Dancing With the Stars Cast: Least Impressive Ever?

It's a sad, sad day when you miss the days of Bristol Palin. ABC announced the newest cast of Dancing With the Stars last night during its broadcast of Bachelor Pad, which at least knows its contestants are there specifically for ridicule. But the real shame came with the incredibly unimpressive list of dozen "Stars" that will compete in this year's waltz-off:

David Arquette: Scream actor and frequent Howard Stern guest whose career never got any hotter than "Courteney Cox's husband."
Ron Artest: Los Angeles Laker who became public enemy number one for his role in the "Malice at the Palace," in which he ran into the stands and punched a fan in the face. Despite his troubled past, he was this year's recipient of the NBA's citizenship award for his charitable work.
Chaz Bono: Born Chastity Bono, Chaz underwent gender transition treatment and is a strong voice in the transgender community. He is the offspring of Sonny and Cher.
Elisabetta Canalis: How famous is George Clooney? Famous enough to make people who have dated him famous.
Kristin Cavallari: A reality star best known for Laguna Beach and The Hills. She hasn't done much since the latter went off the air in 2010.
Rob Kardashian: Kim's not famous brother.
Carson Kressley: One of the original hosts of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, token gay participant.
Nancy Grace: Outspoken legal and political talking head, red-state magnet.
Ricki Lake: Hairspray actress, former talk-show host.
J.R. Martinez: Former Army soldier, current actor on ABC's All My Children.
Chynna Phillips: Remember that song that goes, "Don't you know... things can change, things can go your way... if you hooooooold on for one more day..."? She sang that. She's now married to William Baldwin.
Hope Solo: The goalie for the U.S. Women's Soccer team that made the finals of this year's World Cup.

Are you completely blinded by the star power of this year's cast? Last year's lineup was thought of as a snoozer, but at least it had The Karate Kid and a Playmate. This year the top billing has to go to Nancy Grace, just out of sheer curiosity over whether or not she'll name-call the judges after a bad score. Including Chaz Bono falls somewhere between noble gesture to an unrepresented community and embarrassing attempt to draw gawkers. You can just imagine the process that goes into assembling this batch as producers scramble to meet color quotas and target demographics.

Of course, each year a participant rises to the top with a combination of charming and insane personality, so who knows. But if the idea behind this crew was to get us excited for the season, consider it mission unaccomplished.

For my money, season 11 had the best cast, imploring a mix of washed-up vets, tabloid lightning rods, and the desperate (sometimes all three in one package). Hasselhoff, Bristol Palin, The Situation, Michael Bolton, Jennifer Grey, the Brady mom, Brandy, and Kurt Warner? Now that's star power! Well, by Dancing With the Stars terms.

Who do you think will win this year's Dancing With the Stars?


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HOW AWFUL TO TAKE WHAT WAS A REALLY FUN AND ENTERTAINING PROGRAM AND TOTALLY SCREW UP EVERYTHING INCLUDING THE SET. TALK, TALK, TALK! SADLY I SEE NO "STARS". WHO ARE THOSE PEOPLE COMPETING IN THIS FIASCO? SORRY, TOM, I JUST CAN'T WATCH "DANCING" ANYMORE. AS FOR THE JUDGES, THEIR HAMMING EVERYTHING UP ANNOYS ME MORE THAN EVER. TOO BAD WHAT WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL HAS BECOME SOMETHING IMPOSSIBLE TO WATCH.
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I'll bet that if Nancy Grace is booted off, she's gonna blame Obama, illegal immigrants and muslims.

Not that I'm gonna watch to find out...

Never ever heard of most of them. Then again, I'm not from the US.
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I think Tim would be whining about the celebrities no matter who they were. I think Ricki Lake, David Arquette, and Ron Artest qualify as celebrities. Better them than political pundits and convicted felons awaiting sentencing. Is anyone really expecting some star whose career is currently running on all cylinders to forego a paycheck to appear on this show? Or are the people complaining about how dull the lineup is looking for "All-Star Dancing with the Stars" with celebrities from syndicated shows on the air dancing for their favorite charities? At that point, the show really would have jumped the shark if it had a shark to jump.
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Watch the show not only for the stars, but for the professional dancers.
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Ya, let me know when they ever get some REAL stars ...
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My husband calls the show "Dancing with the Has-Beens." It always really bugged me but now I think that he has something there. Although Chaz's constantly talking about his sex change is getting a litlte old, I am rooting for him to do well. I can't quite imagine what it is like to be transgender and it certainly must be extremely difficult. Anyway, I am disappointed with this cast. :-(
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Kristin Cavallari all the way..

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Didn't JR Martinez become disfigured while serving in Iraq? I hope he does well, but I don't plan to watch.
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this really is the worst cast line up they've had... hopefully it will convince them to at least have more than 4 months between seasons and less than 4 hours of televised "competition" a week.
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Chaz, really? REALLY?? What could Chaz be thinking to get up on stage and do this??
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Hope Solo would seem like the best qualified, ron artest i don't see do anywhere near as well as previous athletes.

This is a really bad line up.. I hope they at least have wonderful [looking] female pro dancers
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Hope Solo the best! http://bit.ly/oijc7W
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I've never watched this show, mostly because a show that is supposed to be about stars dancing never seems to feature many relevant stars.
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But Tim, you said last season was the worst cast ever!
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That's the cool things about time: it moves forward.
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How much do you wanna bet that if Nancy Grace gets voted of shes gonna be like "How dare you america! The devil is dancin' tonight!"
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Boy, did this casting decision rile up the homophobes!



http://bit.ly/nxBtIz
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Don't know, don't care. I won't be watching. There is no one that I know or care about and some I find outright repulsive. I think the show needs to define what it means by "Stars" or take that word out of the title. Some of them are famous for being famous, not for accomplishing anything. Bleah.

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i've heard of most of them, but this actually is the worst cast ever and has the least in common with the show's title.. apart from David Arquette and Ricki Lake none of them are "stars"



so glad that i can't stand this show and won't feel bad for not watching this crap
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Wow it's sad that David Arquette & Ricki Lake are the probably the top 2 stars. Other than them I've heard of 2 others. I use to watch Dancing with the Stars until Jennifer Grey won because I felt like she had an advantage since she had learned how to dance. This just gives me more reason not to watch.
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I find it completely strange that Nancy Grace is going to on there. Weeeeiiirrrdddd.
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The most amazing thing about all of this is that Chyna Phillips is still married to William Baldwin. How are they not divorced yet? That must be the longest marriage in Hollywood.



I think we need to redefine what the term "star" means too.
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I don't really know who Chyna Phillips is but I know William Baldwin & that is impressive that they're still married
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Calling transgender people society`s misfits .........now that`s sad......shame on you
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Rob Kardashian?? Oh, I see what they did there. The producers want to ride the wave of Kardashians' fame and maybe occasionally get the ladies of the family in the studio to boost the ratings. The show has turned into a cross between The Adams Family and So You Think You Can Dance.
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They're creepy and they're kooky, mysterious and spooky, they're altogether oonky, the Dancing with the Stars family. Yep, that would work.
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This lineup COMPLETELY sucks!!! Won't watch the first minute. Chaz Bono??? SERIOUSLY?? Is this Dancing With Society's Misfits? Because that one and Nancy Grace certainly fit the bill!
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I know 10 of these 12 people, which seems like a good percentage, but I wouldn't call any of them stars. Oh well, I don't watch DWTS.
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I hope Nancy Grace falls off the stage in such a way that her voice box gets damaged and is unable to speak again.
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The winners will be anyone who doesn't watch. Same as before.
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Zing!
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I don't watch the show. I just wait for the cast to be announce just to hear middle aged woman complain about how 3/4 of the "stars" are not stars. Then they watch it anyways.
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I honestly don't know who half of these people are. I think with this cast they have lost their right to be called 'Dancing with the Stars'. It should be more like 'Dancing with Random People off the Street Who Had Nothing Better to Do at he Time'. That would be more accurate.
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