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ABC announces celebrity and professional pairings for 'Dancing with the Stars'

by jmaloni
Wed, Aug 31st 2011 12:50 pm

The season 13 star-studded cast and their professional partners get ready to break in their dancing shoes on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" for the long awaited two-hour season premiere, Monday, Sep. 19 (8-10:01 p.m.), on the ABC Television Network.

In alphabetical order, with their professional partners, the 12 stars making their dancing debut are:

·RON ARTEST, NBA champion, partners with last season's troupe member PETA MURGATROYD, who makes her "Dancing with the Stars" debut as a professional partner this season.

·DAVID ARQUETTE, actor and producer, joins two-time champion KYM JOHNSON, who returns for her 10th season.

·CHAZ BONO, author and activist, teams up with LACEY SCHWIMMER, who is back for her fitth season.

·ELISABETTA CANALIS, model and actress, partners with VAL CHMERKOVSKIY, who makes his "Dancing with the Stars" debut as a professional partner this season.

·KRISTEN CAVALLARI, TV star, teams with two-time champ MARK BALLAS, who returns for his ninth season.

·NANCY GRACE, TV host and journalist, joins last season's troupe member TRISTAN MCMANUS, who makes his "Dancing with the Stars" debut as a professional partner this season.

·ROBERT KARDASHIAN, reality star, partners with two-time champ CHERYL BURKE, who is back for her 12th season.

·CARSON KRESSLEY, television star and style guru, partners with ANNA TREBUNSKAYA, who returns for her eighth season.

·RICKI LAKE, talk show host and actress, joins three-time champ DEREK HOUGH, who returns for his eighth season.

·J.R. MARTINEZ, veteran and actor, teams with KARINA SMIRNOFF, who returns for her ninth season.

·CHYNNA PHILLIPS, singer,joins TONY DOVOLANI, who is back for his 12th season.

·HOPE SOLO, World Cup soccer star, teams with MAKSIM CHMERKOVSKIY, who returns for his 11th season.

All 12 couples will dance for the first time on live national television on Sept. 19 with couples either performing the Viennese waltz or the cha cha. The couple with the lowest combined judges' scores and public votes for its performance will be sent home the following night, Tuesday, Sept. 20 (9-10:01 p.m.), on the season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars the Results."

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