Top UK judges Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman join host Tom Bergeron (America’s Funniest Home Videos), Samantha Harris (E! Entertainment) and choreographer Carrie Ann Inaba. Together they pass judgement on each of the 12 top celebrities as they attempt to master 11 difficult dances including the Tango, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Jive and Foxtrot.
The 10-week series kicks off with a glitzy 90-minute special intro show where each contestant – six men and six women – are introduced to the judges and public. This year’s sparkling line-up includes an Emmy Award-winning actress, a Vegas icon, an Indy 500 champion, a Spice Girl, a daytime soap star, a boxing champion and a former resident of 90210.
The 12 stars making their ballroom dancing debuts are:-
MELANIE BROWN, better known as Mel B or “Scary Spice” reunites with her four band mates to embark on a world tour this December. She is partnered with MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his fourth season.
British actress JANE SEYMOUR, perhaps best-known as Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman and as Solitaire in Live and Let Die, will make her dancing debut paired with TONY DOVOLANI, who returns for his fourth season.
70s pop star MARIE OSMOND and host of the popular variety programme, The Donny & Marie Show, will be led by JONATHAN ROBERTS, who returns for his fourth season.
JENNIE GARTH, who rose to stardom in the popular television series Beverly Hills: 90210, is partner of newcomer DEREK HOUGH, brother of Season Four winner Julianne Hough.
“Pretty Boy” FLOYD MAYWEATHER is a six-time boxing world champion in five different weight classes. He teams with KARINA SMIRNOFF, who returns for her third season.
SABRINA BRYAN, one of the Cheetah Girls and actress in The Bold and the Beautiful, is partnered with newcomer MARK BALLAS.
HELIO CASTRONEVES, the two-time Indianapolis 500 champion, is partnered with reigning champ JULIANNE HOUGH.
MARK CUBAN is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA basketball team. The highly successful entrepreneur, who founded HDNet, Broadcast.com and MicroSolutions, teams with KYM JOHNSON, who returns for her third season.
Model and actress, JOSIE MARAN is paired with Season One winner ALEC MAZO, who makes his third appearance.
CAMERON MATHISON, who was Emmy-nominated for his role in US series All My Children, partners EDYTA SLIWINSKA, the only professional dancer to appear in all five seasons.
“Mr. Las Vegas” WAYNE NEWTON, who has performed more live shows than any other single performer in Las Vegas history, is partnered with two-time champ CHERYL BURKE.
22-year-old model ALBERT REED teams up with ANNA TREBUNSKAYA, who returns for her second season.
James Newton, UKTV Gold Channel Head, said, “It’s tremendously exciting to have the new season of Dancing with the Stars in our autumn schedule. The stellar line-up of contestants – especially British contestants, Mel B and Jane Seymour – combined with the great production values and sheer glamour and spectacle of the show, all add up to must-see family viewing.”
Dancing with the Stars is the US version of the international smash BBC hit series, Strictly Come Dancing. This version is produced in America by BBC Worldwide Productions. Conrad Green serves as executive producer and Rob Wade and Matilda Zoltowski are co-executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs.