September 1st, 2010
05:03 PM ET
The pairings for “Dancing with the Stars” have been announced, and we’re eager to see which couples flourish and which couples flop. It’s now September, meaning we only have 20 days until the 11th season premiere. Time for these stars to start practicing!
Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower – We’re not sure if Bolton can salsa as well as he can sing, but Hightower was once told she danced so well that she “could make a mannequin look good.” Hightower has danced three seasons and was last paired with “The Bachelor’s” Jake Pavelka.
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – With bold moves and a big mouth, Chmerkovskiy can handle strong partners, as shown by season four partner Laila Ali. He’s come close to the trophy twice and will use his self-stated good looks to get there. Oh, and his partner.
Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel – In his seventh season, van Amstel has had some interesting partners, namely Kelly Osbourne and Priscilla Presley, but Cho promises to be the funniest. We’re interested to see if the two use humor in any routines.
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke – One of the most successful professional partners, Burke has appeared in "DWTS" finals a record three times. Past partners included Emmitt Smith in season three and Chad Ochocinco last season. We’ll see if Burke can command former-basketball player Fox as well as her pigskin partners.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough – As the Mirror Ball Trophy winner from both season seven and season ten, Hough has what it takes to mold the former “Dirty Dancing” star into a winner. Plus, dirty dancing just so happens to be his specialty.
David Hasselhoff and Kym Johnson – With partners such as Donny Osmond, Jerry Springer and Joey Fatone, Hasselhoff will fit right into Johnson’s recipe for success. She took home the Mirror Ball Trophy in season nine.
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas – Back for his second season, Ballas is known for his creative choreography and costume design. Last season he danced with Cloris Leachman, 84, who’s only eight years older than his new partner. We’re sure the former "Brady" mom will be fine, but throw Ballas a younger partner every now and then, "DWTS!"
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer – Look for some young, fun moves from this pairing, with the emphasis on "young." Prior partners included Lance Bass and Steve-O.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas – So far, Ballas has won two disco ball trophies - both with former Olympians (Kristi Yamaguchi in season six and Shawn Johnson in season eight). Palin told People that she expects to have “the most modest outfits” out of the bunch. Look to Ballas’ choreography to grab the attention.
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani – After debuting on "DWTS" back in season two, Dovolani has had a good run. He placed third with partner Melissa Rycroft in season eight, but Kate Gosselin, his reality TV partner from last season, didn’t work out so well. Perhaps this reality TV star will be more agreeable.
Michael “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff – Really? Pairing our favorite “Jersey Shore” star with a partner named after vodka? It seems too good to be true. Smirnoff is back for her eighth season and knows how to handle young celebs. Previous partners included Mario and Aaron Carter… but we’re not sure she’s prepared for this “Situation.”
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya – Trebunskaya has danced with a string of athletes – Jerry Rice in season two and Evan Lysacek in season 10 – so expect a woman that knows how to coach. But don’t expect any tabloid-worthy flings from this pairing - Trebunskaya is married to Jonathan Roberts, a fellow "DWTS" alum.
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