March 22nd, 2010
09:33 AM ET

'Dancing With the Stars' returns tonight

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It’s time again for sequins, boa feathers, fringe and lots of famous faces completely out of their element.

The tenth season of “Dancing With the Stars” begins tonight on ABC with one of the most talked about lineups in the show’s history.

The starting field of 11 celebrities includes reality TV star Kate Gosselin, who will be dancing with Tony Dovalani; actress Pamela Anderson, who is pairing up with Damian Whitewood (a new face on the show) and ESPN host Erin Andrews, who is going for the mirror ball trophy with Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

Every season has a surprise contestant and this time it’s 80-year-old former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to set foot on the moon. His official “DWTS” bio teases: “He walked on the moon. Now let’s see what those feet can do on Earth.” Aldrin says he’s been practicing hard to be ready for the challenge.

"When I prance out there with the cha cha step, I've got to be filled with far more confidence than I was when we began to land on the moon," Aldrin told CNN before a rehearsal Friday.

Other stars include Olympic skating champion Evan Lysacek, actress Shannen Doherty and soap star Aiden Turner.

Tom Bergeron is back as co-host, but he’s now joined by actress and former “DWTS” champ Brooke Burke who replaces Samantha Harris. (Harris quit the show in January to focus on her correspondent duties at “The Insider,” according to People magazine.)

Also back: Carrie Anne Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, the three judges on the show.

The first night of competition will feature the cha cha or Viennese waltz.

Who do you think will be the first contestant to go? Who will be the one to beat this season?

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  1. Tony

    What was Pam Anderson on? The woman is such a poser and a figment of her imagination.. The guy who is her partner looked uncomfortable with her overt groping and nuzzling of him. Man , what happened to society that idolizes a chick with fake boobs, fake eyelashes, fake hair,and lips that look like a monkeys backside. Even her mother said that it was enough of the plastic surgery. The womans a plastic joke.

    March 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Holly

    @ Diane-when Brooke Burke said "little people" I'm pretty sure she was refering to Kate's kids.

    March 24, 2010 at 4:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mena Lima

    I don't know which is better? to watch DWTS or read the comments after the show, you guys crack me up,love it.

    March 23, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ib

    It was painful to watch Kate Gosslin on DWTS. And for this she earns $75,000.00 per episode???

    March 23, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eilene

    i want to know how it's decided which professional dancer gets matched with a star. Does anyone know? i feel bad for the ones that get really bad "stars". Do they draw names or lose a bet?

    March 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Laurette

    Kate was horrible. She needs to go back to PA -I hate how she always says things like "I'm doing this for the single Mom's out there, or I'm doing this for my kids-to show them to never give up"....ahhhh you gave up on your marriage...your a real winner. It was torture watching her "dance"...thanks goodness for the way...her pink get up with the huge fake boobs and fake hair and hooker make up did not look good.

    March 23, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ann

    Do they make money on this show? Is this a money maker for Kate to take home so she can feed her children? I'm sorry, I don't buy the "poor me, single mom" act she cries about every time you turn around, and some people obviously believe by the comments posted. I stopped watching the Gosselin's show on TLC b/c it became about what free item they were getting that week and I couldn't stomach her nasty treatment of Jon. While I don't think he is any prize, I think she is the worst of the two...hope she is voted off quickly, won't be watching until that happens.

    March 23, 2010 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    The best of the night was the girl from the pussycat dolls – she was amazing – the rest – go home!!

    March 23, 2010 at 7:34 am | Report abuse |
  9. Julian, PA

    I'm shooting for Nicole Scherzinger !
    Kate Gosselin needs more lessons! Didn't it look like she had elephant feet? She doesn't take criticism too well either!
    Boo Hoo...

    March 23, 2010 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. tyler

    i voted for kate! 🙂

    March 23, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
  11. Diane

    OMG – did you hear Brooke Burke say something like "you did this for the little people". I can't stand when people say that! How totally stuck up. I want to ask her, what do you mean Little People? Little minds, little bank accounts, little jobs, little lives? You showed us who you really are.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fran

    Kate go home you sure can't dance.You had all those kid's now take care of them since you run Jon off. – Tony can't push you around like a cart you are hurting him.No vote from me.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RottieMom

    I love it because of the dancing and people having fun outside their comfort zone; the celebrities are just a side show. I just hope the "divas" don't last long, being rude to your professional partner and the "back room" workers is so unacceptable. But there are obnoxious people in all walks of life....why should DWTS be any different; after all it's reality TV, remember.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ginmill

    Kate will be out by week 3, Neecy might go first. Kate will not be able to dance. She is a stiff, rigid, anal, soulless person. Cant be a dancer with no soul

    March 22, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MommyLeigh

    Who would you rather see on DWTS? Kate Gosselin or Octo-Mom?
    Enough said. I woudl definitely vote for Kate, because she is the closest to an everyday person that will ever be on that show!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  16. suz

    Did anyone else think Pamela Anderson was on something?

    March 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
  17. kdawg

    How high was Pam?!

    March 22, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  18. don

    really buzz aldrin? say it aint so! now we know why you were the SECOND man to walk on the moon.Neil wud have had nothing to do with this fiasco they call dwts.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jill B

    Looks like Buzz is going home first.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  20. LanceB

    I sometimes like to watch – used to be an instructor, YEARS ago. But disappointed when good dancers are gone only due to popularity. Don't know why they asked Aldrin – this stuff is STRENUOUS! Agree, too many commercials, too much hype – would like to see more of the actual training, not the fluff pieces they show.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  21. seth

    Why isn't this show cancelled yet? it's for old women and washed up "celebrities" to try and come back. most of these people I have never even heard of. why, why, why? Network shows are such drivel, I am so glad cable is out there. I cannot recall the last time I watched the old dogs we watched when we were kids and only had 3 channels, 4 if you counted PBS.

    March 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kelly

    I like this show and am also a Kate Gosselin fan! She may not be the best dancer right now, but with her determination, she will be before too long. I applaud her courage and how she has handled the stress of the past year, especially the negative comments from people who evidently dont have a life of their own so they would rather tell Kate how to live hers and raise her kids. You go Kate...and you have my vote!

    March 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  23. DORA

    I will be voting for Kate. She has put up with enough from
    Jon, It's time for Kate now. The kids are in good hands. Kate
    is a wonderful mother. Time for alittle R AND R for Kate. Go get
    em girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Marty

    I've been a fan since season 1 and can't wait for tonight's program! Give all the dancers a break you negative people! You and I aren't out there but they have put a stop to their lives to be in this competition. Have fun stars!!

    March 22, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Leah

    Kate go back to nursing and stay home. You are not a star. I normally watch this show , but not this season.

    March 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Anna

    A full-fledged DWTS Groupie since season 1 and don't ever plan to stop–bring it on–my cell phones are at the ready!

    March 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Lynette

    Can we just vote Kate Gossling OFF NOW! Her 15 minutes of fame was over way too long ago! It's called "Dancing with the Star" NOT "Dancing with Wana-be Stars" and I REALLY REALLY don't want to see her in ANY skimpy costume thinking she is "all that".

    March 22, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Me

    Please send Kate Gosselin home first. I am BEGGING!!!

    Can't stand her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 22, 2010 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Cory

    OchoCinco is gonna win this contest easily. It won't surprise me a bit, but I look forward to seeing the reaction from the rest of the world when he wipes the floor with that fruitbag Evan's face.

    85 ways to become a mega-millionaire...and DWTS is just another one. Congrats again marketing genious, Ocho!

    March 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Bran

    Lorena – I'm sensing a little bit of jealousy. I for one, love the show & can't wait to watch it. Lighten up, it's entertainment. If you don't like it, don't watch. It's quite simple, really.

    March 22, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  31. BC659

    They'll be LOTS of jiggles tonight. I mean, lots of GIGGLES!!

    March 22, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  32. AliciaB

    Go Pam!!! I know she's not a favorite, but I like her. She's goofy and can make fun of herself – who doesn't like that? I want the Bachelor to go home first. Boo Jake! And take Swamp Thing Vienna home with you!

    March 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Katie

    I'm really excited for this season of DWTS! If you don't like it, don't watch it. There are plenty of people who do. Kate couldn't buy my vote if she had to.

    March 22, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  34. pat wilhioite

    I'm a huge fan of Kat G. She has been left with a huge debt and not many ways to take care of them[[go Kate

    March 22, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Omaha Reader

    I like to watch this show, not love it, but just like it... As usual, I only know 2 or 3 'stars' on this show and have no idea who the rest are!!... but still fun to watch the 'stars' to make the fool out of themselves... I'm sure this season will have a lot of boobs story to talk about...

    March 22, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  36. cassie

    All you people keep putting Kate down for being on the show. Well someone has to bring some money into the house. She can not depend on her dirtbag ex husband to support them. Go Kate !

    March 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Peg

    Hate to tell the haters, but plenty of folks will be voting FOR Kate. She might not win, but she won't go home first by a long shot.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Deanna

    Yes! With any luck at all Kate will go first. So tired of her face and whining. Otherwise, as always, I'll be watching. It's still the greatest show going.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Renee OCampo

    I will not watch it because I can't stomach Kate Gosselin!

    March 22, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Robin P.

    I agree with the other Robin. Clearly Lorena cares enough to not only read an article about the show, but also write a rambling comment about who she thinks will be baring the most skin. I for one am excited to see the show AND how little they'll be wearing. That's half the fun. 🙂 I think Buzz Aldrin will be the first to go.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  41. MT

    Katie should not be with dancing with the stars! She should be home with her childrens that needs her the most.

    March 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Shelli

    I think it is interesting that even some of the better dancers are not coming back.....maybe the money isn't worth it. AND, it will be so cliche' if Pam falls out of her dress, or something stupid. But Brooke is a fantastic host, I watched her on Rock Star INXS......her outfits were incredible.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Cathy

    Leave Kate alone! DWTS is fun, entertaining and only the talented will be able to move forward. If you don't like it fine don't watch. There's no need to critize the show.

    March 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Gracie

    I am looking forward to tonight's show. I agree with Lorena–Pamela Anderson will look like her usual skanky self–can't wait. What really makes the show boring is the zillion commercials. I also hate the fact that the worst dancer is usually on forever and some good dancers are let go too soon because of it. I think the only judges should be the professionals.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Beenz

    oops.. that should be wardrobe MALFUNCTION..

    March 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Leo

    I am thinking either Nicole, Evan, Ochocinco will bet the winner. Nicole is hot, a good dancer, hot, a professional performer and hot. Even is like Yamaguchi from a couple of years ago, he will do well. Ochocinco is a bit of showman mixed with cocky bastard. I can not wait.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Shannyn


    'nuff said.

    March 22, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  48. ALBA

    WHAT TIME IS IT ON??????????????????????

    March 22, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Beenz

    Pamela Anderson is a wardrobe function waiting to happen. I hope Buzz lasts a few weeks at least, and I hope Kate gets voted off first! (This show is called 'Dancing with the STARS', right?) i.e. Reality TV'ers should not qualify. That goes for the Bachelor too!

    March 22, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jen

    I'm excited! I think it will be either Chad or Evan. Althought I do wish Kate would just give it up and try to raise her children to be well balanced individuals.

    March 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Robin

    Well thanks for your comment Lorena, we look forward to you NOT watching too. I'm sure your one little tv won't take away from the millions that will be watching with excitement. And I'm fairly certain the dancers don't give two shakes of a rats tail if you watch or not.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  52. Str8 Outta TX

    Hopefully Chad Ochocinco can include more moves on the dance floor than he does in the endzone.
    and i hope he isnt penalized as much.

    March 22, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  53. Lorena

    Put a fork in it – DWTS is not only done but it's overdone. None of these "stars" have any appeal whatsoever. Pamela Anderson will be in a contest with Edyta to see who can wear the absolute least amount of clothing (in prime time no less), and all the others will pale in comparison with Evan Lysacek, who has all the elements needed to win except personality.
    Bleck! Can't wait to NOT watch.

    March 22, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |

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