Finally! The wait is over. Monday night, in a press conference format, ABC finally announced the names of the celebrities who will be dancing in season 12 of Dancing with the Stars. Here are the celebrities you’ll see when the show premiers on March 21, 2011 on ABC.
Sugar Ray Leonard. Ray Charles Leonard (better known as Sugar Ray Leonard) is a retired professional boxer. Leonard is a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame and is considered by many experts to be one of the best professional boxers of all time, if not the best ever.
Chelsea Kane. Chelsea Kane is a Disney Channel actress. You might know her as Chelsea Staub, because in December 2010 she officially changed her last name from Staub to Kane. She has starred in the show Jonas LA and also in some Disney Channel original movies.
Romeo. During Season 2 rapper Romeo (then known as Lil’ Romeo) was set to appear in the cast of Dancing with the Stars. He was unable to compete so his father, Master P, stepped in to compete in his place. Besides being a rap singer he is an accomplished basketball player, having won a full athletic scholarship to play for the University of Southern California.
Ralph Macchio. Ralph Macchio is an actor, probably best known for his role in the original Karate Kid movies. In recent years Macchio has appeared in several movies, and also abc kids in several television shows including Entourage and Ugly Betty.
Petra Nemcova. Petra Nemcova is a supermodel who was injured during the devastating 2004 tsunami in Thailand. She held onto the top of a palm tree, reportedly for more than eight hours, waiting for help while suffering from traumatic injuries. Her fiancé was killed during the tsunami. As a model she has appeared on the covers of magazines including Sports Illustrated, Cosmopolitan and Elle.
Kendra Wilkinson. Kendra Wilkinson is a reality television personality, making her debut in the E! television show The Girls Next Door, and is now appearing in her own reality program Kendra.
Hines Ward. Hines Ward is a professional football player and a member of the NFL team the Pittsburgh Steelers. He isn’t the first active professional football player to dance on the show. Chad Ochocinco competed while an active player in the NFL.
Mike Catherwood. Mike Catherwood is a radio personality (known by the name Psycho Mike) and most recently co-hosted the radio program Loveline, a relationship advice show that also featured Dr. Drew Pinsky.