'DWTS' contestants pair off
September 1st, 2010
05:03 PM ET

'DWTS' contestants pair off

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.

soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. equitation

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    June 13, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. its only me

    give me a break yell she might not be able to dance and had a child at 17 but she is not the only girl thats been knocked up at a young age get over it talk about the real problem in the world

    November 10, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |

    Alision the short fat black kid is better than Bristol . YOU HAVE ALLOT OF YOU KNOW WHAT!

    November 10, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  4. msmarie2u

    DWTS is so rigged

    November 10, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  5. Diane

    Go Kurt Warner!!!!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tina

    I thought you had to be a star to be on this program. Does being unmarried and pregnant while still in hight school make you a star? How did Bristol Palin get on this show? DWTS is losing it's credibility.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Alison

    Who's the short fat black kid in the back row?

    September 2, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. maggie

    bristol palin should be paired with a kick to the rear end that sends her flying out of the ballroom.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patricia

    What about Edyta?

    September 2, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheryl

      In an interview with TMZ she said the show ruined her career and treats her husband like crap.

      September 2, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 3 left feet

    Kym Johnson deserves better then Hassellhoff. I have a feeling he'll be learing more than dancing.

    September 2, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Sheryl

      I agree...I thought for sure Rick Fox because he's tall and Kym is taller than Cheryl.

      September 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TCB

    Cheryl has been in the finals FOUR times, not three– with Drew Lachey, Emmitt Smith, Cristian de la Fuente, and Gilles Marini.

    September 2, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. eli

    i'm rooting for Brandy all the way!yougo girl!

    September 2, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. Frank

    What the hell is Margaret Cho doing on this show? Who are they going to have next? Sarah Silverman?

    September 2, 2010 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  14. carmen

    Maksim has been to the finals three times. He came in third with Laila and Erin, and came in second with Mel B. Luv him!

    September 2, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
  15. carol a

    I like the pairing of The Situation & karina smirnoff. I thought Julianne Hough was returning this season?

    September 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • B-Dog

      She's too busy riding Ryan's Seacrest 🙂

      Actually I saw her on TV she said she wants to come back next year because this year she's on tour or something.

      September 2, 2010 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |

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