By Monica Rizzo
September 12, 2011 12:00 PM


Chaz Bono

The show’s first transgender contestant, 42, is “the most comfortable I’ve ever been in my body.”

Ron Artest

The L.A. Laker, 31, will rely on ballroom dancing to keep in shape during the NBA lockout.

Kristen Cavallari

“I fear doing anything in front of a live audience,” says the Hills star, 24. “The most important thing is to not take myself too seriously.”

Nancy Grace

“I’ve accepted that I’m going to be mocked and laughed at, but I don’t care,” says the outspoken legal analyst, 51.

David Arquette

While his main goal is to “have fun,” the actor, 40, also admits, “I’m competitive. I like winning.”

Elisabetta Canalis

Dancing is “such a beautiful show,” says the Italian actress (and George Clooney‘s ex), 32.

“I just hope they don’t kick me out after one week!”

Ricki Lake

“Being 42 years old, I think this is the last opportunity to see how good my body can get!” Lake says.