'DWTS' season 8: The official cast!

Dancingwithstarscast_lThanks, ABC, for the dramatic "ALL-NIGHT NAME DROP" motif — this has easily been my most sequin-y Sunday in at least a few weeks. All night long, Tom Bergeron and his not-Samantha Harris Deal or No Deal briefcase sidechick revealed, bit by drawn-out bit, the cast of Dancing With the Stars season 8. May their hands always be busy; may their feet always be swift; may they have a strong foundation when the disco ball sheds an odd light on their…triceps? Whatever. Here they are!

Shawn Johnson
, Olympic gold medal gymnast (and total cutie)
Chuck Wicks, country singer who "steals hearts," namely Julianne’s
Gilles Marini "Sex and the City #1 stud," which is a euphemism for "The Naked Guy"
Denise Richards, reality TV barnacle ("She’s so sexy, It’s Complicated")
Lawrence Taylor, retired NFL linebacker (check it out: he has "beautiful lines")
Nancy O’Dell, Access Hollywood co-host
Steve-O, incorrigible jackass
Steve Wozniak, Apple founder
Lil’ Kim, Grammy-winning rapper. Should have no problem with costumes of the "cutout" variety
Belinda Carlisle, be-all-end-all ’80s superstar ("I Get Weak" even as I type this!)
David Alan Grier, Life With Bonnie actor
Ty Murray, PBR bull rider and cowboy eager to save a horse. Married to…
Jewel, singer/songwriter/but most of all, eloquent poet

Faker baker Donny Osmond reneged his premature "announcement" last week, saying he would prefer to join the cast this fall, when he has more time. (Perhaps he felt intimidated by Steve Wozniak.)

This group is so typical for DWTS (Belinda’s the Tia, Shawn’s the Misty, Chuck’s the Billy Ray de la Fuente) that I almost feel as though I could just keep typing and start recapping the entire season before it even occurs. But I’ll spare you those details for now. What do you think of America’s next dance crew? And who will be paired with my former fake lover, Maks?

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  • DruggyBear

    worst cast yet…..

  • JosieK

    If Maks gets stuck with Denise, I will cry. :-(

  • Andrew

    This is a much better line-up than last season. They went way tooo far last season with the cast that they chose I’m so glad they did not chose people who are ONLY famous for coming out of the closet after vanishing into thin air like Lance Bass and a girl who filmed a sex tape like Kim Kardashian. I’m looking forewrd to this season. I’m excited to see Jewel, Shawn, and Nancy dance.

  • chloe

    YAHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!GO shawn johnson.but,who’s Belinda?lol.i am a fan of lil’kim,um,MEMO TO LIL’ KIM:STAY OUTA’ JAIL!ALSO,i’ve been wanting to see nacy o’dell on television,i mean besides ACESS HOLLYWOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Betty

    I agree with Andrew. Last season they went too far with some of the people they chose. This is a good line-up!

  • R.D.

    I’m glad that I won’t need to worry about choosing whether to DVR DWTS or Chuck for the wife. With this lineup they’ve surpassed the train wreck of last season.
    They need to change the name to “Dancing With The Stars?”

  • Zach

    Worst cast ever. Bunch of no-names and talentless and ugly people. Hopefully Maks will get Denise Richards, and hopefully she’ll be more like Brooke Burke than Shannon Elizabeth. We’ll see! The pairing announcements will be more interesting than these were.
    Where’s Florence Henderson? Suzanne Somers? Stevie Wonder (that was a weird idea anyway)?

  • Caryn

    Aren’t Ty and Jewel married? Will that make it more interesting or no? I can’t decide.

  • NineDaves

    i’m most excited about chelsie hightower of so you think you can dance fame joining the cast! and lacey schwimmer’s coming back. essentially, i’m just going to watch dwts to see my sytycd alums. it’s the same reason i watch america’s best dance crew!

  • tinytvfan

    I guess mentioning that Jewel and Ty are married would have been pointing out the obvious? The cast as a whole is definitely underwhelming, but I do look forward to watching Jewel, Belinda, Shawn, and Nancy.

  • Woody7

    CHUCK!!! I hope he is good! He is such a great musician! Too excited to watch him dance with his real life girlfriend, Julianne!

  • Alan of Montreal

    Belinda Carlisle! Nancy O’Dell! I’m so there!

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  • Linda

    OMG, my shawnie is on the show!!!!Gooooo, shawn!!!!

  • duranmom

    No boy-bander? Who will I root for??? ;)
    FYI, Belinda is the lead singer of the Go- Go’s.

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