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‘Dancing With The Stars’ cast includes Snooki, Valerie Harper


September 06. 2013 3:00PM
YVONNE VILLARREAL Los Angeles Times

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LOS ANGELES — We have five words for you: Bill Nye the Waltz Guy.


The embarrassment of riches in reality-TV land keep coming. “American Idol” on Tuesday bestowed on us a “dream team” of a judges panel. And Wednesday gave us the roster of celebrity participants — including a sitcom legend and yet another Disney star — taking part in the upcoming season of “Dancing with the Stars.”


The new season of “Dancing,” which transitions to one night, is set to kick off with a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. ET/PT Sept. 16.


The lineup, which was announced on “Good Morning America,” is as follows:


Valerie Harper: RHODAAAAAAAAAA. She’s paired with Tristan MacManus.


Elizabeth Berkley Lauren: The “I’m So Excited” alum of “Saved By the Bell” (and in later years, the pole-dancing cult wonder of “Showgirls”). She’s paired with Valentin Chmerkovskiy.


Bill Nye: The science guy. He’s paired with Tyne Stecklein.


Corbin Bleu: One of the non-Zac Efron male stars of Disney Channel’s “High School Musical” franchise. He’s paired with Karina Smirnoff.


Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi: Pickle-lover. Tire-lifter. Bestselling author — really. “Jersey Shore” alum. She’s paired with Sasha Farber.


Brant Daugherty: Best known for his role as Noel on “Pretty Little Liars.” Considering how fans of the ABC Family drama rally around social media, be ready to get to know his name. He’s paired with Peta Murgatroyd.


Bill Engvall: A comedian currently lending his voice to the animated series “Bounty Hunters” on CMT. He had a sitcom on TBS and some comedy specials on Comedy Central. Do a Google image search. It’ll click. He’s paired with Emma Slater.


Leah Remini: Best known as a Scientology escapee. Others might know her as the wife in “The King of Queens,” or as one of the cohosts who got scrapped from CBS gabfest “The Talk.” Or Jennifer Lopez’s bestie. And — duh — she briefly appeared opposite Berkley in “Saved By The Bell” during the beach-club phase. She’s paired with Tony Dovolani.


Keyshawn Johnson: Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver. He’s paired with Sharna Burgess.


Christina Milian: She used to dip it low, now she talks about tweets as the “social media correspondent” on NBC’s “The Voice.” She’s paired with Mark Ballas.


Jack Osbourne: Part of one of the first families of reality TV, Osbourne now co-anchors music-centered “Fuse News” because he can. He’s paired with Cheryl Burke.


Amber Riley: She plays the diva-in-training Mercedes on “Glee” (aka the other girl who can belt a song) She’s paired with Derek Hough.




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