Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Karina Smirnoff, Donny Osmond, Kelly Osbourne, et al. Set for ABC's Dancing With the Stars

ABC has announced the celebrity contestants and dance pros for the ninth season of Dancing With the Stars, which will launch on Monday, September 21. The show is hosted by Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris; she is currently starring as Roxie in Broadway's Chicago.

The 16 celebrity participants will include Broadway veteran Donny Osmond, who will be paired with Kym Johnson, and singer and theater veteran Kelly Osbourne, who will be paired with Louis Van Amstel. Meanwhile, recent Burn the Floor stars Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, will be paired respectively with actress Debi Mazar and singer Aaron Carter.

Actress Melissa Joan Hart, actor Ashley Hamilton, singers Macy Gray and Mya, models Kathy Ireland and Joanna Krupa, athletes Michael Irvin, Chuck Liddell, Natalie Coughlin, and Louie Vito, Iron Chef America's Mark Dacasos, and politician Tom DeLay round out the list of celebrity participants. Returning dance pros include former champions Cheryl Burke and Mark Ballas.

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