Dancing with the Stars 6: A Previewby Jill Jones -- 02/20/2008
March is approachingÖ that means itís also time for Dancing with the Stars! Letís take a look at this seasonís batch of celebrities and their professional dance partners.
First up is TV and radio personality Adam Carolla. Adam, who at one time co-hosted The Man Show, will now try to win over a different type of audience. Heíll do so with the help of his professional dance partner Julianne Hough. This is Julianneís third time on the show and sheís going for her third win.
Next is CristiŠn de la Fuente. The Chilean actor was named one of People magazineís ď50 Most BeautifulĒ people and is paired with the equally beautiful Cheryl Burke. Like Julianne, Cheryl is also looking for win number three.
Our next celebrity is Miss American Pie Shannon Elizabeth. Shannon, an accomplished poker player, is now bringing her game face to the ballroom. She is dancing with Derek Hough, who made a dancer out of Jennie Garth last season.
Steve Guttenberg is the next celebrity to take to the dance floor. The star of various movies, including Three Men and a Baby and Police Academy, will now take on the role of ballroom dancer. He is joined by professional Anna Trebunskaya. I love Anna, but Iím not feeling this match-up.
The next star is Mario. Yup, thatís it, just Mario. The R&B/pop singer and actor is set to dance with Karina. OK, itís really Karina Smirnoff Ė I just didnít want Mario to feel left out. Also, Karina has worked magic with partners named Mario in the past. Perhaps this season will be no exception.
Up next, we have Marlee Matlin. Yes, Marlee is deaf. Letís just get that out of the way and focus on other aspects of her being. She is an Oscar winner who is certainly challenging herself by joining the 2006 world mambo champion Fabian Sanchez in the ballroom.
Now you see him, now you donít. Itís Penn Jillette! The illusionist has left his partner Teller behind momentarily to perform with Kym Johnson. I just hope he remembers that this isnít The Aristocrats.
Priscilla Presley, former wife of Elvis Presley and former mother-in-law of Michael Jackson, can now add Dancing with the Stars celebrity to her list of, umm, accomplishments. The actress and producer is paired with MY Louis van Amstel. Iím so happy Louis is back!
Monica Seles, known for her grunts on the tennis court, will now find out if sheíll be famous for her dancing skills. Monica, who turned pro at the age of fourteen, is dancing with Jonathan Roberts. As long as he doesnít pretend sheís an overgrown doll, Iíll be OK with this team.
Yum! Our next celebrity is Jason Taylor, the NFLís Man of the Year. Heís also known as something fine to watch on the dance floor! Personally, I canít wait to see how he shakes it. Oh, and heís paired up with Edyta Sliwinska. That makes for one smoking hot couple.
Up next is Marissa Jaret Winokur. I admit to not knowing who this is, but I will give her the props that she has coming to her. She has won several awards including a Tony, and is busy working in movies and television. Her partner for the season is also a Tony Ė Dovolani, that is.
Our final celebrity is Kristi Yamaguchi. Kristi, who is still as cute as a button, is an Olympic gold medal winner. The girl obviously has talent and athleticism; itís now up to her partner Mark Ballas to see if her skills on the ice translate over to the ballroom.
You may have noticed that my super secretive boyfriend Maksim Chmerkovskiy isnít dancing this season. Donít worry, he promises to come back again one day. Sigh.
Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris return as hosts, while judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba are back to critique the performances. Hey, four out of five arenít bad!
Last, but not least, Yoko and I will act as your happy recappers once again. Technically, Iíll do all of the recapping, but sheíll be sitting next to me looking cute.
Mark your calendars; six of the couples dance on opening night, Monday, March 17, at 8:00 PM ET, while the remaining six dance on Tuesday. All of the couples dance the following Monday and two, count them two, couples will be eliminated the next night.
Until then, practice your Bruno fist pumps and prepare for a lot of goobers!
Jill is an east coast mama who loves Michael Kors, Bea Arthur, and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Sheís sad none of these individuals are on the show, but will distract herself by watching Louis. She can be reached at email@example.com discuss any topic her readers choose.
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