March 1, 2011

Dancing with the Stars Season 12 Cast Announcement

A Dynamic Cast of Stars is Ready to Shine on the Dance Floor as Dancing with the Stars Returns Monday, March 21 on ABC

Dancing with the Stars the Results Premieres with First Elimination in Week Two on Tuesday, March 29

Macy’s Stars of Dance Returns with All New Performances

Los Angeles, CA — A star-studded cast filled with celebrities across a variety of genres including, a boxing legend, a former Playboy bunny, a talk-show personality, a Superbowl Steeler , and a legendary comedy star – are set to compete each week on the dance floor in the spectacular two-hour season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars,” produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

All 11 couples will dance for the first time on live national television on MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET), with couples either performing the Foxtrot or the Cha Cha Cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges’ scores and public votes for their performance will be sent home the following week on TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) in the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars the Results Show.”

The eleven celebrities heading to the dance floor this season, as announced tonight by “Dancing with the Stars” hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke in a live press conference during “The Bachelor” are:

KIRSTIE ALLEY– Kirstie Alley has emerged as one of the great actresses of her generation, proving time and again that she is capable of great depth and range, as well as possessing a comedic timing second to none. Kirstie’s work in television has earned her seven Golden Globe and eight Emmy nominations, and winning one Golden Globe, two Emmys and three People’s Choice Awards. Kirstie co-wrote and starred in Showtime’s critically acclaimed comedy “Fat Actress” and played the title character, as well as serving as executive producer for the NBC sitcom “Veronica’s Closet.” In 1994, Kirstie showcased her dramatic range starring in the CBS TV movie “David’s Mother,” for which she won her second Emmy.  In 1987, Kirstie joined the cast of the long-running hit NBC sitcom “Cheers” as the neurotic Rebecca Howe. Kirstie received critical accolades and won both an Emmy for Lead Actress in a Comedy Series and Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy Series in 1991. Kirstie made her movie debut in 1982 in “Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan,” in which she played the beautiful Vulcan officer Lieutenant Saavik. In 1999 Kirstie starred in the dark comedy film “Drop Dead Gorgeous”. The cult-classic mockumentary follows the contestants in a beauty pageant in Minnesota. Kirstie starred in Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry,” and starred alongside John Travolta in the hit films “Look Who’s Talking,” “Look Who’s Talking Too” and “Look Who’s Talking Now.” Some of Kirstie’s other film credits include “Shoot to Kill,” “Summer School,” “For Richer or Poorer,” and “Champions”. In 1995, Kirstie was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Kirstie served as the spokesperson for Pier One from 2000 to 2004 and Jenny Craig from 2005 to 2008. In 2010, Kirstie worked with experts in science, nutrition, and medicine to develop Organic Liaison, which includes Rescue Me, the first ever USDA certified organic weight-loss product.

“PSYCHO” MIKE CATHERWOOD– Born and raised in Los Angeles, Michael Catherwood (aka Psycho Mike) has an eclectic background from the city that made him the person he is today. Michael is a mixed race Hispanic who immersed himself in the Los Angeles punk and hard rock scene. He moved to the east coast to study theatre at Rutgers University, where he spent most his time enjoying the emerging Jersey punk scene. After finishing school, he returned to L.A. to become a member of the top-rated “Kevin & Bean Morning Show” on KROQ-FM. Known to its listeners as “Psycho Mike,” he has developed many of the radio show’s most well known and talked about characters and segments. His often controversial music has garnered him worldwide notice and acclaim. In addition to the “Kevin & Bean Morning Show”, Mike is the co-host of Loveline Radio (Westwood One) with Dr. Drew Pinsky and has guest hosted on E! Entertainment’s “The Daily 10” and most recently on “Live with Regis & Kelly.” Michael has also done numerous successful voiceover and commercial campaigns for such clients as Major League Baseball, TNT, Discovery Channel and AT&T.

CHRIS JERICHO  – A six-time WWE world champion, two- time New York Times best-selling author, lead singer of the rock band Fozzy and host of the ABC game show, “Downfall”, Jericho began wrestling at age 19 and is best known as one of the most popular performers in wrestling history. In 2001, he was the first ever Undisputed Champion of the WWE and is the only performer to have held six different titles in the 44-year history of World Wrestling Entertainment.  Jericho became a New York Times bestselling author in 2007 with his autobiography, “A Lion’s Tale: Around the Worldin Spandex,” and is currently on the list again with his follow-up, “Undisputed: How To Become The World Champion in 1,372 Easy Steps”, his second auto-biography.  His rock band Fozzy has sold a quarter million CDs worldwide.

CHELSEA KANE– Chelsea Kane (formerly Chelsea Staub) is a versatile young actress and musician. She currently stars in the web series “The Homes”on She is also the voice of Bea in Disney Channel’s animated comedy series “Fish Hooks”. Eye-catching and funny, “Fish Hooks” is the imaginative story of three tween fish navigating high school. Chelsea recently starred as Stella Malone, the longtime friend and style guru to the Lucas brothers in the Disney Channel comedy series “JONAS.” The Phoenix, Arizona native has been acting professionally since the age of nine. She landed her first role as Young Kim in the national Broadway tour of “Showboat” and went on to star in the productions “Peter Pan,” “The Wiz,” “Cinderella,” “Oliver,” “Annie,” “Titanic,” “The Sound of Music,” “Schoolhouse Rock,” “A Christmas Carol” and “The Secret Garden,” among others. Chelsea starred in the Disney Channel Original Movies “Minutemen” and “Starstruck” and guest-starred on Disney Channel’s hit series “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Cracking Up,” “Summerland,” “Listen Up” and “The Bill Engvall Show.” On the big screen, she landed her first role in the family film “Arizona Summer,” and had a starring role in the motion picture “Bratz.” During her free time, Chelsea enjoys hitting the concert circuit with her Polaroid camera and her favorite musician friends.

SUGAR RAY LEONARD– Sugar Ray Leonard is one of the legendary sports icons of the 20th century whose very name epitomizes boxing and conjures the image of a champion. Leonard was host and mentor for the first three seasons of the series, “Contender,” on NBC & ESPN, by Dreamworks Television and Mark Burnett Productions. Ray recently appeared in the Paramount Pictures feature film “The Fighter” and served as a consultant on the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures film starring Hugh Jackman “Real Steel” being released fall 2011. Ray will release his first autobiography (Viking Books) entitled “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring” on June 7, 2011, which he developed with veteran author Michael Arkush. Having learned to box at age 14, Leonard’s career includes three National Golden Gloves titles, two Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) championships and the 1975 Pan-American Games crown. After winning a gold medal in boxing at the 1976 Olympic Games, he turned professional to help his family defer mounting medical bills incurred because of his father’s illness. The late Howard Cosell called Leonard the “new Mohammed Ali.” In 1977, at age 20, Leonard won his first professional fight, setting the stage for a collection of the most memorable fights in history. He went on to defeat some of the finest boxers of the modern era including Wilfred Benetiz, Roberto Duran, Thomas Hearns and Marvin Hagler, from whom Leonard won the world middleweight title. During his twenty-year professional career, Leonard also won world titles in the welterweight, junior middleweight, super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions. He was the first boxer to win world titles in five different weight classes, a record that stands to this day. Leonard has been a successful television broadcaster for NBC, ABC, HBO and ESPN and has fostered commercial endorsement relationships with companies including EA Sports, Track Inc., Ford, Carnation, 7-Up, Nabisco, Coca-Cola, Revlon and numerous others. Leonard is also among the most sought after motivational/inspirational speakers in the world. His speech, entitled “POWER” (Prepare, Overcome, and Win Every Round), is consistently booked with major Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Leonard has always been devoted to the community and for many years has been the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Walk for a Cure. He also participates in a variety of national and international causes benefiting children’s charities. Leonard has four children and lives in Southern California with his wife Bernadette.

RALPH MACCHIO– An actor, writer, director and producer, Macchio first gained world recognition for playing the title role in the popular classic, “The Karate Kid” and its successors, “The Karate Kid II” and “The Karate Kid III”. His extensive list of film credits include Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Outsiders,” and the hit film “My Cousin Vinny”. Among his multiple television credits, Macchio had a two season arc on ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” a comedic guest star lead on the series “Psych”, as well as a dramatic guest lead character on ABC’s drama, “The Whole Truth”. He was seen as a guest star on the hit series, “Entourage”, as well as the comedy, “Headcase”.  Macchio also recently appeared in a viral video sensation, “Wax On, #### Off” which has gathered rave reviews from critics and viewers alike since its release this past summer.  On the New York stage, Macchio made his Broadway debut starring opposite Robert DeNiro in the sold-out Joseph Papp production of “Cuba and His Teddy Bear” at the Longacre Theatre.

PETRA NEMCOVA– Born and raised in Karvina, in the Czech Republic, Petra Nemcova took the modeling world by storm after being discovered by a modeling scout on the streets of her native country. Nemcova has graced the pages and covers of magazines such as Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Shape, Cosmopolitan, Vanity Fair and the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. In 2004, Nemcova suffered a broken pelvis and severe internal injuries while on vacation in Thailand during the devastating Tsunami. After her recovery, Nemcova created the “Happy Hearts Fund” (, a charitable organization and campaign dedicated to improving children’s lives through education and sustainable programs in natural disaster areas. Happy Hearts Fund, founded in 2006, has rebuilt 47 schools and kindergartens, with eight currently on their way, and has presence in nine countries, including Thailand, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, Sri Lanka, Haiti, India, Chile and Hurricane Katrina-affected areas of the United States. One-hundred percent of all donations received are directed to children’s programming.

ROMEO– Percy Romeo Miller, Jr., better known by his stage name Romeo, is an American entertainer, actor, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the son of businessman and music mogul Percy Miller. He has sold over 10 million records as a multi-platinum music artist and has been awarded an American Music Award® and a Grammy®. Named in 2010’s “Top 5 Sexiest Men In The World,” Romeo is the youngest CEO of the multi-million dollar record company No Limit Forever and is the youngest entertainer to top the Billboard charts at age ten. He has dedicated his life to giving back to the community and helping at-risk youth with his foundation Urban Miller’s acting credits include his #1 television show “Romeo!” on Nickelodeon, “The Defenders” and “The Cape.” He starred in the movie “Honey,” with Jessica Alba and co-stars in the upcoming film “Jumping the Broom,” with Angela Bassett. Not only an entertainer, Romeo is also studying business and film at the University of Southern California. As a freshman, he and his basketball team made USC history by winning their first Pac-10 Championship. Romeo understands the importance of education, therefore he remains a student at USC while he pursues his entertainment career and business. He is also the founder and president of P. MillerandCollege Boyys clothing.

HINES WARD– He’s a four-time Pro Bowler, three-time Super Bowl participant, two-time Super Bowl Champion and Super Bowl XL MVP. He holds virtually every record in Steelers’ wide receiving history and will go down in the record books as the Steelers’ all-time leading wide receiver. He was given the honor of being named to the Steelers’ 75th Season All-Time Team and will be entering his 14th season with the Pittsburgh Steelers this upcoming fall as the longest tenured wide receiver with the same team in the NFL. He is considered by many to be the best blocking wide receiver to ever play the game and is fresh off an outstanding performance in a close loss to the Green Bay Packers in this year’s Super Bowl a few weeks ago. He is a fierce competitor with a big smile and a big heart. Beyond his NFL career, he is a symbol of success and good will to the Korean community and all of Asia. He started his “Helping Hands” foundation in which he devotes his time in the United States and Korea to the fight against bi-racial discrimination. The program in the U.S. focuses on improving literacy among children and provides programs and services to better equip them for achieving success in life. The program in Korea focuses on raising awareness for the problem of biracial discrimination and providing inspiration to the mixed race children in that country. He is considered an Ambassador of hope to children everywhere and he is the one and only Mr. Smile himself, Pittsburgh Steeler’s wide receiver sensation, Hines Ward!

KENDRA WILKINSON– Television personality and glamour girl Kendra Wilkinson is best known from her self-titled E! hit reality series “Kendra.” Just wrapping its third season, the show follows Kendra, NFL player husband Hank, and son Hank IV through their crazy lives. Between life in the spotlight, raising her toddler son and the challenges of being an NFL wife, the show is a fun-filled, action-packed look into the world of Kendra Wilkinson. Wilkinson got her start on one of E! Entertainment’s highest rated television shows, “The Girls Next Door.” She co-starred on the reality hit for five seasons, until 2009, when Wilkinson closed that chapter in her life and opened a new one. That year she got married, welcomed the birth of her son Hank IV and of course, debuted her show, “Kendra.” Wilkinson, 25, is a self-described tomboy and avid sports fan who loves watching boxing and rooting for her favorite football team, the San Diego Chargers. Since the debut of “The Girls Next Door,” Kendra has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines and has enjoyed everything from television to movie appearances. In 2007 Kendra was part of the cast of MTV’s reality series “Celebrity Rap Superstar” where she proved to be an audience favorite finishing 2nd place in the competition. In August 2008, Kendra was featured in the movie “The House Bunny,” along with her “Girls Next Door” co-stars Holly Madison, Bridget Marquette and Hugh Hefner, and in January 2009, was featured on the CBS’ hit series “How I Met Your Mother.”

WENDY WILLIAMS– Called a “breakthrough in daytime,” by The New York Times, Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 with the launch of her daily, syndicated program, “The Wendy Williams Show.” Touted by People Magazine as one of the “best shows of 2009,” the critically-acclaimed series now has the distinction of being “must-see TV.” A mother, wife and best-selling author, Williams built a devoted cult following from her years as one of radio’s most popular personalities. In addition to her daytime television success, Williams will host GSN’s new original series, “Love Triangle” slated to premiere April 2011. Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame (only the second African American woman to be honored by the organization) in November 2009. She is the author of two New York Times best sellers, “Wendy’s Got The Heat” and “The Wendy Williams Experience.”

“Dancing with the Stars” returns with new surprises and all the elements viewers have come to know and love. “Macy’s Stars of Dance,” which features some of the best choreographers and performers from different styles of dance and offers viewers performances that represent the peak of achievement in their genres, will return on “Dancing with the Stars the Results.” One of the “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performances will be the hugely popular “Design-a-Dance,” where fans have the chance to select their favorite professional dancers, dance styles and music at

Below are key dates for Season 12 (dates and times subject to change):

  • “Dancing with the Stars,” two-hour season premiere performance show, MONDAYMARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET).
  • “Dancing with the Stars the Results,” one-hour season premiere, TUESDAY, MARCH 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET).
  • “Dancing with the Stars” 1000th Competitive Dance, MONDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00-9:30 p.m., ET)
  • “Dancing with the Stars,” final performance show, MONDAY, MAY 23 (Time is TBD)
  • “Dancing with the Stars” season finale, TUESDAY, MAY 24 (Time is TBD)

Hosted by Tom Bergeron (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Brooke Burke (“Dancing with the Stars” Season Seven Champion), 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.

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). AT&T will also offer customers exclusive mobile video footage of weekly backstage highlights to keep fans connected to some of their favorite couples all season long. Viewers may also vote online at starting from the opening of each episode on the East Coast with voting closing at 8:00 a.m. PT/11:00 a.m. ET on Tuesdays mornings.

“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 Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. “Dancing with the Stars” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound.