The usual batch of has-beens, D-listers and a handful of actually famous people have been announced for this year's roster of Dancing WIth the Stars contestants. Going into its 13th (!) season the stalwart reality show has actually managed to collect some big and even controversial names for the new series, which will premiere September 19 with a two-hour episode. Let me put it this way: if you think the biggest news stories of 2011 have been the Casey Anthony trial, the US Women's World Cup team, Kim Kardashian's wedding and George Clooney's latest breakup, you're going to love this cast.
Here's the group, as announced last night during The Bachelor Pad:
Nancy Grace, host of the titular CNN show obsessed with Casey Anthony and kidnapped white women
Ron Artest, L.A. Lakers player
Kristin Cavallari, star of "reality shows" The Hills and Laguna Beach
Chaz Bono, son of Cher and Sonny Bono and transgender activist
Ricki Lake, actress and former talk show host
Carson Kressley, former host of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Chynna Phillips, singer and member of Wilson Phillips
Rob Kardashian, the Kardashian brother
Elisabetta Canalis, Italian model and George Clooney's ex-girlfriend
David Arquette, actor and Courteney Cox's estranged husband
Hope Solo, goalie for the US Women's soccer team
J.R. Martinez, Iraq war veteran with a role on All My Children
If you're not already watching Dancing With the Stars, it seems unlikely this list will have you tuning in-- ABC seems to be aiming for the sweet spot of people who are already watching the show, which isn't such a bad move given how popular it is. I'll be interested to see what kind of LGBT issues Chaz Bono is able to bring up, though I'm already cringing at how many "he/she" mixups and stares of confusion from other contestants may be coming our way. But hey, anticipating what will make you cringe on the fall TV schedule is all part of the fun, I guess.