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Come Dancing...

By RD Heldenfels Published: August 14, 2006

You may already have seen the list of new ''Dancing With the Stars'' contestants. I include it here for the details -- and amusement value -- of ABC's descriptions of the ''stars.'' Can a player, for example, be a Super Bowl champion? Why no ''Veronica Mars'' hook for Harry Hamlin?

An American football superstar, a legendary TV talk show host, an award-winning country music singing star, an ultra-conservative TV political pundit, a movie star and a former beauty queen are among the performers who will compete this season on “Dancing with the Stars,” premiering TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“Americas Funniest Home Videos”) and co-hosted by Samantha Harris (E! Entertainment), the new season brings an exciting lineup of even more celebrities than before. The 11 couples heading to the dance floor this season are:

TUCKER CARLSON – MSNBC news anchor -- and often controversial -- conservative political TV pundit and columnist. He will be partnered with professional dancer Elena Grinenko, who makes her series debut this season.

MONIQUE COLEMAN – Actress and teen idol from Disney Channel’s smash hit “High School Musical.” She will be partnered with professional dancer Louis Van Amstel, who returns for his third season. Van Amstel danced with Lisa Rinna and Trista Sutter in previous seasons.

SARA EVANS – Country Music Award-winning and top-selling singing sensation. Sara will dance with Tony Dovolani, who partnered with Stacy Keibler in the second season.

WILLA FORD – Singing sensation and self-professed “bad girl of pop.” Professional dancer Maxsim Chmerkovskiy, who teamed up with Tia Carrere last season, will be her professional dance partner.

VIVICA A. FOX – Stunning film and television actress/producer who has starred in several major blockbusters including “Kill Bill” and “Independence Day.” She will be partnered with professional dancer Nick Kosovich, who returns for his second season. He was previously paired with Tatum O’Neal.

HARRY HAMLIN – Film and TV star of the hit, award-winning drama series “L.A. Law” and husband of “Dancing with the Stars” alumna Lisa Rinna. Professional dancer Ashly Delgrosso returns to the series for her third season.  She was previously paired with Master P and Joey McIntyre.

JOE LAWRENCE – Actor and former teen heartthrob.  Professional dancer Edyta Sliwinska, who returns for her third season, will be his partner.  She previously partnered with George Hamilton and Evander Holyfield.

MARIO LOPEZ – Actor and TV host. He will be partnered with professional dancer Karina Smirnoff, who makes her series debut.

SHANNA MOAKLER – National beauty queen, actress, model and reality television star. Professional dancer Jesse DeSoto joins the cast for the first time this season as her partner.

EMMITT SMITH – An NFL legend and three-time Super Bowl champion who holds the world’s all-time leading rushing record and is considered one of the greatest football players to ever play the game. He will be partnered with “Dancing with the Stars” season two professional dance champion, Cheryl Burke.

JERRY SPRINGER – Notorious TV talk show host of “The Jerry Springer Show,” talk radio broadcaster and politician. He will be partnered with Australian beauty, professional dancer Kym Johnson, who makes her series debut this season. Kym was the champion of the Australian “Dancing with the Stars.” (end announcement)

Any guesses on winners?

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