Meet the 'Dancing With the Stars' contestants

94339__tatum_l_1Sure, Tatum O’Neal (left) won an Oscar when she was a tot, but can she fox trot?

She’s one of the contestants who’ll try to waltz off with the top prize on Dancing With the Stars when it returns to ABC on Jan. 5. Instead of six semi-famous amateur hoofers, there’ll be 10 this time (accordingly, the show is expanding to 90 minutes). Still, it looks like ABC has stuck pretty close to last summer’s winning formula in casting the newbies.

For instance, there’s a renowned athlete (NFL legend Jerry Rice, in the Evander Holyfield slot), a soap diva (Lisa Rinna, in the Kelly Monaco slot), and a silver-haired rake-turned-self-parodying pitchman (George Hamilton, in the John O’Hurley slot). Also on deck: Tia Carrere (last seen tangoing with Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies), WWE grappler Stacy Keibler, Jessica Simpson’s soon-to-be-ex-brother-in-law Drew Lachey, ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne, former Access Hollywood anchor Giselle Fernandez, and no-longer-Li’l rapper Romeo.

Except for Carrere, former 98 Degrees-er Lachey, and Romeo, you probably haven’t seen any of these folks dance (end-zone dancing doesn’t count, Jerry Rice), but let’s handicap them anyway. Who do you think has the best cha-cha-chance at victory, and who’s most likely to stumble?

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  • Christopher

    I am greivously upset that the supermodel car wreck that is Tara Reid wasn’t included!

  • moe berg

    hand giselle the trophy now. a fierce competitor with an honest to goodness flamenco dancing pedigree.

  • K DIDDY

    Stacy Keibler was a Baltimore Ravens cheerleader for 2 years, and has a very athletic job, I would have to give it to her or Nick’s Big Bro, Seems he used to dance a bit! Stacy seems to be the clear front runner.

  • dma

    Shouldn’t this be called DANCING WITH THE HASBEENS?

  • Sarah

    I’d have to say that I think Tia Carrere is the front runner, unless of course she’s forgotten all her tango moves from True Lies.

  • josh watkins

    R U serious? Romeo on Dancing with the stars? you got to be kidding me. I’m going for Lisa Rinna, Jerry Rice, George Hamilton or Tia carrere. I’m so glad that it’s going to be 90 minutes this time! the only problem is I have to wait for ‘alias’ to come back. It should’ve followed this program and maybe it would get better ratings(PS: EW said no show has survived on abc Thurs. at 7 for 23 years, since Mork and Mindy)

  • Stephen R

    Tara Reid would add a messiness that would be hard to ignore, but dude, she was never a supermodel. A superdrunk, yes!

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