    • DWTSMom says:

      From 1 mom to another~ I agree kids should not know the names of people who do things suck as Kendra but people make mistakes.I think she is trying to clean up her act/image, being a NFL wife and a mom. Given her lack of a father figure had a gr8 mom!)you have to give her slack. I dont approve AT ALL posing for magazines like that BUT I know she had reasons,she prob still may not realize.Thats what growing up is all about. We ALL (even you as I) have done things we shouldnt have, regret. Your kids (and mine) will do the same. BTW,Kendra has done alot of good too~People magazine stuff to show women they dont have to be perfect to love themselves, esp after having a baby! Love that!Pam A did some awful things too, but she has done ALOT for PETA, been in movies/TV, and promotes “green living. That has to count for something.Even if many of us parents never want them to know what people like that are famous for. Why not tell your kids the positive things theyve done? Helping the cause of animals/PETA is a GREAT thing! Im sure your kids know or will know many celebs who have done bad things. Positive parenting means turning negative to positive. Just my 0.02.

  27. tori says:

    I’ve actually heard of everyone (although not so much the radio guy)and look forward to the season. I look forward to it every year no matter who is on!! Glad there doesn’t seem to be anyone that is a real dancer and main contender this year!

  28. Lorie says:

    Looks like I’m one of the few readers who’s OK with this cast. At least I don’t hate anyone. I don’t know all of them, but time will fix that.

    I’m aging myself when I admit I had a HUGE crush on Ralph Macchio in the 80s, so he’ll be my sentimental favorite.

    Last season, Kyle Massey was my fave. Since he works with Chelsea on Disney’s Fish Hooks, I hope he stops by for a visit.

  29. Megalion says:

    I am looking forward to this season because

    1) No vile personalities (Kate Gosselin), or slimy future jailbirds (Tom Delay & Lawrence Taylor), or blatant gimmick (Bristol)

    2) No obvious ringers who will hardly give the rest of the cast a chance to keep up (Nicole S? really?)

    3) and the reason I was really happy last night about the reveal… my man Hines Ward of the Steelers! One of my two favorite men on the team. Haven’t been this excited since Marlee Matlin in season 6 which is how I started watching the show.

  30. Thom says:

    Isn’t the title of this show Dancing With the STARS? Pffft… Thank goodness Kristie Alley and Sugar Ray are in there. Gives the title of the show some credence.

  31. Grammy says:

    Awh.. come on folks! We’re all stars here on planet earth in the game of life! I just love watching this show and movin’ at home with the music. It’s a feel good show! I think anyone who is willing to get on that floor and give it a try deserves recognition for that alone. And I find it enjoyable to watch the improvements from week to week in every contestant who’s giving it their all. Like most of them have said… “it’s a lot harder than it looks.” And of course, the pro’s make it look so easy :) It’s entertainment at its best. Even the judges are great – glad they don’t change from season to season! Get with the beat people — it’s so much better than watching (and listening) to the chase scenes in most movies anymore. I look forward to each new season with delight!

  32. Casey says:

    Chelsea Kane? She was Chelsea Staub for so long. What made her change her name all of the sudden?